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(Aurora Rhapsody #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,002 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Where do you run when there is no escape? Where do you turn when the enemy within is as dangerous as the enemy unknown?

The year is 2322 and humanity is under attack. An engineered war between rival superpowers escalates even as the shadowy Metigen armada begins attacking colonies on the frontiers of settled space.

Individuals from across the galaxy fight for their own surv
ebook, 441 pages
Published September 25th 2014 by Hypernova Publishing
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G.S. Jennsen Book Three of the Aurora Rising trilogy, Transcendence, will be out early next year (likely February or March). Keep an eye out here on my Goodreads…moreBook Three of the Aurora Rising trilogy, Transcendence, will be out early next year (likely February or March). Keep an eye out here on my Goodreads page to know when it's released, or sign up on my website ( to get an email notification.

Of course I would be thrilled for you to read Starshine and Vertigo now, but I understand the sentiment, and reading them together with Transcendence works, too :).(less)

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Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book in this series!

I started reading this book immediately after finishing Starshine, and unlike the first book, it took me no time at all to get caught up in the story. Vertigo picks up right where Starshine left off. Caleb and Alexis have gone through the portal seeking answers about the alien’s origins and hopefully some viable way to defeat them. In the meantime, the conspiracy which incited war between the Earth Alliance and the Senecan Federation is gradually being uncov
Sabine Priestley
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars: Another outstanding read by Jennsen. Is this space opera at this point? Don’t know, don’t care. I love the world she’s created and the multi-layered characters and subplots. I wanted to strangle her last night when I finished this book and had no book three to dive into. She goes farther than I expected in book two and pulled it off beautifully. Looking forward to book three.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
4.5 Stars

Vertigo, Aurora Rising #2 by G.S. Jennesen is a fantastic science fiction thriller with a tiny twist of romance. Great characters, cool science and an amazing heroine make this story work. I was so intrigued by the spaceship Siyane that I really hope it is even more of a feature in the later books. The second book was no let down. The additional backstory of our heroes was very welcome.

Loved it
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Too often, 2nd books in trilogies suffer the "sophomore syndrome" in which they are little more than plot bridges connecting the world building introduction (1st book) and the climactic conclusion (3rd book). Because of this, many authors use it as a filler tool--expanding on the world they've created, the people/cultures populating it, and providing some additional tidbits on why we should care--rather than an integral plot driving mechanism.

I was so very pleased to discover that Vertigo was n
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be totally honest here: After reading the first book in this series, I wasn't sure I was going to like the sequel. Starshine was a decent book, but I had some major misgivings with certain aspects of the writing and wasn't sure it was really my cup of tea. Despite that, the story and main characters were compelling enough that I wanted to keep reading, so I bought Vertigo. I'm so glad that I did, because within twenty pages, G.S. Jennsen converted this reluctant reader into a die-ha ...more
If you love Sci-Fi and space, aliens and space, strong character development and space then you will love this book!! My advice is to read Starshine first. There are a lot of characters in this series. My favorite characters are Alex Solovy and Kennedy Rossi. I am a computer analyst. It was fun reading about two brilliant and strong minded women who are technology geniuses. Miriam Solovy is brilliant in her own way as well. She takes no mercy and will throw whatever crap you send her way back in ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
It has been a while since I read the first book of this series, but I remember that it was at least decent, maybe even pretty good.

However, this second book is rather dissappointing. It is always hard to figure out what exactly makes me dislike a book, but here are some of the factors that played a role:

* Several times, characters are introduced over several pages only to be killed without ever having played any role at all.

* The description of science is rather painful. It often feels as if the
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW I really don't know where to start. I had read Book 1 in the series last year and it was really special I did the audiobook by the way and Pyper Down was also a great story teller. Anyway I had been waiting for the a.b. to come out on Vertigo, I spend a lot of time driving daily So I have to plan my audiobooks carefully and after years of this I can't waste listening time on something with a poor story or narrator. This book is so far above the mark on both of these points. It's one of those ...more
Katie Cross
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought I loved the first book, and then I read this one and I can't decide which I liked better. Becase . . . Caleb.

Jennsen took me by surprise, yet again, and all the characters that I loved in Starshine showed up again with perfect consistency in this book. It's just a great escapist read and makes me want space exploration. The intricate plot is impressively even from the previous book as well. Much respect to the author.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a2z2016, ebook
After a slow start in the first book (which was needed for the world building and set up of the story), I'm really getting into this series now. Very good writing - action, emotional at times, great characters.
Carole Myers
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent continuation of an amazing story.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soooo good to binge this series. The reread is as good as the first read. Maybe even better.
E.J. Fisch
Off the top of my head, I can only think of 4 or 5 franchises where sequels – second installments in particular – are actually better than their predecessors. When you’re the author of a series, you always hope that your sequel will turn out better than your first book.

G.S. Jennsen has done it.

While I still enjoyed Starshine immensely, I was one of “those” people who thought it started out a bit slow. It was all relevant background information that the reader needed to know in order to understan
Marcus Dean
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-read
If you just finished Starshine and are on the fence about continuing the series, READ VERTIGO!

