Aurora Rising Book Review

Aurora Rising Book ReviewAurora Rising by Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Series: The Aurora Cycle #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019
Pages: 473

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 sarcasmA sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmatesA smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulderAn alien warrior with anger management issuesA 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.


This was a roller coaster ride. When it comes to space operas this particular writing duo seems to do no wrong.

The plot was entertaining the whole way through, there was never a dull moment. I really love the way Amie Kaufman and Jay write together, you get a very similar vibe to The Illuminae Files but it is without a doubt it’s own story. I love how intelligent this book is, sometimes the reader doesn’t know what the characters are planning until after the fact and that makes the book ridiculously fun to read.

The characters in this book were so real they flew off the page. I thoroughly enjoyed Fin, he was such a chaotic bi boy and I really loved him. Scarlett and Tyler were an incredible duo and their family loyalty to each other was so strong. Cat had my whole heart and soul from the moment she was introduced to the very end of the book.

Kal was by far the character that kept me thinking about his background and motivations. I am excited to read more about everyone in the next book in the series.


Verdict: This book was an amazing time and I cannot wait to read the sequel when it comes out. I gave it a 4/5 only cause I couldn’t care less about Aurora. 

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