Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle Series #1)

Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle Series #1)

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


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From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .

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 tech whiz 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524720964
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Aurora Cycle Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 206
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files. Amie has also co-written (with Meagan Spooner) the Starbound and the Unearthed trilogies. Jay is the author of the LIFEL1K3 series, as well as the Nevernight Chronicle and the Lotus War series for adults. Collectively, Amie and Jay stand 12'5" tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie at or @AmieKaufman; look for Jay at or @misterkristoff.

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Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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OwlishReader 6 days ago
"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?" *swoon* This was really great. If you liked the Illuminae Files, but weren't a fan of the format, this could be for you. Or if you like accessible, easy-to-read science fiction, with not a crazy amount of world building. I was a big fan of the friend group, and really enjoyed the small moments of platonic love between the characters. Some of the plot points were a bit predictable; the reveal of a particular character was easy to guess. I enjoyed that the romance wasn't center stage, and the parts that were romantic were adorable and not cringey. I know that this doesn't take place in the same world as the Illuminae Files, but there are a lot of similarities between that series and this book. It's the same general concept of a group of misfits getting together against all odds to defeat some common enemy. You can also guess which characters will end up with who, romantically (if this follows the same formula as the Illuminae Files). I did enjoy that this book had a bit more diversity among the main characters than the Illuminae Files. Overall, another great book from Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Is anybody even surprised?
Nicole Nixon 8 days ago
Another possibly incoherent review coming your way! A huge, HUGE, HUGE thank you to Knopf Books for Young Readers for providing a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Look. I say it all the time: how I’m horrible at making predictions about what will happen at the end of the novel. And when it comes to sci-fi novels, I’m even worse. So when I finally reached the end of this book, I’m just like: And this was definitely brought on by so many things. The more I read this book, the more I realized it had dashes of some of my favorite sci-fi series like Firefly and Doctor Who. To be honest, I had a lot of hopes for this book after the amazingness of The Illuminae Files and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The plot is intricate and gripping, truly mind-blowing. It has you believing one thing, only to be proved wrong later (at least for me, LOL). It’s also fast-paced, and I couldn’t put it down. I was happy to pick this book up and sad to put it down every time. No complaints here! I am in awe of how realistic and three-dimensional Amie and Jay make their characters. Do I think I would be a good fit for this squad? Probably not. I have a feeling I’d be a bit like Aurora… Sort of just lost in the midst of things. I loved that despite everything, each squad member seemed to fit together as a whole in a way they didn’t think possible. One of those, “It happens for a reason” type of thing seems to fit really well here. I can’t say I have a favorite, though I’m really in love with Kal at the moment. I love the connections each character made with each other, and how even the strong are vulnerable. I really thought I would dislike Tyler, as he’s nicknamed the Goldenboy, but he would really do anything for his squad and it’s admirable (yet heartbreaking). One of my only problems with this book pertained to the romance between two characters. I mean it was kind of out of the blue for one character, and when it was explained, I was like, “Okay… But…” But it wasn’t enough to deter me from giving this book less stars. I imagine it’ll be explored as the series progresses. The same could really be said for Zila, too. She’s a mystery, though there’s hint as to she is the way she is but it’s not explored. I expressed some concern about Aurora being biracial (half-white, half-Chinese) and its nuances being lost of the authors. I’m glad to say that wasn’t the case, and the instances in which Aurora thought about her dad and his desire to make sure they knew about their Chinese culture was really nice. I didn’t realize quite how much I had missed Amie and Jay writing together until I read this. I mean, I really enjoyed The Illuminae Files, and it was a great joy to meet the two authors last year. They spoke very briefly about what is now this novel, using the very specific phrase “hot space elves” which made us all LOL, but just so you know… It’s true! HAHA. This book has everything you loved about The Illuminae Files and so much more!
