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M. K. England

Author of The Disasters

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Works by M. K. England

The Disasters (2018) 374 copies
Spellhacker (2020) 168 copies
What Makes Us Mighty (2022) 68 copies
Ultimate Gaming Showdown (2022) 13 copies
Attack of the Bots (2023) 2 copies

Associated Works

A Twisted Tale Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 59 copies


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Trigger warnings: Explosions

6/10, I picked this up from one of the two libraries I go to and one of them didn't have it however the other one did and this was one of three new books that arrived at the time I read this and one of them so far underwhelmed me, another one didn't and this one did since I found so many issues with this; where do I even begin? It starts with the main character Diz and she lives in a world where magic or maz (I'm cringing at this) is limited and a corporation has tight control over it. There are 14 types of magic at least according to the book like fire and water but there's one more the characters will discover. The story was very predictable and much like Green Rising (the characters just save the world from climate change due to fossil fuels magic drilling operations.) Technically magic is a fossil fuel in this world since the book said that it's a limited resource, I don't understand why they couldn't have just used renewable energy or something like that. The main character was honestly very annoying because she acted aggressively towards her friends (like swearing at them and telling them to screw off), why can't they stop making friends with her if she treats them like that?
Go read Dune or the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, for a better YA sci-fi novel.
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Law_Books600 | 4 other reviews | Nov 3, 2023 |
Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing with the lowest amount of bias.

The characters match their game counterparts, but the book is paced out in a way that prevented me from getting a firm grasp on what was happening and why I was supposed to be emotionally invested in it. The time keeps hopping back and forth but with the same characters, so it is difficult to keep track of what situation the heroes were in at any given time.

I listened to the audiobook version: I did not like the narrator though. His Gamora voice and his Kor-El voice hardly sounded any different and his switching between character voices wasn't very smooth.
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thenthomwaslike | 1 other review | Jul 24, 2023 |
I loved this! A tight-knit chosen family, a protagonist who's kind of a mess, a desperate bid to stop a disaster, and awesome nonbinary representation, all in an intriguing setting that blends elemental magic with a cyberpunk vibe.
lavaturtle | 4 other reviews | Mar 20, 2023 |
This was so much fun! A great exciting plot, and an instantly lovable band of protagonists who have to save the world while dealing with their own problems and secrets. Plus queer and trans representation, a racially and religiously diverse cast, and a narrator voice that really sounds like a older teen (who really likes making jokes about kicking). Loved it!
lavaturtle | 20 other reviews | Mar 6, 2023 |



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