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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 woul 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.


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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 woul 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.

30 review for Aurora Rising

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jay Kristoff

    So this is our new YA sci-fi action adventure thing. It's kinda like this: Meets this: We have the goldenboy of an interstellar military academy: Who finds himself saddled with a squad of losers, discipline cases and psychos: And a girl who's been cryogenically frozen for two centuries: And as you can imagine, everything turns out splendidly: It features (in no particular order) hawt space elves with anger management issues: Daring heists in search of ancient alien artifacts: At least one masquerade b So this is our new YA sci-fi action adventure thing. It's kinda like this: Meets this: We have the goldenboy of an interstellar military academy: Who finds himself saddled with a squad of losers, discipline cases and psychos: And a girl who's been cryogenically frozen for two centuries: And as you can imagine, everything turns out splendidly: It features (in no particular order) hawt space elves with anger management issues: Daring heists in search of ancient alien artifacts: At least one masquerade ball on a space station: Some angsty space romance (because everything is angstier in spaaaaaace): And an ancient evil (that only our squad of misfits and reprobates can defeat): So, yeah. It's out in April 2019. We hope you enjoy it. Squad up, bitches: FAQ: Is this book set in the Illumiverse? Nope. Totally new universe. Will the book be alt-format like the Illuminae Files? Nope. We did that already. There's no sense repeating yourself. :) How many books are in the series? At least three. Was this the book formerly known as Andromeda? Yes. We changed the title because the book was originally set in the Andromeda galaxy. But space is huuuuuge (like really, really big), so we decided to bring it back to our galaxy, the Milky Way. And "the Milky Way Cycle" sounds less like an epic action-adventure in space, and more like a chocolate bar. Will there be pre-order goodness? Yes! We're working out details now, but hold onto your receipts. We don't know details about pre-orders outside the US, but please be patient, we'll get word to you ASAP. And thank you for pre-ordering, we love you! Your MC sounds bi-racial. True/false? True. Auri is half Irish, half Chinese. How much gay can we expect in this book? Real space is rainbow-colored. Ours is no exception. :) When can we see the cover? Very soon! And we have loads more (very) exciting news to share on this one, so stay tuned. And thanks for the support.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    ✨Full review now posted HERE on my blog ✨ (leaning forward so my lips touch the microphone) it's a YIKES! from me I need NASA to please launch me to these newly discovered habitable planets; if I must deal with this seething disappointment, I don't want to do it on Earth. The plot puts the fun in fundamentally unremarkable, none of the characters step wholly into the page--except maybe Finian whose shoulders must be strained from hefting the weight of this entire book--and the alternating perspec ✨Full review now posted HERE on my blog ✨ (leaning forward so my lips touch the microphone) it's a YIKES! from me I need NASA to please launch me to these newly discovered habitable planets; if I must deal with this seething disappointment, I don't want to do it on Earth. The plot puts the fun in fundamentally unremarkable, none of the characters step wholly into the page--except maybe Finian whose shoulders must be strained from hefting the weight of this entire book--and the alternating perspectives are too confusing and unwieldy. My indifference towards the romantic relationships is utterly inarticulate. Speaking of which, you have SEVEN characters and you decide to pair them all into heterosexual ships? Please. I am bored. I feel like yawning. I am already yawning. I am also making the conscious decision to never think about the whole, y'know, *imitates the concept of "mating bonds" while aggressively gagging* thing. I am genuinely so disappointed I don't know what to do with myself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    #1 Aurora Rising ★★★★★ #2 untitled ??? #3 untitled ??? They’re all dead. Hundreds. Thousands. Every single person on this ship is dead, except her. I want to come up with some sort of witty introduction to this review, something to “hook” you and convince you that whatever I can ramble onto this page will be worthy of this book, but honestly, I’ve just gotta tell you up front. I'm calling it now, in April: Aurora Rising is going down as my favorite book of 2019. I honestly don’t know if anything I r #1 Aurora Rising ★★★★★ #2 untitled ??? #3 untitled ??? They’re all dead. Hundreds. Thousands. Every single person on this ship is dead, except her. I want to come up with some sort of witty introduction to this review, something to “hook” you and convince you that whatever I can ramble onto this page will be worthy of this book, but honestly, I’ve just gotta tell you up front. I'm calling it now, in April: Aurora Rising is going down as my favorite book of 2019. I honestly don’t know if anything I read for the rest of this year will come anywhere near the magnificence that is this wonderful, hilarious, heart-wrenching, suspenseful adventure in space. Thing is, impossible always comes with a price. I already knew I was going to enjoy this; after all, it’s another gorgeous brain-child from Jay and Amie, the authors of one of my all-time favorite series, The Illuminae Files. What I didn’t know was how well Aurora Rising would hold its own against their first trilogy, how easily it would set itself apart (despite being another banter-filler, emotional roller coaster in the stars), or how singularly consuming it would be. I constantly alternated between reading this slowly to savor it and devouring massive chunks at a time because I just never wanted it to end, but I couldn’t get enough. Once we walked the dark between the stars, unequaled. What have we become? While the plot is fantastic, the banter is hilarious, and there are some surefire swoon-worthy moments, what really sells Aurora Rising is the rag-tag bunch of misfits in Squad 312. These characters are easily some of the most lovable, precious beans I’ve ever read in my entire life. I am endlessly amazed by how well these authors can make their characters feel so real that I want to protect and love them at all costs, forever, and become so attached that I literally miss them when the book ends. I was born with the taste of blood in my mouth. I was born with my hands in fists. I was born for war. The chapters alternate between their perspectives, and there are quite a few of them, but each of their voices are so particular to that character that I felt like I could’ve easily recognized whose eyes I was looking through, even without the chapter headers informing me. That alone is a nearly impossible feat for writers to manage, but it works so well here. We have: 👑 Tyler Jones, Alpha: Iconic golden boy image; he doesn’t drink, doesn’t swear, treats people fairly, does what’s “right” whenever possible, and manages to be totally lovable despite his absolute Lawful Good alignment. ❤ Scarlett Jones, Face: Tyler’s twin, absolute queen, can be sweet as pie but would probably skin you alive if you harmed a single hair on her brother’s head. We stan. 🚀 Catherine ‘Cat’ Brannock, Ace: Pilot extraordinaire, hot-headed, tattoos everywhere, definitely not in love with Tyler, recipient of mixed feelings from readers and characters alike. 👽 Finian de Karren de Seel, Gearhead: Betraskan (alien) force who lives for sarcasm, rude jokes, and hotties of any and all genders. He’s disabled and lives inside a mechanical exosuit, and I would probably do just about anything to keep this little jerk safe. (Side note: as a queer reviewer who has invisible disabilities, I personally gave Fin’s diverse rep an A+ score and thought it was brilliantly and thoughtfully written.) 🧝‍♂️ Kaliis ‘Kal’ Gilwraeth, Tank: Syldrathi, AKA hot/tall/muscular/scary space elf, and also did I mention MY SWEET BABY. Mostly violent and generally misunderstood, a quietly angsty little soul. Jay and Amie, so help me if you do ANYTHING to hurt him... 😡😡😡 🔫 Zila Madran, Brain: Small, adorable, owner of oddly specific earrings, and a raging beastie who shoots first and asks questions never. Zila is… strangely and incredibly endearing. ✨ Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley: Last but not least, the title character, Aurora. Lost in cryo-sleep for 200 years, she’s understandably baffled, terrified, and a little bit furious. Oh, and she does freaky, scary, violent things with her mind. It’s dope. “Who am I to deny gravity? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?” Seriously, I could spend another twenty pages gushing about this book. I’m already dying to reread it (and have the audiobook pre-ordered for exactly that purpose!), and can’t wait for the second book. Reading Jay and Amie’s work always means signing up for equal parts laughter and heartbreak, and a healthy dose of literally counting the days until the next installment, and it’s worth every damn second. All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Knopf Books for Young Readers for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Yay! Goldsboro came through! They had an extra copy and look at it!! I got locked out of ordering it when their site went down that day! They emailed me about the extra copy, I was all over it like white on rice! 🤣😂 I made a double sided bookmark today and once again, I didn’t practice with my new cutter and it’s a little off! But I love it anyway! Loved it! Loved the characters! Hope to read the next two in the trilogy! Omg! Look at that cover!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  5. 4 out of 5

