The Dysasters

The Dysasters

by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast


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ISBN-13: 9781250141040
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Dysasters , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,409
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

#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 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.

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The Dysasters 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Shelley Murray 19 hours ago
Rating: 3.5 stars This got off to a really rough start for me. I'd almost say it was a slow start, except it launches into the story with multiple tornadoes tearing up a town, dozens of people dying, and an epic chase scene - so how do you really call that "slow"? And yet... There's a LOT of information dump happening in the first third to half of this book, and it sort of bogs it down. Then again, this is also the first book that sets up a greater duology/trilogy/series, so some of that is to be expected, and once the preliminaries were out of the way the rest of the book took off flying. Foster is pretty abrasive and not the most pleasant person, so if your enjoyment of a book relies on you actually liking the main character from the get-go, The Dysasters might not be for you. I could see the vulnerable girl underneath the tough exterior, and she kind of grew on me. Then there's Tate, who has a very Clark Kent, corn-fed midwestern boy-next-door thing going on, and he's very sweet (if a little bland). They're the pair of kids associate with the air element, and the main focus of the majority of the book. Honestly, I probably wouldn't keep reading this series if it were just Foster and Tate, but in the final third (or so) of the book we're introduced to Charlotte and Bastien (the water kids), and OH, my swoon, I stan a cajun and a southern belle. *fans self* YES. I am 100% here for the next book in the series just to watch a romance blossom between Charlotte and Bastien, please and thank you. Just from the bits we've gotten from Charlotte and Bastien, I already like their characters so much more than Tate and Foster too, so I'm glad there are some main characters I can connect with (because I am one of those people who needs to like the MC's to truly enjoy a book!) I'm also interested to see where P.C. and Kristin Cast go with the fire and earth pairs, and I'm hoping for more diverse characters like Charlotte and Bastien (please please please). A note: there is a LOT of swearing, which for a YA novel especially felt gratuitous and off-putting to me. Even if this hadn't been billed as YA, I wouldn't love the "F---tastic Four" (which I'm assuming is a clever play on the Fantastic Four, which I get, but maybe drop it once and laugh and then move on?) Tate also called Foster a b---- a lot, which made me immediately like him a lot less, so we had some hurdles to cross. Also, while G-Pa as a character rocks... "G-Pa"? Really? Who calls their grandpa that? I question some of the linguistic choices, but okay... This is the first book in The Dysasters ... series? quartet? trilogy? I don't see that it's been announced yet. Originally I assumed it would be a quartet with each book focusing on an element, but that doesn't seem to be the route Cast and Cast are taking (which is awesome, because if we hadn't met Charlotte and Bastien in book 1 I might not have made it to meeting them...) Some story arcs are closed within this book and you could theoretically read it as a stand alone, but it also sets the stage and larger ongoing story arc for the rest of the series. I'll be sticking around to give book 2 a change (because I need me some more Charlotte and Bastien!!)
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HowUsefulItIs 9 days ago
I started reading The Dysasters on 2/24/2019 and finished it on 3/9/2019. This book is an interesting read. I like the power of the elements. Tate’s grandpa is the coolest ever! I also like Mark because he cares for others. Charlotte and Bastian’s views are my favorite reads because they seem easy going and realistic. They have difficult relationships with their family members that could be easily relatable to many readers. The graphics within the story are unexpected but very much welcomed because it helps readers to imagine the story better. The main character, Foster is as bitchy as stated in the story and I don’t really care for attitudes but it’s well played on her part. This book is told in the third person point of view following Foster, 18 as she and her adoptive mother, Cora gets ready to go to a high school football game to meet Tate Taylor. The second point of view is Tate Taylor, star football player at Homer High. A strong tornado came suddenly and wiped most of the town and its people. The third view is Mark who has the power to control the element water like rain is working with Matthew who controls wind and Luke who controls fire to search for Foster and Tate to bring