Bookyogi 9 days ago
In the same engaging fashion of the Illuminae and These Broken Stars books, Aurora Rising does not disappoint. Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman put together another sassy, fun, intelligent, sarcastic squad that share a high octane story. No doubt this series will be as good. I was trying to decide my favorite character, but there are elements in each that I like, but one thing they all share is unfailing, badass loyalty, with just the right amount of sarcasm these two authors are always able to pull off. The story went by so fast, it was over before I was ready to say goodbye (until book 2 ) Ok, so why 4 and not 5 stars? I really did like this book and 4 stars is very good, however, there were two reasons it is a 4 for me and not a 5. First, toward the end it falls apart a bit when the plot unfolds and we see their mission clearly. The otherworldly beings don’t quite click in place with the rest of the story, or it is a little overboard maybe? I am still working through my thoughts on that. Second, in the same way I love their first two series, in this third series the characters feel familiar, in a good, but also a little worn way. Now, don’t get me wrong and don’t hate me, I really do love the characters, and the worn familiarity is minor when you take into account all the great about this book – so let’s leave it with 4.5 stars for good measure.
SkyeWright 11 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** Aurora Rising is the first in a new series by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Set in the future where people are settled among the stars and have met alien life forms our story begins with Tyler, a hot shot future leader, who in a dashing and heroic attempt to save someone ruins the future he’d been working towards all this time. Due to his actions he missed the chance to make the dream team he’d been wanting and gets a group of misfits and outcasts instead, but Tyler is a stand up guy and he’s going to make this work. (Whether the others want it to or not.) Aurora went to space decades ago, ready to join her father in a period when space travel was still fairly new. She wakes up, after being discovered in the Fold by Tyler, to find that the ship she’d been on had gone missing for decades and she’s the only survivor. Also, she has dreams that show her the future and her life is in danger. You know, as these things happen. What follows is a fairly fast paced action book. The story is full of charm, wit, interesting powers, and lots of sarcasm. It’s also about finding yourself and finding family among people you meet. The team may not have been the one Tyler wanted but it’s the one that everyone on the team seems to need. There were a lot of things that happened, and I’m interested to see the consequences and follow up to some of them. There were also a lot of backstory and bigger things were glossed over and hinted at and I really need some of that in the next book(s). One word, Zila.
SWerbelo 12 days ago
Such a good book! From the start, it pulls you in and keeps you interested. The characters are great, the story is interesting and the pace was perfect. I cannot wait until the next one!
Anonymous 13 days ago
FadedPages 14 days ago
5/5 Stars ..but really all the stars in the galaxy! I loved this new squad so much that I think they're my new sci-fi obsession! Pacing This was one of those stories that I couldn't put down even with risk of losing my job the next morning, because no amount of coffee in the known universe was going to wake my tired self up! But I. Could. Not. Stop. Reading! I had to know what was going to happen and it was such a easy, fast read. Characters All the characters had unique, individual personalities so even though there were multiple POVs I never felt confused. Aurora was easily a favorite main character, because she felt a little lost among the living with everything going on in her life and I gravitated towards that feeling. Tyler was the sarcastic, hot-shot, handsome squad leader that tried to do what was best for the whole team. Cat was the angsty pilot who always came off a bit strong. Scarlett was the beauty with brains and sass. She was always talking sass with Cat. Finian was the gearhead and source of dry sarcasm, pointing out the obvious and usually went off on a comedic tangent in most of the conversations. Naturally, he was my absolute favorite. Kal was the squad's strategist, muslce, and resident space elf. I'm hoping more of his personality jumps out at us in the next book. Zila was the sociopathic scientist/medical officer that shot first and asked questions later. Her short chapters made me laugh out loud and I hope to read more background about her character in the rest of the series! Overall In short, this book was everything I wanted it to be and bits I couldn't have imagined. If you love the sci-fi genre, I can't recommend it enough! It was absolutely a blast to read with fully developed characters, an amazingly built world, and the sarcasm filled crazy space situations that we all love. I can't wait to see where the story takes the squad next! Highly recommend if you love: • Sci-fi crews filled with universally diverse characters, sarcasm and wit • Space adventures and shenanigans • Multiple POV • The idea of Hot. Space. Elves. • Sassy and overly informative A.I. characters • Stories that make you laugh and make you feel • A bit of mystery that you figure out along with the crew • Some creepy/thriller bits because space is not all fluffy, cute clouds! I feel ridiculously lucky to be granted an advanced NetGalley copy. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Knopf Books for Young Readers, and Random House Children's for allowing me the opportunity to read this amazing digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I cannot wait to read everything these two authors write in the future! ***Audiobook review - I've also listened to the audiobook and I can say it's equal to the Illuminae Files in character, sarcasm, and feeling. Just like that series, this audiobook also includes a full cast packed with action.
