Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy’s last hope for survival.
Is this the end?
What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.
Wait. . . . Not. So. Fast.
When we last saw Squad 312, they working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.
But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the team has one last chance to rewrite theirs. Maybe two. It’s complicated.
Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem
Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.
Actually saving the galaxy, though?
Now that will take a miracle.
About: Aurora’s End is a young adult science fiction written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It was recently published on 11/9/2021 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 512 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 Aurora’s End on 11/4/2021 and finished it on 11/24/2021. A great read and an excellent relief to the cliffhangers at the end of the previous book! I enjoyed reading the beginning of the book more than the middle and ending. Part of why it took me a long time to finish reading this book was because my interest in the story was waning. I loved reading the teamwork of squad 312 where they all seemed like a bunch of misfits but at the same time they fit together well. But in this final installment, the squad mostly split. Another reason was because I had read and listen to an audiobook for the first two books that reading alone for this one was not the same. At chapter 23, my hold for the audiobook at my library became available and I listened to it while reading starting there. I also went back to listen to a few chapters I liked just to hear the narrators’ voices. I liked the twists on Tyler. The circumstances in his reunion with Kal/Auri was unexpected. Kal’s narrator impressed me with the changes in tones as he narrated and shouted in a foreign language for that character Lae. That can’t be easy, normal voice and shouting voice continuously. I liked Scarlett’s narrator. She read but sounded exactly like she’s talking to us and especially with an upbeat voice. Scarlett’s view was fun and I loved it too when she dragged up her number of ex boyfriends, which was a bit less in this book. I liked Zila’s attention to detail and of course the humor overall.
This book started with a recap of the squad members 312 and where they were last seen alive. There were recaps of the bad guys and others involved too. Squad 312 knew about the Ra’Haam secrets so they have been on the run and trying to save the galaxy ever since. The story then began with Zila, the brain of squad 312. From the previous book, she made peace with herself before her imminent death but to her surprise, she, Fin, and Scarlett were still alive and the battle outside has vanished. The second view was Scarlett, the face of squad 312. Scarlett realized there were worse ways to die over and over again and kissing a guy who surprisingly had games she didn’t realize he had was not so bad. In the mean time, she had to figure out how to end the loop. The third view was Tyler, squad 312’s leader except he’s on his own. He was saved by the friend/enemy from exploding to pieces as per the ending of the last book and while there was a war going on outside they wanted to seize the day. The fourth view was Finian, squad’s Gearhead. Fin’s smart and sweet. His family sent him away because of his disability but all he wanted was to be close to family. Squad 312 was an unexpected family and he’s aching for the whereabouts of its members. The fifth view was Auri. She opened her eyes to find people around her passed out. These people were controlled by the Starslayer. The sixth view was Kal. His father tried to kill him through his mind during the battle between his dad and Auri. Before emerging awake, his childhood with his family were being recalled. The war raging outside between the Starslayer and earth seemed to disappear when the Starslayer fired the weapon. Fin/Scarlett/Zila traveled back in time but experienced this time loop while Kal/Auri traveled forward in time. The real kick was how Tyler reunite with Kal/Auri, but not at the same age.
Aurora’s End was well written. I loved the multiple perspectives within a chapter because I liked knowing what each and everyone thought and went through. I liked the growth in Zila’s love life. The characters were created smart in the previous books but in this story, I was surprised Zila, Fin, and Scarlett took a long time to solve their problems. Since it took a long time, more than 50 attempts, the newness kept me in awe at far as the 5th time and then I just got irritated with all those warnings. Auri’s situation dragged too. I liked the puzzles of the unexpected gifts, especially Fin’s pen. Definitely unusual circumstances which made it impossible to guess what it was for. The whole series, I liked reading with the audiobook. Good adventures and humor. World building was interesting. I liked the high technology with time travel, space flights, magellan, exo suits, and outer space aquarium. Fin was a favorite character throughout the series and I loved how each character grow out of their shell over time. Tyler doesn’t swear, but he did in book 3 because situations like his, well anyone would be swearing too! I would recommend everyone to read this series.
I rate it 4 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 website).
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