Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Publisher: Wednesday Books
First Published: 26 February 2019
Rating: 4 stars
“Whatever the reason, Foster didn’t care as long as she didn’t have to return to the mind-numbing day care they call public school.”
I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thank you so much Michelle Cashman and team at Wednesday Books for sending a copy my way. I am very thankful for be part of this Blog Tour.
Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.
Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?
From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.
As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.
Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?
I have loved P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast’s work ever since the first House of Night book. I was so excited that this duo has another series.
This series is superhero teens meets Avatar the Last Airbender. There is a mad scientist who’s messing with embryos to infuses them with the different chemicals, which results in kids who are able to control the elements. The first experiments didn’t go so well. Those kids are now adults and are suffering from the side effects of their power that is turning them insane. So the scientist decided to change his experiment and create others.
I cannot wait to see how Foster, Tate, Charlotte and Bowen’s powers grow. It would give us an insight into just what magic is possible in this world. I’m interested to see how the other two pairs get mixed up in the storyline.
The narrative is told in multiple perspectives. These includes Foster, Tate, Charlotte and Bowen, the elemental pairs, along with two of the bad guys. I enjoy seeing the story from the antagonists’ point of view as well. It helps to give their characters’ depth and moves them into the morally grey territory rather than just being evil.
This book does include some diverse characters, which is always amazing to see. Charlotte, one of the elemental teens, is a trans character. What I love about her is that her storyline doesn’t revolve solely about being a trans woman. It wasn’t until halfway through her first chapter that we discover she is trans.
Interspersed through the book are drawings of the characters. This really helps to give the story that comic book vibe. However, the images were awkwardly formatted on the eBook edition. I’m interested to see how that changes with the physical copy.
Not a super big fan of how the romance plays out between Foster and Tate. They move too quickly from Foster disliking Tate and thinking he’s some dumb jock to them dating. I wish they hadn’t got together in this book but rather the next one.
The Dysasters is a great start to a new series and had me engaged from the opening line. I’m looking forward to the next book! Need to know what happens next.