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’m a sucker for a diverse group of unlikely heroes, and when they’re thrown into space it’s a nearly irresistible read.
I listened to this audiobook during a long drive, and for the most part, it held my interest. Nax’s voice is a highlight of the book, and his internal monologues had me laughing several times. Being in the middle of a bi-love triangle makes for some pretty awkward moments for him. The rest of the crew is also engaging. Tossing them into a nearly immediate life or death situation inspires pretty quick bonding, and trust soon follows.
From the tagline, I expected more humorous moments. For me, Nax joining up with other “washouts” indicates they’re misfits or also have a history of making poor life decisions, but all these characters are highly skilled and close to prodigies. The focus of the story slants more toward political conspiracies and the group trying to save the day – nothing wrong wrong with that, but the description is a little misleading.
The Disasters has some great characterization and lots of action, but the pace moves a little slow for my taste. Still, a solid read.