BOOK CLUB: The Dysasters

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Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
ISBN: 9781760554163
RRP: $18.99
Publication Date: 26 February 2019
Publisher: Pan Australia
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Dysasters begins a brand new paranormal fantasy series by mother-daughter writing duo P.C. and Kristin Cast, bestselling authors of the House of Night series.


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 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 discovery – 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…

A new series written for a young adult audience but I’m sure there will be a lot to entertain audiences of all ages.

I look forward to hearing what our readers think.

The Dysasters is published by Pan Australia and is available now where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Pan Australia 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading The Dysasters so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below

13 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Dysasters

  1. While the premise of The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, (published by @PanMacmillanAustralia) sounds interesting – teenagers who have been genetically manipulated to be able to control the elements, earth, air, water and fire – unfortunately, for me, the delivery of their story was quite disappointing. I loved the tv show Captain Planet and the Planeteers where they used their elemental powers to defend the Earth. However despite the many references to these environmental superheroes, this is no Captain Planet. And sadly for me the characters in this book are far more teenage caricature than the cartoon Planeteers ever were.

    The book is written by a mother/daughter duo. And having two writers is perhaps why the plot seemed very ‘busy’ and confusing. Numerous topics are alluded to – Climate change, Being different, Sexual identity, Bullying, Religious cults, Ecological pollution, Being Transgender, Ageism etc, – but rather than enhancing the story, I found they distracted from it. It felt like every topic and theme the authors could think of was tipped into the mix. However because the topics were just skimmed over, I found that they did not really add anything to the story.

    I did however enjoy the drawings scattered throughout the book. They give it a superhero/comic book feel which was a nice touch. Just a pity that I felt that the book itself fell short. I am hopeful that the next book in the series will have a smoother storyline.

  2. ‘The Dysasters’ by PC Cast and Kristin Cast was supplied by Beauty & Lace and Pan MacMillan Publishers for review.

    Being a ‘Youth Novel’ I was pleasantly surprised by how mature and rounded the story line was and the solid characters the authors present.

    We are introduced to Foster and Tate who are marked to find each other on their joint 18th birthdays, due to being genetically modified in a scientific IVF experiment. Unbeknowns to them, they and other pairs of children have been genetically altered with abilities compatible with controlling air, earth, fire or water. The scientist instigating this scheme, Dr Rick Stewart along with four of his original ‘guinea pigs’ are in search of these unique children, and danger ensues throughout the chapters.

    A lot of human emotion is tackled in this book; grief, trust, anger, hopelessness, hate and love.

    The authors present a very solid and interesting story line and I am keen to follow on with the next book and be introduced to other genetically modified pairs and their unique abilities.

    A really good read, albeit a trifle hard to read as the print font is, in my view, unnecessarily tiny.

  3. The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast with its genetically manipulated teenagers was WAY outside my comfort zone and it was with more than a little trepidation that I took a deep breath and dived in. Sadly, I found the plot disjointed and very busy – perhaps this is as a result of 2 authors? I couldn’t connect with the characters and struggled to finish and found myself jumping text just to get it done. The drawings while clever, didn’t add anything for me and I’m struggling to find something positive in what felt like a mismatch of too many themes competing for attention. Perhaps I’ve finally found a book that I’m, (gasp…) too old to connect with but it really felt to me that this needed a stronger editor to help the authors complete their connections. While great themes, far too many cooks spoiled the broth for me.

  4. I am a big fan of PC and Kristen Cast’s House of Night Series, and I love Youth Fantasy (even though I am in my 40s). The standard of writing of modern Youth Fiction is usually as good, if not better than many “Adult” novels. Unfortunately, this was not one of them.

    The protagonists Foster and Tate are unlikeable. I was surprised to find out that Foster was 18, I first assumed that she was around 13-14 years old. She’s horrible, bratty, rude, and yet thinks she’s superior in every way. With Tate, it’s not so much that I don’t like him, it’s just that I feel nothing about him. I want to be invested in a character, but with Tate I find it very hard to care. The same with the 2 on the farm (can’t even remember their names!).

