Nax Hall, hotshot pilot, doesn’t have the best record of making good choices, so he’s not surprised when he’s kicked out of Ellis Station Academy. But when a terrorist group attacks the Academy and Nax along with three other dropouts are the only witnesses, his “good” choices take a turn for the worst. Nax and the others are blamed for the attack and hunted across the colonies. In order to clear their name and save the colonies from an even worse attack, Nax and his new friends must pull off an impossible heist that just might make the Academy regret kicking them out.
This book was a bucket of fun. It’s not the best ever space adventure I’ve read, but it was entertaining with a great cast of characters. It reminded me of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets because you’re basically thrown into this crazy space world (minus the weird aliens) and you better hold on tight for a wild ride.
The best aspect was the narrator, Nax. He’s got this whole Captain Kirk vibe going on but he’s just a big cinnamon roll inside. He laughs a lot (probably too much), cries, and has all these feelings that set him apart from your typical YA hero. Plus, his narrative voice was distinct and well-developed that you could probably pick him out of a line-up of YA narrators. I definitely picture him as a young Star Lord bouncing around the galaxy in order to save it.
This book has the right blend of humor and serious plot, a unique love triangle (Nax is bisexual and he’s torn between a male and a female love interest) that is realistically not resolved because teenagers and also isn’t the focus of the plot, and a dog! There is a dog in this book!!! The rest of the cast is also delightful and diverse, which helped balance Nax’s shenanigans.
Overall, The Disasters is a fun space adventure to entertain for a few hours. The Guardians of the Galaxy would be proud of the Swift Kick crew because of the terrible jokes, constant laughter, and solutions to saving their galaxy. If you enjoy the humor level of the Guardians, this book is for you.
~I checked out a copy of The Disasters by M.K. England from my local library and chose to write this review of my own free will. All opinions are my own.~