Aurora Rising — Book Review

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Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: YA/Science Fiction
Pages: 473
Format: hardback

It is 2380, and six cadets are assigned their first mission after their graduation from Aurora Academy. Tyler is the leader of this group — a group that can’t seem to get along with each other. That isn’t the only problem he’s got, he rescued a girl from a cryo-sleep of two hundred years. And for some reason, a war is going to be started over her??


I don’t like science fiction. I don’t read it — I can’t get into it. So why did I pick this book up? Why? I can’t explain it. Partially, I loved the cover and when I see pretty covers I get immediate desires to read them. That probably helped. Plus, I saw a lot of people were raving about it.

And finally, this tagline

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic

Yep. That got me. I LOVED that.

So — a four star rating for a sci-fi book from me. A huge shocker, but the real reason it got four stars? It was a superb book.

The characters were (yes, trope-y) funny, amusing and delightful in turns. Except maybe Cat who I often wanted to shake. She irritated me at times, but overall I adored these characters. They were great! The characters I thought, although they fell into some generalist patterns were still original enough that when they played off of each other their personalities really shone through. A+.

The plot too, was really well done. It felt like your typical space odyssey plot at first, but then it got more and more complicated and I really appreciated it. There was always something urgent pushing them forward. There were lulls of course, and yes, it was prose filled, but it all had a purpose and I loved that.

The writing too — it was amazing. I kept getting swept up and away in it. It felt as if I was there, with them too, living their lives. Also, the world building? Subtle, but there. We know hints of things, but we don’t know everything. We’re not overloaded with world building, but we get enough to know what is happening and what is going on. It’s splendid, because it means we can fill in the gaps with our minds until more information becomes available.

So a solid 4/5 stars for this book. And I will be eagerly awaiting the next (THAT ENDING THOUGH) book in the series.

I will say this: it really felt like a Star Trek: TOS or a Star Trek: TNG series. It was excellent and contained many things I liked in those, that I liked in this! So if you like Star Trek, you’re bound to like this one!

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11 replies on “Aurora Rising — Book Review”

I love that tagline! I’ve seen this book a lot and I may need to pick it up. Great review!

Mere says:

I know! It had the most amazing tagline and I knew I was going to read it! Thank you!

Yvonne says:

Great review, I liked this one too but I love sci-fi too.

Mere says:

Yes! It was really great!

Emily Wrayburn says:

That is a great tagline. I’ve been debating whether to read this one. I wasn’t that into Illuminae but I feel like this is quite different and maybe I’d like it more.

juridesu says:

I have been hearing a lot of mixed feelings about this book but so far the positive ones outweigh those against it so I might consider picking it up for my next read! Not a big fan of sci-fi but I hope this book’ll change my mind on that~ ❤️❤️❤️

Mere says:

I was never big on sci-fi until I read this one, it made me love it! I was so surprised!

E. Pasternak says:

Great review! This tagline is surely intriguing! I’m not big on space operas either (I like sci-fi when it’s some weird biology shit or something like that though) but maybe I should reconsider 🙂

Mere says:

I’d give it a shot, because this does have some weird biology stuff in it…but it takes a bit to get to it, so you never know!

I’m so glad you enjoyed it !!! I’m not really a sci-fi reader but this one sounds great 😍💕👏🏻

Mere says:

I’m not much of a Sci-Fi reader, but this one has made me get into Sci-Fi recently and I’m really liking it!

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