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

  • 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

    Yay! Goldsboro came through! They had an extra copy and look at it!! I got locked out of ordering it when their site went down that day! They emailed me about the extra copy, I was all over it like white on rice! 🤣😂

    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!

  • 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.

  • Irina

    First I want to say that the only reason why this book got 4 starts from me is because the last 70 pages were AMAZING. I'm left speechless. After I finished the book I needed a few moments to process what I read. Those last pages were what I was expecting from the whole book when I started reading it.

    I really liked the story lin

    First I want to say that the only reason why this book got 4 starts from me is because the last 70 pages were AMAZING. I'm left speechless. After I finished the book I needed a few moments to process what I read. Those last pages were what I was expecting from the whole book when I started reading it.

    I really liked the story line and I'm curious how the plot will develop in the next book. The ending left me with so many questions and I want to find out more. Another thing that I didn't believe I would encounter in this kind of book and impressed me is that the authors created some parallels to our world with themes like refugees as a result of war. I really like how this subject was included in the book and maybe we would see more of it in the next one.

    Two things annoyed me at this book:

    First: the change in povs. Why do we need 7 povs ? Why ? If the book had maximum 3-4 povs it would have been the perfect read for me. While I was reading I felt like I couldn't keep up with the story so I had to go back to read a few chapters again because I was confused about what was happening. I also started mixing up the characters and didn't know who is narrating. It was a mess.

    The only pov that I enjoyed reading and I was expecting coming up every time was Kal's. I liked how he developed through out the book and in the end I also liked his relationship with Auri. I'm curious to see how this couple will develop in the next book.

    An number two: the humor. Sometimes I felt like this book was written for middle scholars. I con count how many times I rolled my eyes at a joke made by one of the characters. I hope in the next book this fact will truly change.

    Even though the book didn't reach my expectations(which were really high) it was a fun read and I look forward to the next book. 😊

  • 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

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    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"]>

  • amy ☂︎

    so what do we name this character who is woken up from cyro sleep by a man

    um....... aurora? lol

    amie your talent is unparalleled. here are my keys go fuck my wife

    this is literally the movie passengers (2016) in book format, which means pointless weird trashy space opera that nobody asked for :/

    don’t get me wrong i would donate my own heart to jay kristoff if he required it but i can’t recognize him in this book and i refuse to associate it

    so what do we name this character who is woken up from cyro sleep by a man

    um....... aurora? lol

    amie your talent is unparalleled. here are my keys go fuck my wife

    this is literally the movie passengers (2016) in book format, which means pointless weird trashy space opera that nobody asked for :/

    don’t get me wrong i would donate my own heart to jay kristoff if he required it but i can’t recognize him in this book and i refuse to associate it with him

    the characters are STALE af and even if you TRY to love them with your whole being it just kinda doesn’t work out at all and i couldn’t care less about any of them. Finian really was the only bright star in this and amie and jay are cowards for not giving him a boyfriend..... yea i said it

    the ending really was so predictable and i didn’t feel an OUNCE of excitement in my body when it all came together...... honestly i was just so deliriously happy when i finally finished it.

    i‘m just saying that i expected SO MUCH more and my life would be zero percent different if i had not read this book except i wouldn’t have wasted some precious hours of Living Time on this. like i could’ve went on a hike instead. i could’ve eaten two hamburgers, maybe three. countless opportunities, wasted forever.

    read

    by brandon sanderson instead if you want a fresh and fun little time with a ya sci-fi!

    i‘m not continuing with this series bc i don’t hate myself enough lmao bye

    2.5 stars

  • Chaima ✨ 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.

  • ;3

    i had to dnf halfway through but on GOD the entirety of what i read was unbearable as fuck:

    - there are SEVEN characters. all their povs sound the same and there is no distinction between any of them. they’re also incredibly super mega hot bc like...of course. why not

    - we have one (1) bisexual character (who is easily the only likeable and effortlessly funny one) but guess what? jay and amie said fuck gay rights and shove multiple het pairings down our thr

    i had to dnf halfway through but on GOD the entirety of what i read was unbearable as fuck:

    - there are SEVEN characters. all their povs sound the same and there is no distinction between any of them. they’re also incredibly super mega hot bc like...of course. why not

    - we have one (1) bisexual character (who is easily the only likeable and effortlessly funny one) but guess what? jay and amie said fuck gay rights and shove multiple het pairings down our throats instead

    - said het pairings are so bland and corny and underdeveloped and based almost entirely on characters describing in vivid detail how hot the other one is

    - why are they all so damn horny for each other. shut the fuck up and do ur jobs. there are more pressing matters than wanting to jump each other’s bones. it’s as if writer 1 was like: how do the complex minds of teenagers work 🧐🤔🤔🤔 and writer 2 was like: sexy times and cringey dialogue 😝💦 and writer 1 was all: FUCK! that’s brilliant. write that down

    - the queer-baiting. the kiss between (redacted) and (redacted) is obviously not intended to be taken as anything other than an act of Clownery 🤣😜. utter fucking bullshit

    - diversity rep in all of this is just a grab for woke points. the blatant favourism towards the straight white characters is so Yawn. zila deserves better lmfao

    - i’m so over the superficial disrespect and cattiness between girls instead of actual solid friendships

    - do these bitches not know how to swear?? who the hell goes around saying shit like ‘holy cake’ or ‘son of a biscuit’??? embarrassing.

    - if anyone even breathes to me about the “witty dialogue” in this i will actually tear my own lung out. it’s not witty. just stupid, juvenile, and corny.

    read disasters by m.k england instead for better, clearer skin :)

  • 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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