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Aurora Burning

(The Aurora Cycle #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  18,446 ratings  ·  4,140 reviews
Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Sq
Hardcover, 495 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Knopf Books For Young Readers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Look at that cover!

I love these characters so much!! 😫 And Kal is my sugar baby!

In a flash almost too quick to track, Kal seizes the man’s wrist, bends it backward with a bright snapping sound. The man screams and Kal twists; I hear another crunch as the guy’s elbow bends in entirely the wrong direction. The other Unbroken step forward, but with a hiss, the young woman called Saidii holds them still. And as I watch, horrified, Kal sweeps the warrior’s feet out from under him and starts slamm
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-2020
Excuse my French, but what THE FUCK was that
Maryam Rz.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maryam by: Finian de Seel
This rating will have one-year-ago me traveling forward in time just to give me a thorough, bloody beating; it'd probably go sth like this...

𝕞𝕖 𝕧𝟙𝟠: 𝟹.𝟻 𝚂𝚃𝙰𝚁𝚂? 𝚈𝙾𝚄 𝚃𝚁𝙰𝙸𝚃𝙾𝚁 *𝚙𝚞𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚐𝚞𝚗* 𝚠𝚎’𝚕𝚕 𝚜𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚕𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚕𝚍 𝚏𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚢; 𝚗𝚘 𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚘, 𝚊𝚖𝚖𝚘’𝚜 𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚒𝚟𝚎.

𝕞𝕖 𝕧𝟙𝟡:

𝕞𝕖 𝕧𝟙𝟡: *comes back up* LET ME EXPLAIN! I'm you and you don't do anything without having a sometimes-ridiculously-long list of defending arguments do you?

𝕞𝕖 𝕧𝟙𝟠: 𝚈𝚘𝚞’𝚛𝚎 𝚊 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚠𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚍 𝚏𝚞𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚒𝚝 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚖𝚎𝚜 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚊𝚜𝚜𝚘
May 13th, 2020


The first half of this book was 4 stars of solid space fun, and then it derailed real quick.
I don't know what happened during the second half but there was just a disconnect for me with the characters and it felt super rushed.

I'll probably still stick with the series, but I expected a lot more from this.

November 22nd, 2019

May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that I like the middle book of a trilogy more than I did the first but in this case I did! No time was spent in marking time or building a story - it was action, followed by action, followed by more action. And then, bang, it finished. Just like that. No explanations, no conclusions. It was the most abrupt ending I think I have ever read and I loved it.

My main connection with the series is basically with the characters. Kaufman and Kristoff write young people so well. They have no
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Aurora Rising ★★★★★
#2 Aurora Burning ???
#3 untitled ???

update: nov 22, 2019
This cover has killed me, brought me back to life, and killed me again. 😭 My precious grumpy space elf looks so good!


Don't mind me, I'm just over here drooling over an untitled book with no release date, cover, or synopsis... 😬
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
WHAT WAS THAT ENDING?? I FEEL ROBBED AND BETRAYED. DAMMIT KRISTOFF (because let's be real, Amie doesn't seem to have that same sadistic love of torturing her readers).

4.5/5 stars, and I'll probably elaborate on that with a more thorough review later.

(Original pre-review from November 22, 2019...)
Look, Kal is cool and all, and I know everyone thinks he's gorgeous, but tbh I'm just holding out for a book in this series to have Finian on the cover because he is a precious soul (even if he is a sass
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Really fun YA SF series - but watch out for the killer cliffhanger at the end of this book. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Aurora Burning, the second book in Amie Kaufman’s and Jay Kristoff’s young adult SF AURORA CYCLE series, follows the tension-filled, nonstop space adventures of the teenage crew of Squad 312, recent graduates of the Aurora Academy. In the first book, Aurora Rising, the crew visited the forbidden planet of Octavia III and discovered, to their horror, that an
Lucie V.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
✅ Gorgeous cover
✅ Characters
✅ Plot and action
✅ Misfit band
✅ Sarcasm/banter
❗️❗️ Cliffhanger

OH MY GOD THAT ENDING! It killed me. 🤯

First, let's mention how gorgeous this cover is.

What an intense book! Constant action, many plot twists and the ending is insane! I can't wait for the third book.

Aurora Burning is better than Aurora Rising, probably because we now know the characters and the setting so we can completely focus on the action and insane plans of our misfit crew. There are also chapters
Becca & The Books
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For fans of Space Opera & Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The thing I love the most about The Aurora Cycle, and Aurora Burning especially, is just how extra everything is. From high-action space chases to outlandish costumes and make-out scenes directly following high speed jet pack flights through open space, Aurora Burning definitely delivers if you love campy, over the top characters and epic plots to save the universe.

As usual, my favourite aspect of Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman's stories are the ch
Seeing Kal on the cover:

Thinking of the 312 Squad babies:

Realising where Aurora Rising ended and that this book is going to be chaos:
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Aurora Rising ★★★★.5
2.) Aurora Burning ★★★


"There is nothing as painful, or as simple, as doing what is right."

representation: Chinese-Irish character, disabled character, Black character, queer characters (bisexual characters, unlabelled queer characters).

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


I don't remember the first book being as cringe as this one. Also who's gonna bet that chapter 3 was w
“I am not feeling nothing.”
Sobbing right now. Grabbing my computer so I can actually write a coherent review.
“I am not feeling nothing.” What a quote to sum up this book.

Guys, I am an absolute WRECK over this book. I’ve told a few people that this series, these characters, the world, everything just speaks to me in a way that doesn’t happen very often. I mean, I LOVE so many books, but I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so connected to an entire cast of charac
Kenzie The Dragon Queen
4.5 stars

July 13th 2020

This series owns me, and I’m okay with that.


