My Rating ~ Four Stars
RELEASE DATE: 2 November 2021
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
As Aurora’s End is the third book in the series, the blurb and my review may contain spoilers for books 1 (Aurora Rising) and book 3 (Aurora Burning)
The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy’s last hope for survival.
Is this the end?
What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.
Wait. . . . Not. So. Fast.
When we last saw Squad 312, they were working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.
But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the te4am has one last chance to rewrite thirs. Maybe two. It’s complicated.
Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem
Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.
Actually saving the galaxy, though?
Now that will take a miracle.
Thank you so much to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Aurora’s End picks up where Aurora Burning left off…sort of. After what seemed like an assumed tragic end for most of our characters, they’re back! And forwards. And back…. to save the world. Maybe.
It was so much fun to be back in the world of Squad 312. But it was also, so, so confusing 😅 Time travel books always have that ‘am I disappearing up my own butt?’ feel for me, but this one had so many time jumps, with different characters in the future, or the past, or both at the same time, that I think I literally disappeared inside myself. I still cried at the end and yelled and screamed and closed the book in horror more than once, before tearing it back open again to find out what happened, but it took so much concentration to keep track of where and when each point of view was being told from.
I once again super appreciated the authors’ blessing us with a recap at the beginning, so it was easy to do some quick recall and dive back into the story. And I loved that the recap was told by my favourite character: Magellan (although his much shorter on page time in this book made me a little sad. I missed his chirpy little brand of sarcasm). My second favourite character was always Fin, so I was stoked to see him playing a lead role in the conclusion! The book was mostly split into groups of characters:
Scarlett, Finian and Zila,
Auri and Kal
Scarlett, Fin and Zila’s chapters were definitely my favourite.
If you’ve read the first two books, you’ll need to grab this one to finish off the story (and just to grab more time with these characters, because they’re awesome), just make sure you’ve got a nice block of time where you can read without being distracted, so you can keep all the events and twists straight in your mind 😄