Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: Aurora Burning
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #2
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donabella Martel, Erin Spencer, Steve West
Length: ~15 hours (512 pages)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers,
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for Fans of: Star Wars, Stargate, Guardians of the Galaxy

Review: Aurora Rising

SYNOPSIS

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.

MY THOUGHTS

Amazing. I love the banter and chemistry between the squad members, although there was less humor as the story got darker and heavier.

I absolutely loved Saedii, Kal’s sister, and I think she was a great addition to the ensemble and an interesting foil for Kal. I appreciate her dark ways, but I hope she joins the squad in book 3.

This book connects a lot of dots between information that was introduced in book 1. Several twists completely change everything we think we know about certain characters; one twist was so mind blowing I literally shouted when I figured it out. But it also leaves plenty of questions to be answered in book 3 and ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger.

This series has so much heart (and heartbreak) and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s also fantastic on audiobook with a full cast.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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