Review: Aurora Rising - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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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Aurora Rising
By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Review: Aurora Rising

I find myself looking at the squad around me.
At these six young soldiers I’ve suddenly found myself thrown together with.
The strangers my life seems to depend on now.
Squad 312.
I wonder what makes them who they are. What’s driving them to even be here.


The discovery, and awakening, of a cryogenically frozen girl unexpectedly thrusts a group of grads on a perilous adventure through space, all while pushing the galaxy to the brink of war.

Fresh of their brilliant work together on the Illuminae series, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff deliver an electrifying series starter with AURORA RISING.

The year is 2380, and we first meet Tyler Jones—the “golden boy” of the Aurora Academy and at the top of his graduating class. Answering a distress call, Tyler rescues a girl (Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley) who’s been in cryo sleep for over two centuries. Trouble is, as he was playing hero, he got stuck leading a squad comprised of those no one else wanted, save for his sister and best friend.

This group of misfits is put to the test on their first mission, however, when they discover a stowaway onboard, and soon after find themselves on the run from those whom they least expect. Along the way, they unearth a secret which threatens the entire galaxy.

Amie and Jay have struck gold again with the first in this sci-fi series. Well-drawn, quirky characters, non-stop action and drama, suspense and secrets at every turn. The seven shipmates are each individually so different (expertise and racially), but through the circumstances, begin to see each other differently, forging a squad that is a true force to be reckoned with.

Together they must figure out why Aurora survived, why they’re being chased throughout the galaxy, and what they must do to set things right again.

AURORA RISING is an adrenaline-fueled space opera that truly has it all—you’ll be clamoring for more by the end.

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