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Book Review: Aurora Rising

mysitdAurora Rising
By Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
The Aurora Cycle #1
Hardcover: 473 pages
May 7, 2019
Knopf Books
Categories: Sci-fi, Adventure, YA
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| Jay Kristoff | @AmieKaufmanAuthor |
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ |5/5|
**Spoiler-free Review**

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.

aurora rising Holy alien babies. Jay and Amie have done it again. Aurora Rising was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint!

Our story begins with Tyler, golden boy extraordinaire, the night before he is to choose his squad. It is his senior year at Aurora Academy, an elite training school for the Terran military and he has the highest marks in his class. As sleep eludes him, he decides to log some flight hours by himself to calm his nerves before the big day. And the shit show ensues.

While he is flying around the Fold– basically a rip in space and time, he comes upon a craft that has been lost for over two hundred years. With a fold-storm brewing, he proceeds to rescue the only person alive on board. Ok, so let’s back up a minute and talk about this whole statement. I didn’t realize what nerds Jay and Amie were. The whole fold is fucking awesome. It’s basically a hole in space that leads to a distance crazy far away quickly. While traveling through the fold, everything in it is in this strange gray-scale color scheme, and extensive exposure to the fold can lead to hearing voices, insanity, etc, etc. This survivor has been floating out here for centuries– who knows what kind of damage that can do to a person.

Auri is from Terran and has no idea the advancements made while she was cryogenically frozen. Aliens? Check. War with said aliens? Of course. Crazy government conspiracies? Oh, we’re getting to that one. Upon rescuing Auri, Tyler misses the draft and has his squad chosen for him. Complete with the misfits of his class, he must lead this group on a dangerous mission to uncover a conspiracy created by his own government.

Aurora Rising gave me all of the Illuminae vibes and so much more. I absolutely freaking loved it. Every heart pounding, edge of your seat, nail biting moment. The characters are extra snarky, the setting is creeptastic, and the twists and turns throughout the story gave me all the feels. I highly recommend picking this one up– especially if you loved The Illuminae Files! Jay and Amie are fucking magical together and I can’t wait for the second book. #Squad312 for life!

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