Aurora Rising | Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufmann | Review

“Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?”





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 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.


I have had this book on my shelf for the longest time, and I just couldn’t bring myself to pick it up. I don’t know why, I absolutely love the Illuminae Files however I’m not a fan of the authors independent work as such. Therefore, I was very much on the fence to as to whether I would like this or whether I would feel let down. That is probably why it has taken me this long to read it.

I am happy to say that it did not disappoint me. I mean I didn’t love it like I did the Illuminae Files but I did enjoy it and do want to continue with the series.

I think there were holes in this plot and there were a lot of questions that I feel should have been answered but were not. But what I did enjoy is the sarcasm and humour that come through to the reader. I know that these are intentional but for me they really add to the story and help me build a connection to the characters. I feel like the writing style of these authors is very easy to get on with and you will fly through their books very easily. As stated, the plot did fall flat in some parts but that’s not to say that I did not enjoy this.

What I really love are the characters. Jay Kristoff and Aime Kaufman don’t half know how to create some pretty bad ass loveable rogues. Fin was my favourite, he is the most entertaining of the gang, he had me laughing so much and I really felt like I connected to his character the most. I did struggle to get on with Tyler but once I got to know his character I changed my mind pretty quickly. Auri was the most interesting, I was intrigued by her mysterious character and found myself wanting to know more and more quicker than the authors were giving me the information. Kal, Zila, Cat and Scarlett – were okay, but in my opinion pretty forgettable characters. I think this is why the ending didn’t effect me in the way that it did others.

This was a good book, but I would have liked to have seen more from it. The ending, whilst didn’t bother me, did leave me with a lot of unanswered questions. I am lucky enough to have an ARC of the sequel on my shelf so I am looking forward to diving in and finding out what happens next.

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