Aurora Rising is the first book in a new book series (The Aurora Cycle) by this amazing duo of writers, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you haven’t read any of their books, I highly recommend them to you. You will suffer for sure, but they are so good.
But getting into the review of this book, Aurora Rising is a YA sci-fi. It is about Tyler and his squad of misfits going into some serious trouble because Tyler rescued Auri, a girl who will unknowingly start a war. They might be the only hope for the galaxy. This is the Goodread’s synopsis, if you want to read the official one and not my horrible summary.
Aurora Rising was told in first person through the POV of all the squad, Zila, Finian, Scarlett, Tyler, Kal, Cat and Aurora. I know they are a lot of characters, but I didn’t find it confusing at all. It was so easy to get into the story and understand what was going on. Of course I preferred some POVs than others, but overall, all the characters were great and fun to read. Personally, I love books with multiple POVs, so this was perfect for me.
This group of teammates worked better than expected and even when things didn’t go the way they wanted them, they did their best to accomplish their goals. I honestly ended up liking them a lot. I want to be part of a group like this, crazy but supportive of each other. I’m not going to go into too much depth about all of them, but Zila is a genious; Finian is funny and awkward at the same time which makes him more fun; Scarlett is such a strong girl; Tyler is the perfect guy, he has cute dimples and he truly is a great squad leader; Kal is hot and the best fighter; Cat is a badass; and Aurora is trying to do her best, but she is stronger than she seems.
The romance felt a bit cliché, in my opinion, but I loved it anyway. The main couple was so cute and adorable. There were two characters that broke my heart and I almost cried, so take this as a warning, if you cry easily, have some issues by your side while reading.
The book starts with action and it maintains it throughout the whole book, there were scarcely moments to sit back and relax. The world building was easy to understand. I read a physical copy of this book and the size of the letters were kind of big so I’m sure you’ll devour this book in a short time.
Aurora Rising doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, or at least it didn’t feel like one to me. However, it does leave you wanting to read more. And even if it didn’t, I’m sure you’d like to know more because of these lovable characters.
Overall, it was a great first start to this new series. I think this can be kind of predictable at times, but there are still some plot twists or moments in the book that will leave you shook. As well as there will be other times when your heart will break. If you like YA, sci-fi and/or these authors, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy Aurora Rising. And even if you don’t like neither of those, give this book an opportunity to take you to some crazy adventures out if this world, literally.
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