    may ❀

    full review posted i'm going to be honest with you here, jay kristoff and amie kaufman were the duo to write one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE SERIES (this is high praise over here, so listen up), so to say the expectations were HIGH was a freaking understatement and yet, here we stand: me, ready to exit into space from disappointment and you, observing me with confusion and mild distaste okay, mayyybe i'm being a litttle dramatic. but i've tried to sit and write this review out in a coherent, profes full review posted i'm going to be honest with you here, jay kristoff and amie kaufman were the duo to write one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE SERIES (this is high praise over here, so listen up), so to say the expectations were HIGH was a freaking understatement and yet, here we stand: me, ready to exit into space from disappointment and you, observing me with confusion and mild distaste okay, mayyybe i'm being a litttle dramatic. but i've tried to sit and write this review out in a coherent, professional way many times and each time i just wilted into a sad potato artist - so, to start off, EVERYTHING in this ENTIRE book felt average. average characters, average plot, average conflict, average conclusion. it felt like something i've witnessed a million times and i was just soooooo underwhelmed - the writing is really fast paced and you would think that would be a plus, but somehow it came off very abrupt because things were being thrown at me without reason or explanation and i was supposed to just ~roll with it - sure thing, susan - there are 7 characters and each of them serve a purpose in their little squad of misfits and theoretically, i LOVE that idea, but in reality, there wasn't ENOUGH depth and development in any character to warrant me loving them - also there's a ship that grows from a 'mating bond' and i just 🤢 - and the other ship (view spoiler)[ finian and scarlett (hide spoiler)] WHERE DID THAT COME FROM??? excuse me but they had exactly three limp conversations and you exPECT ME TO BELIEVE in THAT?! - i'll take a hard pass - and the characters - it felt like the authors focused more on the characters having these outrageously witty comebacks, equip with all the sass and snark but they missed on them being actual, genuine characters - they all felt so similar to me :( - i'm being hard on the book for no reason (or maybe it's because my expectations were ridiculously high and yes that is my problem to deal with) but there were some aspects i did enjoy - #1 being space, i just love anything that takes place in the big, scary, vast expanse of space - #2 the ending, specifically the last 5 chapters were entertaining and offered some twists to catch my attention (and raise the rating from a 2 star) - #3 fin is a pretty cute character (he was the most developed imo and i felt his personality was the most genuine) artist i also compared nik (from the gemina) to cat (from this book) and nik, honey i'm so sorry will i continue on with this series??? absolutely bc i can't seem to get a grip but also bc i hear the audiobook has a FULL CAST and maybe that's the approach i should take with this series also, shoutout to my beb, amy for buddy reading it with me and having to endure my whining and spamming (complaining about it with you made it so much more entertaining) 3 stars ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ literally no one: me: ☄️🛸🌌🌟🛰️💫🛸🌑☄️🌟🌠🌌💫🛸🌑🌟🛰️🌠 i feel like my entire career as an Illuminae stan has led up to this moment. much pressure. ------------ I don't even NEED to read the synopsis to start fangirling over it fricken yEARS prior Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, I give you permission to shatter my heart all over again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    'who am i to deny gravity, aurora? when you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?' jay and amie are the be all, end all for YA sci-fi, as far as im concerned, and its soooo good to be immersed in one of their stories again. the illuminae series is a pretty big act to follow, but this is everything i was hoping it would be. i am so relieved. this is fast paced, action packed, deviously humorous, and undoubtedly entertaining. and i think thats what i enjoyed most about the story - how 'who am i to deny gravity, aurora? when you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?' jay and amie are the be all, end all for YA sci-fi, as far as im concerned, and its soooo good to be immersed in one of their stories again. the illuminae series is a pretty big act to follow, but this is everything i was hoping it would be. i am so relieved. this is fast paced, action packed, deviously humorous, and undoubtedly entertaining. and i think thats what i enjoyed most about the story - how fun it is. it doesnt take itself too seriously and it feels like a worthwhile adventure with good company. my only critique would be because this story is so dang fast-paced and there are so many character POVs, i found it rather difficult to really bond with all of the characters. there are maybe one or two that i really connected with, but other than that, the others are kind of just background noise. not necessarily a hinderance to the story, but definitely noticeable. all in all, i am really pleased with this. i had high expectations, but of course jay and amie would meet them. cant wait for the series to continue! ↠ 4 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    "Us outsiders gotta stick together." There is nothing I love more than having zero expectations about a book just for it to tear me open, rip my heart out and make me ship pairings that will never ever ever ever be canon. I had never read a Kaufman/Kristoff book in my life before this one came around and now I'm doubting all the decisions I have made in my life so far. Aurora Rising was good. Really good. YA Sci-Fi at its best. It's one hell of an entertaining ride. This first of three books has co "Us outsiders gotta stick together." There is nothing I love more than having zero expectations about a book just for it to tear me open, rip my heart out and make me ship pairings that will never ever ever ever be canon. I had never read a Kaufman/Kristoff book in my life before this one came around and now I'm doubting all the decisions I have made in my life so far. Aurora Rising was good. Really good. YA Sci-Fi at its best. It's one hell of an entertaining ride. This first of three books has countless POVs and a big squad of characters that was very well-balanced. Yes, there is room for more backstory, for more character development, but there are also two more books, so there's that. I really want to know more about Zila, and I kind of wish Ty was more fleshed out, cause for know he's nothing more than a cute but mediocre head boy. But I love Scar and Fin and I'm excited to see what other secrets Auri is holding. While we're talking characters, now's the time to be pety af. Beware of spoilers! I liked Cat at first, but her very annoying backstory with Ty got on my nerves real quick. I kind of anticipated her role in the finale and I'm not sorry to say that I'm glad about the way the book ended. I also wish there was a little more originality. Although it didn't bother me much while I was reading, there are many similarities to other Sci-Fi and fantasy worlds. Stars Wars for once, Annihilation, and to my great disappointment Throne of Glass. Suffice it to say that I'm very much done with the concepts of mates/life-lovers. Instead of focusing on pairing up the characters without considering that queer parings are indeed possible, the authors should focus on giving us the LGBT+ content we deserve. Yes THAT SCENE had my hyperventilating but how dare they torture me like that and then trap these characters in heterosexual relationships? Overall, this was a fast-paced, entertaining, funny space adventure that I devoured in no time. Can't wait for the sequel. Big thanks to PRH International for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review! Find more of my books on Instagram

