Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

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 woul...

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Aurora Rising Reviews

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    As Cat would say,

    Thank you so much to Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy!

    This was SO good. I never do reviews like this, but I think the best way to sum up this book is through the AMAZING cast of characters AKA Squad 312.

    squad leader, golden boy, "captain hotness" with a heart of gold, Scarlett's twin.

    biracial (she's Irish & Chinese!), woke up with weird powers after being frozen for 200 years......as you do.

    As Cat would say,

    Thank you so much to Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy!

    This was SO good. I never do reviews like this, but I think the best way to sum up this book is through the AMAZING cast of characters AKA Squad 312.

    squad leader, golden boy, "captain hotness" with a heart of gold, Scarlett's twin.

    biracial (she's Irish & Chinese!), woke up with weird powers after being frozen for 200 years......as you do.

    Tyler's twin, sarcastic queen, sweet-talker and serial dater with who knows how many ex boyfriends (we stan, you get that d, girl lol)

    Tattooed, tomboy badass who may or may not be in love with captain hotness, also is a queen of sarcasm

    disabled, hilarious and bi?? pan?? It's not explicitly stated but he's definitely queer!

    sexy elf alien with purple eyes and silver hair. YES PLEASE.

    the smartest person alive...possibly in the whole universe??? She's also black and barely says anything, but when she does, my brain explodes.

    Basically, this book was hilarious, action-packed and emotional while also having parallels to our world with themes of displaced people and refugees as a result of war.

    HIGHLY recommend you pick this up when it comes out (May 6!!!!!). You don't want to miss this one!

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I want to come up with some sort of witty introduction to this review, something to “hook” you and convince you that whatever I can ramble onto this page will be worthy of this book, but honestly, I’ve just gotta tell you up front. I'm calling it now, in April:

    I want to come up with some sort of witty introduction to this review, something to “hook” you and convince you that whatever I can ramble onto this page will be worthy of this book, but honestly, I’ve just gotta tell you up front. I'm calling it now, in April:

    I already knew I was going to enjoy this; after all, it’s another gorgeous brain-child from Jay and Amie, the authors of one of my all-time favorite series,

    What I didn’t know was how well

    would hold its own against their first trilogy, how easily it would set itself apart (despite being another banter-filler, emotional roller coaster in the stars), or how singularly consuming it would be. I constantly alternated between reading this slowly to savor it and devouring massive chunks at a time because I just never wanted it to end, but I couldn’t get enough.

    While the plot is fantastic, the banter is hilarious, and there are some surefire swoon-worthy moments,

    These characters are easily some of the most lovable, precious beans I’ve ever read in my entire life. I am endlessly amazed by how well these authors can make their characters feel so real that I want to protect and love them at all costs, forever, and become so attached that

    The chapters alternate between their perspectives, and there are quite a few of them, but each of their voices are so particular to that character that I felt like I could’ve easily recognized whose eyes I was looking through, even without the chapter headers informing me. That alone is a nearly impossible feat for writers to manage, but it works so well here. We have:

    👑

    Iconic golden boy image; he doesn’t drink, doesn’t swear, treats people fairly, does what’s “right” whenever possible, and manages to be totally lovable despite his absolute Lawful Good alignment.

    Tyler’s twin, absolute queen, can be sweet as pie but would probably skin you alive if you harmed a single hair on her brother’s head. We stan.

    🚀

    Pilot extraordinaire, hot-headed, tattoos everywhere,

    not in love with Tyler, recipient of mixed feelings from readers and characters alike.

    👽

    Betraskan (alien) force who lives for sarcasm, rude jokes, and hotties of any and all genders. He’s disabled and lives inside a mechanical exosuit, and I would probably do just about anything to keep this little jerk safe.

    🧝‍♂️

    Syldrathi, AKA hot/tall/muscular/scary space elf, and also did I mention MY SWEET BABY. Mostly violent and generally misunderstood, a quietly angsty little soul. Jay and Amie, so help me if you do ANYTHING to hurt him... 😡😡😡

    🔫

    Small, adorable, owner of oddly specific earrings, and a raging beastie who shoots first and asks questions never. Zila is… strangely and incredibly endearing.