AlisonInBookland 14 days ago
*I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. First off, no the formatting is not the same as the Illuminae Files. Each chapter is from the POV of one our 7 characters. At the end of some chapters, there is a “page” from some kind of manual (training manual perhaps?) that explains people/places/terms used in the chapter. Wow, oh wow. The Illuminae Files are fantastic. They’re pretty close to perfection for me. I’ve been looking forward to Aurora Rising since I finished Obsidio last year. I was cautiously optimistic. Could Amie and Jay really write YA space odyssey that’s truly epic AGAIN? The answer is a resounding YES. Epic space-ness is in full force with the story from page one. Botched space missions, Space academy, heist during a party underwater on a SPACESHIP, Government conspiracies, and so much sassy banter. UGH. Perfection. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I truly hated to have to put the book down. The characters had perfectly defined voices. You never had to wonder whose chapter you were reading. The ease of the diversity of the character was fabulous. It’s set several hundred years in the future. Of course, we’ve met aliens. Making part of the crew alien was a smart choice. I loved getting a bit of a glimpse of alien races. Finian (Betraskans) is bone white, long boned, and has a really complicated family tree. Kal (Syldrathi) is an olive skinned, violet eyed, member of a Warrior race. There’s never an info dump session. You simply get glimpses through conversation and how others view them. Squad 312 worked together beautifully. Their camaraderie and annoyances with each other felt very natural. There’s some romantic tension but it really doesn’t get in the way. I’m actually pretty pleased with one of the pairings. It’s not who I would have put together but it works. The bottom line? Another amazingly, epic space journey that’s a sure start to a new favorite series.
LibaryInTheCountry 14 days ago
FLOORED. I am floored. Zila would say it’s statistically impossible for Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff to continue putting out these amazing stories (both together and individually) – one after the other. But in truth, they’re just THAT good. Kaufman and Kristoff (sounds like the name of a law firm) are back to scatter our minds across the ‘Way with more unthinkable twists and to wrench our hearts out of our chests with more romance, tragedy and soul-stopping moments. Its hard not to compare this to the Illuminae Files but besides an amazing cast of characters and space setting but we’re going to stop the comparisons there (other than to say both are great, read both!). I recently attended a panel in which Jay Kristoff was present and one of the questions was, could you change the genre of your book from sci fi to fantasy or vice versa? He answered yes and it couldn’t be more true. Aurora Rising has a sci fi setting but will absolutely appeal to fantasy fans as well – due to many strong fantasy elements (magic kinda stuff, mythology AND QUESTS). A friend recently called it “scifantasy” and I’m going to do the same because IT FITS. Aurora Rising made me so nostalgic for stories I love: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Serenity/Firefly, Starship Troopers, Defiance, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy … elements from each are there and waiting for us to indulge in them. And Squad 312 … this squad is so disjointed and an utter disaster in its infancy. Hold onto your butts though, folks. This is a squad we can all stan. There is witty banter, established and budding friendships, romance (insert googly eyes) and a genuine kinship between Tyler and Scarlett. I loved witnessing Squad 312 go from reluctant allies to working together as if they already know each other’s next move. I wont say much about the individual characters as I feel you just need to read the book and meet them, but the authors have done such a fantastic job of creating a team that is well balanced in knowledge, personality and background. As well as representation of sexuality, disability and ethnicity. ALSO. SPACE ELVES ARE A THING. The story itself will keep you on the edge of your seat with it’s constant motion. The world is vibrant and well developed in ways I haven’t experienced lately. This book is one hell of a ride and you won’t be able to set it aside once you start. I was captivated!
