Book Review: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The sound of her name is like music

I was super curious if Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff could keep up their good work after The Illuminae Files, but they definitely did not disappoint. It kept me on the end of my seat the entire time.

Book Review: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Title & Author: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science-Fiction, Mystery
Release date: May 7 2019
Series: The Aurora Cycle
Publisher: Knopf Books


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 give Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff five out of five hearts because I really loved this Science-Fiction novel by two masterminds. I am not surprised, but I was worried my own brain was hyping up this book way too much after reading The Illuminae Files.

The story is told from several perspectives, Aurora, Ty, Scarlett, Cat, Kal, Finian and Zila. They are part of a group of misfits being pulled into a cover up. They banter around while trying to save their asses and I loved it. They are super different from each other and after finishing one chapter of each, you could figure out who it was without having to look it up.

The story itself was great. I worried in the beginning it would only be about what happened to Aurora, but there was so much more (of course!) and the entire novel was filled with plot twists I did not see coming. I wouldn’t have minded if the book had been bigger.

Overall I think Amie & Jay are giving out another great story and I think they will be able to keep it up. The book is full of humor and great characters. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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For now, let books enrich your life!

Amie Kaufman
Jay Kristoff

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