Hey, and welcome back to day 21 of Blogtober! I can’t believe we’re this far in! The end of my October is going to be soooo busy. Hopefully in early November I’ll be able to tell you about what I’m doing, but we’ll see if I get that post written!
Anyways, today I will be posting a mini-review of The Disasters by M.K. England. I read this in July (I think? It was either July or June, but I’m pretty sure it was July.) and posted it in my wrap up, but I never got around to writing my review! I mean, I drafted it. I put all my dividers in place and put all the book and author info down (which was funny because all the dividers in place were my old ones, so I had to go change them all out lol) but I didn’t put my thoughts on paper (as it were) while they were fresh, and I regret that. Hence, why this will be a mini review. Maybe when I eventually reread it I’ll post some more in depth thought. Anyways, let’s get to it!
The Disasters by M.K. England, published December 18th, 2018 by HarperCollins. Recommended reading age is 13+
Trigger Warnings: Swearing, getting shot, panic attacks, car accident, bad family relationships.
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.
M.K. England is an author and YA librarian living who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls the mountains of Virginia home. When they’re not writing or librarianing, MK can be found drowning in fandom, going to conventions, rolling dice at the gaming table, climbing on things in the woods, or feeding their video game addiction. They love Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in their presence. You’ll regret it.
Their debut YA space opera, THE DISASTERS, came out in December 2018 from HarperTeen. Their upcoming YA science fantasy heist novel, SPELLHACKER, will be out on 1/21/2020. For the latest news, you can subscribe to the Eccentric Orbit monthly newsletter at biy.ly/
This was phenomenal. Picture Aurora Rising, but diverse with a bit of Illuminae Files thrown into the mix. Gay, trans, bi, poc characters; with the same amount of danger and a mission that has stakes for the whole universe. A diverse ragtag group of cast out delinquents used as the scapegoat for an massive cover up disaster? And it’s a full book, no sequel, so it’s wrapped up nicely with room for more in this world if the author so chooses. If you liked the Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff collaborations, then you’ll for sure like this book. It is one of my favorite books of the year!
Have you read The Disasters? What were your thoughts? I was so lucky to be granted an e-ARC of M.K. England’s next book, Spellhackers which I’m super excited to read! I’m also on the Spellhackers street team launch crew, so to see me post sneak peaks and more, follow me on Twitter at @RamblingBooks!