The Disasters (Hardcover)
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 a youth services librarian who grew up in Florida and is now based in the mountains of Central Virginia. Before becoming a librarian, M. K. was a bookstore clerk, a teaching assistant, and an experimental music composer. She is an active presenter at local and national conferences, and you can find out more 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)