The Dysasters by P. C. CastThe Dysasters by P. C. Cast

The Dysasters

byP. C. Cast

Hardcover | February 26, 2019

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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.

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?

#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 Relu...
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Title:The DysastersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.56 × 6.44 × 1.02 inPublished:February 26, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250141044

ISBN - 13:9781250141040

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Breathtakingly Bad I received an ARC copy for review. Let me try to explain all the problems with this book as clearly as I can with as few spoilers as possible. I currently have a ten page word document with every problem bullet pointed, but I don't want to rant that long. I think the easiest way to do that is to break it down into categories. Writing: This book was not well-written. Not in the technical sense, not in terms of narrative flow, not in terms of continuity, and not in terms of sensibility. Some of the technical problems I can take with a grain of salt since this was an advanced copy, but everything else in inexcusable in a near-final draft. Narrative flow was flawed in a few ways, but the ones that stand out the most are consistency in narrative voice and consistency in mood. When the narrators frequently use words like "zillion" and "conked out", it's jarring when a word like "fuliginous" or "susurrus" is thrown in. This is also a problem of using a million dollar word in a five dollar situation. And in terms of mood, there were just so many situations were something very serious or emotional would be playing out and we'd be given an incredibly childish or asinine metaphor. Grief is literally compared to dropping an ice cream cone at one point! It really jars you out of the moment and distracts from the story. The continuity was an absolute mess. Fairly late into a book, there's an event with Foster and Tate's powers that referred to as having happened earlier that day and then as having happened days ago within the same chapter. Said event actually occurred the day before. The book continually forgets what the characters do or don't know, and what they have or have not talked about. This leads to situations like Foster and Tate celebrating the idea of being superheroes like it's a new revelation when they've already had multiple conversations about being superheroes, or Foster arguing with Tate because she doesn't like a plan he's come up with when they exposited plan to each other in-depth just a few chapters previously. It makes the story equal parts confusing and frustrating to follow because it seems like no one - from the characters to the authors - cares about what's happening. And last but not least, a lot of things in this story straight up don't make sense. Foster accidentally uses her powers when yelling at Tate while they're pulled over on the highway. It's a very, very obvious display of control over wind - yet not one single person pulls over or reacts or does anything in response to this. A plane knowingly flies into an area with a serious hurricane warning in place. A football game is not called off during a major thunderstorm. A character who dies at the beginning of the book leaves detailed letters for Foster explaining most of what's going on, even though some of the details included are information that this person hadn't confirmed until shortly before their death. Some of it's little things that are just stupid or too convenient to be believable. Others are big holes in the narrative that kind of make the story fall apart. Characters: These characters are not well-written or likeable. Foster and Tate are the biggest offenders, given that they take up most of the narration, but there's no character that I particularly like in this book. Maybe Mark, but his dialogue and narration often felt hollow and robotic. Foster and Tate spend a lot of time arguing in the beginning, which should make sense, given the circumstances. This is within the first five chapters so, while I won't go too into detail, I'm okay giving some very light spoilers. A tornado touches down in the middle of a football game at which Tate is playing and Foster is watching. A lot of people die, Foster and Tate's families. Foster knows about the Core Four and knows that she needs to run, so forces Tate to come with her as she steals a truck and flees the state to go to a safe house. Foster doesn't 100% know what's going on, but she knows far more than Tate. And yet, in the 20-some hours they spend driving to a safe house, Foster doesn't explain things to him. Worse, she gets angry and indignant when he tries to storm off and accuses her of kidnapping him. Foster is also incredibly petty. From calling Tate out for using past tense when he says he thought she was pretty when they first met to casually mentioning going to yoga to judge people there, Foster comes off far more strongly as bratty and judgmental than she does as introverted and independent. And, no, these aren't flaws she really learns or grows from. Then there's Tate. His behaviour is a little more understandable, given the circumstances, but it's still hard to like him when he spends the first half of the book consistently calling Foster a bitch. This includes a painfully absence of self-awareness in the narrative where he praises himself for being raised by a woke, feminist mother and then - in literally the next sentence - refers to Foster as a bitch and a pain the ass. The antagonists in the book aren't particularly good at being villains, either. They spend most of the book doing basically nothing, they're characterizations are incredibly flat, and their dialogue and interactions with each other feel stiff and robotic. I can at least say that their motivations do make sense and they aren't evil for the sake of evil, but... well, for one, the reason they're "broken" is a subject for another rant entirely, and it doesn't matter how effective their motives are if they never do anything. Even in the final confrontation, they are the most ineffectual villains ever and basically fail to do anything with their supposedly incredible power. Charlotte is an okay character, I suppose, though she was rapidly