The Disastersby Published 18 Dec 2018
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.
The Disasters Reviews
* SPACE ADVENTURES!!!
* a lovable band of misfits, thrown together by circumstance, but they’re the best the universe has so like… yolo?
* the diversity was… my gosh… so SO ON POINT - the cast is made primarily of POC characters, the main character is bi (his love interest is gay), honestly, it was a joy
* there’s a heist and I love heists with every fiber of my soul
* fun, engaging writing - easy to read and genuinely funny at times
* it’s fast paced, there’s lots of action and it kept me invested until the last page
* honestly, it’s just plain FUN and if you love space and shenanigans and adventure and a diverse cast of characters, this is the book for you
* the beginning felt a bit of a mess, until I actually understood what was going on
* some plot things didn’t really make all that much sense to me, but I was willing to let that go
YAY or NAY: yesssssss, definitely pick this up, it’s a hoot!
“Every cell of my body says, ‘Oh god yes! Crime? I can do some crime!’ I want this ship like I’ve never wanted anything in my life. I had a poster of the first-ever Breakbolt model on my bedroom wall when I was nine. It’s like a manifestation of every dream I’ve ever had, everything I’ve ever wanted for myself: a piloting license, a beautiful ship under me, and stars out the viewport. Child Nax says, ‘Do it, do the crime!”
“Yeah, I know, I’m a bit of a disaster. But hey, aren’t we all? Doesn’t mean we can’t fly.”
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This is a super fun read. Readers get a great look at the anxiety and fear of a young pilot coming into their own. They're surrounded by others in similar states, but with vastly different externalizations of similar fears and needs fears.
Plus romance... and some cursing.
There are tons of easter eggs to be found in the richly written worlds (yeah, that's plural). If you're anything like me, there will be plenty of points where you smile and nod at the book saying, "I know that one!" The tipping point of the story is a downhill sprint to the finish. I was almost as white knuckled as our daring heroes.
was wondering why ratings for this are so low when i’m actually rlly enjoying the audiobook until i realized that ah. it’s the islamaphobia. it’s 2k19 and some ppl still cannot wrap their heads around the fact that muslims can also exist as leading characters in all kinds of fiction and media :)
This book was so much fun! Action-packed, with great characters and an engaging plot. Loved it!
Loved loved loved the worldbuilding, the humor, and the way this cast of characters came together for Justice (and money) to save the day. England cleverly negotiated a number of space opera questions (such as: would people who leave Earth for another planet ever be allowed to return, or would we quarantine them off world for fear of contamination?) that I've always wondered about in the Star Trek universe. It was just fast, pure fun from start to finish, and if you like your science fiction with a lot of humor you'll probably enjoy this intergalactic romp.
I'd be interested to see what people think of the Muslim rep, as that's not my area, but it felt nuanced to me--having multiple practicing characters helped with that.