    Last but not least, the title character, Aurora. Lost in cryo-sleep for 200 years, she’s understandably baffled, terrified, and a little bit furious. Oh, and she does freaky, scary, violent things with her mind. It’s dope.

    Seriously, I could spend another twenty pages gushing about this book. I’m already dying to reread it (and have the audiobook pre-ordered for exactly that purpose!), and can’t wait for the second book.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I made a double sided bookmark today and once again, I didn’t practice with my new cutter and it’s a little off! But I love it anyway!

    Loved it! Loved the characters! Hope to read the next two in the trilogy!

  • C.G. Drews

    🙌🏻 I confess to not being the world's most avid sci-fi fan, but I mean, hi

    , which is a masterpiece. I also am just here for Aussie authors who are globally recognised?! Bc half the time Aussie lit doesn't get off our shores. I assume this is bc we strap it to the backs of wallabies to make the swim to america and the wallabies, idk, eat the books or something. Regardless,

    Although, it's kinda

    🙌🏻 I confess to not being the world's most avid sci-fi fan, but I mean, hi

    , which is a masterpiece. I also am just here for Aussie authors who are globally recognised?! Bc half the time Aussie lit doesn't get off our shores. I assume this is bc we strap it to the backs of wallabies to make the swim to america and the wallabies, idk, eat the books or something. Regardless,

    Although, it's kinda impossible not to compare it to Illuminae? And because there are a lot of similarities

    Illuminae is done in such a alternate unique style -- I did like the Illuminae Files better. This is more a straight-up sci-fi, and it hits on a lot of loveable sci-fi cliches (I don't mind! But I wasn't surprised with most of the plot?) and I could totally envision it as a movie.

    Definitely the squad vibes! I've seen the authors talking about how they wanted the squad to be the feature of the book, that found-family for a bunch of rejects. Although tbh, only 3 of the 6 are actually the dysfunctional ones. (Minus Auri who is there bUT HAS NO TRAINING WHAT'S GOING ON. She's like the icing for your packet mix cake, just add water and Auri, and oh btw the cake is about to explode.)

    And I liked the crew! The only one I was really attached to was Finian though? But we have:

    basically called Goldenboy because he's the academy's best and brightest. Blonde, dimples, perfect etc etc. Ya know Jason from the Heroes of Olympus? Tyler is his long lost twin. Look I like him, but also he was all YA GOTTA HAVE FAITH and such an optimist which is...against my entire code. So anyway.

    She's Ty's twin and like the super tall, cold as hell, epically smooth girl who everyone is in love with including me idk what to tell you she's gorgeous. She also cares about the crew. She's simultaneously the MUM-FRIEND and the one who will flirt half the galaxy into giving her anything. The flirty-mum-friend??

    super tattooed badass, the fighter-pilot, also desperately in love with Ty but neither of them is going to acknowledge it.

    he's an alien from a race that is kind of elfin? so he has pointy ears and they call him Elrond, on occasion, which is fab. He's born to hit people and he's so standoffish and better-than-thou and his reaction to getting a crush on a human is "OH WELL PROBABLY NEED TO KILL MYSELF." So Kal? Drama queen.

    She does rise, believe me, like a packet of hella scary bread. She's biracial American/Chinese and has been in cryo-sleep for 200 years. So also she's a 200-year-old teenager who spends the whole time freaking tf out AND then she realises she has creepy powers. She's not !!! suppposed !!! to be here !!!

    Aka my LOVE. Honestly 10/10 would die for Finian, dunno about the rest of them. He is disabled and wears a special suit to help him walk, but the book also acknowledged his disability a lot -- like how the suit was his sci-fi version of, say, walking with a cane. But he can't do it forever and he really was overtaxing himself by the end. He's also hella gay and basically did an "eenie meenie miney mo" between Tyler and Scarlett to see who he wanted to hit on. Also he's a sassy little asshole and honestly? Love it. Here for him.

