Title: Aurora Rising
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #1
Pages: 470 pages
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
So normally I don’t read books as soon as they come out but if you preordered this book you will get an Iluminae novella and I absolutely must have that novella so of course I preordered it. Even though my motivation for getting this book as soon as it came out was because of the novella I was still excited to read it and for good reason.
I absolutely loved The Illuminae Files trilogy so I had high hopes going into this book. While I didn’t love this one as much I still really enjoyed it. It definitely did not disappoint. It took a little bit for me to get into this and understand what was going on but that was the case with Illuminae as well. I think it’s just what these authors are good at. They throw you in immediately and explain later.
This book has 7 different perspectives although you don’t get much from Zila in her own chapters which just makes me wonder what’s the point in her character but I am hoping we get more of her in the next book. I have mentioned several times before that reading a book with so many character POVs can easily confuse me. Luckily that was never the case here. I couldn’t tell you who my favorite character was because I genuinely loved them all. At first I wasn’t a big fan of Cat but she redeemed herself in the end.
Honestly I only have 2 little niggles with this book. First is it has some long chapters which I don’t personally like but isn’t really a big deal. Lastly, and the reason I took off a half star is that it was missing something and I can’t even tell you what that is. I didn’t feel as emotionally connected with the characters like I did with Illuminae. As you can tell though I still really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to book 2 and I highly recommend you read this if you haven’t already and if you are even remotely interested in it.