Alex’s Review of “Aurora Burning” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

About Alex’s Review of “Aurora Burning” on The Book Brontosaurus

“After reading the first book in the series and loving it,  I was ecstatic to have the second book in my hands so that I could read it right away.” – Alex

Book Cover of Aurora Burning

Book Information:

Title: Aurora Burning
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Page Count: 512
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books


“First, the bad news: an ancient evil–you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal–is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes–and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.”

Overall Rating and Review Blurb

4 Tree Star Rating
Aurora Burning gets 4.25 Tree Stars from me.

This book felt like it had a lot of build up for the next book in the series but I still enjoyed it.

Readability: 4
Plot: 3
Characters: 5
Wow Factor: 5

Book Review for “Aurora Burning”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts)

The second book in the The Aurora Cycle pretty much starts off where the first book ended, still on the run from the entire galaxy. The first chapter starts off with most of the crew in the ship while Tyler and his sister Scarlett try to sell their ship so they can stay hidden from the galaxy’s government. It definitely doesn’t go as planned and they are already back on the run. My only issue with the first chapter is that we don’t get to see the whole crew right away.

Thoughts While Reading

There was rarely any downtime in this book, which isn’t a problem. Squad 312 is still on the run as they try to save the universe. While they were all working toward one goal I felt like the authors did a great job of giving more character development to some of the crew that didn’t get as much in the first book. I loved learning more about Zila and her backstory. While Finian provided a lot of comic relief, he grew a lot in this book. His POV was one of my favorites to read which if I am being honest I wouldn’t have said that in the first book.

“When in doubt, eat your way out.”

Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

There were some big moments in this book that I’d been guessing about earlier on in both the first book and the sequel that proved to be true. While that would normally be a big downer for me, the reveal did not feel predictable. It will definitely be interesting to see what happens with these revelations when the next book comes out. 

“We are all of us gravity’s slaves. All of us pulled by it. Back to the place it all began and to where we know it must end.”

Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

While I wasn’t sure about Kal’s sister in the beginning of the book, I was pleasantly surprised the further I went along to how much I grew to love reading about her. I’m excited to see what becomes of her in the third book: if she becomes a bigger character in the fight to save the galaxy or if she will still be a pain in Squad 312’s side.

Final Thoughts

I gave myself a day to let this book settle before I wrote this review. But let me tell you, I need the next book so bad! The last half of this book was a roller coaster of emotions. The ending of this book was jam packed with adventure and the cliffhanger was just mean. Waiting a year for the next book is going to feel like forever. 

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