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Review – Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Title: Aurora Rising

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Science Fiction

Age Classification: Young Adult

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Release: May 6, 2019

Available Format(s): PaperbackHardcoverEbook

Squad 312 consists of the Aurora Academy’s rejects. Tyler Jones may have been the star pupil, but a rescue mission he should never have been on left him with working with the ones no one else wanted for their squad. Ty’s new band of misfits are:

  • Scarlet – Ty’s twin sister and the group’s face (diplomat);
  • Cat – the pilot who is clearly in love with Ty;
  • Kal – an alien warrior who needs some therapy and anger management classes;
  • Finian – a sarcastic techy who wears an exoskeleton;
  • Zila – the scientist who is scarily quiet and shoots first, explains later;
  • Aurora – the girl Ty rescued who has been in hypersleep for over 200 years and is an accidental addition to the team after she sneaks onto their ship.

The characters were fine. Scarlet and Finian were the most amusing, but I did not feel I got to know any of them overly well. It was rather superficial; I can picture them and their movements, but they all seem to be hollow. Their motives and emotions did not really register or matter unless it was necessary for the plot. I was not fond of the Ty and Cat non-romance only really mattering when they needed conflict or when us readers were supposed to feel an emotion. Then there was the “pull” (which is kind of like the freaky bond thing between Jacob and Renesme in Breaking Dawn) and I was not on board with it or the way Kal got all emo and dramatic about it.

The plot itself was more satisfying than the characters, but it still was not quite what I wanted. The girl out of time being the key to saving the galaxy and a mismatched group of oddlings is an interesting premise and the storyline it follows has its intriguing moments. However, the story had lulls in the pace that did not really offer much beside time between the more significant moments and my motivation to read lulled with it. I suppose I was expecting a fast-paced space novel and I got a more semi-casual undercover adventure with moments of stress and a few scattered life-or-death moments. Though, credit where it is due, the final few chapters were an interesting, surprising and much-needed twist.

The novel had the quirky one-liners we love from Amie and Jay and the language is appropriate for the YA age group with only a few scattered profanities, though that is mostly supplemented by swearing of the ‘holy cake’ and ‘son of a biscuit’ variety. However, the constantly changing POVs had me constantly flicking back to work out who was the narrator of that chapter, with the exception of Zila, because her ‘chapters’ were lucky to have a second page. Perhaps we will get to know the character better as the series goes on and hopefully book two has a little more of the action I was expecting.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆

So, yes, I liked it, but it was not as into it as I had hoped I would be.
Will I read book 2? Yessir, though I am not sure if it will jump to the top of my TBR upon its release the way Aurora Rising did.

Have you read Aurora Rising yet?
What were your thoughts?

Until next time bibliophiles!

Amy x

4 thoughts on “Review – Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

  1. that’s a shame this one wasn’t a hit for you. I didn’t love it as much as I did Illuminae, but I still did enjoy reading it. I wasn’t into Tyler/Cat at all, but I liked the subversion of what I thought and feared was going to happen and thankfully didn’t.

    did you hear this was going to be adapted for tv? I’m interested to see how it translates!

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