Book Review: Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Book One in the Aurora Cycle

Published in 2019 by Allen & Unwin

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Page Count: 470

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

Nobody panic.

My Review:

They’re not the heroes we need, just the ones we could find.’

Oh, and what a bunch of amazing characters we had. Granted, I might not have felt as connected and instantly drawn in by everyone as I had with the Illuminae books, but that’s not to say that I wasn’t drawn in by Aurora Rising, which had, hands down, been one of my most anticipated releases, since the amazing Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman announced their new science fiction series.

My favourite character, hands down, was Auri (and Scarlett), but Aurora, wow; as soon as I met her, I had all sorts of questions – where did she come from, why aren’t there traces of her history, how did she wind up with squad 312? Just, all of the wow! Whilst I did enjoy reading from everyone’s different points of view, I did personally feel like some of the perspectives may not have been as important as others, but that’s definitely just me, I feel.

Whilst I wasn’t as invested in the story as much as I was with Illuminae, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next – I mean, these characters are great – Aurora of course, then we have the fiercely loyal Scarlett and Cat, too, and Kal, Finn and Tyler- there was glorious banter aplenty, and I couldn’t get enough- any smartass character quips from Kaufman and Kristoff will never not put a smile on my face.

And even though there weren’t the mixed media formats like there were in The Illuminae Files, the book definitely remains one of the most gloriously visual ones I have ever feasted my eyes upon – and what a fast paced, nail biting feast it was! Definitely pick this one up if you haven’t already!

Happy Reading,


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