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Aurora Rising

(The Aurora Cycle #1)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  14,452 ratings  ·  3,809 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 473 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published May 6th 2019)
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Jay Kristoff
Jul 24, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
So this is our new YA sci-fi action adventure thing. It's kinda like this:

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Meets this:

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We have the goldenboy of an interstellar military academy:

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Who finds himself saddled with a squad of losers, discipline cases and psychos:

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And a girl who's been cryogenically frozen for two centuries:

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And as you can imagine, everything turns out splendidly:

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It features (in no particular order) hawt space elves with anger management issues:

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Daring heists in search of ancient alien artifacts:

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At least one
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
(leaning forward so my lips touch the microphone)it's a YIKES from me!

I, a keen admirer of Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman since 2017 when I read The Illuminae Files, felt fairly positive about this new world, these new characters. I tried to hold on to that wide-eyed optimism while reading this book, but it was like trying to hold on to smoke or shadow. A sudden feeling of lassitude, of intense weariness, spread over my limbs before I was halfway through the novel. Boredom had its hooks in me,
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Aurora Rising
#2 Aurora Burning ???
#3 untitled ???

They’re all dead. Hundreds. Thousands. Every single person on this ship is dead, except her.

I want to come up with some sort of witty introduction to this review, something to “hook” you and convince you that whatever I can ramble onto this page will be worthy of this book, but honestly, I’ve just gotta tell you up front. I'm calling it now, in April: Aurora Rising is going down as my favorite book of 2019. I honestly don’t know if anything I
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Yay! Goldsboro came through! They had an extra copy and look at it!! I got locked out of ordering it when their site went down that day! They emailed me about the extra copy, I was all over it like white on rice!






I made a double sided bookmark today and once again, I didn’t practice with my new cutter and it’s a little off! But I love it anyway!








Loved it! Loved the characters! Hope to read the next two in the trilogy!

Omg! Look at that cover!!



Mel
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Irina
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
" Do moons choose the planets they orbit? Do planets choose their stars? Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation on the sky? "

First I want to say that the only reason why this book got 4 starts from me is because the last 70 pages were AMAZING. I'm left speechless. After I finished the book I needed a few moments to process what I read. Those last pages were what I was expecting from the whole book when I started reading it.

I really liked the story line
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may ❀
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
full review posted

i'm going to be honest with you here, jay kristoff and amie kaufman were the duo to write one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE SERIES (this is high praise over here, so listen up), so to say the expectations were HIGH was a freaking understatement

and yet, here we stand: me, ready to exit into space from disappointment and you, observing me with confusion and mild distaste

okay, mayyybe i'm being a litttle dramatic. but i've tried to sit and write this review out in a coherent,
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jessica
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'who am i to deny gravity, aurora? when you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?'

jay and amie are the be all, end all for YA sci-fi, as far as im concerned, and its soooo good to be immersed in one of their stories again. the illuminae series is a pretty big act to follow, but this is everything i was hoping it would be. i am so relieved.

this is fast paced, action packed, deviously humorous, and undoubtedly entertaining. and i think thats what i enjoyed most about the story - how
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Kai
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
"Us outsiders gotta stick together."

There is nothing I love more than having zero expectations about a book just for it to tear me open, rip my heart out and make me ship pairings that will never ever ever ever be canon.

I had never read a Kaufman/Kristoff book in my life before this one came around and now I'm doubting all the decisions I have made in my life so far. Aurora Rising was good. Really good. YA Sci-Fi at its best. It's one hell of an entertaining ride.

This first of three books has
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Hamad
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“Do moons choose the planets they orbit? Do planets choose their stars? Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than an constellation in the sky?”

My most anticipated books have turned into my most my disappointing books this year! I don’t know if my high expectations ruined this for me or it was really not that good. But Amie and Jay gave us the Illuminae Files which I adore and so I expected a bit more from this. But even when I was
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amy ☂︎
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-read, 2019
jay kristoff: so what do we name this character who is woken up from cyro sleep by a man

amie kaufman: um....... aurora? lol

jay kristoff: amie your talent is unparalleled. here are my keys go fuck my wife

don’t get me wrong i would donate my own heart to jay kristoff if he required it but i can’t recognize him in this book and i refuse to associate it with him

the characters are STALE af and even if you TRY to love them with your whole being it just kinda doesn’t work out at all and i couldn’t care
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Nick
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
*adds to "want to read" immediately after sees the author*
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May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is just boneless sci-fi riverdale.

i had to dnf halfway through but on GOD the entirety of what i read was unbearable as fuck:

- there are SEVEN characters. all their povs sound the same and there is no distinction between any of them. they’re also incredibly super mega hot bc like...of course. why not

- we have one (1) bisexual character (who is easily the only likeable and effortlessly funny one) but guess what? jay and amie said fuck gay rights and shove multiple het pairings down our
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
As Cat would say, "Hold on to your undies, kids!"

Thank you so much to Allen and Unwin for sending me a review copy!

This was SO good. I never do reviews like this, but I think the best way to sum up this book is through the AMAZING cast of characters AKA Squad 312.

