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

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

“The cover caught my attention as soon as this book came out. I purchased it right away but it sat on my TBR shelf for a while. I’m glad I finally picked it up.” – Alex

Book Cover of "Aurora Rising" by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Book Information:

Title: Aurora Rising
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Page Count: 496
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books

Book Summary:
“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. “


Overall Rating & Book Blurb

4.5 Tree Star Rating

I gave “Aurora Rising” 4.5 Tree Stars.
Going on an adventure with this crew through the universe was a fun ride.

Readabilty: 4
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Wow Factor: 5

Book Review for “Aurora Rising”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts):

This book had me hooked from the get go. I was intrigued right away with the space academy and with Tyler finding Aurora in cryo sleep. I was definitely looking forward to seeing what kind of crew Tyler was going to end up with after reading the end of the first chapter.

Thoughts while reading:

When I picked this book up on a whim last year cause I knew of Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff from other books that they had written and I thought the cover was really pretty (I know, judging a book by its cover). I had a blast reading this book. I thought having so many different points of view would be a little confusing and make it hard to read but I ended up loving every crew member.

“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 in the sky?”

“Aurora Rising”, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The mystery around Aurora was great. I was forever wanting to learn more about what happened to her and why she was in cryo sleep for so long. The chase across the galaxy as they run from the their government had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was not a ton of romance in this book but what was in it was unexpected and a joy to read.

“No-hopers?” I say. “You know, you’re lucky I’m such a soulless shrew. Otherwise you might be at risk of quite possibly maybe hurting my feelings”

“Aurora Rising”, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I love a good novel with a rag tag group of misfits/found family and this book did not disappoint. I felt like I got to know each member of the team pretty well. There were times when I wanted to continue reading a certain crew member’s story more than the other but I was never unsatisfied with the crew members point of view I was reading. The ending of this book was heart breaking and I was not expecting it.

Final thoughts

Since finishing the end of the book I am hyped to start the next one. I for sure have a bit of a book hangover and all I want to do is go pick up the next but I gotta stick to my schedule. I am so ready to dive back into the adventure as Squad 312 tries to save the galaxy. 

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