Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)by Published 07 May 2019
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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 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.
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) Reviews
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 :)
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!!
#1 Aurora Rising ★★★★★
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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!
" Do moons choose the planets they orbit? Do planets choose their stars? Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation on the sky? "
First I want to say that the only reason why this book got 4 starts from me is because the last 70 pages were AMAZING. I'm left speechless. After I finished the book I needed a few moments to process what I read. Those last pages were what I was expecting from the whole book when I started reading it.
I really liked the story line and I'm curious how the plot will develop in the next book. The ending left me with so many questions and I want to find out more. Another thing that I didn't believe I would encounter in this kind of book and impressed me is that the authors created some parallels to our world with themes like refugees as a result of war. I really like how this subject was included in the book and maybe we would see more of it in the next one.
Two things annoyed me at this book:
First: the change in povs. Why do we need 7 povs ? Why ? If the book had maximum 3-4 povs it would have been the perfect read for me. While I was reading I felt like I couldn't keep up with the story so I had to go back to read a few chapters again because I was confused about what was happening. I also started mixing up the characters and didn't know who is narrating. It was a mess.
The only pov that I enjoyed reading and I was expecting coming up every time was Kal's. I liked how he developed through out the book and in the end I also liked his relationship with Auri. I'm curious to see how this couple will develop in the next book.
An number two: the humor. Sometimes I felt like this book was written for middle scholars. I con count how many times I rolled my eyes at a joke made by one of the characters. I hope in the next book this fact will truly change.
Even though the book didn't reach my expectations(which were really high) it was a fun read and I look forward to the next book. 😊
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
- 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 [spoilers removed] 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)
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)
literally no one:
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.