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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

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.

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


Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff was fantastic. Most of you know that I am already a sucker for space themed young adult books. Obviously, there is no surprise that I would love something that Kaufman and Kristoff wrote together.

Squad 312 is absolutely amazing. These characters make up the best team. I love the fact that they are snarky to each other but if someone is in need, they are there. What more could you ask for? This band of misfits may not have wanted to be together but they worked so well together and they found plenty of things to bond over.

I really enjoyed the dual point of views in this one because I felt like we were able to get the full picture. There is a lot going on in Aurora Rising. Not only are we getting a new world or universe of Kaufman and Kristoff but we have a whole new ship and characters to connect with. The storyline sucked me in right away.

Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley has been a cryogenically frozen girl for the last 200 plus years. She is found by Legionnaire Tyler Jones. Something is up with this girl and no one seems to know what. There is a ton of mistrust on this squad especially when Aurora sneaks onto their ship and everyone disagrees on how to handle the situation. Of course there is drama and betrayal. One of the things that I liked is people wanted answers. They wanted to uncover the answers.

I am really excited for the next book. I am already excited to reread this book. I loved it that much. Pick up a copy because otherwise you are missing out on this epic space adventure.

About the Authors:

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.
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Jay Kristoff is the #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of five Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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