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Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – ARC Review



My Rating ~ Five stars


RELEASE DATE:  7 May 2019

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Format: Paperback

Pages: 475



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. 





Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of Aurora Rising in exchange for an honest review.

Excuse me while I just scream quietly about the epicness of this book  AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!  Ok, I’m done… no, wait  AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  Holy crap that was great.  Did I ever doubt Jay and Amie would write anything but an incredible, rollercoaster ride of a book? No.  But did it exceed my expectation?  Yes.

When Tyler misses the draft he’s supposed to be choosing his squad from, the draft he was supposed to have first picks in, he ends up with the crew nobody else wanted.  A bunch of misfits who are unlikely to ever get along, or get any of the exciting missions handed to them.  When they set off on their first boring mission, it turns out life is about to get a whole lot more exciting than they bargained for.

Auri was cryogenically frozen, and on a ship bound for another planet, when Tyler found her.  The problem is, that ship set off 200 years ago and now, not only is everyone Auri ever knew gone, there’s something strange going on with her and what she thought she knew about the world.

None of them really have any idea what needs to be done, but they’re going to do it anyway.

I got some new all time favourite characters out of this book.  Is one of them the snarky talking portable computer? OF COURSE IT IS.  Also Kal.  And Finian. And Tyler.  And OK, just all of them, the whole squad.   This book was hilarious in it’s sarcasm, crazy in it’s adventure and devastating in the way Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman know how to rip out a readers heart.  I have no idea how I am going to wait for the sequel!




Aurora Rising pic by bookbookowl

Aurora Rising pic by bookbookowl



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