  8. 4 out of 5

    amy ☂︎

    jay kristoff: so what do we name this character who is woken up from cyro sleep by a man amie kaufman: um....... aurora? lol jay kristoff: amie your talent is unparalleled. here are my keys go fuck my wife in conclusion: this is literally the movie passengers (2016) in book format, which means pointless weird trashy space opera that nobody asked for :/ don’t get me wrong i would donate my own heart to jay kristoff if he required it but i can’t recognize him in this book and i refuse to associate it jay kristoff: so what do we name this character who is woken up from cyro sleep by a man amie kaufman: um....... aurora? lol jay kristoff: amie your talent is unparalleled. here are my keys go fuck my wife in conclusion: this is literally the movie passengers (2016) in book format, which means pointless weird trashy space opera that nobody asked for :/ don’t get me wrong i would donate my own heart to jay kristoff if he required it but i can’t recognize him in this book and i refuse to associate it with him the characters are STALE af and even if you TRY to love them with your whole being it just kinda doesn’t work out at all and i couldn’t care less about any of them. Finian really was the only bright star in this and amie and jay are cowards for not giving him a boyfriend..... yea i said it the ending really was so predictable and i didn’t feel an OUNCE of excitement in my body when it all came together...... honestly i was just so deliriously happy when i finally finished it. i‘m just saying that i expected SO MUCH more and my life would be zero percent different if i had not read this book except i wouldn’t have wasted some precious hours of Living Time on this. like i could’ve went on a hike instead. i could’ve eaten two hamburgers, maybe three. countless opportunities, wasted forever. read skyward by brandon sanderson instead if you want a fresh and fun little time with a ya sci-fi! i‘m not continuing with this series bc i don’t hate myself enough lmao bye 2.5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    As Cat would say, "Hold on to your undies, kids!" Thank you so much to Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy! This was SO good. I never do reviews like this, but I think the best way to sum up this book is through the AMAZING cast of characters AKA Squad 312. Tyler --> squad leader, golden boy, "captain hotness" with a heart of gold, Scarlett's twin. Auri --> biracial (she's Irish & Chinese!), woke up with weird powers after being frozen for 200 years......as you do. Scarlett --> As Cat would say, "Hold on to your undies, kids!" Thank you so much to Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy! This was SO good. I never do reviews like this, but I think the best way to sum up this book is through the AMAZING cast of characters AKA Squad 312. Tyler --> squad leader, golden boy, "captain hotness" with a heart of gold, Scarlett's twin. Auri --> biracial (she's Irish & Chinese!), woke up with weird powers after being frozen for 200 years......as you do. Scarlett --> Tyler's twin, sarcastic queen, sweet-talker and serial dater with who knows how many ex boyfriends (we stan, you get that d, girl lol) Cat --> Tattooed, tomboy badass who may or may not be in love with captain hotness, also is a queen of sarcasm Fin --> disabled, hilarious and bi?? pan?? It's not explicitly stated but he's definitely queer! Kal --> sexy elf alien with purple eyes and silver hair. YES PLEASE. Zila --> the smartest person alive...possibly in the whole universe??? She's also black and barely says anything, but when she does, my brain explodes. Basically, this book was hilarious, action-packed and emotional while also having parallels to our world with themes of displaced people and refugees as a result of war. HIGHLY recommend you pick this up when it comes out (May 6!!!!!). You don't want to miss this one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    So this has a heap of hype and I was so ready to see what I'd think! 🙌🏻 I confess to not being the world's most avid sci-fi fan, but I mean, hi Illuminae, which is a masterpiece. I also am just here for Aussie authors who are globally recognised?! Bc half the time Aussie lit doesn't get off our shores. I assume this is bc we strap it to the backs of wallabies to make the swim to america and the wallabies, idk, eat the books or something. Regardless, I enjoyed this one a lot. Although, it's kinda So this has a heap of hype and I was so ready to see what I'd think! 🙌🏻 I confess to not being the world's most avid sci-fi fan, but I mean, hi Illuminae, which is a masterpiece. I also am just here for Aussie authors who are globally recognised?! Bc half the time Aussie lit doesn't get off our shores. I assume this is bc we strap it to the backs of wallabies to make the swim to america and the wallabies, idk, eat the books or something. Regardless, I enjoyed this one a lot. Although, it's kinda impossible not to compare it to Illuminae? And because there are a lot of similarities and Illuminae is done in such a alternate unique style -- I did like the Illuminae Files better. This is more a straight-up sci-fi, and it hits on a lot of loveable sci-fi cliches (I don't mind! But I wasn't surprised with most of the plot?) and I could totally envision it as a movie. | heart of the book | Definitely the squad vibes! I've seen the authors talking about how they wanted the squad to be the feature of the book, that found-family for a bunch of rejects. Although tbh, only 3 of the 6 are actually the dysfunctional ones. (Minus Auri who is there bUT HAS NO TRAINING WHAT'S GOING ON. She's like the icing for your packet mix cake, just add water and Auri, and oh btw the cake is about to explode.) And I liked the crew! The only one I was really attached to was Finian though? But we have: → Tyler: basically called Goldenboy because he's the academy's best and brightest. Blonde, dimples, perfect etc etc. Ya know Jason from the Heroes of Olympus? Tyler is his long lost twin. Look I like him, but also he was all YA GOTTA HAVE FAITH and such an optimist which is...against my entire code. So anyway. → Scarlett: She's Ty's twin and like the super tall, cold as hell, epically smooth girl who everyone is in love with including me idk what to tell you she's gorgeous. She also cares about the crew. She's simultaneously the MUM-FRIEND and the one who will flirt half the galaxy into giving her anything. The flirty-mum-friend?? → Cat: super tattooed badass, the fighter-pilot, also desperately in love with Ty but neither of them is going to acknowledge it. → Kal: he's an alien from a race that is kind of elfin? so he has pointy ears and they call him Elrond, on occasion, which is fab. He's born to hit people and he's so standoffish and better-than-thou and his reaction to getting a crush on a human is "OH WELL PROBABLY NEED TO KILL MYSELF." So Kal? Drama queen. → Aurora: She does rise, believe me, like a packet of hella scary bread. She's biracial American/Chinese and has been in cryo-sleep for 200 years. So also she's a 200-year-old teenager who spends the whole time freaking tf out AND then she realises she has creepy powers. She's not !!! suppposed !!! to be here !!! → Finian: Aka my LOVE. Honestly 10/10 would die for Finian, dunno about the rest of them. He is disabled and wears a special suit to help him walk, but the book also acknowledged his disability a lot -- like how the suit was his sci-fi version of, say, walking with a cane. But he can't do it forever and he really was overtaxing himself by the end. He's also hella gay and basically did an "eenie meenie miney mo" between Tyler and Scarlett to see who he wanted to hit on. Also he's a sassy little asshole and honestly? Love it. Here for him. → Zila: Zila said about 30 collective words through the whole book, did about nothing useful to the plot or the crew and why is she there. Also, not to be a super sensitive picky person, but she seemed thoroughly coded as autistic BUT!! they chose!! To call her a sociopath!!! Nice. Thx. Love that kind of rep. Could you also not. Anyway, hopefully she isn't autistic or else everyone starts frikkin apologising. But she literally does nothing for the book. Anyway. tl;dr -- I love Finian. | the plot | Like I said, it hits a lot of cliches BUT we're here for a sci-fi romp!? So I didn't mind! My only problem was how many were also in Illuminae lol. Like the "omg we're gonna get caught quick kiss!" and "oh the government is hiding a planet and killing the survivors to cover up!!" Amongst others. Lol. But we also have like telekinesis stuff going down, we have teens throwing themselves into the accidental criminal life, and it had the whole space-opera vibes of The Good Kids™ strolling into the criminal space underworld and being adorable and bad at being bad and I LOVE THAT TROPE. Also they sassed each other to hell and back and I busted laughing out loud a few times. A family member also came into my room and asked if I was crying so...?? Thx. That was a laugh. How dare you. I appreciated the lack of toxic masculinity in here too!! Tyler deferred to Scarlett's advice, Kal and Tyler end up (view spoiler)[kissing to cover up that they were breaking into some room to steal something and they just go on afterwards. Neither is attracted to each other, but it's not a whole "im so angry that happened!! my maleness is compromised!!!" moment (hide spoiler)] it was just chill. And I thought, overall, the diversity was done well. Lots of races and abilities and some bi rep and girls being badass and very feminine. 🎉(Just putting a big red X over the *possible* autistic rep and just hoping IT WASN'T.) They steal things! they blow things up! They run screaming from very big bad enemies! The tag line is basically: they're not the heroes the world deserves...or asks for...or even wants, lol, send them back pls what the hell. | overall | solidly good story! I enjoyed myself, it was fun if predictable. (My only real concern is that I had no feels lol and the ending didn't hit me emotionally at all.) But the cast was fab and the dialogue meshed together so well and was so sparky! I'm concerned that these kids seemed to eat ONCE and that was like, a reheated synthesised pork dish. So they need to work on nutrition. But they were also nearly dying and uncovered something super bad and everyone's gonna die if they don't fix it. SO. 🎉 Good luck, Squad 312!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: A lot of YA fantasy and science fiction works follow teenager characters as they attend magic or spaceflight school (I would take either!), but not nearly as many follow the characters’ lives after graduation. Aurora Rising, a new YA space adventure from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the authors of the well-regarded ILLUMINAE FILES trilogy, take the latter approach, following a diverse cast of older teens as they graduate from Aurora Academy in the year Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: A lot of YA fantasy and science fiction works follow teenager characters as they attend magic or spaceflight school (I would take either!), but not nearly as many follow the characters’ lives after graduation. Aurora Rising, a new YA space adventure from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the authors of the well-regarded ILLUMINAE FILES trilogy, take the latter approach, following a diverse cast of older teens as they graduate from Aurora Academy in the year 2380, are divided into crews of six according to their specialties, and assigned their initial mission for the Aurora Legion. Tyler Jones, age 18, is at the top of the senior class. A natural leader and stellar student, he’s earned the right to four of the top five picks in the next day’s Draft, where the “Alphas” or team leaders pick the five graduating students, each with a different specialty, who will be their crew. But Tyler can’t sleep the night before the Draft, so he takes off on a solo space flight into the Fold, the weird interdimensional part of space that allows interstellar space travel. Tyler’s about to head back to Aurora when he receives an SOS call from a legendary space ship, the Hadfield, which was lost over 200 years ago. Tyler (barely) manages to rescue the single survivor of the Hadfield, a cryogenically frozen girl named Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley. (Luckily she goes by Auri, sparing us from an overdose of Auroras.) But rescuing Auri takes too long and Tyler misses the all-important Draft. So his new crew is the rejects and misfits of the graduating class … except not all. Tyler’s twin sister Scarlett (a diplomat) and their lifelong friend Cat (an ace pilot), who were able to hold out from being drafted by other Alphas so they could be on Tyler’s crew, excel at their specialties. Joining them are Zila, a dark brown-skinned sociopathic scientist; Finian, their resentful alien tech who wears an exosuit to compensate for his physical disabilities; and Kal, their alien combat specialist who has a genetic predisposition to violent anger. Tyler’s crew, Squad 312, takes off on their first mission, but their routine supply run quickly turns odd when they discover Auri stowed away on their Longbow spaceship, and then dangerous as the mission goes south and deadly forces close in. Soon Squad 312 is on the run from their enemies while trying to solve an ancient mystery that may have galactic consequences. Aurora Rising is a fast-paced space opera adventure, overflowing with thrills and chills, and spiced up with romantic tensions between the various crew members and lots of snarky dialogue.“But I do know you and I swore an oath when we joined the Legion. To help the helpless. To defend the defenseless. And even though the ―” “Um, sir?” Finian de Seel says. “We might have a problem.” “You mean aside from you interrupting my speech?” Tyler Jones asks. “Because I’d been practicing it in my head for an hour and it was gonna be great.”There are fun if slightly juvenile details that help make the story more memorable for readers, like the color coding for the various specialties at Aurora Academy, the decorative and informative sidebars that bolster the worldbuilding, and the sarcastic voice of Auri’s “uniglass” (a handheld computer device):“I’m top-of-the-line, new-gen uniglass technology, available nowhere outside the academy,” it shoots back. “I’m seventeen times smarter than him. And three times better-looking.”Tyler’s crew is divided equally between men and women and includes some sexual diversity (one of the crew is bisexual) as well as racial diversity … not to mention a couple of aliens. The constant shift in point of view with each chapter can get a little dizzying; all seven of the crew members (including stowaway Auri) have multiple chapters from their POVs. Some of the characters are more memorable than others, but a few weeks after reading this I still clearly remember most of the crew members, a tribute to Kaufman and Kristoff’s success in creating distinct characters. It’s convenient that the half of Tyler’s crew who were considered “the dregs” of their class doesn’t actually include anyone stupid or incompetent. They’re social outcasts with significant personality issues (which has the side benefit of adding interest to the story), but they’re all bright and talented at their specialties. Also suspiciously convenient is the fact that spaceship crews need to be under age 25 to withstand the mental pressures of entering the Fold, but at least there’s a plausible reason given for these youthful crews. The basic plot elements of Aurora Rising ― a mismatched company of strangers trying to overcome their differences and become unified, an improbable heist (complete with a MacGuffin), and a journey to a destination that turns out to be far more perilous than expected ― will be familiar to anyone who reads a lot of sci-fi, but Kaufman and Kristoff sucked me right in and I couldn’t put this book down. Aurora Rising is a fun, quick read if you like your YA SF with lots of snarky banter. It’s almost guaranteed to appeal older teenagers who enjoy science fiction. It’s the first book in the new AURORA CYCLE series (thankfully its ending doesn’t leave you with TOO much of a cliffhanger). I’m definitely on board for the next book! I received a free review copy from the publisher and NetGalley. Thanks!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    *adds to "want to read" immediately after sees the author*