469480 14 days ago
The "Aurora Cycle" is different from many other ones in that the story occurs after the characters graduate from school. Aurora Academy is a military school for future space cadets; and, after they graduate, there is a draft in which the top commanders get to pick their crew members for their first set of missions. Tyler Jones, who is The Top of his Class, missed the draft because he decided to explore a restricted section of a dimension—The Fold—used for space travel, stumbled upon a ship that was lost over 200 years ago, and rescued its only survivor—a girl who is the same age as him, technically. The good news is that his twin sister, Scarlett—who is a trained diplomat—and their best friend, Cat Brannock—a pilot nicknamed “Zero”—bail on the draft in order to join his crew. Unfortunately, those who make up the rest of Tyler’s crew—the science officer, the engineer, and the combat specialist—are the ones no one else wanted in their crew: an aloof girl with a trigger finger, a handicapped boy with a motormouth, and an ostracized male whose species is in the midst of a civil war and he’s not fighting in it. Then, there’s Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley—or Auri—the girl who slept in cyro for over 200 years, who awakens with mystical powers and with the top intergalactic police forces deeming her a criminal and are attempting to arrest her. Meet Squad 312! All of these characters have flaws and with them being 17 years-old, they don’t know how to deal with their insecurities, which make all of these characters more relatable and more believable. Both the plot and the narrative are told in the point-of-views of all 7 characters! Multiple P.O.V.s are NOT new for YA books, for it allows for both character development and plot development. For example, Tyler is a leader, who jumps to conclusions surrounding his crew members—with the exception of his sister—and he would rather follow orders than question them. Kal’s species is in the middle of a civil war and he must choose between serving his tenure with Squad 312 or leaving to participate in the war. Then, there’s Auri, who is dealing with being out-of-time and understanding what is happening to her. "Aurora Rising" is a fun sci-fi book that presents the collaboration of two authors to readers who are both familiar and unfamiliar with them. While both the character development and the world-building are well done, the plot leaves more questions than answers, which means there will be a follow up to this book, obviously. Yet, the story is entertaining enough for readers to want more from this trilogy.
marongm8 14 days ago
What a spellbinding joyride to read with action and adventure packed in every page. Aurora Rising tells the story of Tyler Jones attending Aurora Academy in the year 2380 and his band of misfit friends doing whatever it takes to stand out among the rest. Then they are put in a situation that forces them to rescue Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley in inter dimensional space and she is in a cryogenic sleep and will not wake up until the next century. This puts the academy, Tyler, and his friends in great danger and they will do whatever it takes to survive. When I finished this book, it came across sounding a lot like Ready Player One and Interstellar and that made it even more entertaining to read. We will consider adding this title to our YFantasy collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Kaleena 14 days ago
“A billion stars are waiting to greet me […] For a brief second, all the Milky Way is silence.” The humor and writing style for Kaufman and Kristoff books just feels like home for me and it was so fantastic to dive into a new space world of their making. Honestly the way that this book opens up is so darn clever and self-aware, and I was gripped instantly. The downside of this was that I felt a little jarred on the worldbuilding front: I was sucked in based on the characters and Tyler’s predicament but had a lot of questions about what is going on. Which definitely appears to be the point because the information does come once the pressure and high stakes situation is resolved, doled out slowly. This may not be a problem for every reader, but I am one that likes to dig into the nitty gritty details and understand everything, which is why worldbuilding is so important to me as a reader. I found myself wanting to know more about the world, their traditions, & history and being confused because there were a lot of terms specific to this world that were used long before an explanation came. For example, the uniglass was mentioned a number of times but it wasn’t until chapter 5 (14%) that we got a description of what the technology does (it’s cool as hell by the way, I want one). That being said, the narrative and action is so engrossing that I was captivated from the first page and completely devoured what we were given. “Once we walked the dark between the stars, unequaled. What have we become?” This is a character driven and action-packed story, much like the Illuminae Files. I found that the worldbuilding is secondary to the characters and most that we learn about the intricate worlds of the galaxy in 2380 is shared in relation to our main characters and the people that they