Aurora Rising – Published 2019
“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. ” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
Okay, guys. First of all, I legitimately thought I owned this book. I truly thought it came in an Owlcrate and that it was on my shelves and I would have this thought every time I saw it on #bookstagram. So when it was a Kindle deal of the day, I almost kept up my “I’ll get around to it, because I own it” mentality. Thankfully I checked, and on an impulse decided to buy it because I’m a sucker for a bookdeal. I knew Aurora Burning had just come out, so one night I started it on a whim and was immediately sucked in.
So that was my first dumb moment. My next dumb move is that the entire time I was reading it I kept thinking, “Wow. This reminds me so much of Illuminae, I should go back and finish the other two books.” Ya’ll…it’s written by the same authors. Facepalm.
This book is legit. It’s so good! Just like Illuminae, it’s written in a unique way. This one is told in the perspectives of each of the six members of Squad 312, a group of new graduates that have been placed together after a draft and given what they think is an inadequate first mission. Little do they know what’s ahead of them! Especially after Tyler has unintentionally saved a girl who has been frozen for over TWO HUNDRED YEARS.
Squad 312’s members are hilarious, quirky and absolute perfection. I loved their witty banter, the secret love connections, and all of the predicaments they find themselves in. This story is adventurous, intense, and fast-paced. Stories set in space and in the future are super interesting, but not something I usually reach for, and I am so thankful that I did! I cannot wait for Aurora Burning.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
This is sort of a spoiler alert: near the end there’s an area that is covered in plants. They’re described as flowery succulents, and they’re covering the buildings and growing on and in people and animals, and it’s absolutely horrifying to me. I read this part in bed late at night, and I have never been so itchy in my life. I felt like they were growing on me, and I had shivers running down my spine and goosebumps covering my body. Trypophobia is real, ya’ll. I got this same feeling the first time I saw the inside of a pomegranate and I’ve never been the same (so thanks for making that the cover of Midnight Sun, SM…).