Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

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Jul 30, 2020

I really enjoyed reading Aurora Rising because of the hilarious characters and amazing plot. This sci-fi world takes place in 2380, and centers on the six members of Squad 312 from the Aurora Academy. Every member had their own unique personality, which made their interactions realistic and entertaining, even in the most life-threatening situations they faced. In addition to the six squad members, Aurora was asleep for two centuries and is an important piece in a war that started millions of years ago. I loved reading about all the characters in different points of view, especially Auri, with her extraordinary powers. The squad's encounters with other alien species in this futuristic world and their constant trouble had me captivated until the very end.

Jul 16, 2020

This is my favorite book of all time. And that's making a massive statement as I’m an avid reader and have read at least a hundred books in my lifetime. Its writing is done beautifully, every character has their quirks and is extremely likable, and is such a thrilling and engaging book. Every scene, you feel invested in the plot and the characters. Everything about this book just works well and feels well thought out. I may not be able to explain why it’s my favorite book, but I can explain the charm that comes with this book.
As mentioned before, every character has their own distinct personality. The book switches the point of view every chapter, which allows the reader to learn more about a certain character. When the book switches the perspective, it continues from where the story left off which helps to continue the narrative interestingly. The characters are so different from one another and the relationships between those characters are some of the most interesting parts in the story. All the characters are dysfunctional in one way or another, but they all work together in their own way. It feels like a dysfunctional family. While it is a flawed family, it’s a family nonetheless.
Because all the characters are so likable, you feel completely invested in every scene. You care about what will happen to the characters and feel excited to see what will happen next. The plot is entertaining and is never too dry or boring. It moves at a perfect pace, explaining when it needs to and introduces you to its world perfectly. It’s an interesting concept to have a story set in 2380, and imagine the technology at that time. The story brings you into this world, and while it does fall into the trope of having a character who's new to everything in this world, it helps flesh out the world. The plot also feels very well done and overall this book is just such a thrilling and investing read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants any type of book recommendation. It’s such a fantastic book and anyone can enjoy it. I’m usually not the greatest fan of science fiction books, but this got me so invested in the story and I loved every word of this masterpiece. This book just sits right with me and gives me so much joy. I have re-read it several times and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever become tired of reading it. I would pick up this book when you have the chance because it’s just such an exceptional work of fiction.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 24, 2020

Super fun heist sci fi, ala Firefly, from the duo that brought us the Illuminae Files trilogy. The audio book is done with a full cast.

Jun 07, 2020

Aurora rising was a good book. I liked all the characters. Details were awesome really made you feel like you were there. Gave me a Stranger Things vibe. But the book wasn't for me. I figured out I'm not into the Aliens and space books.

I feel...very...conflicted about this one and that makes me really sad because these authors are so incredible. At this point I'm feeling 3.5 stars, though I desperately wish I loved this more than I did.

When Alpha Tyler Jones finds an abandoned ship floating in the Fold, he goes in to investigate, only to discover something not even his wildest dreams could conjure up: a girl, frozen in cryosleep for over 200 years. Aurora O'Malley was set to be a colonist on the planet Octavia; she studied for it, trained for it, and then, set out for it - but she never made it. Tyler misses his opportunity to choose a squad at the Aurora Academy because of his impromptu rescue mission, and so, he is assigned a ragtag bunch: his sister Scarlett, their best friend (and Tyler's almost-lover) Cat, a sassy Betraskan named Finian, a beautiful Syldrathi named Kal, and quiet genius Zila. But Aurora's appearance means more for the six of them than they could know, and as Aurora begins developing strange powers, their mission will take them across the Milky Way galaxy and into the very heart of a storm they never even realized existed.

So, this sounds super cool, right? Even as I was typing that out, I just wanted it to be as good as it sounds. There was this one that I haven't experienced in any other Kristoff book. I just felt quite disconnected from these characters and the experiences they were having.

I like the idea of the Fold - a kind of rift in space, like folding a paper in half, that allows a person to travel from one point to another extremely quickly. And in practice it was really cool too; I loved how everything was muted, how colour was leached from reality, and how it made you crazy if you stayed in it too long. The world is cool, the "aliens" even cooler, and I really enjoyed the political dynamics that were barely brushed over in this first installment. There is clearly a lot going on in this world, and I do think that the next books will be interesting because of that.

However, the characters and the story were what fell flat for me. Let's start with characters: a ragtag group of misfits thrown together who learn to see each other as family? This is basically crack cocaine for me as a bookworm. But the dynamics among these characters just did not work. There was the tension between Tyler and Cat because of their tryst, the bond growing between Kal and Auri, Fin's constant sarcasm (that was actually a highlight - I liked him the most) but because there's so much going on we never really get to sink our teeth into anything. Jay & Amie like to play with our emotions, and it's like I could feel them trying, but I remained totally unaffected by the end.

And the story didn't really have a direction, a purpose, for so long that I started to get bored. Cool space masquerade balls and sassy Betraskan family drama can't hide it when your actual plot line loses momentum. I get the mystery aspect, I was always wondering what Aurora was and how she was going to fit in, but it just felt like the whole thing lost that "oomph" about 100 pages in and didn't ever fully regain it.