    I love fantasy novels, suspending disbelief and getting lost in a story of another world. I was intrigued by the weather controlling element of the story. But the “scientific” explanation of this was just completely unbelievable, it would have been better if they didn’t try to explain it and left it all mysterious. And then there is forming “crystal” blisters on the skin that other people can get high on. Just too much!

    Just too much seems to be the theme of this book. The disaster scene in the beginning was over-the-top. The amount of issues that they tried to crammed into the book was far too many. And then there are the drawings, which could have been a real asset to the story. But instead of illustrating the story, in most of them the characters just seemed to be pouting at each other.

    That’s what I disliked about the book, and I did struggle to get through the first two thirds. However, towards the end I started to get into the story. This is mainly because of Charlotte. Even though we haven’t seen much of her yet, I love her already. Hopefully the 2nd book will focus more on her and Bastien. Though I am still undecided whether Charlotte’s story would be worth reading another in this series.

  5. The Dysasters by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the first book of a paranormal fantasy series for young adults.

    Foster, an 18 year old girl is almost your typical teenager except she has the ability to control air. She finds out that her adoptive father was instrumental for her receiving this ability as well as a boy called Tate. They stumble across each other. They discover that together they are very powerful in controlling air. Together, they have to find 3 other pairs of teenagers who were also manipulated by Foster’s father to control the other 3 elements – water, fire and earth..

    In this book, we are also introduced to Charlotte and Bastien who control water.

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was very simple to read except I wish the writing was bigger. I enjoyed the mystery that both Foster and Tate have to solve in order to identify the other teens and the danger that is facing all of them. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia and Beauty and Lace for giving me the opportunity to read this.

  6. I admit I was very excited when I was selected by Beauty and Lace Book club to read The Dysasters by P.C.Cast and Kristin Cast as I enjoy the YA genre. But unfortunately this novel did not quite meet my expectations. The concept of pairs of youth genetically modified before birth and coming to an age where their powers to control the earth’s elements sounds extremely exciting and powerful. But I found that during reading that the storyline progressed at such speed and predictability that I found it lost an opportunity to fulfil its potential for me. The author’s skimmed over many topics such as sexuality, betrayal, anger, the desire for power etc but did not explore any of these in any depth. I also unfortunately found the same issue with the characters, that they were almost superficial and the reader was not offered any depth in this area. Maybe I expected too much as the pictures featured in the book are almost “comic book” in style and maybe this is more what the authors were intending to provide their audience than what I expected in depth.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace Book club and Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with the opportunity to read The Dysasters by P.C. & Kristin Cast.

  7. March 2019 selection
    Beauty and Lace Book Club March 13, 2019
    Book Review: The Dysasters, By P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
    This new paranormal fantasy series for young adults focuses on Foster & Tate who find out what they thought were just special abilities were actually not-so-natural talents. When they find out that they have been genetically manipulated before birth to bond with an element, theirs’s being the power to control air. Working together they discover that they are not the only ones and they are being hunted for their extraordinary skills. The race is to keep one step ahead of the hunters while finding others who have also been genetically modified.
    The story has a great concept which should grab the attention of young adult fantasy fiction; there is plenty of scope for further books to be created in the series which would allow for more development of the main characters and greater depth. A great start to a new concept in fantasy creation.
    Thank you Beauty & Lace and Pan McMillan Publishers for the opportunity to read and review P.C & Kristen Cast book ‘The Dysasters’