There were some aspects of Starshine that people struggled with. It was a bit slow at the start, there were too many characters to keep straight, and there was too much information being thrown at you. These are not things that I had a probem with, but I can understand why others did. If you are in this boat, I assure you that Vertigo lacks these problems!

Vertigo benefits from Starshine having already e
Jeremy Petschke
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book had the same issues that the first book in the series did, it's really boring and there is no suspense whatsoever.
Let me give an example, towards the end of the book, our two romantic protagonists make a series of discoveries about their enemies, and then take a couple of actions that will have ramifications towards the war between the humans and the aliens. That part is interesting. This is followed by a chapter that describes a warroom style meeting between the higher ups about what
Terry Dawson
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice and her discoveries at the bottom of that rabbit hole are utterly eclipsed by everything Alex and Caleb discover after transiting that mysterious portal in the Meltis nebula. Deep in another universe (or have they moved into another dimension?) lies a shrouded duplicate of Earth which, except for several fire-breathing red dragons and a couple of ethereal immortals, appears completely uninhabited.

The role of those dragons is a tribute to Ms Jennsen’s skill as a writer whilst the immortals
E.D.E. Bell
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
This is an exciting and fun book, and I highly recommend this series.

Vertigo has a much more traditional science-fiction feel than the first, though the mystery and romance are still present. Set in a wartime environment, the author creates a believable feeling of dread as the characters are put in increasing peril. I really love the characters that Jennsen creatures; I care about them, so much in one part I was mentally shouting at the book. (Maybe even out loud; you’d have to ask my cats.) The
John Duhon
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Surprise at Every Turn

The heroine, however reluctant, continues to make leaps of intuition and logic in her efforts to save humanity and begins to understand her mother, which in my opinion is a prodigious feat in itself. Growing up with mine then living and caring for her as an adult, I learned that understanding wasn't necessary. Her experiences shaped her as min did me. We weren't the same and never would be. Alex received that gift while her mother was alive and that to me was one of the m
Inês Martins
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit Vertigo didn't get to me as fast as Starshine did; it took a while to go back into this universe. But when I did, it instantly reminded me of why I fell in love with the series in the first place. It amazes me how so many characters can be so extremely well developed. They all feel real. They're all interesting. And most impressively, despite how many there are, it always feels like we spent enough time with each one to understand them. Yet it still feels like we didn't get enough and ...more
Y.I. Washington
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Metigens Are Here

This book was awesome! I got mad every time I had to put it down.

OK...what I loved-Alex and Caleb's ingenuity, passion and daring. I dare say that without them humanity would be up a creek. I loved Richard and Will's story, loved how things progressed when certain truths came out. Loved the writing, dialogue, description and again, Jennsen's grasp of quantum computing, physics and the potential for mankind, future AI and the realities of the human condition.

What I liked-Ken
Beth Johnson
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads, quiltbag
I only took so long to read the book because my brain stopped functioning well enough to follow multiple plot lines. Once again, I found myself loving so many of these characters. I was cheering, laughing, crying, and yelling at different points in the story. The science doesn't get so involved that you are lost in the technical jargon (although I admit to a newfound interest in qubits), and the science definitely never overshadows that amazing backdrop of story and characters. I particularly lo ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It took me a little while to get through this book as there is a significant number of characters and a lot going on! While it was a minor challenge to piece it all together, it was well worth it as the author has created a wonderful universe complete with business, politics, armies, and a string of bad guys. And that doesn't even include the aliens. I enjoyed the scope of the story and the world building. By the end of the book, things were getting really interesting. I love the two main charac ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story was great, though I feel like the action slowed down a bit in the middle. It's okay though, because things really kicked into gear during the last 20% of the book. I'm excited to see what will happen. That O'Connell guy really ticks me off! I can't wait to read the next installment.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't disappoint, intriguing plot, really likable and believable characters all held together by some extraordinary srorytelling.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Much better than the first book, mostly because the events are more focused now and when it hopped to other characters it progressed the main conflict more clearly.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book in the Aurora Rising trilogy. This book was as good if not better than the first, showcasing mankind makeing hard choices in the face of a annihilation.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable. I thought that I couldn't be surprised after the first book, but I was. Loved it.
Shawn Conroy
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good fun soft-sf romp. A good sequel to the previous book, continuing the story of the Aurora Rising trilogy.
Stephanie Embry
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 was just as good as book 1. Kicking myself for not reading these sooner, and I can't wait to get to book 3.
Cathie Stumpenhaus
A good story. Fast and full of twists and turns.
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G. S. Jennsen is a science and speculative fiction author, as well as a futurist, geek, gamer, programmer and editor. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two dogs. She has written ten novels, all published by her imprint, Hypernova Publishing, and has become an internationally bestselling author since her first novel, Starshine, was published in March 2014. She has chosen to continue writin ...more

Other books in the series

Aurora Rhapsody (9 books)
  • Starshine (Aurora Rising, #1)
  • Transcendence (Aurora Rising, #3)
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“You’re covered in blood again.”

“I really am.”

“Why are you always covered in blood when I wake up after being unconscious?”
“Usually for the same reason you were unconscious, I think.”
“She burst into her hotel room pulling her blouse over her head with one hand while she yanked her shoes off with the other.

No way was she going to face an alien invasion in heels and silk.”
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