  13. 5 out of 5

    ;3

    this is just boneless sci-fi riverdale. i had to dnf halfway through but on GOD the entirety of what i read was unbearable as fuck: - there are SEVEN characters. all their povs sound the same and there is no distinction between any of them. they’re also incredibly super mega hot bc like...of course. why not - we have one (1) bisexual character (who is easily the only likeable and effortlessly funny one) but guess what? jay and amie said fuck gay rights and shove multiple het pairings down our thr this is just boneless sci-fi riverdale. i had to dnf halfway through but on GOD the entirety of what i read was unbearable as fuck: - there are SEVEN characters. all their povs sound the same and there is no distinction between any of them. they’re also incredibly super mega hot bc like...of course. why not - we have one (1) bisexual character (who is easily the only likeable and effortlessly funny one) but guess what? jay and amie said fuck gay rights and shove multiple het pairings down our throats instead - said het pairings are so bland and corny and underdeveloped and based almost entirely on characters describing in vivid detail how hot the other one is - why are they all so damn horny for each other. shut the fuck up and do ur jobs. there are more pressing matters than wanting to jump each other’s bones. it’s as if writer 1 was like: how do the complex minds of teenagers work 🧐🤔🤔🤔 and writer 2 was like: sexy times and cringey dialogue 😝💦 and writer 1 was all: FUCK! that’s brilliant. write that down - the queer-baiting. the kiss between (redacted) and (redacted) is obviously not intended to be taken as anything other than an act of Clownery 🤣😜. utter fucking bullshit - diversity rep in all of this is just a grab for woke points. the blatant favourism towards the straight white characters is so Yawn. zila deserves better lmfao - i’m so over the superficial disrespect and cattiness between girls instead of actual solid friendships - do these bitches not know how to swear?? who the hell goes around saying shit like ‘holy cake’ or ‘son of a biscuit’??? embarrassing. - if anyone even breathes to me about the “witty dialogue” in this i will actually tear my own lung out. it’s not witty. just stupid, juvenile, and corny. read disasters by m.k england instead for better, clearer skin :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary S. R.

