Title: The Disasters
Author: M.K. England
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Synopsis: Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.
But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.
On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.
They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.
“We’re raised to believe that if we do all the right things, the law will protect us. Reality is much harsher.”
The Disasters follows Nax and his band of rebels as they escape from their Academy while its under fire. Soon they are the only witnesses to the horrible events that have transpired there. But unfortunately, no one believes them. They are soon labeled as Public Enemy Number 1. It’s up to this merry band to save the galaxy before it’s too late!
“Nothing wrong with eggs for dinner at ten o’clock at night when you’re about to commit a crime.”
This book was originally described to me as “Breakfast Club In Space,” and not going to lie, the description definitely fits! You have a merry band of misfits all in trouble for something and they get expelled – they begin at odds with each other, but they quickly band together.
I thought that this book was a really great novel. I’m always a little cautious when I read a book by a debut author, because you never quite know what you’re going to get. That being said, M.K. England did an AMAZING job with this book.
I thought that M.K. England did a really great job with her characters! We had so much diversity that I was BEAMING! Our strong main pilot is an unapologetic bisexual man who has both a male and female love interest! I usually don’t like a love triangle trope (can you say “overdone”), but this breathed new life into it! I was so joyous reading this! We also had an amazing transgender doctor who made my life with her high kicks! I was also incredibly grateful for the inclusion of a religious Muslim character. It was so wonderful to be able to see that in a setting where she wasn’t treated as a terrorist, and her religion wasn’t ever mentioned in connection to the crime that was going on around her. It was really quite beautiful and a breath of fresh air!
England also did a wonderful job with writing her characters as multi-faceted individuals! I was really grateful that, even though we were introduced to all of them at the same time, England made it really easy for me to differentiate them, and I never got the characters confused or mixed together. They all had a very clear personality and identity and that was really nice! They also all had a clear character progression. They all had their own ambitions and goals and they grew as characters as the story went on! I was very impressed!
This book was so action-packed! I was sitting at the edge of my seat the ENTIRE time! England really kept a good balance of intrigue and high-action scenes! It didn’t feel like it was all action scenes, we definitely had a lot of (really good!) plot throughout the book as well!
The only thing that I wasn’t hugely fond of, was that it felt like the team was running the whole time. Now, I get it, they’re fugitives on the run from the law. I just felt like every time they would get to a destination, BOOM there’s the people trying to kill them, and then they have to run somewhere else. There wasn’t a lot of variety in the type of action we saw, it was all just running.
“Yeah, I know, I’m a bit of a disaster. But hey, aren’t we all? Doesn’t mean we can’t fly”
Overall, this book was FANTASTIC! I loved all of the characters, and the plot was SPOT ON! I laughed, I cried, it was a beautiful thing! I’m so impressed with this author, and I can’t wait to read more from M.K. England!