Review: The Dysasters
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.
Wow. Where do I start? It’s been a while since I’ve had such negative feelings towards a book. It was a promising idea but I felt it heavily lacked the execution and actual sustenance of the intriguing story I was expecting.
An 11 or 12-year-old girl would probably love this. It’s written too casually for my taste - casual dialogue that tries to come off as playful and effortless is anything but that. In fact, it actually is quite annoying at times because it totally took me out of my reading zone/mood. There are so many cringe and eye-roll worthy moments throughout, it’s probably easier to count the non-cringe worthy moments in the book. I also heard myself saying "oh no" so many times, whether it was at the cheesiness of the dialogue or the endless cyclone of drama that happened to fall upon our heroes.
First, we’re introduced to Foster and her adoptive mother Cora who have a “we’re too cool to be mother and daughter” relationship and constantly throw some “smart” banter back and forth. Of course, shortly after, we’re introduced to Mr. Perfect and Foster has all the symptoms of instalove - first comes the denial which entails “he’s so gross”, “you’re so annoying” behavior of course. All this in just the very first chapter! She really does say “He was, of course, perfect” when she first lays her eyes on him. And then soon after, our Mr. Perfect repeatedly calls our heroine a "bitch" and it's played off like it's a totally normal thing. I was already pretty disconnected to the story before this point, and him just calling her a bitch (like there was no creative or better way to express his frustration?!), had me pretty much tuned out. I thought we were past the mid 00’s - early 10’s fascination with “perfect” characters. Where’s the depth? What’s up with the one-dimensional characters and teen angst? But that was only my first impression and so I thought I’d give them a chance and hope they had some substantial character growth. I was wrong in my hopes. They never turn into anything admirable or even compelling enough to warrant any feelings in me besides utter annoyance and a regret of getting myself into this situation.
There was so much drama - Renting a motel room? Drama. Meeting someone? Drama. Driving? Drama. Walking into a store? Drama. Learning about powers? Drama. Talking to people? Drama. Oh, there’s a horse on your property? Drama. Going dancing? Drama. Everything was dramatic. Yet somehow, it was slow and boring and it seemed like there was no movement in this book. In fact, the only thing with the movement were the storms that were brewing.
I couldn’t help myself - I started hating the characters because they were just so insufferable. I somehow got halfway through this and because I’m the type of person who must finish a book, I had to force myself to read the second half, skimming my way through the pages just to find something with some sustenance.
I was a teen in the prime age of the Vampire craze and I LOVED P.C. Cast’s The House of Night series. I stumbled across this new adventure on NetGalley and I was intrigued by the plot line but to be honest, initially worried that it may be too juvenile for my taste. But I decided to request it anyway against my better judgment and now, here I am. At least it’s over.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.