The Disasters (Hardcover)
Recommended by Chris
When you get thrown out of space camp on your first day, where do you go from there? Well, the only answer is to steal a spaceship and run away. It’s been a long time since I have read a book that literally taken off on page 2. This is super fun fast paced read.
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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.
About the Author
M. K. England is an author and librarian who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls small-town rural Virginia home. When she’s not writing or librarianing, M. K. can be found drowning in fandom, rolling dice at the Dungeons & Dragons table, digging in the garden, or feeding her video game addiction. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in her presence. You’ll regret it. She is also the author of The Disasters. Visit her at www.mkengland.com.
“This laugh-out-loud sci-fi action-adventure will leave readers wanting more.”
— School Library Journal
“If humankind requires saving, then this is the crew to do it.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Much to recommend: nonstop cinematic action, strong feminist messages, and great diversity of characters.”
— ALA Booklist
“An action-packed, entertaining blend of space hijinks, humor, and romance.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“An explosion of edge-of-your-seat twists and high-stakes danger that leaves you glued to the page and rooting for these lovable misfits. I wanted a snarky romp across the galaxy, and M.K. England delivered with the force of a supernova.”
— Ashley Poston, author of Geekerella and Heart of Iron
“A clever, cosmic thrill ride packed with nonstop action and starring a motley crew that won me over from page one. Just too much fun!”
— Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
“Wildly entertaining and crackling with chemistry. Nax and his crew will crash land in your heart and leave you filled with laughter and hope.”
— Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escaping from Houdini
“A BLAST from start to finish! Absurd levels of fun, fantastic pacing, and lovable authentic characters bring this rollicking adventure to life. Looking for a book you can’t put down? Pick up The Disasters. Mission accomplished.”
— Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon (2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book)