Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science-fiction epic. . . .
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 tech whiz 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.
About: Aurora Rising is a young adult science fiction written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It was published on 4/7/2020 (originally released 5/7/2019) by Ember, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 496 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy, science fiction, and space adventures. There are three books to the Aurora Cycle: book one is Aurora Rising, book two is Aurora Burning, and book three is Aurora’s End. This book is intended for readers ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. According to the publisher’s website, “Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 275 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Together, our imprints publish over 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles annually, with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading and listening to an audiobook for Aurora Rising on 9/8/2021 and finished it on 9/18/2021. A fantastic read and audiobook combo. I’m loving this way of reading especially with this book. I love outer space adventures, fun banters, witty characters, futuristic, cryogenic pods and this book has all of it. Fin was by far my favorite character to rely on for a good laugh. I liked how each character was a genius at what they do but not so good with people. That’s what make them real because people skills aren’t so easy. The Fold was mentioned often and I couldn’t help but think of Grishaverse but they mean different in this book even though crazy things can happen in the Fold for both books. The audiobook version was excellent and I enjoyed the sounds and different accents for different characters. Since this book has many characters, I prefer to follow the book while listening to the story. Definitely helps with some foreign language pronunciation. I liked that each crew member has their own individual view/chapters so readers were able to know what went through their mind.
This book started with Tyler, Alpha, Squad Leader, First Class. He’s the highest ranked in his year and nicknamed Goldenboy. He’s worrying about the draft because it’s the night before and he couldn’t sleep. He wanted to go to the Fold (similar to a wrinkle in time, except the term reminds me of Grishaverse) to make use of his time since he couldn’t sleep. A storm came unexpectedly and it’s destroying the building that hold thousands of cryogenic pods. He decided to rescue this girl, one alive among thousands dead, frozen in the cryogenic pods. He had to hurry because his space suit suddenly became faulty and they both could die. There were flashbacks in italicized. The second view was Auri, 17. She’s half Chinese and the girl frozen in the cryogenic pod. Her father was part of the Octavia mission. She was meant to go but an incident occurred and she was not woken up until 220 years later.. she’s now 237 years old. The third view was Scarlett, 18, Tyler’s twin sister and Faces. Tyler missed the draft and was left leading a team of not-his-first-choice of crew members. The fourth view was Zila, Brains, one of the teammates of Tyler who didn’t talk much. The fifth view was Cat, 19, Aces, bunkmate with Scarlett and friends with Tyler. The sixth view was Kal, 19, Tanks aka Combat Specialist, tall alien, the only Syldrathi in Tyler’s team with purple blood. The seventh view was Finian, Gearhead, Betraskan, (white alien), Ty’s crew member who has somewhat of a disability. In between chapters, there’ll be explanations to what Tanks, Aces, Faces do as well as certain planets the crew were visiting. Their first mission was to deliver medical supplies but they discovered their ship has a stowaway that they have to keep safe without knowing the full reasons why. This book was divided into 3 parts.
Aurora Rising was well written and a fast paced read! As soon as the characters were introduced and I saw how sassy they all were, I was committed to the story. I truly appreciate diversity in this book, among the important main characters was a half Chinese called Auri. I enjoyed the heist. It was thrilling with a surprise twist. I enjoyed the humor and different character’s personalities. Zila’s personality was crispy along with her chapters. I liked how Scarlett worked her magic with men. I loved the personality test at the end of the book. My son and husband took the test with me. There’s not much romance or swearing in this book so I’m okay for my nearly 10 year old to read it. Fin sounds like a guy who could date men or women. He complimented both genders. Outer space life sounds fascinating with variety of species and monsters. Tyler’s old uniglass (similar to a tablet) with a personality was my favorite device. I’m excited to reading Aurora Burning next! I recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Authors:
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy for young (and not so young) adults. Her multi-award winning work has been published in 30 countries, and been described as “a game-changer., “stylistically mesmerising” and “out-of-this-world awesome”. Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their rescue dog, Jack. (Photo obtained from internet search and Info obtained from Penguin’s website).
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES, and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards and an ABIA, was a nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, has been named multiple times to the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books lists, and is published in over twenty-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 13,030 days to live. He resides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings. Follow Jay: jaykristoff.com or @misterkristoff. (Photo obtained from internet search and Info obtained from Penguin’s websites).
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