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Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.


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.


Aurora Rising was yet another book subjected to the abject terror of high expectations for a not so fantastic book. Everyone was hyping up this book up and I don’t see why. None of the characters raised any kind of connection with me and the style this was written in really got on my nerves. I understand Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff were trying to appeal to any and all teens, but this was too childish (which doesn’t sit well with a book that requires a lot of memorizing, especially when it came to the structure of this fictional world). I understand that this book appealed to some people because it has a very creative story and some interesting scenes, but this book did not intrigue me. While reading this I couldn’t help but keep checking for how far in the book I was to get a guess on how long it would take till I was finished. I honestly debated whether or not I wanted to finished the book.


This novel switches back and forth between the seven main characters’ point of view and Zila was a serious miss when it came to this. She had the potential for a great view on the story and would’ve offered interesting internal monologues, but instead she only had two or three chapters that consisted of 1-2 sentences for herself. She was so smart and the few sentences of internal monologue that she did get hinted at a tragic backstory that would’ve been cooler to see. Since this seemed like a major impact on her life, I’m assuming that the authors go into her story more in the second book of this series.

Another thing that I noticed was that 5 of these characters were given a serious resemblance to the 5 main characters from The Breakfast Club. Tyler was like the “goldenboy jock”, Scarlet was like the “princess”, Cat was the classic “tough guy on the outside, but has serious emotions on the inside” gal, and then Zila and Finneas are tied between the nerd and “basket case”. I have mixed emotions on this because I enjoyed the connection between the characters from the book and these classic characters from this movie, but at the same time it clouded my judgment on their decisions. I found myself thinking about the decisions made in the story and whether or not the characters from The Breakfast Club would make the same choice.


Overall, this book was not as enjoyable as I would’ve liked and from all the hype online, this book sounded far better in reviews than it was in reality. Seeing the connection between the characters from Aurora Rising and the characters from The Breakfast Club was interesting and in the end, a welcome surprise. This book was not my favorite and I personally would not recommend this to anyone I know, but if you’re truly interested in this book, it could provide an interesting story.

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