Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genera: YA, Fantasy
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Synopsis: P. C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters - the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.
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.
The Dysasters was a great book, I definitely recommend it to fans of young adult fantasy novels.
Foster has always known she was different, especially with her little jedi tricks where she could control things slightly with her mind. On Foster's 18th birthday, she runs into Tate, a boy that happens to share her birthday and his own special powers of seeing in the dark. When the two finally meet, a tornado erupts out of no where, destroying the field they are standing on and killing both Foster's adoptive mother and both of Tate's parents. Foster's mother final words were that Foster's adoptive father is alive, he faked his own death and is now an evil man, and he's coming for both Foster and Tate, as their powers are intertwined and now that they are 18, they have come to their full powers, and Foster's father wants nothing more than to control them.
I must say that I am surprisingly impressed with this book. I've previously read books by these authors, about 6-7 years ago and I wasn't overly impressed. This book on the other hand is definitely an improvement, not only does it contain much more diversity in this book, but the writing and the storyline was so much better. I am happy to see that the author's writing has improved over the years.
While I loved both the main characters, and was very happy with their storyline and character development, there were moments where the characters just felt a little unnatural and not relatable at all. In the beginning of the book, Tate loses his parents and acts very strangely. Don't get me wrong, he was devastated, but he mostly just focused on staying in one place and helping other people. This seemed a bit unnatural for me, I would believe the natural response would to be hysterical or to run away as fast as possible and mourn. There were many more moments like these throughout the novel, which I won't explain due to spoilers, but I think the authors could have done a better job of making the characters a little more realistic.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and was impressed with the authors, the one thing that would have made this book a 5/5 star would have been minor changes to the characters and how realistic they felt. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.
About The Authors
#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Booksellers' Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.
Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.
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