    Zila said about 30 collective words through the whole book, did about nothing useful to the plot or the crew and why is she there.

    , not to be a super sensitive picky person, but she seemed thoroughly coded as autistic BUT!! they chose!! To call her a sociopath!!! Nice. Thx. Love that kind of rep. Could you also not. Anyway, hopefully she isn't autistic or else everyone starts frikkin apologising. But she literally does nothing for the book.

    Anyway.

    tl;dr -- I love Finian.

    Like I said, it hits a lot of cliches BUT we're here for a sci-fi romp!? So I didn't mind! My only problem was how many were also in Illuminae lol. Like the "omg we're gonna get caught quick kiss!" and "oh the government is hiding a planet and killing the survivors to cover up!!" Amongst others. Lol. But we also have like telekinesis stuff going down, we have teens throwing themselves into the accidental criminal life, and it had the whole space-opera vibes of The Good Kids™ strolling into the criminal space underworld and being adorable and bad at being bad and I LOVE THAT TROPE.

    Also they sassed each other to hell and back and I busted laughing out loud a few times. A family member also came into my room and asked if I was crying so...?? Thx. That was a laugh. How dare you.

    I appreciated the lack of toxic masculinity in here too!! Tyler deferred to Scarlett's advice, Kal and Tyler end up

    it was just chill.

    Lots of races and abilities and some bi rep and girls being badass and very feminine. 🎉(Just putting a big red X over the *possible* autistic rep and just hoping IT WASN'T.)

    They steal things! they blow things up! They run screaming from very big bad enemies! The tag line is basically:

    solidly good story! I enjoyed myself, it was fun if predictable. (My only real concern is that I had no feels lol and the ending didn't hit me emotionally at all.) But the cast was fab and the dialogue meshed together so well and was so sparky! I'm concerned that these kids seemed to eat ONCE and that was like, a reheated synthesised pork dish. So they need to work on nutrition. But they were also nearly dying and uncovered something super bad and everyone's gonna die if they don't fix it. SO. 🎉 Good luck, Squad 312!!!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Review first posted on

    :

    A lot of YA fantasy and science fiction works follow teenager characters as they attend magic or spaceflight school (I would take either!), but not nearly as many follow the characters’ lives after graduation.

    , a new YA space adventure from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the authors of the well-regarded ILLUMINAE FILES trilogy, take the latter approach, following a diverse cast of older teens as they graduate from Aurora Academy in the year

    Review first posted on

    :

    A lot of YA fantasy and science fiction works follow teenager characters as they attend magic or spaceflight school (I would take either!), but not nearly as many follow the characters’ lives after graduation.

    , a new YA space adventure from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the authors of the well-regarded ILLUMINAE FILES trilogy, take the latter approach, following a diverse cast of older teens as they graduate from Aurora Academy in the year 2380, are divided into crews of six according to their specialties, and assigned their initial mission for the Aurora Legion.

    Tyler Jones, age 18, is at the top of the senior class. A natural leader and stellar student, he’s earned the right to four of the top five picks in the next day’s Draft, where the “Alphas” or team leaders pick the five graduating students, each with a different specialty, who will be their crew. But Tyler can’t sleep the night before the Draft, so he takes off on a solo space flight into the Fold, the weird interdimensional part of space that allows interstellar space travel. Tyler’s about to head back to Aurora when he receives an SOS call from a legendary space ship, the Hadfield, which was lost over 200 years ago.

    Tyler (barely) manages to rescue the single survivor of the Hadfield, a cryogenically frozen girl named Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley. (Luckily she goes by Auri, sparing us from an overdose of Auroras.) But rescuing Auri takes too long and Tyler misses the all-important Draft. So his new crew is the rejects and misfits of the graduating class … except not all. Tyler’s twin sister Scarlett (a diplomat) and their lifelong friend Cat (an ace pilot), who were able to hold out from being drafted by other Alphas so they could be on Tyler’s crew, excel at their specialties. Joining them are Zila, a dark brown-skinned sociopathic scientist; Finian, their resentful alien tech who wears an exosuit to compensate for his physical disabilities; and Kal, their alien combat specialist who has a genetic predisposition to violent anger.

