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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 cri
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by HarperCollins
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M.K. England It's a standalone!

......... for now.

In all seriousness, it was bought by HarperTeen as a standalone, but I have an entire sequel/companion novel out…more
It's a standalone!

......... for now.

In all seriousness, it was bought by HarperTeen as a standalone, but I have an entire sequel/companion novel outlined that I would LOVE to write one day. If you want more of Nax and the crew, let HarperTeen know!(less)
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Kai
Apr 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
I just...really like this cover.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[1.5/5 stars] I feel a little mislead by this book.

“Space is hard. Grab a helmet.” <-I don’t know about you, but to me this tagline suggests the Disasters is going to contain a lot of off-planet action scenes. This was very much not the case…

In fact, other than the first chapter, at least 80% of the book takes place on an urban colony practically indistinguishable from a city on earth. There was a lot of running from the authorities and grand schemings for a massive organization takedown, but ve
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C.G. Drews
This is such an incredibly fun space-romp with so much diversity, I fairly felt my soul sing! I crave action adventures where characters are as diverse and hi this book delivers monumentally. It also balances a kickass adventure with vulnerability and awkward self-depreciating sass sprinkled throughout. I think they ate a grand total of, ah, two (2) meals tho. I worry for space books, I do. Nobody eats enough. If that's the future, im out.

➸ The cast is the favourite motley crew kind 🤗Nax is bi,
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M.K. England
Oct 14, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
12/19/18:
✰✰✰THE DISASTERS is out in the world!✰✰✰

Thank you so much to everyone who's supported this book. Seeing your reactions has absolutely filled my heart and made my week. So much love to you all. ♥♥♥

I would DEEPLY APPRECIATE it so much if you all could move your goodreads reviews over to Amazon! Once we hit 50 reviews, the book is much more discoverable to new readers on amazon, and if we could hit it by Christmas, that would be AMAZING. Have a fantastic end to your 2018 and a happy new ye
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;3
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
nasir alexander hall: *exists*

me: 😘💖💜💙🥰🤫😍🤧😭😭😭😛😛😜🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩☺️✨✨💫⚡️💖💞💓💘💕💖💜💙💖💜💙💍
Elle (TheBookishActress)
Sep 25, 2017 marked it as on-my-shelf
Shelves: tbr-lgbtq
The Breakfast Club meets Firefly... ah yes I'm here for human disasters in spaaaaaaace
Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'll admit - the cover snagged my attention for this one. The tagline alone - "Space is hard. Grab a helmet" made me think it was going to be an epic, funny space thriller. This is definitely what the book sets out to do, however, it really fails to be exciting or funny in any way.

The plot of this book was slow and hard to buy into. The pacing was just poor - there were really only enough plot points to fill a book half this size, making the book really drag. It just felt like it should have bee
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Hayley
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has all the fun things in it: quirky characters, diversity that doesn’t make a big deal out of diversity, great witty banter, adventure galore, great world building, and it feels like Firefly meets Guardians of the Galaxy. Really hard to put down.

The main character, Nax, has an incredibly original voice, and is extremely relatable. When he and the other rejects of the Space Academy are in a transport back to Earth, they witness a huge crime and are chased by the perpetrators who try t
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Mary
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE GOOD:

* 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 i
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Emmy Neal
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 wit ...more
Alaina
So happy that I don't own this or spent any money on it.

The Disasters was a bit of a disaster to read. For some odd reason, I was expecting something completely different than what I got and I have no idea how I feel about that. In it, you will meet Nax who ends up getting kicked out of the space station academy. While getting ready to go back to Earth, the space station is attacked. Nax and a few other rejects are basically on the run now because the whole world thinks they are the people who a
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Giulia
"To everyone who’s ever felt like a disaster.
Here, have a spaceship!
Now fly."


TW: panic attacks, anxiety

Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕️

I mean. This book is coming at me, really. I feel personally attacked.
This book was tailored specifically for me: outcasts + heist + space + found-family trope??? Wow, rude much? That’s basically what my dreams are made of.
And moreover it is also diverse and queer?
Did I sell my soul and dint’t even realise it?
Im pretty sure I ghost-wrote this book and that I’m writ
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Hollis
These people have their shit surprisingly together when faced with imminent doom. How the hell did they end up as washouts?

THE DISASTERS was far from a disaster. Good, got it out of my system, and now we can all move on from that joke.

"Anyone have any better ideas? Useful diversion tactics?"
"I've been told I'm a hell of a dancer. You find me a table, I'll create a diversion you won't forget."

England's YA sci-fi adventure debut speeds forth at the speed of light. This book moves quick, y'all. But
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Alison
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! Action-packed, with great characters and an engaging plot. Loved it!
Mike
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jamie Pacton
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Space opera! Explosions! Teens racing to save the day! This book is action, action, action. With danger and flirting to boot. I'm a die hard Battlestar Galactica fan and The Disasters was just what I needed.
Silvia
I had SO MUCH FUN listening to this!!

I'm not going to be able to write a real review because I wouldn't even begin to know how to write names of people and places but this book was just a delight from start to finish. I can also highly recommend listening to it (especially if you're someone who normally tends to not be able to focus on too much action, like me) because the narrator was awesome and he really made Nax's character come alive.
Jaye Berry
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, space, ya, 2018
This book was an extreme disaster.

