by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: The Dysasters #1
Published on February 26, 2019 by Wednesday Books
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Foster Stewart knows she's different. Her life has never been "normal." Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren't things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate "Nighthawk" Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his "extra" abilities. What quarterback wouldn't want night vision? That's not weird, right? It's cool!
But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities - the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot.
Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.
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It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (I think I stopped somewhere in the middle of the House of Night series?) so I was hesitant about reading The Dysasters.
Don’t get me wrong, I was excited about the premise. Superhero stories are starting to become more of a thing and I’m a fan (think Renegades and The Supervillian and Me) but wow was this just not working. I felt like the authors had no idea what teens are like. I’m not even a teen anymore and felt like this book took every trope that teenagers get bashed for and made them even more dramatic. It wasn’t even a matter of whether or not I was invested in the characters enough to keep reading, but could I stand reading from their point of view. They felt like giant tropes rather than multi-faceted flawed people.
And that’s not even the worst bit. The story is just a mess. The writing is a mess. If I didn’t already know the book was co-authored, I would have wondered if there were multiple authors and no one bothered to read through for consistency. Plot points are repeated or ignored from section to section, so where’s the timeline? The Dysasters doesn’t have one. The world-building is one big question mark. Nothing is explained. They have this “magic” system, for lack of better words, that’s never explained. And while it’s labeled more as science gone wrong, I hesitate to call it science because it makes zero sense.
The only thing about this book that I think could have gone well is the illustrations. The lack of logic in, well, everything, and the writing style that was. . . a mess, really, might have made this book better suited to a graphic novel. I could see it working there. Even then, it wouldn’t fix the fundamental issues with the characters and world (but at least it might be a bit easier to get through).
I DNFed this book around the 50% mark and regret even pushing that far to be honest.