Thursday, April 25, 2019

Audio Book Review: The Dysasters

The Dysasters

By:  P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Publish Date:  February 26, 2019, Audiobook Release February 26, 2019

Format:  Audiobook - 9 hrs 40 mins
Narrated By:  Emma Galvin

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st book in The Dysasters series

Impression:  Coming into their unknown elemental powers.

Synopsis:
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.

First Sentence:
"Cora, why are we here?

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Emma is a narrator I've listened to in one other audiobook series. I like her, but when there are more characters, I find it's hard to tell which person is talking when they speak. There's not much difference between the voices and personalities of characters to easily distinguish them in conversation. Emma does fit hard female leads though, and Foster fits that personality.

This is one of the first books that has a slight downside to listening to audio instead of getting the print book, you miss out on the artwork. I flipped through the Kindle book to get names and spellings, and I saw some amazing artwork of the characters. They are comic type frames but it's awesome!

The first chapter is important. It draws me into the story and has me asking questions about the characters and what's to happen. I'm interested in what the characters are doing and want to know why. I also get an introduction to what's happened in their lives, but it also leaves me wanting to know more about past events, as I suspect the past has a strong influence on what's to come.

Foster knew she had some Jedi special gifts, but never expected she'd have all that she learns about on her eighteenth birthday. And there's someone else like her. Though, that other person isn't on the top of Foster's favorite list. See, Foster has trust issues with anyone and everyone, so finding Tate and having to share information with him is hard for Foster. Tate feels to be the opposite of Foster in personality. He's so outgoing and easy talking.

On their eighteenth birthday, Foster and Tate are handed a lot of information about themselves and a few others. They are now alone with lots to learn and digest, along with staying safe from the doctor that made them.

This book felt to have the feel of many books out there already, the elemental power, DNA manipulation, crazy science doctor, and the struggle to stay safe and help others like them, but the characters are made to be their own. The elements we find similar is what makes the book easy to follow. But there are small details that belong to this book that's different. The actions of the characters belong to them. And the characters are what makes a book individual for me. Foster and Tate do that for me.

We get most of the book through the point of view of Foster and Tate, but there are a few chapters from the eyes of others; Eve, Mark, Charlotte, and Bastion. Each chapter starts with the heading of who's mind the chapter is from. This is neat as we learn details of each person that others don't know along with details of what they know of what's happening and why. There is the ultimate question that lingers about Dr. Rick Stewart... is he mad and what does he really want with the kids he created?

This book had a few moments where things could have gone as normal, but the characters had grown and didn't turn against each other in those moments. I enjoyed this as they took the better path. I enjoyed the book for these small moments.

I look forward to the future books of finding the other elementals and dealing with the doctor. Can't wait!



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