The Disasters ()
Space is hard. Grab a helmet.
by M. K. England
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 18 Dec 2018 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2019
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, HarperTeen
The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this YA sci-fi adventure by debut author M. K. England.
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, Nax and his fellow failures plan to pull off a dangerous heist to spread the truth. Because they may not be “Academy material,” and they may not even get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.
Full of high-stakes action, subversive humor, and underdogs becoming heroes, this YA sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of Illuminae, Heart of Iron, or the cult classic TV show Firefly and is also a page-turning thrill ride that anyone—not just space nerds—can enjoy.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 17 members
If you know me well, you’d know that I’m actually not that big of a fan of science-fiction books. I’m not a fan of space in general, so the idea of reading a book set in space puts me a little on edge. But when I saw this book listed on Netgalley, I said that I had to read it. The cover looked out of this world (sorry!) and the plot sounded mildly interesting to me. I didn’t think I’d like The Disasters this much. First of all, the diverse set of characters on ‘The Swift Kick’ was amazing. While there may be more diverse contemporary novels making their way out into the world, there aren’t many outside of that bracket. ‘The Disasters’ featured gay, trans and bi-sexual characters and the intergalactic colonies (and Earth colonies) showed a wide range of races and religions. It was truly a story to be reckoned with. Alongside those important factors were the really fast-paced and interesting plot line, and a super likeable cast of characters. I knew from the first appearances that I was going to like the whole crew onboard ‘The Swift Kick’, and I wasn’t disappointed. Without a doubt, I will be reading future works by M.K. England, ESPECIALLY if they’re set in space!