    me: *to the audience* hello everyone! I'm here with you today to talk about my newest disappointing read, Guardians of the Galaxy! I must admit with a heavy heart that I was no— finian: *taps her on the shoulder* me: excuse me *turns to Fin* can I help you, guy-who-is-me? finian: that's not Guardians of the Galaxy you're holding. Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie, genius. me: *scoffs* of course it's a movie, darling. I was just reading the novelisation and was saying how disappointed I am that they me: *to the audience* hello everyone! I'm here with you today to talk about my newest disappointing read, Guardians of the Galaxy! I must admit with a heavy heart that I was no— finian: *taps her on the shoulder* me: excuse me *turns to Fin* can I help you, guy-who-is-me? finian: that's not Guardians of the Galaxy you're holding. Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie, genius. me: *scoffs* of course it's a movie, darling. I was just reading the novelisation and was saying how disappointed I am that they somehow failed to bring its flair onto the paper. fin: fin: fin: did you even bother to read the title? me: no. Should I have? It's Guardians of the Galaxy obvio— *sees the title* oh. fin: yes. me: no. fin: yes! me: me: well that proves nothing *waves him away* they just changed the name. me: *turns to audience* as I was sayi— cat: *walks into the review because she just has to be there* shut up, Mary. fin: maybe we shouldn't be that harsh, we can reason wi— cat: shut up, Finian! me: that's not a g— cat: I said, SHUT UP. tyler: *follows her in with the rest, because he always has to clean up her mess* legionnaire! cat: but no one is worth my ti— ty: my love, Cat! cat: *melts* as you wish, my one-and-only-Alpha, oh so amazing, oh so fearless. me: *trying not to vomit, turns to audience, ignoring the bugs* the problems of this novelisation rose from purely bad writing in all fiel— scar: it's not Guardians of the Galaxy, idiot! That movie didn't have my sassy awesomeness 😏 me: actually, it had bett— ty: and it didn't have a Goldenboy who's defined by his dimples and is repeatedly said to be the best leader and tactician but has zero leadership abilities, being more of a follower. me: okay maybe that's tru— aurora: *pipes in uselessly* neither a girl who everything revolves around but somehow can't be told apart from the wall she's standing next to since she's so flat, until the very last chapters. me: that's a valid point, bu— cat: it also didn't have a thickheaded self-righteous pilot who lives to repeatedly note how life is crap and everyone's crap and she's always the only one who's right. me: me: *looks to Zila and Kal for a rescue* zila: *without looking up from her uniglass* based on evidence, Guardians of the Galaxy neither had a misrepresented sociopath, an structurally wrong academy of elite soldiers, or an insufficient attempt at humour and unfaltering focus on crafting the perfect sarcastic remark at the cost of character distinction. Thus, we can only conclude that you did not, in fact, read Guardians of the Galaxy. everyone: me: kal: I agree with the...not-actually-sociopath. I enjoyed the said Terran movie much more than this poor attempt at a copy. me: me: no. NO. I refuse to accept this! I have evidence! ty: *sighs* get her out of here. We're taking this to court. Let the authorities deal with her. kal and cat: *grab her arms* me: don't touch me! I was reading Guardians of the Galaxy *they start pulling her out of the review* no I was reading Guardians of the Galaxy! Why won't anyone listen to me!? I have evide... *voice fades away* magellan: *from inside Aurora's pocket* if I may venture an opinion— ty: silent mode! fin: oh-you-supposedly-mighty-leader, maybe Magellan had important information to add. That Mary girl did have a poi— cat: *shouting from outside the review* SHUT UP, FINIAN. NOTICE: The blasphemer Mary will be immediately taken in front of a judge, and a recorded script of the following court session will be written, in full, for further sinners to learn a lesson and not criticise such a hyped book. • • • • • • • PRE-READ: Here goes my first ever book by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman—freaking hype, get away from me! *grabs the damned leech, tries to get it off her skin* I said GET OFF *the leech clings, desperately* damn this hype! *sighs in resignation* FINE! I'm ready to find my next fave book... Meet the squad: And the mystery girl: Which one do you think you are? Here's a quiz I've forced my friends to take to see which role they have in the squad 😂 to say that I am hyped is an understatement... I am Fin apparently 😋 and his colour is PURPLE 😱 If my profile pic is not telling enough, I will spell it out for you: I. Adore. Purple! 💜

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eva Rian ☾

    4.5! ⭐ such a fun read! 4.5! ⭐️ such a fun read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five gazillion misfit, outsider but truly entertaining stars! For so long I didn’t have so much fun when I was reading a page turner, captivating science fiction/ action book with witty, sarcastic characters! This was like reading a great combination of Guardians of Galaxy, Firefly( without space cowboys and hottie Captain Mal, don’t worry we have Tyler reminds of us new Star Trek’s Chris Pine)and80’s Brat Pack movies! Let me introduce you the misfit and magnificent seven! Tyler: Hottie Golden bo Five gazillion misfit, outsider but truly entertaining stars! For so long I didn’t have so much fun when I was reading a page turner, captivating science fiction/ action book with witty, sarcastic characters! This was like reading a great combination of Guardians of Galaxy, Firefly( without space cowboys and hottie Captain Mal, don’t worry we have Tyler reminds of us new Star Trek’s Chris Pine)and80’s Brat Pack movies! Let me introduce you the misfit and magnificent seven! Tyler: Hottie Golden boy, young Chris Pine, but not arrogant and womanizer, he just knows how to use his dimples to attract opposite sex’s attention. Quiet work oriented, disciplined leader with his own principles.🤗 Auri a.k.a Aura or a.k.a Sleeping Beauty: As soon as she wakes up after 200 years long sleep, she starts to discover her new powers. She’s strong, kind, smart and amazing hair with white highlights 😀 Scarlett: Tyler’s twin, great negotiator, sweet talker, inventor of new term man-izer because she’s serious dater and score her dates with their pros and cons! Cat: Badass pilot who has deep feelings for our captain. With her tattoos and tomboy style, she would be a great MC member if they were not stuck in space😊 Fin: Most entertaining character of the gang with his fast paced , quirky but funny answers to every problem. He may be disabled and he admits that he is not a warrior but please don’t believe him! Kal: He seems like callous, tough, strong alien/ elf with purple eyes and silver hair! But he’s loyal, trustworthy, devoted fighter and when he doesn’t act like a douchebag around Auri not to show his feelings for her, he is absolutely sweetest guy of the gang! ( sorry Captain but he is brave enough to talk about his feelings) And Zila: Smartest person , the brain of the gang. She keeps her silence, observer, analyzer but as soon as she opens her mouth you feel like hit by truck because of her statistical informations. I loved this gang! I loved the twists on this book. Can’t wait to read the upcoming books of the series. And now I’m slapping my head why Illuminae Files are in my sooo long tbr list! I should have read them !!! Shame on me!