  8. The Dysasters, written by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast a mother and daughter duo writing pair.
    The Dysasters is the first book of a supernatural fantasy series for young adults which focuses on teenages who have been genetically altered with the ability to physically manipulate the Earths elements; earth, wind, water and fire.
    Cora and Foster begin the process of finding the genetically altered teenages with Tate. Each unaware that they have paranormal activities and that another group is tracking them also.
    Wishing to capture, isolate and manipulate them into performing duties for the Doctor who created them.
    Cora creates a paradise and helps set the course for the youths history.
    The novels rather busy and often feels jumpy, this could bd because of the duo authors. The story idea is good and I really enjoyed what the novel was trying to create but feel it was lacking in some ways and fumbled in others.
    I suspect they will progress better as the series continues and find their feet.
    I found it difficult to read as the writing is very small, even with glasses on.
    Overall, thankyou Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillian Australia for the chance to read this novel.

  9. Thank you BeautyandLace and Pan Australia for inviting me to participate in April’s book club selection, The Dysasters written by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

    The Dysasters is the first novel in a new paranormal fantasy series and is a genre that’s probably targeted to the young adult/teens market.
    I must admit it took me a while to finally delve into the book, the story line didn’t really grab me from the start and also partly because of the very small print size, I found it difficult to read as it’s a lot smaller than I found comfortable.

    The two main characters Tate and Foster find their lives turned upside down on their 18th birthday. As they deal with the loss of their loved ones, they discover they have special abilities and need to work together to control their new found powers whilst dealing with grief and the loss of their world as they knew it.

    As they learn more about their past, they realize they are being pursued along with another pair of teens and hunted down so they can be reunited with their creator.

    I found the story moved along and was quite predictable but easy enough to follow. I thought the illustrations throughout the book were a good addition and was a welcome relief from the small print size.
    It’s probably not a series I would continue reading, but it might prove popular for a younger reader.
    Thanks again to BeautyandLace and Pan Australia for opportunity to read and review this book.

  10. This was a great book for young adults/teenagers who are interested in fantasy, paranormal and the possibility of powers.

    After being genetically modified at birth, these youths learn about the powers they have, how to control them and exactly what they can and can not do with them. The question of whether the should or not, well ….. that’s for you to discover.

    This book was well written and the font size certainly suits the young and I wonder if this was to reduce the page numbers. There is huge scope for spin offs or sequels to occur and I certainly look forward to seeing future books from PC and Kristin Cast.

  11. Dysasters is the first in a new YA series by P.C. and Kristin Cast who have written other series that I’ve heard of but never had the chance to read. I was excited to read this book as YA fantasy/paranormal stories are one of my favourite genres.
    This book follows the story of Tate and Foster who along with other teenagers have been genetically engineered with the power of the elements. They have the power of air while the other teenagers have bonded with nature’s other elements.
    This is a story of them finding themselves and the others whilst trying to escape being hunted themselves. The Book tackles a lot of different themes throughout but doesn’t really focus on too many so it feels a little disjointed.
    Overall I think teenagers would enjoy this story and I did enjoy the concept but it didn’t completely grab me unfortunately but I would continue with the series to see what happens. Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Australia for allowing me to review this book.

  12. The initial plot was very intriguing but while the book didn’t wow me , it interested me enough to finish it .
    The author delivers the characters well , a quick easy read that’s fast paced taking us on a whirlwind of events along the way .

    The book is directed to all whom enjoy a ya read . The author delivers vivid imagery , and some even entertaining lol moments .

    Fantasy and magic intertwined among the pages , great for all those readers who enjoy this genre .

    Overall the concept of the book intrigued me but certain deliveries did not . Some forced , and some cliche ..

    3/5

  13. Knowing The Dysasters was intended for a youth audience I thoroughly enjoyed it, usually I’m not into paranormal books but I loved the story line, an IVF experiment by a scientist who now has to locate the children pairs he made to bring them together. Although a busy story it was enjoyable and captivating, when earth, air, water and fire along with love, trust, hate, anger, fulfilling the pages not knowing what disaster was coming next would Foster and Tate be safe or would they be caught was brilliant.
    Thank you for the privilege to read and review this book Beauty & Lace

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