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Book Review: Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

* I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1)Title: Aurora Rising
Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman 
Publisher: Rock The Boat 
Source: Publisher


Book Summary:

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

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.

They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Book Review:

I, like a lot of people, loved The Illuminae Files by these two authors and was excited to see what they were going to do next. When I heard about this book, I knew that it was going to be right up my street and it was. It was a fast-paced sci-fi story that had great characters so what more can I need. 

One of the things that I really loved about the story is, of course, the characters. While Tyler was a little annoying at first, I think that it developed into a good character and this was really great to see. The story also offers a diverse range of characters so there is basically someone for everyone. What can I say I just love a merry band of misfits!

I also loved that elements from the Illuminae Files were still seen in this one. While there was nowhere near the same level of diagrams and such seen in Illuminae, I did like the maps and logs that were seen throughout. 

The plot was also really engaging and I loved seeing all the characters bond out of the situation that they had been put through and to see the changes that changed throughout. I think that it had the right balance of mystery and action all set in the sci-fi world and I was there for it. 

I also really enjoyed the world-building throughout and the different races of characters in the book. It was good to think of what they may look like and again added different dynamics to the group which again I really enjoyed reading about!

While I do remember the end to be quite emotional, I can't wait to read Aurora Burning to see where the story goes next and to revisit all the characters!

The Verdict:

Aurora Rising is a fast-paced sci-fi story with great characters that will take you out of this world!

Have you read Aurora Rising? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below!


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