Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

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Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.
After rescuing a girl who was trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries from interdimensional space, eighteen-year-old Aurora Academy graduate Tyler Jones is swept up in an interstellar war millions of years in the making.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524720964
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Kaufman Amie 04/2019
Characteristics: 470 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay - Author


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When Tyler Jones saves Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, he doesn't expect to be pulled into an
intergalactic adventure that threatens the living universe and puts his very values to the test.
Instead, he's more worried about the rag-tag squad of Aurora Academy dredges that he's been assigned after missin... Read More »

Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.

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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!

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