The Disasters begins with pilot wannabe Nax getting rejected from the Academy. He's always wanted to be a pilot and to go explore the colonies that have been established a hundred years ago and the Academy is the only way to do it. His one-way trip back to Earth is ruined (along with three other washouts) when the station gets attacked, and they barely make it out. As the only witnesses to the murder of thousands, they are the perfect scapegoats, and are sent on
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Bookish Penguin
Nov 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't have a clue how to rate this. I didn't feel anything towards the characters to be honest.
Everything way too well and easy for them when it was clear that they should fail with the first task.
Way too unbelievable. Felt staged. Also everything the characters said was sooo cheesy and acted out it felt so unrealistic and just made the distance I felt towards them greater.

They were constantly running from authorities which got lame after a while and everything revolved around their sexuality
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Dahlia
This was really fun! And I say that as someone who's not usually into sci-fi. I'm actually really curious how the Muslim rep is to someone who knows, because it's a surprisingly big aspect of the book. But yeah, basically, I love Quirky Squads on Missions books and this is one of those and I found it delightful. On-page bi MC, too.
Kate (GirlReading)
3.5* This. was. so. much. fun.

I'm always here for a ragtag group of disasters trying to save the world and that's exactly what this was. Was it perfect? No. Was it incredibly entertaining? 100%.

It especially made my heart happy to, not only read a sci-fi starring characters with mental illness (in this case, anxiety & panic attacks), but to have said characters save the world.

If you're looking for a sci-fi with a fast paced plot, witty dialogue and a diverse cast of characters who you'll fall i
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Grace
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O.W.L.s Read #8
Completes Divination - A book set in the future

Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This.
THIS IS THE SCI-FI BOOK I NEVER KNEW I WANTED!
Oh my goodness, I love this failed class and their snarkiness! Everyone told me they think I'd love this and they were so right. I hate that this is a standalone because I REALLY want more books with this crew, but I'll take what I can get I guess.
Marwa Abdulla
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Does it make me a bad person that I agree with the Earth First people? Of course I don’t agree with their methods but their reasoning sound pretty damn logical to me. The whole try to fix what we’ve broken and that we don’t have a right to ruin another planet’s eco system just as we did with ours.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
So this was not holding my attention in the slightest.

I was expecting a hilarious romp through space with a band of misfits, and that is what I got - but I didn't enjoy it. All the events in the story were happeing and I could not bring myself to care about the characters, the danger, or the high stakes. Nothing effected me and that was such a disappointing feeling. While this was a let down for me, I'm sure many others will love it so it's still worth a shot.

I received a copy of the book from
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ruby
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Disasters is a fast-paced space adventure that manages to be fresh and fun. M. K. England's debut shows a knack for rollicking hijinks while still making time for character development.
The book also manages to be effortlessly inclusive. This is a future where everyone is welcome, and yet everyone still struggles to find their way. I'm hoping for a sequel soon with more adventures for our lovable team.
Lauren Lanzilotta
To everyone who’s ever felt like a disaster.
Here, have a spaceship!
Now fly.


That dedication page message was definitely worth mentioning for me, because never has one spoken to my soul like this. (1) I am very much a disaster on the daily. (2) Lord, the things I’d do with a spaceship at my disposal. (3) Flying? Hell yeah.

The Disasters follows Nax Hall, a boy kicked out of space academy in less than 24 hours. His trip back to Earth is delayed when the academy is attacked by a group of people part
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Iris
4.5 stars

I read this book almost a month ago, and my immediate reaction was "Ahgdfdhgjhfdsfghfdfs I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! NEW FAVOURITE!! I LOVE! LET ME FLAIL! I WILL BE OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK FOREVER!! AHGGFGFHGJGHFG."

Meanwhile, the reasonable part of me that knows I react that way to about half the books I read, and then two weeks later have forgotten they exist was just like "No Iris. You are being silly. This book was good sure, but I don't think anything about it really stood out enoug
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Clara
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SFF fans, YA fans, nerds of all stripes
I read an early version of this book and it is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. YA space opera about a bunch of f*ckups who try to run away from their problems, fail, and end up having a brilliant, life-changing adventure. It's a clever, delightful space-age coming-of-age story, and you will have so much fun reading it!!

UPDATE: I'm rereading this now to prep for an interview with the author and what's so striking to me this time around is how it's fun, fast-paced, super-queer YA but it's still *smart* - Eng
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: Pakistani-American bi mc with anxiety, Black British mlm mc, mc with anxiety (maybe East Asian-Latina?), Khazistani trans girl mc, hijabi Muslim mc, Bengali side character, Pakistani-American side character

Review also on ReadsRainbow.

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for me, not gonna lie. On the one hand we have a beautiful bunch of characters and if you learned anything about my reading taste, it should be that I always go hard for a found family. So there was never any chance of me hating this b
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Ivy Moore
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: came-soon-18-19
Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...

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I really enjoyed The Disasters. It’s a fun book, packed with action and an engaging, unique plot. The characters are the strongest element, relatable with full arcs and happy endings. My only wish is that this could've been stretched into a series, or even just a duology. The characters were just so fantastic that I want more! The ending wasn’t completely open and shut, though, so maybe a sequel is something I can reasonably hope for. Rati
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