Title: The Dysasters
Author(s): P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
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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?
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.
Ok, so this is one of those books where you either love it or you hate it. If you are middle ground, it’s hard to determine whether or not the pros outweigh the cons and vice versa. The premise is solid and the idea behind the story is brilliant; however, the execution, character development, descriptions, etc.. – all of that will make or break your vision.
Foster, Tate, Charlotte, and Bastien others were originally created by a mad scientist who tampered with their embryos post-fertilization. Upon which, they enhanced the character’s genetics and created teens who control the elements: mainly air and water. They were separated and spread out across the world and are being hunted by their creator and his other experiment children who are, surprisingly, named after Biblical characters (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Eve).
Foster and Tate meet right before a tornado strikes Tate’s football game and changes both their lives completely. It turned out with their powers accidentally combining, they created a round of tornadoes that killed Tate’s parents and Foster’s mentor Cora. From there, they go on the run in search for Charlotte and Bastien, their other experiment siblings.
I was a huge fan of the author’s works growing up with the Marked series, so maybe I was looking for the in-depth character development from that for this, but it was lacking. I understand that Foster is constantly on the run and never truly connected with other teens, but that is not an excuse for her to treat Tate terribly just because he was a jock. And Tate’s reaction to her isn’t much better. I’m all for the “friendemies-turned-lover” trope, but it doesn’t fit with Foster and Tate. Their first meeting seemed borderline flirtatious/hostile, but it grew more toward hostile in the beginning of the novel.
The periodic graphic novel addition to enhance the superhero/comic book feel meant well, but they needed a better artist. The art seemed a bit over-dramatic at times. For the future, I suggest they change the artist and pay more attention to detail.
This series has potential, it does. But in order to do so, character development is a must and a greater attention to continuity detail. I won’t go into that issue due to spoilers.Is it worth picking up and reading? I say keep an open mind. You’ll either love it or hate it.
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