    Tyler’s crew, Squad 312, takes off on their first mission, but their routine supply run quickly turns odd when they discover Auri stowed away on their Longbow spaceship, and then dangerous as the mission goes south and deadly forces close in. Soon Squad 312 is on the run from their enemies while trying to solve an ancient mystery that may have galactic consequences.

    is a fast-paced space opera adventure, overflowing with thrills and chills, and spiced up with romantic tensions between the various crew members and lots of snarky dialogue.

    There are fun if slightly juvenile details that help make the story more memorable for readers, like the color coding for the various specialties at Aurora Academy, the decorative and informative sidebars that bolster the worldbuilding, and the sarcastic voice of Auri’s “uniglass” (a handheld computer device):

    Tyler’s crew is divided equally between men and women and includes some sexual diversity (one of the crew is bisexual) as well as racial diversity … not to mention a couple of aliens. The constant shift in point of view with each chapter can get a little dizzying; all seven of the crew members (including stowaway Auri) have multiple chapters from their POVs. Some of the characters are more memorable than others, but a few weeks after reading this I still clearly remember most of the crew members, a tribute to Kaufman and Kristoff’s success in creating distinct characters.

    It’s convenient that the half of Tyler’s crew who were considered “the dregs” of their class doesn’t actually include anyone stupid or incompetent. They’re social outcasts with significant personality issues (which has the side benefit of adding interest to the story), but they’re all bright and talented at their specialties. Also suspiciously convenient is the fact that spaceship crews need to be under age 25 to withstand the mental pressures of entering the Fold, but at least there’s a plausible reason given for these youthful crews.

    The basic plot elements of

    ― a mismatched company of strangers trying to overcome their differences and become unified, an improbable heist (complete with a MacGuffin), and a journey to a destination that turns out to be far more perilous than expected ― will be familiar to anyone who reads a lot of sci-fi, but Kaufman and Kristoff sucked me right in and I couldn’t put this book down.

    is a fun, quick read if you like your YA SF with lots of snarky banter. It’s almost guaranteed to appeal older teenagers who enjoy science fiction. It’s the first book in the new AURORA CYCLE series (thankfully its ending doesn’t leave you with TOO much of a cliffhanger). I’m definitely on board for the next book!

    I received a free review copy from the publisher and NetGalley. Thanks!

  • Kai

    There is nothing I love more than having zero expectations about a book just for it to tear me open, rip my heart out and make me ship pairings that will never

    be canon.

    I had never read a Kaufman/Kristoff book in my life before this one came around and now I'm doubting all the decisions I have made in my life so far.

    was good. Really good. YA Sci-Fi at its best. It's one hell of an entertaining ride.

    This first of three books has co

    There is nothing I love more than having zero expectations about a book just for it to tear me open, rip my heart out and make me ship pairings that will never

    be canon.

    I had never read a Kaufman/Kristoff book in my life before this one came around and now I'm doubting all the decisions I have made in my life so far.

    was good. Really good. YA Sci-Fi at its best. It's one hell of an entertaining ride.

    This first of three books has countless POVs and a big squad of characters that was very well-balanced. Yes, there is room for more backstory, for more character development, but there are also two more books, so there's that. I really want to know more about Zila, and I kind of wish Ty was more fleshed out, cause for know he's nothing more than a cute but mediocre head boy. But I love Scar and Fin and I'm excited to see what other secrets Auri is holding. While we're talking characters, now's the time to be pety af. Beware of spoilers! I liked Cat at first, but her very annoying backstory with Ty got on my nerves real quick. I kind of anticipated her role in the finale and I'm not sorry to say that I'm glad about the way the book ended.