them back to Dr. Rick Stewart. The fourth view is Eve who can control earth like earthquakes. Eve along with Mark, Matthew and Luke and eight others were genetically created by Dr. Stewart. The fifth view is Charlotte, a girl who was born Charles and loves the sea. The sixth view is Bastian who left fine food and money to be free near the sea. The seventh view is G-Pa, Tate’s awesome grandpa. From the sudden storm, Foster loses her adoptive mom Cora and Tate loses both of his parents; however, they discovered something about themselves that shocked them enough to go on the run. The Dysasters is very well written and a unique read. It’s a bit overwhelming to follow so many point of views but I like to feel personal with the characters knowing what they are thinking. The story flows well and I enjoy both good sides and bad sides’ views. I like following their strategic planning as well as their challenges. I like the mad scientist-esque and especially IVF related because nowadays many babies are born through IVF. The story ends with me wanting to read more. This is my first read from the authors and it sure won’t be my last. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Pro: fast paced, page turner, drawings, music, powers of elements, friendship, family, some romance, diversity Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Wednesday Books for inviting me to host a blog tour. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at for more details
JillJemmett 15 days ago
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.
Bethanemone 21 days ago
**This review is courtesy of an Advanced Reader Copy gifted to me via the author, and Wednesday Books. This review is promised to be honest, and provide full disclosure without revealing too much of the plot. Partial spoilers below** Four elements, four teens who control them, and four baddies who do the same? Get ready to ride out the storm with The Dysasters by P.C. And Kristin Cast, the mother/daughter creative force behind the New York Times bestselling House of Night Series. This action-packed thrill-ride redefines what it means to be a hero, and what it means to be a teenager in uncertain times through hope, love, and the strength of the bonds people share by working together. With a combination of text, and beautiful artwork, this story will certainly leave you wanting more. For a full review, please follow the link below.
onemused 22 days ago
“The Dysasters” is a really engaging new YA fantasy/sci-fi series. We begin with Foster, whose adopted mother Cora has dragged her to Missouri (or as Foster calls it, misery) to find someone at a high school football game on her eighteenth birthday. When a storm suddenly turns into a tornado, Cora’s heart, which has been hanging by a thread, gives out. Foster and a high school football player, Tate, call out against it- the tornado listens- before splitting and wreaking havoc. With her last words, Cora warns them away from four of her presumed deceased adopted father’s associates who are out to get them. Cora has planned for just such cases and sends them armed with a letter to a safe house. Getting there and evading the four after them are no easy task. Quickly, Tate and Foster must figure out who they are, why people are after them, and also work out how to find the other teens who are about to turn 18 and come into their powers. The book is told from many perspectives, and beyond Tate and Foster, we also get the perspectives of Eve and Mark, who are two of the four searching for the teens. Later, we also get the viewpoints from two other teens who are about to manifest their own powers. This fast-paced book is really engaging, quickly pulling the reader into the story and different personalities. There were never a dull moment in the story. Add on to that the comicbook-style drawings that appear throughout, and this is sure to be a big hit among people who like superhero origin stories. I was completely caught up in the story and so sad when I reached the end- I need more, NOW. (Please.) I am so excited about this new series. This new series is a great beginning that introduces the premise, the characters, and has all sorts of action. I cannot wait to see where it will go! I also really liked the diversity of characters that was beginning to appear (different ethnicities/races, transgendered, etc.). I cannot wait to meet the rest of the characters in the coming books, and I could definitely see this becoming a favorite. The only thing I found odd was how fast/passing the grief was for Foster/Tate about their loved ones dying, but I suppose they had little time to grieve considering the danger they are facing. Overall, I think this is an exciting start to a brand new YA superhero-style story, and I can’t wait to continue it with the next book! I loved the characters (even the “bad guys” are given some sympathetic perspectives), and I love the idea. The integration of images/comicbook-style pages within the novel is icing on a delicious cake. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.