QUICK REVIEW: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora Risisng Review -- The Riverside Library

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Quick Review

Big thanks to one of my bookstagram MVPs Catherine (@catherinerosegunther & catherinerosegunther.com) for sending me an ARC of Aurora Rising. As a huge fan of Illuminae, I was super excited (and a little nervous) to pick up Aurora Rising.

Aurora Rising is jam-packed with action from the get-go, and I can safely say I have never enjoyed dual perspectives like this before. I was excited when a new character’s POV came along, because I actually liked them all.

Though the novel was around 400 pages, I felt like I didn’t get to know the characters as well as I would have liked, but this being a series, I’m not overly concerned about that. I can get to know them later.

The plot and concepts are incredible, complex and interesting. I feel like the only element that brings them squarely into the YA domain is the dialogue and teenage love. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but it did slight diminish my enjoyment of the novel. Having said that, this is a YA novel, so props to the authors for that.

Great if you love:

Multiple POVs

Plot-driven novels

YA Sci-fi

Sassy characters (though a little too over the top sassy for me)

Would I Read the Sequel?

Hells to the yes on that one.

Star Rating

Book details

Title: Aurora Rising

Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Aus Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $19.99

Aus Publication Date: May 2019


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

Aurora Rising Cover


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.

Mikaela | The Riverside Library

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