progressing in the direction of a one-note stereotype in her few chapters. Bastien, on the other hand, is insufferable. His narration about his home life makes no sense (what the hell does "the slick and the silence" even mean?!) and immediately upon seeing Charlotte, he decides she is an angel who must save his brokenness. Because it is romantic and feminist to say that a pretty woman's job is to fix a dark and broken man, right? Than there's Tate's granddad, who is insufferably and incessantly referred to as "g-pa". Is that a regional thing? Because I have never in my life use a term like that unironically. In any case, he's constantly bragging about how amazing and clever he is and, despite having a long conversation with Tate about respecting women and women being superior to men, he goes on at length about modern football players all being "pussies". Also, he's an example of elderly characters being written in an incredibly unrealistic fashion, referring to the internet as the "internetathon" and airplanes as "flying machines". Worldbuilding: The most important element of the worldbuilding in this book is the science. Too bad the science makes absolutely no sense. Inserting organic matter into an embryo and irradiating it is not going to create night vision, mind control, and the ability to control matter. Especially not when the matter you're inserting into the cells O2, which already exists inside cells. Also, it's not organic - organic matter is carbon based. The same holds true for inserting H2O into cells to create water powers. The different ways the powers work doesn't make sense, either. They don't fully manifest until eighteen. Why? Hoes does that work? What happens at the age of eighteen that triggers that onset and how can you be sure it will happen precisely on the patient's eighteenth birthday? And how does power of air result in mind control or night vision - and why did Foster and Tate have these abilities well before they turned eighteen? How would the member of the Core Four who controls air be at risk of disappearing into his computer because of his powers? Weather is a super important part of the story, too, especially as it relates to the characters powers, and it's completely botched. Tornadoes are pretty clearly identified as the storm connected with air, but hurricanes are connected to water. Tornadoes and hurricanes are both cyclones, meaning they're both windstorms. A rainstorm, ice storm, or snow storm would make far more sense as the type of weather most strongly connected to water. The addiction in the story also makes no sense, since it essentially amounts to an addiction to healing crystals. Moreover, discussion of a possible overdose doesn't seem feasible. The -isms: As far as I can confirm, there are five black characters in the book. They can be summarized as follows: the big mama, the washed up addict, the living drug, the help, and the sassy best friend. All of them are also described in increasingly ridiculous ways. They are never just black or brown or dark skinned, nor do they ever just have brown eyes or dark eyes. Instead, they're coloured with umber and deep-henna and leaf brown and Tiger Moth brown and fertile earth brown. The term "Nubian princess" is even used multiple times. Cora presents a particularly egregious example through this description of her voice: "the spicy calmness returning to her voice, creamy and rich with a little kick, like Mexican hot chocolate." (pg4) The way this book presents gas station or rest stop clerks is... interesting. It only happens twice, but each time the message is the same and is very clear. They're fat, stupid, sexist, and gross. This is very much presented as a package deal. And then there's the way the book handles mental illness. The Core Four are presented as basically being crazy because their powers are unbalanced. It doesn't seem like any conventional/existing treatments have been attempted. They're crazy and the only way to fix it is to get the other elemental experiments for Doctor Rick so he can do Science(tm). There are also lit
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to the series This is a great start to a new fantasy series. P.C. and Kristin Cast have been huge fantasy writers for years, but I haven’t read one of their books before. I loved this one! It was very detailed and fast paced. It was never a dull moment while reading this story! There were lots of characters that were introduced throughout the story. There are the two main characters, Foster and Tate, who have special powers that control the air. There are also Foster’s adoptive siblings, Mark, Matthew, Luke, and Eve. Later in the story, two more main characters are introduced, named Charlotte and Bastien. There were loads of other important characters as well. I felt like there were so many characters, that we were barely introduced to some of them. I’m not sure how long this series is going to be, but this seemed like a brief introduction, even though it was a full book. The ending was really a huge climax in the story! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-02-25

Editorial Reviews

"The mother-and-daughter authors (the House of Night series) have successfully created a fast-paced series opener." - Publisher's Weekly"This sci-fi romance offers a diverse cast and an action-packed plot; a great choice for both new adult and young adult readers. An engaging read." - School Library Journal"The mother-daughter writing team has a built-in audience from their phenomenally popular House of Night books; a must-buy for genre fans." - Booklist"I would recommend this to fans of science fiction, stormy weather, elements, superheroes, and unique plots." - Young Adult Book Central PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE OF NIGHT SERIES:"Twilight meets Harry Potter." -MTV.com on The House of Night series"Both intense and thoroughly entertaining. . . . this outing will not disappoint House of Night fans." -Kirkus Reviews on Destined"This amazing writing pair once again weaves together a world where rising darkness threatens and brave teens risk everything." -RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars) on Destined"The saga of the House of Night series continues to smolder in Burned . . . fast paced and packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this book is a hard one to put down." -Voya