Aurora Rising Review

About the Book:

Title: Aurora Rising

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Pages: 473

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Sci-Fi


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 sarcasmdownload (1)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. 



This was the first book I read by either Amie Kaufman and/or Jay Kristoff! Gasp! The good news is, it certainly did not disappoint. I don’t read a ton of sci-fi books, but I truly enjoyed this one. The story hooked me from the beginning. The amazing world building, and all the action kept me wanting to not put the book down. I forced myself too though, as I was doing a buddy read and didn’t want to cheat. 😉

The story follows seven characters, which was a little confusing at first because of the multiple POVS, but I quickly got into the groove. It’s honestly hard for me to pick a favorite, as I came to love and care for each character. Tyler is a star student at Aurora Academy in the year 2380, and is ready to be assigned his first mission and have the squad of this dreams. His own heroism lands him with the dregs that no one else would have chosen, and that is how Squad 312 is born. Their first mission goes south fast, but maybe they are actually just right for each other, and maybe there’s a bigger battle they must face together?

If you like stories about space, cool space ships, action, mystery, drama, heists, parties, creepy planets, and unforgettable characters, then this story is for you! The next book, Aurora Burning is coming out May 5, 2020. I’m so excited to find out what happens next!


About the Authors:

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLES, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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