The Disasters by 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 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 was finally able to get around to The Disasters which has been on my TBR since I first heard of it. It was so much fun and I finished it in two days. It usually takes me quite awhile to really get into sci-fi, but this one wasn’t confusing at all in the beginning. The action starts off pretty fast.
Nax Hall has always dreamed about being a pilot. He knew he screwed up at home on Earth a lot, even costing him a relationship with his brother, but he was determined to pass the academy and become a pilot. He knew if he passed, he would never be allowed back on Earth. He knows he’ll miss his parents, but not working on their farm. But Nax fails his pilot’s test and is kicked out to go back home. While waiting to go back, he sees a few others come in that failed the academy, too.
All of a sudden, there is an attack at the academy. The four rejects managed to steal a ship and escape. They are quickly wanted for crimes. Not only for stealing the ship, but they are also being blamed for the attack. While fleeing for their lives, Nax starts to get to know his new shipmates. There is Zee who takes care of all their medical needs. Case is a genius and Nax has a crush on her. And then there is Rion who Nax also crushes on. Things get a bit weird because of this, but everyone starts to work well together. They decide to try to get to an embassy and crash land. It doesn’t take long to find out that they were framed and there is an award for their capture. They meet a young girl, Asra, that helps them hide. Asra is part of a resistance. She knows her step dad is laundering money and committing a lot of crimes. She has been waiting for more information to act and this planned attack pushed her to act.
In order to escape, they have to steal a fast ship and figure out what this terrorist plan is. They need to stop it before every planet? (I’m not sure what they are) are effected. They overhear plans and it looks like there will be a mass murder. Nax has to trust his new friends and reach out to his brother for help.
As I stated above, this was just a fun book. The pacing was great and I liked all the characters. I liked the ending, but wish there was more. I didn’t want to stop reading about this group of academy rejects whom I adored so much.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. I’m excited to see what M.K. England comes up with next. I’ll definitely be reading it.
Have you read The Disasters yet? Do you enjoy fast paced books or do you like the slower paced ones with more details.