The Disasters is diverse, hilarious, and entirely endearing. It is a space drama with high stakes and non-
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.
I felt like we instantly can bond with our characters – because who doesn’t love a good bunch of rejects? I feel like we’re programmed to find them quirky and adorkable. Because this group is totally all of this. I want to wrap them all up in my arms and snuggle them because they are so precious. At the same time, they don’t really need protection, because the whole book is about them defying society’s expectations of them to be just general bad asses.
At the same time, there is such diversity (hijabi wearing side character, trans side character, bisexual protagonist, gay side character, and more).
It’s built seamlessly into the world from the very first pages. I realize I point it out a lot, as if it’s not the norm (although in my reading taste it is), but the thing is that it needs to be said. It needs to give the book added love, to give the book’s readers the knowledge, and the possibility for you to identify with one of their journeys – except not in space.
The Disasters is equal parts quirky and hilarious, while also being emotional. Who doesn’t love a good underdog conspiracy theory book? It’s a book that asks us if we can find a cause bigger than ourselves
when we feel on the fringe and excluded from the fabric of society. The Disasters is a book about finding a crew, creating a family, and reconnecting.
It’s not only about friendship, but it’s also about realizing that sometimes only you can do the work and the universe needs you. This book made me happy from start to finish – first because I couldn’t resist the charm and attitude of the main character, and then at the end as they begin to band together and form their found family.