  17. 5 out of 5

    enqi ☁️✨ kell maresh lovesite

    today i was in the bookstore and i wasn't intending to buy anything, i swear, but this was literally $13 for a swanky new hardback.... i think you can guess whether i bought it or not.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness

    I want to scream 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tara ☽

    *adjusts glasses* Ahem, according to my research, this involves spaceships, sassy banter, and hawt space elves (NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER), and so the scientific conclusion I have come to is...hnghhh gimme buk now pls

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    Here is a good marketing idea: More covers By Charlie Bowater!! That cover though, I am not ready!! ******************* I don't think I have enough "Space" on my shelf so I am adding this one! Sorry if you don't like puns but this one is "Out of this world" so I couldn't resist!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾

    But to reject my darker side only strengthens it. To lock it in a cage, to deny it is part of me...I cannot stop being what I am. Instead, I must muster the rage to master it. In the year 2380, a squad of highly trained teenagers follows its captain, Ty, in a mission he himself knows very little about. The mission concerns newly rescued Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, a mysterious girl who has survived in cryo-sleep for two centuries, and hides much more under her suit than a speck of white hair. An int But to reject my darker side only strengthens it. To lock it in a cage, to deny it is part of me...I cannot stop being what I am. Instead, I must muster the rage to master it. In the year 2380, a squad of highly trained teenagers follows its captain, Ty, in a mission he himself knows very little about. The mission concerns newly rescued Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, a mysterious girl who has survived in cryo-sleep for two centuries, and hides much more under her suit than a speck of white hair. An inter-galactic war is starting, and these girls and boys are going top be right in the middle of it. Like many other people who have been waiting for this book, I knew Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman for the Illuminae Files trilogy. I found the series very entertaining, and I had some expectation on the style of this one that haven't been disappointed. As an adult who often reads ya, I just can't stand the way some authors portrait young people, and the cringe-worthy teenage angst and insta-romances which come from that. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman have a way to portray totally angsty, insta-romancy teenagers who manage not to get on my nerves absolutely, and can even make me chuckle with their sarcasm and "cool" attitudes. I find myself caring about them and their destiny, and I got very involved in this book like I did in the first trilogy. As for the plot and the way the story is paced, I found the second and third parts to be my favourites, and I have to admit i was a little bored during the first part (not so bored to stop reading, but enough not to pay 100% attention). Towards the end of the book though, I was so involved I was legit cheering for the characters 😂 Overall, I found this book an entertaining read, much like the first trilogy. I'll make sure to pick up book 2!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alana • thebookishchick

    I typically don’t like sci-fi books...unless it’s written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Then I fucking love sci-fi books. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    "As I wait her out, I realise I’m sitting on a space station tens of thousands of light-years away from Earth. Totally alone. How did this become my life?” C H A R A C T E R S > Tyler Jones. Squad leader, golden boy, alpha, moniker of “captain hotness”. > Aurora Lie-Jin O’Malley. Cryogenically frozen for 200+ years before being rescued from a space ship crash. Trying to adapt to an unfamiliar world. Half Chinese. Unfortunately seems to be unrelated to O’Malley the Alley Cat (brownie points f "As I wait her out, I realise I’m sitting on a space station tens of thousands of light-years away from Earth. Totally alone. How did this become my life?” C H A R A C T E R S > Tyler Jones. Squad leader, golden boy, alpha, moniker of “captain hotness”. > Aurora Lie-Jin O’Malley. Cryogenically frozen for 200+ years before being rescued from a space ship crash. Trying to adapt to an unfamiliar world. Half Chinese. Unfortunately seems to be unrelated to O’Malley the Alley Cat (brownie points for whoever catches my joke). > Scarlett Jones. Tyler’s older sister. Rule breaker, does not adhere to dress codes. A strong woman! She’s hot af and she knows it. > Kaliis “Kal” Idraban Gilwraeth. This is the rumoured hot space elf everyone is talking about who probably got lost on the way to Middle-Earth (or the Jedi training school, considering his species seem to use lightsabers.) Also I just want to say that I was reading Kristoff's summary of this book on Goodreads and he used a GIF of Thranduil for Kal and I choked. on. my. freaking. tea. All, Thranduil is the love of my life. > Zila Madran. Low-key crazy scientist. A fan of earrings and always has a unique pair. > Finian. Another alien. Has an exoskeleton to support his movements. Flirtatious bisexual? > Cat. Breaks chairs over people’s heads. Has a Phoenix tattoo over her throat (hardcore) and a few others elsewhere. Will not take crap from anyone. Is a little bit like tough meat; my feelings on her were varied across the book. This book is essentially Six of Crows x Star Trek with a tiny side of Indiana Jones and Annihilation. Interstellar training schools, misfit underdog groups, ancient artefact heists, and fucking creepy dangerous plants. The very early parts reminded me a bit of Light Years by Kass Morgan. At the current moment, I'm the only person in my mutuals who's given this book 4 stars instead of 5 *shifty look*. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad, but I also ... didn't think it was a 5 star read for me. In my opinion, Illuminae was better. I was more emotionally invested in Illuminae. One thing I struggled with in Aurora Rising was all the POVs. There were seven, one for each character. I enjoyed Aurora's, Tyler's, and Kal's the most, but at some points it just felt like everyone was overlapping. And honestly, sometimes I would be reading and I would have no idea whose narrative I was reading through (they're all in first person) so I'd have to skip back to the beginning of the chapter to check. Kal was the only one I could mark as really individual, as he has a more archaic narrative voice. I also felt like some of the characters lacked a certain depth. Kaufman & Kristoff have given each character a story, some sadder than others, but I just . . . didn't feel for some of them? Aurora is my fave bean though. She captured my heart the moment she unashamedly started oogling Tyler. In terms of plots too, it was good and interesting and some parts were very fresh/concepts I haven't seen in YA sci-fi for a while, but I also wasn't blown out of my mind. (I know I sound derogatory and so I do want to highlight that this was quite an enjoyable read lmao.) The whole novel was well-plotted and set at a good pace. Also, I never thought I'd say this, but there was a steady load of innuendo in this book and like . . . I don't normally care much but it just made the book push more into NA territory and I didn't always care for it. Maybe I'm getting old and grouchy, but I was just over some of the jokes. Now, onto something I really liked! The freaking Middle-Earth jokes. Kal gets so confused about Aurora calling him Elrond/Legolas and he's just like "... that's not my name why are you calling me that". This character reminded me quite a bit of Rowan Whitethorn (Kal is tall, broad, broody and silver-blonde wowowow perfect love interest material), and his race of Slydrathi is heavily based on elvish/fae appearance and lore. Including the idea of a mating bond that is oh-so prominent within a certain set of YA/NA fantasy novels. I swear, there are points where I felt like Kaufman & Kristoff were using his character as one big joke/being cleverly subversive, and I won't lie, I really enjoyed that. Aurora Rising was a steady novel. Good cast diversity (including aliens), though I won't lie, I was expecting an LGBTQ+ relationship somewhere (especially since I know Kristoff is so good at them), but that might be something for later books. I'm interested to see how others find this, and whether I've just missed some vital 5-star aspect about this novel really. I'll definitely be continuing with the series though! Let's be honest, though: if this book had had a prominent quirky AI in it (not you, Magellan, I'm sorry but you're no AIDAN/X-Bot) I probably would've bumped it up a little. Also, I still don't think this cover really gets the actual aspect of the story across. Aurora is a big part and so it’s fitting she should be the cover model - but as much as I love Bowater's art, I'm not so sure about this and it ignores the group dynamic of the book and the tone of this novel. But I can also acknowledge that this cover will sell copies and help it do well in the market. // Buddy read with the lovely Seline <3 Thank you to Rock the Boat publishing for an arc in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)

