Review & Giveaway: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle Book 1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Review & Giveaway: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle Book 1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffAurora Rising Series: The Aurora Cycle
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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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.

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Suspense
  • Narrative
  • World Building
REVIEW: What do you get when you group a bunch of misfit with a recently awaken two-thousand-year-old girl? You get into a lot of trouble, you find yourself running from an agency bent of blowing you up and of course you steal sacred objects from one of the scariest and most dangerous criminals in the Milky Way Galaxy.

It may come as a surprise to many, but this is the first book I read by Jay & Amie. However, I swear this won’t be the last. Think of Aurora Rising as a combination of Guardians of The Galaxy, Firefly & The Fifth Element.

Aurora Rising is a fun rollercoaster ride filled with action & adventure where a young group of graduates from the Aurora Academy is thrown into a mission that changes their lives forever. It is an amazing story, not just of survival, but also of self-discovery. It is, in fact, the simplest, the most fun & most amazing sci-fi story I have read in a while. I enjoyed every aspect of this book, from the descriptions & settings to the ingenuity of the story and characters themselves. The simplicity in which these authors wrote this book, and the complexity of the plot and how it flows from one character’s perspective to another is simply flawless.  The story is written from different POVs which in terms gives the reader the opportunity to experience the story from different angles and perspectives making it even more exciting & engaging.

Aurora Rising has a bit of everything, humor, science, action & romance, it is all wrapped nicely into a story that will keep you reading non-stop. The authors created a story with great narrative & characters with unique voices. The dialog, the interaction & the way these characters approach adversity is fascinating. Humor is found all over the story and a certain level of suspense permeates throughout each scene. The narrative is exciting & fresh. While the authors didn’t necessarily go too deep into each of these characters emotions they clearly exploited on their inability to accept defeat & pushed them to their limits.

Kristoff & Kaufman did a superb job exploring friendship and its dynamics as well as the prospect of romance. Tyler and Cat have a strong foundation, their friendship knows no bounds and while at times it is put to the test, their friendship and love for each other come on top regardless of what is being thrown at them. Aurora is simple but fascinating in her own way, what we don’t know about her is what makes her interesting. Her character slowly evolves in a way that is exhilarating & fun, her ability to adapt to a situation was what made me like her the most.

Kal is an impressive character, logical, loyal, strong and intelligent. He sense of survival forces him to always maintain a level of suspicion but there is always a reason, I like him very much. He is calculating and acts on logic, he is the epitome of perfection yet he is as flawed as the rest of the group. He is a great character that slowly shows bits of himself. Tyler is not only intelligent, but he is also sensitive and with a great sense of duty. Scarlett is intelligent, persuasive and almost manipulative in a way, her sense of understanding is uncanny and I find her to be one of the strongest characters in the series. Certainly, she comes across as self-centered and even careless, but slowly we come to the realization she is the opposite of what she shows others.

Zilla, is detached, intelligent and able to analyze problems and solutions on the spot – she is the brain of the group and I like her because they come to rely on her intelligence to save their life. There is also more to Zila than she showed us, I am looking forward to learning more about her character, I am sure she will impress me even more. De Seel is one of my favorite characters, his intelligence is as vast as his sense of humor, he is flat out the clown of the group but one of the most important members of the Square 312. He is the engineer of the group who uses humor to compensate for what he sees to be his flaws.

I could go into the plot of the story but if I do, it will only take away from the fun of reading it. Aurora Rising is a story that needs to be read and savored. Kristoff & Kaufman did an amazing job with these characters. They each brought something unique to the story.

I can’t recommend this book enough, from the simplistic way in which it was written to the funny and human like ways in which these characters react to adversity. Aurora Rising also teaches us a lesson, perseverance, faith, and survival is in the makeup of who we are. The need to live one more day, to experience life to the fullest and to love who we are, and what we do regardless of where the latter takes us. Aurora Rising is a wonderful story that can’t be compared to anything else I have read in a while.

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All Comments

  • This is one of my top books of the year! Great review!

    stacee @ adventures of a book junkie 05/08/2019 12:39 pm Reply
  • Aurora Rising is one of my most anticipated read this year

    Hadvina 05/03/2019 11:35 am Reply
  • I’m absolutely looking forward to reading Aurora Rising! I’ve heard so much about it that I’d love to read it!

    Courtney Albert 05/02/2019 1:23 pm Reply

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