    I also wish there was a little more originality. Although it didn't bother me much while I was reading, there are many similarities to other Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds. Stars Wars for once, Annihilation, and to my great disappointment

    . Suffice it to say that I'm very much done with the concepts of mates/life-lovers. Instead of focusing on pairing up the characters without considering that queer parings are indeed possible, the authors should focus on giving us the LGBT+ content we deserve. Yes THAT SCENE had my hyperventilating but how dare they torture me like that and then trap these characters in heterosexual relationships?

    Overall, this was a fast-paced, entertaining, funny space adventure that I devoured in no time. Can't wait for the sequel.

  • jessica

    jay and amie are the be all, end all for YA sci-fi, as far as im concerned, and its soooo good to be immersed in one of their stories again. the illuminae series is a pretty big act to follow, but this is everything i was hoping it would be. i am so relieved.

    this is fast paced, action packed, deviously humorous, and undoubtedly entertaining. and i think thats what i enjoyed most about the story - how

    jay and amie are the be all, end all for YA sci-fi, as far as im concerned, and its soooo good to be immersed in one of their stories again. the illuminae series is a pretty big act to follow, but this is everything i was hoping it would be. i am so relieved.

    this is fast paced, action packed, deviously humorous, and undoubtedly entertaining. and i think thats what i enjoyed most about the story - how fun it is. it doesnt take itself too seriously and it feels like a worthwhile adventure with good company.

    my only critique would be because this story is so dang fast-paced and there are so many character POVs, i found it rather difficult to really bond with all of the characters. there are maybe one or two that i really connected with, but other than that, the others are kind of just background noise. not necessarily a hinderance to the story, but definitely noticeable.

    all in all, i am really pleased with this. i had high expectations, but of course jay and amie would meet them. cant wait for the series to continue!

  • may ❀

    i'm going to be honest with you here, jay kristoff and amie kaufman were the duo to write one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE SERIES (this is high praise over here, so listen up), so to say the expectations were

    was a freaking understatement

    and yet, here we stand: me, ready to exit into space from disappointment and you, observing me with confusion and mild distaste

    okay, mayyybe i'm being a litttle dramatic. but i've tried to sit and write this review out in a coherent, profes

    i'm going to be honest with you here, jay kristoff and amie kaufman were the duo to write one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE SERIES (this is high praise over here, so listen up), so to say the expectations were

    was a freaking understatement

    and yet, here we stand: me, ready to exit into space from disappointment and you, observing me with confusion and mild distaste

    okay, mayyybe i'm being a litttle dramatic. but i've tried to sit and write this review out in a coherent, professional way many times and each time i just wilted into a sad potato

    - so, to start off, EVERYTHING in this ENTIRE book felt average. average characters, average plot, average conflict, average conclusion. it felt like something i've witnessed a million times and i was just soooooo underwhelmed

    - the writing is really fast paced and you would

    that would be a plus, but somehow it came off very abrupt because things were being thrown at me without reason or explanation and i was supposed to just

    - sure thing, susan

    - there are 7 characters and each of them serve a purpose in their little squad of misfits and theoretically, i LOVE that idea, but in reality, there wasn't ENOUGH depth and development in any character to warrant me loving them

    - also there's a ship that grows from a 'mating bond' and i just 🤢

    - and the other ship

    WHERE DID THAT COME FROM??? excuse me but they had exactly three limp conversations and you exPECT ME TO BELIEVE in

    - i'll take a hard pass

    - and the

    - it felt like the authors focused more on the characters having these outrageously witty comebacks, equip with all the sass and snark but they missed on them being actual,

    characters

    - they all felt so similar to me :(

    - i'm being hard on the book for no reason (or maybe it's because my expectations were ridiculously high and yes that is my problem to deal with) but there were some aspects i did enjoy

    - #1 being space, i just love anything that takes place in the big, scary, vast expanse of space

    - #2 the ending, specifically the last 5 chapters were entertaining and offered

    twists to catch my attention (and raise the rating from a 2 star)

