Book Review: Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Book One in The Aurora Cycle, published in Australia by Allen & Unwin (2019).

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Angus & Robertson:

Australian RRP: $19.99

ISBN: 9781760295738

Imprint: Allen & Unwin Children’s.

Page Count: 480

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Adventure Fiction.

My Rating:

Sypnosis from Allen and Unwin:

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .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 tech-whiz 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.


My Review:

A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin, who kindly gifted me a copy of Aurora Rising and Aurora Burning in exchange for honest reviews, all thoughts are my own.

This was my second read of Aurora Rising and honestly I’m just so happy that I got to experience it all over again! If you’re looking for a perfect escapist novel during these weary times – filled with fun, feels and a fabulous squad of ragtag misfits of astronomical proportions, then Aurora Rising is definitely for you!

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman have longtime been two of my most favourite authors, whether it’s as individuals or as a collaborative pair, I always admired and will continue to admire not only their wild and vivid imaginations, but their completely immersive storytelling abilities! Seven points of view may seem like a daunting feat and a potential confusing reading experience, but Kaufman and Kristoff seamlessly weave the lives of Tyler, Scarlett, Finn, Kal, Zila and Auri so intricately and immersively, giving each Squad Member a completely unique and distinctive voice, not to mention memorable sassy banter and touching bonds throughout too. I was absolutely living for Scarlett’s wit and sarcasm, yet she proves completely crucial as the Squad’s Face, the diplomat who instigates peace between intergalactic species and crews. She’s also the twin to our Alpha, Tyler and I love how Scar would like fun at him throughout but their sibling bond is just completely precious and endearing! I love how they can communicate with just a single nod or a gesture and how Scarlett will always support and follow Tyler. The Ying to Scarlett’s Yang is Pilot/Ace Extraordinarre Cat, who’s devotion to her Alpha is completely admirable and she and Scarlett just share some amazing banter but work so amazingly well together! Throw in Kal, Zila, Finian and a secret stowaway, a girl out of time, Auri and we have an amazing Squad and an adventure of stellar proportions!

Aurora Rising is packed to the brim of epic action and is completely fast paced and I couldn’t even begin to envision what was coming! Granted, I’d read it before but even so I actually feel like this reread gave me an opportunity to enjoy the characters and savour the experience even more than the first time! I just have so much love for Squad 312, I love how they were begrudgingly thrown together initially and that there wasn’t a great deal of love between everyone at first but honestly everyone just had such amazing character development and I’m all for one specific bond that grew as Aurora Rising went along! I am just so happy that I got to reread Aurora Rising’ and experience such an amazing adventure and it has definitely got me all the more excited and anticipating for ‘Aurora Burning’ very soon – I can’t believe I initially gave ‘Aurora Rising’ 4 stars when I initially read it last year, you can definitely be assured that this reread is definitely a 5🌟 experience and has cemented this book in my favourites and I cannot recommend it enough!

Happy Reading,


Author Bio:

New York Times bestselling co-authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff feast upon your tears and relish your screams.

In addition to their internationally bestselling The Illuminae Files, Amie is the co-author (with Meagan Spooner) of the bestselling Starbound trilogy and the Unearthed duology. She is also the author of Ice Wolves and Scorch Dragons, in the Elementals trilogy.

Jay is the author of the award-winning Lotus War trilogy and the Nevernight Chronicles, as well as Lifel1k3, the first in the Lifel1k3 trilogy.

They live with their respective spouses in Melbourne, Australia. Find Amie and Jay at and




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