June 12th 2020

Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just sitting here patiently waiting for my preorder copy to arrive and praying I don’t see spoilers until it gets here. I don’t mind waiting in the midst of the pandemic, I’m just hoping I don’t see spoilers until I read it.


January 27th 2020

*sliding a twenty to Kaufman and Kristoff* so... how about an early release on this one...? Or an ARC? A s
I just finished reading this and I need a minute to process it all.
Ahhhh CRAP. So the wait begins.


You know that blank, empty sound of space? That is my mind right now trying to put my feelings into words.

I fail.

WARNING: This review will definitely contain untagged spoilers for the first book in the series.


I think that if we weren't given chapters from his POV, I'd probably find him unbearable. Because he's such a soldier! But I really enjoy hearing the way he thinks, about strategy, and leadership, but m
The only way out is thorough.

Holy Flop, Batman.

The Sequel Curse strikes again.
RIP, Aurora Burning. You won't be missed.

When I started this book, two weeks ago, I would have thought anything possible, except me giving this less 5 stars.
But I was obviously wrong because, guess what? This book was a big disappointment.
I found the plot to be incredibly dull, especially considering this book takes place in the action-packed heart of a chain of events that started in book one.
I think it mayb

I'm ready to be back with the 3-1-2.



I can't.
I cannot wait that long...

Will trade soul for an ARC!!

Laura ☾
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

Re-read and I'm still struggling to put together coherent thoughts about this book....I love it but I hate Kristoff for that ending.

All I'm going to say is, Squad 312 are precious babies and need to be protected.
Brenda Waworga
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
*sigh* i think i read this book NOT in the right time, i just finished a very good Adult fantasy book with so many smart characters and plot and reading this book felt really not make sense at all 😂 like how the heck all these teenagers versus the whole galaxy survived with simple plans and sheer luck and ofc everyone is secretly so special?

I still love all the characters on this book (characterization is the strongest element on this book i guess) and love to learn more about them on here, i l
I have so many mixed feelings about the ending of this book, but since I loved the rest of it, I won’t go any lower than 4 stars because a book that has Kaliis Idraban Gilwraeth cannot go below 4 stars ever.


Like the last book I’ll talk about this review in terms of characters, with a mini spoilery rant at the bottom (which I’ll mark as spoilers so nobody accidentally sees it because I’m a literal angel, you’re all welcome).

Characters woo

The love I felt for this girl in the first ha
• Lindsey Dahling •
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baller-book-club



Just finished. My heart is racing. I need wine. Or Xanax. Maybe both. Definitely need a box of kittens.

How will I survive waiting for the next one? Need more kittens.
what. the. hell. was. that. cliffhanger.

in between the crying, laughing, screaming, mentally murdering and 'oh shit!' moments i experienced throughout this book, i reached the conclusion that these two wonderful (aussie ;)) authors want me dead. because why? why else would they do this to me? surely they know the pain that i - and many other esteemed readers - are feeling right now?

i had so many ups and downs whilst reading this that i ended up crying in my bed, and i don't even know why. well
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

Really though if I wasn't on my phone all I would have put for now is the "No! No! Nooooooooo!" Michael Scott GIF.

I…..honestly don’t even know where to begin with this review. I have been SO excited for Squad 312’s journey to pick back up since I read Aurora Rising as an ARC back last March. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—being able
Lucy Tonks
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underrated
h o l l i s
So I think I'm in the same boat for book two in this series as I was for book one. There are good, and interesting, and twisty things happening, with some mostly fun characters, but I'm definitely not loving this series compared to the duo's other books.

There were some big reveals in AURORA BURNING; some I saw coming, others I didn't, and while there is a bit of overall underwhelmingness happening here for me (and that makes me a little sad), I'm not about to get off this ride because we're onl
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, arc
I don’t know how they did it, but Kaufman and Kristoff created a sequel that was just as engaging, fun and adventurous as the first book - if not more so!

We learn more about the Syldrathi plus so many juicy secrets are uncovered. I love how well thought out this series is so far.

Waiting extremely impatiently for book 3!!

Highly recommend
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

4.5 hearts

Let me just start by saying Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman…you dirty bastards! How could you end the story right there??? How??? It is so cliffy, it is like ending on that time when Jean Luc Picard became borg or the viewers saw Buffy the Vampire slayers tombstone or like 8 different times on LOST. AHHHH!!! I will now wait, oh so not patiently, for the next book.

Moving on.

Aurora Rising was one of my favorite books of 2019 and I call
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
4.5 stars
I have two questions: When is the next book coming out? And how the HELL am I supposed to WAIT for it?!??

(Find this and more reviews on my blog!)

I already thought Aurora Rising was good, but damn, Aurora Burning was so much better! This was a wild ride from start to finish with lots of action, emotions, funny banter and a lotttt of outer space!

We are thrown right into the action and are reunited with squad 312, aka the galaxy's most chaotic found family. I like all of them, but I care a
rania | rania’s rambling reads
4.5 stars

(P.S. this review is going to be very short because my exams have sucked out all the motivation from me. yay)

“Love is a drop in the ocean of what I feel for her. Love is a single sun in a heaven full of stars.”


You literally ended it with darkness (no nobody died. at least I hope so). YOU DON'T DO THAT.

The lies. The betrayals. The secrets. My god it was so overwhelming. You know one thing I AM happy about? WE GOT MORE FINIA
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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 and daughter, their rescue dog, ...more

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