Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

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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 tech-whiz 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.
Publisher: Crows Nest, New South Wales : 2019. Allen & Unwin,
ISBN: 9781760295738
Branch Call Number: YF KAUF
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 09, 2019

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff set the bar almost insurmountably high with their Illuminae Files series, and while this opening installment to their newest series falls a bit short of that, that doesn't mean it's not still a fun read. Picture The Breakfast Club in space, and you've kind of got the idea. The seven POV characters, a sort of gang of misfits on the run from the government and stumbling onto secrets they are not at all prepared to deal with, are all really fun, and the number of narrators should be confusing, but somehow it's not. I will say I enjoyed the first two-thirds more than the last third, for reasons I can't get into without spoiling stuff, but that won't stop me from eagerly picking up the next book when it comes out. This is just fun space opera adventure.

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bookishmutant
May 22, 2019

Real rating: Just around 100,000 million stars. I googled it, that’s apparently the approximate number of stars in the universe. I kid you not, that is exactly what this book deserves.

OH MY GOD.

And I thought that the Illuminae Files was incredible...
For all intents and purposes, this is probably my dream book. This is what I want my writing to be like, this is how I want to write...this is basically everything I’ve ever wanted in a book. I still can never decide on a favorite book, but this comes dangerously close to snagging the title. It’s like a mix of Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, with just the right amount of signature Kaufman-Kristoff magic.

The plot was just the right amount of fast-paced, with innumberable unpredictable twists and turns. I’m an unnaturally a fast reader already (and I honestly sort of hate it), but I got about halfway through in the span of about...maybe two-ish hours? That’s how utterly hooked I was. The plot was wonderfully intricate, the world-building rich and magical, aided by tidbits of alien culture, history, and the advancement of the human race. I was on my toes the entire time that I was reading it, like an adrenaline rush that you’re looking forward to. (...somewhat. Not really closer to the end, but overall.)
My favorite facet of this book was, by far, the characters. Some of you probably saw my update (“I haven’t even finished and yet I’ve already decided that I’d die for every single one of these characters”), and it still held true through the rest of the book. Every single member of the main, utterly lovable ragtag crew has a special place in my heart. Even Tyler, the “hotheaded leader/Starlord” sort of trope, was unbelievably human, and I found myself feeling sympathy for him on multiple occasions. My favorites were most definitely Kal and Auri. Kal is...honestly, he’s Drax. And I love every inch of him. Poor thing needs a hug. #GiveKalABigHug2k19 And Auri was just this adorably quirky little thing, who, through her confusion, was still a vital member of the team. And her and Kal together is honestly my dream ship. The OTP to end all OTPs. If anything happens to them...I don’t wanna think about that.
In short, I loved every little thing about this book. Kaufman and Kristoff have proved once again that they are a creative force to be reckoned with.
Now, excuse me while I reread this, and then cry as I wait for the sequel.

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AConsolver
May 16, 2019

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA and Sci-fi. This one had major Guardians of the Galaxy and The Breakfast Club vibes to me!

On the day that Tyler is meant to choose his squad of elite teammates to share in interstellar missions, he gets caught in a space storm and saves the only living girl on a ship full of thousands of dead people. He consequently gets stuck with a team of misfits, and as they head out on their first mission, it is clear that they were not instructed for the task at hand. Something is very very wrong in the galaxy. As the girl he rescued becomes a part of the squad they must search the galaxy for answers and understand how to defeat the looming threat upon it.

As soon as I started this I knew it would be a LOT of fun! It very much reminded me of The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Breakfast Club, and Stranger Things. I also loved the addition of a heist and a space elf. I most enjoyed that this book starts out action packed, and there are not a lot of moments of downtime. The squad moves from one piece of the puzzle to the next and there isn't time to be bored. I found this book funny, mysterious, sad, relevant to today's issues, and a little bit romantic. I liked that the chapters switched perspective, and the quirky crew that was brought together. Overall I really loved this book and am very excited to see where the series goes.

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TheSillyGoose123
Mar 16, 2019

"NOBODY PANIC" holy crud I'm not panicking, I'm completely freakin out! The Illuminae files was an awesome read, I can't wait to get more books by these two authors, their books are totally the best! : ]

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