    RELEASE DAY! Review also found at: https://grumpybookgrrrl.com/ They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic. Release date: May 7, 2019. Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers. If Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and The Breakfast Club had a baby...this would be it. The cast of characters... Tyler Jones (Alpha) Scarlett Jones (Diplomacy) Aurora O'Malley (Girl Out of Time) Kal Gilwraeth (Weapons) Cat Brannock (Pilot) Zila Madran (Science Officer) Finian de Seel ( RELEASE DAY! Review also found at: https://grumpybookgrrrl.com/ They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic. Release date: May 7, 2019. Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers. If Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and The Breakfast Club had a baby...this would be it. The cast of characters... Tyler Jones (Alpha) Scarlett Jones (Diplomacy) Aurora O'Malley (Girl Out of Time) Kal Gilwraeth (Weapons) Cat Brannock (Pilot) Zila Madran (Science Officer) Finian de Seel (Gearhead) Magellan (The Wal-Mart version of Siri/Alexa in the year 2380) I won't go into the plot except to say that this is about a ragtag crew of new graduates of Aurora Academy who reluctantly have to save the galaxy after some spoilery stuff happens. And then some more awesome spoilery stuff happened - and the book ended. Not to worry, this is only book one in The Aurora Cycle trilogy! This book has become one of my favorite books of ALL-TIME. I figured it would be no-brainer good, but I had no idea it was THIS spectacular. I can't gush enough about it! Kal is the hottest space elf. I claim dibs! Zila is unintentionally hilarious. Finian reminds me of an alien Matthew Lillard circa Hackers 1995 (and I mean that in a great, sexy way obviously). There is LGBTQ rep with diversity. Action, humor, sci-fi adventure, some romance, humor, girl power, feels, and did I say humor? You don't want to miss this! It's a gem! For reals! Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing an eARC to read and review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz* Fashionably Late

    I'm a simple girl. I see Jay Kristoff, I add.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ~ Althea ~ ☾

    I can't even find a quote that doesn't make me cringe. DNF 40% FORMAT READ: eBook (iBooks) READ FOR: [you’re better off reading Skyward if you’re looking for a Sci Fi about a group of teenagers who work together and are like galactic space fighters] ⇒MY BLOG⇐ *All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise* OVERALL: 1.5/5 Aurora Rising is practically The Breakfast Club set in space ((not in the good way)). You have to understand that I tried SO HARD to like this book. And I REALLY wanted I can't even find a quote that doesn't make me cringe. DNF 40% FORMAT READ: eBook (iBooks) READ FOR: [you’re better off reading Skyward if you’re looking for a Sci Fi about a group of teenagers who work together and are like galactic space fighters] ⇒MY BLOG⇐ *All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise* OVERALL: 1.5/5 Aurora Rising is practically The Breakfast Club set in space ((not in the good way)). You have to understand that I tried SO HARD to like this book. And I REALLY wanted to… but… *screams and falls on the floor* First of all: this book sounded very appealing to me as I just came from reading another Sci-Fi book. I began this book expecting witty humor, a badass heroine, and interesting space explorations. Spoiler: that did not happen. I DNFed this at 40%... at that point I was barely interested and I realized that the only reason I was still reading was because I was still waiting for the book to catch my interest. The multi-POV was not working and made everything feel rushed. It was breezing through scenes that I thought would have been great if they merely focused on certain parts more. If they actually described and built up the plot. It's like they tried to copy the writing in Six of Crows but resulted in making scenes pass by before the readers have absorbed what just happened. The witty comebacks and flawless chemistry was not there for me. I was willing to overlook how bland the writing was if the characters were at least compellingly written. It was easier to read compared to the other Sci-Fi books that I have come across but it just was not what I was looking for. Sci-Fi is a great opportunity for rich world building and this book felt so flat. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman were authors that garnered my hype and attention because of The Illuminae Files (which I still plan on reading). This was my first book by this author duo and I was not impressed. CHARACTERS: ★★☆☆☆ I needed the witty humor and character chemistry that makes a misfit group lovable to the readers. Sadly, The characters are fine and kind of consistent, they’re kind of relatable and they rub me the wrong way. And also can I just talk about HOW CLICHE and STEREOTYPICAL all of them were, *grimace*. I usually would not have seen this as a problem if they actually written well. The common problem of all of these characters: no build up. And they were all trying so hard to be witty but it was just cringey... Aurora (AKA the resident chosen one) She was the character that I was most looking forward to getting to know and I have to say was the one I was disappointed by the most. I found her annoying and was one of the most inconsistent characters. One minute she’s pep talking herself and the next she’s literally on her knees, begging for Tyler to save her. When did the character development happen?? In between chapters?? I don't even know what else to say because... she was just the weakest character for me. Maybe she gets better by the end of the book but not at 40%. I stand by my opinion. Tyler Jones (AKA the golden boy) I love you Tyler Jones but I swear every time he came up in one of the other character's POV all they could talk about is how good he looks. Like, okay... I GET IT. I like when characters that look good and all that but saying it once is enough. I would rather read about how good he is at him being the Alpha. His character had so much potential but it was unfortunately wasted because all they could talk about was his dimples. Scarlett Jones (AKA the princess) I actually liked her character if in the most basic level. The idea of her character was great and I liked the idea of there being Faces or Diplomats in the squad. Scar was also one of the characters that interested me. However, she was never built up well and even if she intrigued me, I still couldn't get myself to care enough to continue on reading just for her. Cat (AKA the unrequited love victim) It's like they were trying too hard when it came to writing Cat. It felt like her character was forced into the story just to create that Star Trio and for there to be an unrequited love aspect. Also, a good 50% of her POVs was about how Tyler didn't like her the way she did because they were just "best friends". I'm usually all for the romance in fantasy but we barely even got to experience their friendship or just meer CHARACTER INTERACTION before we found out that, oh wow, she likes him! Zila (AKA the weird one) This girl confuses me. I would have been interested to see if she would have gotten a character development... but... she's just... I don't know what to say. Exosuit Kid (AKA the nerd) I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER HIS NAME. But honestly the character that was the reason there are 2 stars and not 1 star for this specific portion of my review. Kal (AKA the tall dark [silver] handsome tough guy, the bad boy) MY BOI KAL <3 I would have loved to know more about him and I was a slightly interested to see what would happen to him in the story. There was something mysterious about him but as usual, and maybe you're tired of hearing me say this, he was so inconsistent. PLOT: ★★☆☆☆ There was nothing fresh about the plot and I never really like predictable plots unless they are done exceptionally well or just well (i.e. Renegades). My head was threatening to go back to another book slump if I actually continued on to finish the book. I read from another reviewer that the ending was glib and I'm not regretting any decisions I have made as of the moment. WRITING STYLE: ★☆☆☆☆ I would have liked the writing style of the plot and the way the characters were written more if this was a Contemporary novel (one of the reasons it reminds me of The Breakfast Club). I didn’t think it matched the vibe that I was expecting from the book. Check the 'Characters' portion of this review for more of my feelings about the writing because I feel like you are going to get sick of me being redundant. WORLD BUILDING: ★★☆☆☆ There was a lot of telling as book reviewers put it. For me, it felt like the world was just thrust upon the readers and everyone was expected to care about everything that was going on right away. I didn't think that the fact that humans have found other alien species were given enough focus. I was not even aware that this was an intergalactic sort of book. I thought everyone was human (Terran) when I was reading the synopsis. It didn't feel to me that this book was set hundreds of years in the future. THEMES: ★★★☆☆ AGAIN, more potential for great writing wasted. There were so many chances for political and moral topics to be tackled but they were just blown through. Great themes were merely acknowledged and touched that I'm even sure if the authors were aware that they could have expounded more on certain scenes to make the readers more invested. It honestly would have taken the book to another level if they were able to do it successfully. PACING: ★☆☆☆☆ To be honest, it's not like nothing happened in the story, it was more like everything was being rushed and the most interesting scenes were not given enough thought. There were so many things that I found inconsistent and I'm just too tired to go back to list them all down. It can be very tricky to pace Sci-Fi books so I was willing to look past it at the beginning but I couldn't handle it in the end. PAGE TURNER: ★☆☆☆☆ This book could have actually bored me to death if I finished it. The Sci-Fi genre is a chance to create gripping (literally out-of-this-world) stories and it saddens me a lot that this book was not able to live to my Sci-Fi standards. I'm sorry if this review was a bit rushed, messy, and more of a rant review but I just want to build a bridge and get over this book. P.S. whoever designed the cover is the true hero

