Aurora Rising: ARC Review

This ARC was provided to me by the publisher at my request. The following review reflects my unbiased opinion of the story and is no way influenced. Thank you to the publisher, Knopf Books for Young Readers.

FYI: This review is spoiler free.


Aurora Rising
Authors:
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Synopsis: 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 bunk mates
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 inter-dimensional 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.


Rating: Kaufman and Kristoff have once again struck me deep in my Sci-Fi loving soul with their new high stakes space adventure featuring found families and healthy doses of snark.
Stars: 4.5

Aurora Rising is the newest YA Sci-Fi offering from my favorite killers of feelings, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. They have once again created an in depth SF world, given us a group of misfits to love, and then put them through many ghastly situations. It’s the kinda of emotional trauma we’ve come to know and love from these two.

While each character is unique, all were well fleshed out with the exception of Zila, which is a damn crime. The few, very brief POV chapters she had were perfection, but I wanted more of her straight-forward observations of the wild situations Squad 312 found themselves in. I almost feel like the authors didn’t know how to flesh her out and just left her characterization to be built through the other character’s POVs. I am certainly hoping for more Zila in the next book. That being said, all the other characters had their own voices and each were extremely lovable in their own right. Squad 312 will easily shoot their way into your heart.

The plot was well paced, and the slower bits were filled with intriguing back story or world building, so they never felt boring. I got some Firefly vibes, which I loved, but this story is entirely it’s own. If Kaufman and Kristoff know one thing, it’s how to write a gripping, hilarious, mysterious, and emotional space adventure.

Did I mention it has super hot space elves?

If you haven’t pre-ordered this book already, I highly urge you to do so. Don’t let your squad down. Pre-order links can be found at the publisher’s website.

Want Now Wednesday: All the Jay Kristoff books

It should come as no surprise that I love Jay Kristoff, especially when he writes with Amie Kaufman (you can read me screaming and mildy curising about how much I love their Illuminae Files trilogy here). So, you can imagine the fact that not one, not two, BUT THREE Kristoff books coming out in 2019 makes me quite happy. Let’s break down all the ways I’ll be freaking out over his upcoming books.

Aurora Rising
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Release Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.
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.


Where do I even start with this? Illuminae was my favorite read of 2018 (yes, I know I was late to the party. I blame that damned orange cover) and when I found out Kristoff and Kaufman were collaborating on a new sci fi trilogy I damn near lost my mind. I’ve basically been internally screaming since this book was announced.

DEV1AT3
Jay Kristoff
Release Date:
May 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

I am not going to put the synopsis here because it has straight up spoilers for LIFEL1K3, the first book in this series, but you can read the synopsis on Goodreads. Basically, LIFEL1K3 was a wacky and wild ride with one heck of an ending and OMG I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. LIFEL1K3 was one of my top ten book in 2018 and I’m fairly certain DEV1AT3 will be a favorite of 2019.

Darkdawn
Jay Kristoff
Release Date:
September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Once again, I won’t put the synopsis here since it has MASSIVE spoilers for the previous two books, Nevernight and Godsgrave, but you can find it here. Godsgrave was the book I finished on the last day of 2017 and what an ending that was. Kristoff really is kinda of a mad man when it comes to his endings and the extended wait for Darkdawn has been particularly painful. But with each day that passes, I get closer to continuing the stabby, smutty adventures of Mia Corvere.

What is a book that you are desperately waiting for to be released?