Tyler --> squad leader, golden boy, "captain hotness" with a heart of gold, Scarlett's twin.
Auri --> biracial (she's Irish & Chinese!), woke up with weird powers after being frozen for 200 years......as you do.
Scarlett
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Mary S. R.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has zero standards
Recommended to Mary by: the hype, let it be damned
me: *to the audience* hello everyone! I'm here with you today to talk about my newest disappointing read, Guardians of the Galaxy! I must admit with a heavy heart that I was no—
finian: *taps her on the shoulder*
me: excuse me *turns to Fin* can I help you, guy-who-is-me?
finian: that's not Guardians of the Galaxy you're holding. Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie, genius.
me: *scoffs* of course it's a movie, darling. I was just reading the novelisation and was saying how disappointed I am that they
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C.G. Drews
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this has a heap of hype and I was so ready to see what I'd think! I confess to not being the world's most avid sci-fi fan, but I mean, hi Illuminae, which is a masterpiece. I also am just here for Aussie authors who are globally recognised?! Bc half the time Aussie lit doesn't get off our shores. I assume this is bc we strap it to the backs of wallabies to make the swim to america and the wallabies, idk, eat the books or something. Regardless, I enjoyed this one a lot.

Although, it's kinda
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

A lot of YA fantasy and science fiction works follow teenager characters as they attend magic or spaceflight school (I would take either!), but not nearly as many follow the characters’ lives after graduation. Aurora Rising, a new YA space adventure from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the authors of the well-regarded ILLUMINAE FILES trilogy, take the latter approach, following a diverse cast of older teens as they graduate from Aurora Academy in the year
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Five gazillion misfit, outsider but truly entertaining stars!
For so long I didn’t have so much fun when I was reading a page turner, captivating science fiction/ action book with witty, sarcastic characters!

This was like reading a great combination of Guardians of Galaxy, Firefly( without space cowboys and hottie Captain Mal, don’t worry we have Tyler reminds of us new Star Trek’s Chris Pine)and80’s Brat Pack movies!

Let me introduce you the misfit and magnificent seven!

Tyler: Hottie Golden
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
THE REVIEW IS POSTED


If you gotta fall, fall fighting.


WHAT A HILARIOUS BOOK. This book is truly the most hilarious book I have ever read and I do not laugh often while reading but this book made me laugh so many times I lost count. I swear I even avoided reading this book in public because it's so hard to contain all the laughs! One time I tried reading this book in public and I was only a few minutes into the book and I wanted to laugh already. The humor alone in this book made the book
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Lola
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Part of me wants to give this book two stars because, looking back, I’m not sure I completely understood everything that happened and why. Another reason is that the characters’ ‘‘voices’’ all sounded the same so even if the narrator was announced at the beginning of a chapter I still needed to think hard at times to remember whose point of view I was reading.

But then I think of my reading experience and I remember that I actually genuinely had fun with this book. There is an
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alana ♡
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
If you're like me and loved the Iluminae Files you may be excited but also a little suspicious about this book. I mean, did I really think it was going to top the Iluminae Files? Probably not, but I also wasn't expecting to give this 3 stars either. Sci-fi is definitely a hit or miss genre for me but if there is anyone who could get me hooked on a sci-fi story its usually Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If there is one piece of advice I can give you before going into this it'sLISTEN TO THE ...more
enqi ☁️✨ kell maresh lovesite
today i was in the bookstore and i wasn't intending to buy anything, i swear, but this was literally $13 for a swanky new hardback....

i think you can guess whether i bought it or not.
Eva Rian ☾
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5! such a fun read! ...more
Tara ☽
Feb 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
*adjusts glasses* Ahem, according to my research, this involves spaceships, sassy banter, and hawt space elves (NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER), and so the scientific conclusion I have come to is...hnghhh gimme buk now pls
☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
But to reject my darker side only strengthens it. To lock it in a cage, to deny it is part of me...I cannot stop being what I am. Instead, I must muster the rage to master it.



In the year 2380, a squad of highly trained teenagers follows its captain, Ty, in a mission he himself knows very little about. The mission concerns newly rescued Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, a mysterious girl who has survived in cryo-sleep for two centuries, and hides much more under her suit than a speck of white hair. An
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~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~  ☾
I can't even find a quote that doesn't make me cringe. DNF 40%


FORMAT READ: eBook (iBooks)
READ FOR: [you’re better off reading Skyward if you’re looking for a Sci Fi about a group of teenagers who work together and are like galactic space fighters]

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*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise*

OVERALL: 1.5/5

Aurora Rising is practically The Breakfast Club set in space ((not in the good way)).

You have to understand that I tried SO HARD to like this book. And I REALLY wanted to
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hillary
Mar 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-zone, sci-fi
DNF page 86 | 13/09/19

This is when I decide that I don’t care about this book in the slightest because it’s not good and it’s not The Illuminae Files. That means if I hate it, I hate it and nothing’s gonna change it. I’m not reading a book I am openly disliking only because the same authors wrote one of my absolute favorite trilogies.

It’s like Jay and Amie took all the things that worked in Illuminae, all the things every fan swooned over, and amplified them to 400000% trying to get an easy win.
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Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
"As I wait her out, I realise I’m sitting on a space station tens of thousands of light-years away from Earth. Totally alone. How did this become my life?”

C H A R A C T E R S

> Tyler Jones. Squad leader, golden boy, alpha, moniker of “captain hotness”.

> Aurora Lie-Jin O’Malley. Cryogenically frozen for 200+ years before being rescued from a space ship crash. Trying to adapt to an unfamiliar world. Half Chinese. Unfortunately seems to be unrelated to O’Malley the Alley Cat (brownie points
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Liz* Fashionably Late
Jun 29, 2017 marked it as to-read
I'm a simple girl. I see Jay Kristoff, I add.
Sh3lly
RELEASE DAY!

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

Release date: May 7, 2019. Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers.

If Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and The Breakfast Club had a baby...this would be it. The cast of characters...

Tyler Jones (Alpha)
Scarlett Jones (Diplomacy)
Aurora O'Malley (Girl Out of Time)
Kal Gilwraeth (Weapons)
Cat Brannock (Pilot)
Zila Madran (Science Officer)
Finian de Seel
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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 ...more

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