    - #3 fin is a pretty cute character (he was the most developed imo and i felt his personality was the most genuine)

    i also compared nik (from the gemina) to cat (from this book) and nik, honey i'm so sorry

    will i continue on with this series??? absolutely

    bc i hear the audiobook has a FULL CAST and maybe that's the approach i should take with this series

    also, shoutout to my beb,

    for buddy reading it with me and having to endure my whining and spamming (complaining about it with you made it so much more entertaining)

    3 stars

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    literally no one:

    me: ☄️🛸🌌🌟🛰️💫🛸🌑☄️🌟🌠🌌💫🛸🌑🌟🛰️🌠

    i feel like my entire career as an Illuminae stan has led up to this moment. much pressure.

    ------------

    I don't even NEED to read the synopsis to start fangirling over it fricken yEARS prior

    Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, I give you permission to shatter my heart all over again.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • شيماء ✨

    it's a YIKES! from me

    I need NASA to please launch me to these newly discovered habitable planets; if I must deal with this seething disappointment, I don't want to do it on Earth.

    The plot puts the fun in

    damentally unremarkable, none of the characters step wholly into the page--except maybe Finian whose shoulders must be strained from hefting the weight of this entire book--and the alternating perspec

    it's a YIKES! from me

    I need NASA to please launch me to these newly discovered habitable planets; if I must deal with this seething disappointment, I don't want to do it on Earth.

    The plot puts the fun in

    damentally unremarkable, none of the characters step wholly into the page--except maybe Finian whose shoulders must be strained from hefting the weight of this entire book--and the alternating perspectives are too confusing and unwieldy. My indifference towards the romantic relationships is utterly inarticulate. Speaking of which, you have SEVEN characters and you decide to pair them all into heterosexual ships? Please. I am bored. I feel like yawning. I am already yawning. I am also making the conscious decision to never think about the whole, y'know, *imitates the concept of "mating bonds" while aggressively gagging* thing.

    I am genuinely so disappointed I don't know what to do with myself.

  • Jay Kristoff

    So this is our new YA sci-fi action adventure thing. It's kinda like this:

    Meets this:

    We have the goldenboy of an interstellar military academy:

    Who finds himself saddled with a squad of losers, discipline cases and psychos:

    And a girl who's been cryogenically frozen for two centuries:

    And as you can imagine, everything turns out splendidly:

    It features (in no particular order) hawt space elves with anger management issues:

    Daring heists in search of ancient alien artifacts:

    At least one masquerade b

    So this is our new YA sci-fi action adventure thing. It's kinda like this:

    Meets this:

    We have the goldenboy of an interstellar military academy:

    Who finds himself saddled with a squad of losers, discipline cases and psychos:

    And a girl who's been cryogenically frozen for two centuries:

    And as you can imagine, everything turns out splendidly:

    It features (in no particular order) hawt space elves with anger management issues:

    Daring heists in search of ancient alien artifacts:

    At least one masquerade ball on a space station:

    Some angsty space romance (because everything is angstier in spaaaaaace):

    And an ancient evil (that only our squad of misfits and reprobates can defeat):

    So, yeah. It's out in April 2019. We hope you enjoy it.

    Squad up, bitches:

    Nope. Totally new universe.

    Nope. We did that already. There's no sense repeating yourself. :)

    At least three.

    Yes. We changed the title because the book was originally set in the Andromeda galaxy. But space is huuuuuge (like really, really big), so we decided to bring it back to our galaxy, the Milky Way. And "the Milky Way Cycle" sounds less like an epic action-adventure in space, and more like a chocolate bar.

    Yes! We're working out details now, but hold onto your receipts. We don't know details about pre-orders outside the US, but please be patient, we'll get word to you ASAP. And thank you for pre-ordering, we love you!

    True. Auri is half Irish, half Chinese.

    Real space is rainbow-colored. Ours is no exception. :)

    Very soon! And we have loads more (very) exciting news to share on this one, so stay tuned. And thanks for the support.

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