Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Also by this author: Illuminae, Aurora Rising, Nevernight
Also in this series: Aurora Rising
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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 was so hyped up for this book that I looked all over to find an ARC to read. I was dying to read it from the moment it hit my mailbox.
I have to say I really highly enjoyed the world that the authors created for this one; it is not often that I read a sci-fi adventure so some of the world felt new to me. The world was filled with space, adventure, space crafts, aliens, different planets, and traveling through the different galaxies. It was filled with things I have never seen before in the books I generally read so I enjoyed the concept of a world that was based off ours but in the future and filled with galactic battles and adventures to be had.
Aside from the setting of this story there is a huge cast of characters to meet who are all part of a squad from the Aurora Academy. I liked how everyone had one thing they were trained in which helped to dictate their job aboard a space craft. However, since there were so many characters and each chapter is from a different perspective it could get to be a little much at times or hard to tell who was who. I will admit that for a few of the early chapters I would have to flip back to see which perspective I was reading from at that time. I think because this was an advance copy this could have been just editing errors or perhaps this is just the way the authors wrote the characters in the beginning.
I’m a little sad to say that while I did highly enjoy some of the characters, some of them just didn’t really do anything for me, especially in the beginning of the book. By the end of the book it was easier to tell who was who and I really started to feel more for all of them. I think that this is really a first novel of a series. It scratches the surface of who everyone is, what their jobs are and the huge mission they will be on for the series. I just felt that I could have loved this a little more. Maybe with some editing before the final copies were printed would help or maybe the characters are going to be a little vague until the second book for unknown reasons.
Overall, I did really love several aspects of this story and a few of the characters are really pulling at me so I do want to read the second book. I love the sci-fi adventure. Even though I hate to compare books I just felt that this one fell a little flat for me in some aspects because as far as a story being told from a group perspective it is really hard to beat Six of Crows for me. I do hope to see Jay and Amie pushing it a bit more in the sequel. I know they can do it, the bare bones are here, and some great scenes, it just needs a little push for the next book.