Aurora Rising

Aurora RisingThe 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 tech whiz 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.




I jumped into this book with high expectations and a lot of excitement.  I loved the Illuminae Files and have read almost everything written by Jay Kristoff.  Let’s just say YA science fiction has become my new niche.  I love the unique characters, dynamic world building, and the pacing of these novels.

Aurora Rising was a complete hit for me from start to finish.  There’s something about the quirkiness of putting together a completely illogical group of people and constructing a family.  The characters play off of each other so well.  Their differences and the unlikelihood of bonding lead to stress and angst that builds throughout the book.

I want to be a member of Squad 312.  The character development in this book defied all of my expectations.  There is something endearing about each character in this book.

    • Tyler Jones, the golden boy leader who is given a mission that is bigger in the universe than he can fathom
    • Finian de Karran de Seel, computer tech genius in an exosuit with a sense of humor that kills
    • Scarlett Jones, Tyler’s twin sister who has a calming effect and the ability to read people and situations perfectly
    • Cat Brannock, legion’s best pilot and best friend to Scarlett
    • Kaliis Idraban Gilwraeth is the warrior, the guy you want on your side when up against a big brutish fleet
    • Zila Madrin, petit sociopath and science genius
    • Aurora, frozen for over 200 years has powers of which she is unaware


Jay and Amie have been blessed with the gift of storytelling (they are masters of their craft).  Their words fly off the pages in a poetic manner leaving the reader laughing at one moment and close to tears the next.

My new copy of this novel should be sitting in my mailbox as I type this review, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.  Thank you to netgalley for this review copy.

5/5 stars

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