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nat ☽

    3,25 let down stars So, the title pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. I must admit that I was highly influenced by the hype that surrounded this book pretty much from the moment it was announced. And how couldn't I? The Illuminae Files are a bloody masterpiece. I can without a doubt say that I will keep recommending them to readers for the rest of my life. And that's about 50 years at least if I'm lucky. I was expecting to be sucked into this book from page 20-something. Still waited f 3,25 let down stars So, the title pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. I must admit that I was highly influenced by the hype that surrounded this book pretty much from the moment it was announced. And how couldn't I? The Illuminae Files are a bloody masterpiece. I can without a doubt say that I will keep recommending them to readers for the rest of my life. And that's about 50 years at least if I'm lucky. I was expecting to be sucked into this book from page 20-something. Still waited for that to happen 200 pages later if I'm honest. For me, the many POVs were just too much. Two, three at maximum would have totally sufficed in my eyes. Instead of having two or three characters tell the story, we had SEVEN. The resulting "side plots" seemed to block the main plot from fully settling with me. They also mostly consisted of love interests. Excuse me? One, okay. Two, fine. BUT THREE? Am I the only one who believes that a good story can make with only one or even no romance plot at all? Sure as hell seems like it. I recall reviewers praising the plurality of the characters, both in sexual orientation, ethnicity, psychological constitution and bodily autonomy. I sorta agree. Sorta. I'm not sure how legit this is BUT...sexual orientation was hetero, mostly (?). In science-fiction/alien/space logic the many races coming together in our squad sure make it seem diverse, I still missed some more POC somehow. I found it interesting that we had an alleged psycho in the squad but was very disappointed by the insufficient exploration + terminology. I'm no expert but still pretty sure that there are better ways to tackle this topic after a bit of research. It felt like the authors just wanted to put in someone who's socially distant in more than just the cool-but-sexy-way. But hell yeah to Fin, my favourite part-time arse and arrogant tech nerd, who needs an exoskeleton to make it from A to even A1/2. ➺How the story takes off. Trying to clock in some extra hours in space, Ty, part-time cause for exploding ovaries and carrier of heart-crushing dimples, finds himself in an extremely inconvenient situation with a strange girl that is in some kind of cryo. He is pretty sure he is going to die - on the day where he was supposed to choose the members of his new squad. At least there might be a bang to end it all. Against all his realistic and thorough calculations he makes it home with the help of an unconscious girl. Turns out this girl, Aurora, has been asleep for hundreds of years and claims she was put into cryo on her way to a colony in place in space that was labelled uninhabitable by the GIA - the galaxy's FBI. If this is somehow Ty's concern, it's also not his only problem. ➺The squad. His sister Scat - furious redhead with a knack for diplomacy - and his best friend Cat - super hawt tomboy with flying skills that are to die for (the other team) - may be on his new squad, but so are Fin - a self ironic Betraskan who takes every opportunity to make a joke, Zila - a brilliant woman with questionable social skills - and Kal - the alien outsider of the academy with a brooding and violence-inclined personality. ➺What's happening. What at first seems to be side effects of travelling in the fold for too long soon turns out to be much more of a reality than anyone would have expected. And there are people who are not happy with this development. Supposedly out for a mission to aim some refugees, it is to everybody's surprise that their actual cargo is Aurora and not supplies. For the leader, Ty, it is pretty clear that Aurora is important. His supervisors made one too many mysterious remarks and he knows that it was Aurora who moved him forward in space to save them both from imminent death. And this is the point where the squad increasingly differs about the next steps. As if the contradicting personalities weren't a problem already... And so a wild hunt through space begins. Enemies seem to be around every corner. ___________________ Writing Quality + ease of reading = 4* pace = 3* plot development = 3,5* characters = 4* enjoyability = 3,5* insightfulness = 2* (Do not fuck with aliens, kids)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! I LOVE ME A GOOD (BAD) MOTLEY CREW. I am being spoilt for stars this year because here's another book that gets all of them! LOVED IT. How do I even pick a favourite character when I love them all so much? And the sass levels, THE SASS LEVELS , HAVE MERCY! That part where Tyler ... and then with Kal when he's ... but they're not supposed to ... and poor Kat with her ... and in the spaceship when Auri ... but then BAMF!! BAMF!! BAM MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! MOTLEY CREW!! I LOVE ME A GOOD (BAD) MOTLEY CREW. I am being spoilt for stars this year because here's another book that gets all of them! LOVED IT. How do I even pick a favourite character when I love them all so much? And the sass levels, THE SASS LEVELS , HAVE MERCY! That part where Tyler ... and then with Kal when he's ... but they're not supposed to ... and poor Kat with her ... and in the spaceship when Auri ... but then BAMF!! BAMF!! BAMF!!! *happy sigh* Of course I don't have proper words for this review. I was expecting good things. I got GREAT things. And mayyyybe some was kinda predictable but who even cares because it's all about the journey and the sass and the mystery and the MOTLEY CREW doing MOTLEY CREW THINGS. I am happy. This is a good book. You should read it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    ℨαrα

    See that rating? It's tragic. If you want a good young adult sci-fi with a purple cover that has an illustration of the protagonist on it, do yourself a favour and pick up Skyward by Brandon Sanderson instead. Thoughts to come maybe sometime hopefully eventually.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Grabbing my computer so I can slam my face against the keyboard a few times until I can think properly. ••• Full review: I mean… will there ever be a book by one of these authors that doesn’t immediately suck me in? Will there ever be a shortage of characters by them that I’m not just immediately in love with? I love this book and everything in it. I love the world. I love the characters. I love… everything. I don’t know how much any of you guys know about me, but my two biggest loves when it comes Grabbing my computer so I can slam my face against the keyboard a few times until I can think properly. ••• Full review: I mean… will there ever be a book by one of these authors that doesn’t immediately suck me in? Will there ever be a shortage of characters by them that I’m not just immediately in love with? I love this book and everything in it. I love the world. I love the characters. I love… everything. I don’t know how much any of you guys know about me, but my two biggest loves when it comes to books? Sci-fi and most importantly- SPACE. I’m a huge sci-fi and fantasy person, don’t get me wrong. But there’s something about sci-fi that calls to my inner nerd. And when it happens in space?! Count me in. I love Star Trek. Star Wars. The Orville. Doctor Who. It’s all amazing and I love how much more widely it’s being embraced. But that’s a rant for another time. THE WORLD. My goodness. This was brilliant. I love the Legion and that we’re at the point in our star-travel that we’re working alongside alien races and the way the squads are structured. One of my favorite things about stories like this is seeing how far along we are in our space days, how far technology has advanced, or how closely we’re working with other species. I loved seeing some of that stuff come to light in this book and I love knowing we’ve got a lot more to learn! THE CHARACTERS. Each character on the squad was so unique. They all had their own unique voice, and I think that tends to be one of the hardest things to do in a book that switches POV’s quite frequently, but I think that Kaufman and Kristoff pulled it off so damn well, I applaud them for that. I’d love to go into everything about every character and why I loved them so much, but I fear I’d be going on for ages, because there’s lots to love. There’s so much strength to this rag-tag group that you honestly can’t help but love each and every one of them for all they are. Watching the way they come together and how they work when it comes down to their moments to shine, it really was a sight to behold. THE STORY. I was engaged from the first page. I loved seeing how each scene panned out and this book was really really tough to put down. I may have taken me ten days to read, but I was thinking about this book constantly when I wasn’t reading. This story was action-packed without being too much. There was just enough of the “other stuff” to keep the storyline flowing and your interest piqued. I love/ hate how everything went down at the end, mostly because I was not ready to get that emotional. But I absolutely CANNOT wait for the second book. I can’t wait to see what else awaits our crew.

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