Aurora Burning Review

About The Book:

Title: Aurora Burning

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 5, 2020


Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Sci-Fi


Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.




Let me see if I can compose myself after that ending and write a review…Wow! I thought that my heart was broken in the first book?! Well, it’s been pulverized in the second. Amie and Jay, you managed to rip my heart out of my chest with that cliffhanger of an ending.

Squad 312 goes through such a journey in this book, and more about their pasts are revealed. I really enjoyed the character development. We get to know a lot more about Zila, which I was definitely hoping for, as we didn’t get much from her perspective in the first book. We got more Finian too! Yay! I also enjoyed Kal and Auri’s growth and how their relationship is explored. And of course Tyler and Scarlett, who could forget two of my favorite fictional siblings?! I also loved meeting Kal’s long lost sister. It might sound hard to believe, but I definitely fell for all the characters even more than I did in the first book, this time around.

There’s a lot of adventure, humor, romance, cool spaceships, planets, and even amazing costumes courtesy of Scarlett, in this action packed, amazing story. I seriously don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until next year for the next book. Somebody sedate me!


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.

4 thoughts on “Aurora Burning Review

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Now I really want to read this book. Great review! I hope to place my curbside pickup order next week from Nicola’s Books and I hope they have this book in stock. Have a fun holiday weekend!

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