Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | review

Title: Aurora Rising

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Rock The Boat

Published: 7th May 2019

ISBN: 9781524720964

Series: Aurora Rising 1/3

Pages: 480

Edition: UK ARC

My Rating: ★★★★★

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Thank you Rock The Boat for sending me a G O R G E O U S review copy of this book!

I T S   R E L E A S E  D A Y

It’s an understatement to say that I FUCKING LOVED THIS BOOOOK!!!!

I haven’t yet gotten a fullcover copy but don’t expect one to arrived until the middle of May 🙁

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.

Tyler is the Alpha, the squad leader of his crew. He is the star pupil, he and the rest of the cadets are graduating to be assigned their very first mission. Except, Tyler decides to play hero and goes out to a spaceship which has only one life-force upon it and has been lost in the Fold for 220 years so he goes out to investigate and rescues a girl, her name is Aurora. When Tyler gets back he discovers that he completely missed the graduating ceremony and he’s left with the dregs which no one else wanted instead of being able to pick out his own crew.

Meet Squad 312 – We have 6 official members of this crew.

Tyler Jones: Alpha/Squad Leader

Scarlett Jones: Face – sister to Tyler.

Catherine ‘Cat’ Brannock: Ace

Finian de Karran de Seel: Gearhead

Kaliis ‘Kal’ Gilwraeth: Tank.

Zila Madran: Brain


Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley: the girl out of time.

I don’t know if it’s obvious, but in case it’s not, I highly recommend this book, it’s just as good as their Illuminae series, I can’t say it’s better because they’re both incredible in their own ways and I just love a good space adventure!

The book is done from 7, yes S E V E N, points of view. No it’s not done in the same context as Illuminae is. All 7 points of view are each of the crew and Aurora, I wish there was more sections done from Zila as I love her character but we don’t hear much from her, most of her chapters are just a page or two so I’m hoping that we see more of her in the next book!

I devoured this book, I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to savour it but that just didn’t happen, this is definitely one that you can just pick up and reread again and again and be able to get submersed into the story and the world.

I don’t think that there is much I can say about this book because I don’t want to give anything away because you need to experience this masterpiece yourself! I’m so excited for all my special editions to come and I might just buy myself an ordinary copy.. I need it.. right?

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