Review | Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

30075662I know we’re part of something bigger. Something at least centuries in the making. Maybe even more.

Published: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 470 (Hardcover)

Series: Aurora Cycle #1

Nothing is impossible. But something is very, very wrong.

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.

Hi friends! I’ve got a highly anticipated review for a new release, and I’m excited to dive into my thoughts with you guys! I’ve seen a lot of five-star reviews for this book and I honestly think I’m the only four-star I’ve seen. Let’s discuss, shall we?

IMG_1341I’ve been thinking about my rating and review for this since before I finished it, and I say this for two reasons. One, this was one of my most anticipated books of 2019. I’ve been basically foaming at the mouth since I got the first word about this book. I’m obsessed with the Illuminae Files, so I knew this one was going to be good. Two, I could tell, just by getting 50 pages in, I wasn’t going to enjoy this as much as I thought.

It pains me to give this a four-star and exclude it from my favorites shelf, but this didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m really not sure exactly what it was that didn’t do it for me, but I think it’s because I kept comparing it to Illuminae, which is a little hard not to do. If you write one phenomenal space opera adventure and then come out with a new series that is also a space opera adventure then I expect the second one to be just as good as the first, but this one fell flat for me. It didn’t have the twists and turns and page-turning scenes the way Illuminae had, it was just a book with a decent plot to me.

I loved everything else about this, though! I liked the story behind the Slydrathi war, the way each alien species had its own history and personalities and culture, I loved how quirky and fun the main characters are, and I especially loved the way the authors create this whole galaxy of planets that all have their own historic battles and cities and leaders and everything else. Jay and Amie can really create a whole experience when reading their books, and it’s one of the things I love the most about their collective works. Their books are atmospheric and intriguing and have an air of mystery and adventure and romance, and it’s these reasons that make me excited for future books from this dynamic duo.

IMG_1406.jpgOur main cast of characters in this are just as witty and sarcastic and fun as I expected, which is part of what carried this book. They worked so well and so terribly together that it was basically the best part of the book. Really, it carried the plot. Banter on top of sarcasm on top of flirting with a side of more banter. This was FUN. So much fun. I have to admit though, Kal is my favorite and a new personal book boyfriend which is interesting considering he’s a space elf. But hey, the heart wants what it wants.

The plot of this is fresh and original, I mean, who doesn’t love an intergalactic government conspiracy? It’s my jam. This was basically a mysterious treasure hunt across a far away galaxy and I really enjoyed it. We learn a lot about the characters and the history of their families, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into that in the upcoming books. We’re left with a LOT of questions in this one, which is fine, and it’s just given me something to look forward to for the upcoming book in this new trilogy.


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