Review: Aurora Rising

Review: Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Official synopsis

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 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. 


5 bright burning stars across the galaxy for Aurora Rising.

He glances up to the sky briefly, sunlight glinting in those violet eyes. "Do moons choose the planets they orbit? Do planets choose their stars? Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?"


It was fun, fresh and action-packed from the jump and immediately captured my interest. A sci-fi adventure that's in equal parts funny, nail-biting, witty and surprising, it features a great diverse cast that makes this page-turning read even more enjoyable.

With seven POVs, it definitely lets you get inside the heads of our heroes. Out of all the POVs, Kal's, Tyler's and Aurora's were the best for me. I was more emotionally invested in these 3 characters more than the other 4, although I had a soft spot for Scarlett's sass. Finian was funny in a roll-your-eyes kind of way, but his humor was very welcome. Zila and Cat were passive and nearly forgettable.

The novel was set at such a great pace and so easy to follow, even with all of the alien terms and references. It was really spectacular and I'm really excited to see where this series is headed.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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