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Aurora Rising

(The Aurora Cycle #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  29,916 ratings  ·  6,746 reviews
From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic...

It's 2380 and the graduating students of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Tyler Jones has been a star pupil who hopes to recruit the squad of his dreams but ends up with a mixed and volatile crew.

And Ty's squad isn't even his big
Paperback, 470 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published May 6th 2019)
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chai ♡
(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. Boredom had its hooks in me before I was even halfway through the novel, and the words soon floated under my gaze, incomprehensible. I was reall
Jay Kristoff
Jul 24, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So this is our new YA sci-fi action adventure thing. It's kinda like this:


Meets this:


We have the goldenboy of an interstellar military academy:


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


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


And as you can imagine, everything turns out splendidly:


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


Daring heists in search of ancient alien artifacts:


At least one masquer
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 anyth
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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" 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
may ❀
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, prof
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 bo
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 - h
amy ☂︎
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, buddy-read
jay kristoff: so what do we name this character who is woken up from cryosleep by a man

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

jay kristoff: amie your talent is unparalleled. here are my keys go fuck my wife
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 co
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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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Apparently, this is what it feels like to have your still beating heart ripped out of your chest?!

The year is 2380 and our story begins on the eve of graduation at Aurora Academy.

Traditionally, immediately following the graduation ceremony, squad leaders choose their teams and are given their first real assignments.

Tyler Jones, star pupil and known leader, cannot sleep.

Call it nerves, call it excitement for the future, whatever it is, sleep is not happening for him.

May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 thr
Apr 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*adds to "want to read" immediately after sees the author*
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Aurora Rising ★★★★.5
2.) Aurora Burning ★★★


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!), wok
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$1.99 Kindle sale for this first book in a new YA SF series, May 14, 2020. The focus is on adventure + snark. The second book (which I'm currently reading) just went on sale this month.

3.66 stars. 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 K
C.G. Drews
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
Ke’tma indayōna be’trai. It means…You do not walk alone when you walk your true path.

Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff and a sci-fi/supernatural/horror cocktail where every twist is a stab to the heart and not a single character of the chaotic cast is 100% straight, ALL AT ONCE?


i wish i could give this book 100 stars.
Forget everything positive i've ever said about books I've liked in the past.
Forget Nevernight, forget Illuminae, forget e v e r y o t h e r b o o k e v e r p u
Cristina Monica
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 interes
Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

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 t
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Althea | themoonwholistens ☾ by: it sounded like Skyward
I can't even find a quote that doesn't make me cringe. DNF 40%

out of all the (still) 4 and 5 star reviews for this book, i can't believe i'm one of those giving it 1 star

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]

*All of my reviews are as spoiler-free as possible unless states otherwise*

OVERALL: 1.5/5

NOTE: I opened up this book to give it another try so I think I c
alana ♡
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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's LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ...more
Eva Rian ☾
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5! ⭐️ such a fun read!
enqi ☁️✨
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.
¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (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 int
Hannah Greendale
Son of a biscuit! This book is just good stupid fun. Reads like a YA Leviathan Wakes, only with snark, humor, and some pop culture references thrown in for good measure. Nothing original here, but the characters are memorable and the plot moves at a fast clip. Will definitely be reading book two.
I know we're in deep because of her. I know the smart play would just be to sell her to the GIA and pray our court-martials don't land us in prison. But my whole life, I've been on the outside looking
Tara ☽
Feb 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*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
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31 MAY 2020 - $1.99 on US Amazon Kindle. Great book!

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 (Gearhead)
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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 extrem ...more

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