meet. There are many planets and alien species that the humans, referred to as Terrans, have encountered and we as the reader experience this information as our outsider Aurora O’Malley encounters it. Which I love as a storytelling device because it makes the exposition feel authentic and not info-dumpy as there is a reason to explain everything within the narrative. With the addition of her uniglass Magellan, she is able to research the history to find out what happened over the last 200 years and I enjoyed the little Magellan briefings interspersed throughout the book for additional worldbuilding. Our ragtag group of misfits known as Squad 312 is ultimate squad goals. I absolutely love every single one of these characters with all of my heart and the path from dysfunctional to found family made my heart grow 3 sizes. In addition to our cast of characters, I absolutely loved the attention to detail when it comes to the technology and science, even though it took some time for it to be explained in the midst of the life-and-death opening. From the Fold that makes their space travel more efficient to the uniglass, it felt like a world within our human possibility but appropriate for a couple hundred years in the future. Aurora Rising is a stellar start to another amazing adventure in space with Kaufman and Kristoff at the helm! They are incredibly talented in not only creating lovable and three-dimensional characters you fall in love with, but also in crafting a beautifully written and quotable story. While I was left wanting for a bit more worldbuilding, this book is well-plotted and action-packed without any dull moments. This book is funny and heart-breaking
Rebecca_J_Allen 14 days ago
I loved Illuminae, also written by this dynamic author duo, as well as LIFEL1K3, which Jay Kristoff wrote on his own, and Unearthed, which Amie Kaufman wrote with Meagan Spooner. So when I saw Aurora Rising, I was interested…more so when I read the book description. After reading the book, I’d say Aurora Rising is my favorite of the bunch. The story starts with Ty running out of oxygen as he endeavors to save a girl suspended for 200 years in a cryogenic chamber on a lost spaceship during a space storm. And the action never lets up. It has a bit of a Star Trek feel, with 6 characters (both human and alien), who make up Ty’s newly-formed squad undertaking intergalactic humanitarian missions. A stowaway lends an unexpected element to their team. The story is told from all 7 of their points of view. What I loved: the skilled-yet-outcast adventurers struggling to come together as a team, the mystery behind the spaceship lost for 2 centuries, fast pacing, plenty of action, and humor sprinkled throughout the story. The plot has high stakes and enough twists to keep fans of young adult spec fiction on their toes. And if you like heists, you just might find one of those in the pages of Aurora Rising as well. This book is a must-have for fans on Illuminae, the rebooted Star Trek movies, and YA fiction lovers more broadly. Highly recommended. I received an advanced reader copy of Aurora Rising in exchange for an honest review. Find more reviews of great YA and MG books at!
Karen_Benson 14 days ago
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it again!! All the stars to this brilliant book! If you enjoyed The Illuminae Files, you are going to love the Aurora Cycle series. This was kind of a Firefly meets Six of Crows with Legolas from Lord of the Rings thrown in and it was phenomenal! As with the Illuminae Files, I became so dang attached to this group of misfits who are thrown together under the command of Mr. Perfect, Tyler. Cat is the Mohawk haired, tatooed smart-ass pilot (the Ace). Scar is Tyler's beautiful smart-ass twin sister in charge of diplomacy (the Face). Zila, the odd quiet genius and medic (the Brain). Finian, the smart-ass alien Betraskan mechanic (the Gearhead), and Kal, the Legolas-looking elf-looking alien Syldrathi warrior (the Tank). Together, the six form Squad 312. Enter Aurora, or Auri, who was rescued by Tyler from a dead colonist ship where she had been in a cryogenic tank for over 200 years. The squad ends up with Auri and from there, the craziness just keeps on keeping on. The pace, the twists, the turns, the action... Never. Stops! This book could easily be one of my top favs of 2019, and how the heck am I going to be able to wait for book 2?? I've already preordered my hard copy!! *Thank you so much to NetGalley and Random Books/Knopf Books for the advanced copy!!*
miareese 14 days ago
I mean... how could I not love a book about a ragtag group of teens trying to save the galaxy? Seriously though, this book was so much fun. I stayed up way too late reading last night and seriously considered calling out from work so I could finish the rest. (Thankfully, I remembered I need money to survive and ended up going in.) I love a good ensemble cast and each perspective was so much fun to read from: you had the Alpha, the Ace, the Face, the Tank, the Gearhead, and the Brain. And a 237-year-old human who's spent the past two centuries cryogenically frozen... This book was funny, action-packed, had a little bit of romance, and awesome dynamics between all of the characters. I can't wait to see what comes next for this group!
