Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Published May 7, 2019
Hardcover, 473 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Knopf Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)
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.
I read and absolutely love the Illuminae Files by these co-authors, it is one of my all-time favorite trilogies, so I knew I had to read this one when I heard they were back at it. I found that this book was equally plot and character driven, which isn’t the most common to me. It was definitely an extremely fast-paced, action packed, quick read, even though it was close to 500 pages long.
I love that the story was told in multiple points of view. The cast of character were awesome and all had this sense of comedic relief throughout the book. The whole Space Academy was a great way to have the characters working together.
Overall I thought this one lived up to the hype surrounding it. And in my opinion may have even surpassed it. I really thought it would be more similar to Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, and was happily surprised to see it didn’t. This would be a great place to start a new love for science fiction books.