Book Reviews · YA Sci-Fi

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (5⭐+)

(from Goodreads)

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.

Nobody panic.


Aurora Rising is definitely one of my favorite books this year! I typically don’t read Sci-Fi books, but this one may have just broken me into the genre. This novel has so many dimensions (no pun intended), in-depth characters, and an uber interesting plotline!

When I saw that this book uses SEVEN point-of-views, I thought the book would crumble. But you know how a TV show will get into all the side-characters backstories, making this super complex world? That’s why Aurora uses so many view-points, and Kaufman and Kristoff do it beautifully. This was one of the charms of the book.

The world-building was fantastic, too. I was nodding along the entire time, both understanding the world and asking the right questions at the right places. I never questioned the plotline, totally believing this could be happening in our universe in x-centuries.

Relationships. You always know which ones will happen, to an extent, but I didn’t know with this story. I think when you start reading you can expect X to get with Y, but that wasn’t the case. All the relationships were organic and happened at their own pace. Romance is something I take seriously in books, and Aurora hit all the right spots.



Aurora Rising on Amazon.

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