*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: The Dysasters
Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
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.Review: I was excited for this book because I’m a fan of their House of Night series, but sadly this book just didn’t do it for me. It started off okay, but then the issues I was having got worse as the book went on. I also wasn’t ever hooked and I kept skimming, which is usually a bad sign.
Here are some things I had issues with:
-too much reliance on dialogue to tell the story with a lack of worldbuilding and transition
-the dialogue felt forced/scripted and didn’t flow
-a lot of overly cheesy lines (the main guy literally spends like five minutes talking about his favourite YA books and goes on to list them and say what he liked)
-no surprises, with a predictable plot
-a scene with animal harm (when is this ever okay?!)
On the plus side, there was a transgender character and a set up for a possible romance, which was amazing. I also really liked G-pa’s character because he was a total badass. The only other thing I came out of this book really enjoying was the romance because the chemistry was definitely there. I just wish there had been more room for action as well as character development. Overall, this was a cool concept, but the execution left me wanting a lot more.