yaratrv 14 days ago
Very minor spoilers. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff bring us a thrilling new YA sci-fi adventure where the supposed dregs of the Aurora Academy face off against a millenia-old evil that has resurfaced. At the centre of this galaxy-wide drama is Aurora, known as Auri, who Tyler rescues first off from a centuries old transport that was stuck in a space/ time flux. She’s literally over two centuries old but really just 18. This book was so much fun to read! I thought that the six POV setup would confuse me or leave me desperate to get back to certain characters, but it worked out very well. Finian kept me cracking up with is wiseass comments, Tyler kept proving that flashing his amazing dimples wasn’t the only thing he was good at, same with his twin Scarlett, she was way more than just a pretty face, and my fave of Tyler’s squad, Kal, the tall brooding elvish type who feels compelled to protect and rescue a very special someone over and over, made me wish I was that special person :) Cat’s the cool Ace who flies their spacecraft like it’s a live action video game, and Zila is a trigger-happy sociopath who just might have found her niche group. This book has it all: a space masquerade, a daring heist, tension, adventure, a surprising kiss you won’t be expecting, strangers who become tight friends, and my personal favorite, budding romance :) I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment.
TeresaReviews 14 days ago
4.5 Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children's, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Amie Kaufman, and Jay Kristoff for the opportunity to read Aurora Rising early in exchange for an honest review (though I have this book pre-ordered and cannot WAIT to hold it and leaf through its beauty in person). Side note: There are a number of pre-order goodies available for this book. Check Jay Kristoff's site to see what countries are eligible for what offers. Being a member of the U.S., I am more than stoked to say fans of the Illuminae Files will be sent an exclusive Illuminae novella (Memento) with their pre-order of Aurora Rising!!! Kaufman and Kristoff have done it again! While it was a bit harder to get to know all the characters in this book, once I got to learn everyone in Squad 312, I greatly appreciate the diversity of characters in race, gender, and personality! The book has some pages that are an image of a file with text that helps the reader learn about a class, race, creature, or planet in this expansive universe, which was a nice visual addition to the book. In 2380 technology has come a long way, including swift space travel through the Fold. Tyler-Leader of Squad 312. First Class, Diplomatic Corps. Finds Aurora in Cryosleep and saves her. Or does she save him? Alpha, responsible for leadership and planning. Scarlett--Face, responsible for diplomacy and negotiation. Tyler's slightly older twin sister. Kal--A Syldrathi (often referred to by Auri as Elrond). Tank, in charge of tactical combat and engagement strategies. Has an interesting connection with Aurora. Finnian--A Betraskan who seems to like men and women? He's funny either way. Betraskans have interesting family structures...Gearhead, Tech Division. Great with mechanics. Wears an exosuit to help his body with gravity shifts. Cat--Ace, responsible for piloting and transport. Has a history with Tyler. Still loves him. Zila--Brain, Science Divison and medic. Not one for many words. Very intelligent. Aurora--A mystery. Saved by Tyler form 200 years of Cryosleep in the Fold. For some reason the Terran Defense Force wants her. Anyone who knows too much or is too involved with Aurora will be terminated. Chinese heritage. A strange white eye that gives her some kind of telekinetic powers? When Squad 312 is sent on their first mission to save some Syldrathi refugees, Aurora escapes a Terran Defence Force ship and ends up with the squad. The seven together embark on a strange adventure triggered by some strange entity within Aurora. There are space battles, scuffles, giant space dinosaurs, fun alien races, and exactly what I wanted from Kaufman and Kristoff: creepy space plague.  This was an amazingly fun read. It would be fun to have this in my classroom, maybe do an outer space book club unit sometime! A book I have definitely pre-ordered. I can't wait to see this beauty in person, and I definitely can't wait to read the next one!