I'm really disappointed that I didn't adore this. The Illuminae Files is one of the best sci-fi series I've ever read, and I absolutely adore these authors together. This one just didn't grab me and hold me like I wanted it to, and I just wasn't invested in these characters.

TSCPL_Miranda Jan 19, 2020

So good! A motley crew comes together to stop evil from consuming the universe. Sci-fi with a little dash of mystery and suspense, told in multiple perspectives and voices, with humor and heart. I'll look forward to reading the second in the series, set to be released later this year.

DCLkids Dec 12, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. 2380: The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but he's stuck with the dregs nobody else would touch. His biggest problem is Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, a girl out of time who could be the catalyst for a war millions of years in the making. Grades 7-8.

Hillsboro_RobP Sep 24, 2019

Welcome to space, where the skirts are short, the abs are rock hard, and all the aliens are sexually compatible. Oh, and no one can travel faster than light if they're older than 25.

Strap into a flying love pentagon and join a sarcastic group of misfits as they spin out some trope-tastic (think knocking out the guards and wearing their uniforms) galactic adventures.
In a lot of ways, it feels like classic Star Trek that leans hard into the sexy, sexy cheese.
Given the amount of space kids crushing on each other, it's surprisingly not salacious and a fun time for all. Funny, enjoyable, and a great set-up for the sequel, I recommend this one for both teen and adult sci-fi readers, but you should be ready for the campy, predictable whirlwind that it is.
In many ways, it feels like a tabletop RPG (players have their roles, ridiculous ideas somehow work, NPC's drop big hints when the party can't figure out what to do next) but the final product works. I'd give it 5 stars except for the overuse of ex machina.

Sep 20, 2019

Honestly, there was so much fuss about the book, I thought that it was going to be better. It wasn't bad, but I feel that there were some loopholes in the plot and that the character development wasn't that great. Even so, there was good humor and the world was interesting.

I really loved this book. I love the characters, I love the plot, I love everything. Every chapter I read makes me stay up late clutching the book to my chest, debating whether I should read another chapter or not. The authors made the characters lovable and I love how you get to know a lot about them. I feel like if you read the book long enough you might be questioning yourself what would one of the characters do in this situation. I like how the ebook is told from different points of view. In the end, I started crying, and not because of how the story ended, but of just how good it is. I hope that the authors will make more books because they are amazing.

Aug 13, 2019

Told from many points of view the first mission by our young graduates of a mixed species space academy is a rapidly expanding galactic saga. Very interesting story with a great cast of characters-oddity that the author kills one off as this is obviously going to be a series.

Jul 06, 2019

Love, love, love this book!!! Every bit was amazing and written in true Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff style!! If you love any of their books or just a good space romp with hilarious and sarcastic characters, then this is your kind of book!! The plot towards the 3rd act get pretty weird and hard to follow as well as the end was not quite a cliffhanger, but the book overall is a must read!

“Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?”

In our home galaxy, centuries from now, Aurora Legion cadet Tyler Jones faces a problem. After finding a dying spaceship floating in space, he discovers a girl in cryo-sleep, who has now awakened after over 200 years. This find could change his academic career—but not in the way he thought; while finding this ship, he missed the Draft, which would have determined his top-spot among the independent peacekeeping squads of Aurora Legion. Now, stuck with his twin sister, his childhood best friend, and a squad of misfits and ne’er-do-wells, they must protect the girl out of time at all costs.

If you’re a fan of science fiction, “Aurora Rising” truly has it all. With themes of found family and individuality, this novel is filled with action, banter, and intergalactic adventure that will surely have you reading for hours on end. Kaufman and Kristoff dazzle with their lovable and relatable characters, and the beautiful, heart-wrenching, and sometimes laugh-out-loud tale in space.

POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNINGS: Some graphic violence, occasional foul language, death of loved one(s)

May 16, 2019

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA and Sci-fi. This one had major Guardians of the Galaxy and The Breakfast Club vibes to me!

On the day that Tyler is meant to choose his squad of elite teammates to share in interstellar missions, he gets caught in a space storm and saves the only living girl on a ship full of thousands of dead people. He consequently gets stuck with a team of misfits, and as they head out on their first mission, it is clear that they were not instructed for the task at hand. Something is very very wrong in the galaxy. As the girl he rescued becomes a part of the squad they must search the galaxy for answers and understand how to defeat the looming threat upon it.

As soon as I started this I knew it would be a LOT of fun! It very much reminded me of The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Breakfast Club, and Stranger Things. I also loved the addition of a heist and a space elf. I most enjoyed that this book starts out action packed, and there are not a lot of moments of downtime. The squad moves from one piece of the puzzle to the next and there isn't time to be bored. I found this book funny, mysterious, sad, relevant to today's issues, and a little bit romantic. I liked that the chapters switched perspective, and the quirky crew that was brought together. Overall I really loved this book and am very excited to see where the series goes.

Mar 16, 2019

"NOBODY PANIC" holy crud I'm not panicking, I'm completely freakin out! The Illuminae files was an awesome read, I can't wait to get more books by these two authors, their books are totally the best! : ]

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