KarenfromDothan 14 days ago
Tyler Jones, Squad Leader, is top of his class at Aurora Academy. He’s excelled so well in all his classes that he’s earned four out of five first picks in the upcoming Draft where new Legionnaire squads are selected. He’s so amped up by the impending event, that he is given permission to take a scout ship into the Fold. There he stumbles upon the wreckage of the Hadfield, an Ark class Terran vessel that was thought lost in the Fold with ten thousand colonists aboard. Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley is rescued from her cryopod by Tyler just seconds before the Hadfield is destroyed by a FoldStorm. After that near death experience, Ty is devastated to learn he has missed the Draft and is left with a squad of misfits. This fantastic YA Space opera is the first in a new series. This is one of my favorite genres, and this new book did not disappoint. It’s so engrossing, that I finished it in no time and am eager to get my hands on the next book in the Aurora Cycle. Loaded with sarcastic humor, even Auri’s uniglass, Magellan, gets in on the act. Lots of action, a budding romance, a surprising twist, and TBD: Can this ragtag squad save the Universe? I loved it!
taramichelle 14 days ago
I went into Aurora Rising with sky-high expectations after The Illuminae Files (and all of their other amazing books). And yet this book still somehow still exceeded them. So here are my top five reasons to read Aurora Rising! 1) It blends science fiction and magic in a brilliant way and the world-building is FANTASTIC. 2) #SquadGoals I just adored every member of the squad and how they came together. It was such a joy to watch! Plus all of the characters were so well-developed. 3) Excellent pacing. This book just flew by and it was a struggle to put it down. 4) The humor! I love when a book can make me laugh and then make me tear up a few pages later. 5) Just read this book, I promise you won’t regret it. (But if you need a real fifth reason, there’s a sassy AI and some truly excellent world-building notes in between chapters. Which include a princess bride reference) In case you couldn’t guess, Aurora Rising gets a full five stars from me! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Mjnorman 14 days ago
Aurora Rising is every sci-fi lover's dream... Space! Attractive aliens! Saving the universe! Relationships! Smartly written with engaging and complex characters, this first-in-a-series draws inspiration from Star Trek to Lord of the Rings (and everything in-between). The story is structured from multiple view-points allowing the reader to delve into each character and see the universe from their perspective. After the first read you won't be able to wait for the next book! Aurora can't wait to join the explorers on Octavia III -- exploring a new planet, reconnecting with her dad -- everything is finally going to plan as she waits her turn to be cryogenically frozen for the trip aboard the Hadfield. Two hundred years later top-of-his-class student Tyler rescues Aurora from the Hadfield -- but his heroics have consequences -- he misses the draft. Now left with a less than desirable team, Squad 312 must unravel the mystery of Aurora in order to save the universe.
tpolen 14 days ago
Occasionally, I'll pick up a book and know within the first several pages that I'm in for a five star read. Aurora Rising is one of those books. These characters. I fell for them hard, and the banter between them is hilarious. All are so fully-developed and relatable, and with seven different POVs, that's a tremendous feat to accomplish. That many POVs may throw off some readers, but each voice is distinctive, and I knew exactly who was speaking. And such fantastic character diversity (and I don't mean humans and aliens). Talk about no-win situations - these authors throw their characters into several, and you're just sure there's no way they'll survive - and then things happen that I won't give away, but trust me, you'll be surprised at the originality and creativity. The last 15% of this book really put me through the wringer - hidden secrets, big emotions, high-stakes danger. Make sure to carve out a good hour or so when you won't be disturbed. Even with all the action, death-defying moments, and a tension-filled heist, Aurora Rising leans heavily on themes of family, friendship, faith, and finding your crew. It's an unusual, but charismatic mix of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Breakfast Club, and Six of Crows, and a novel you won't want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.