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Aurora Burning

(The Aurora Cycle #2)

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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
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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
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Mary S. R.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary 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
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Boston
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excuse my French, but what THE FUCK was that
Mariah
May 13th, 2020

2.75

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

THERE'S A COVER. THERE'S A HOT ALIEN BOI. EEEEEEEEEP
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Phrynne
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
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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!

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Don't mind me, I'm just over here drooling over an untitled book with no release date, cover, or synopsis... 😬
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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
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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
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Becca & The Books
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
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) Aurora Rising ★★★★.5
2.) Aurora Burning ★★★

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"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
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booksnpenguins
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
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exploraDora
I just finished reading this and I need a minute to process it all.
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OH MY GAAAAWD, THIS BOOK 🙀🙀🙀
megs_bookrack
Update: PREORDER PLACED!!!

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



Original:

MAY!?!?



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

Will trade soul for an ARC!!

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Kimberly (Deity of Books)
#1) Aurora Rising: ★★★★☆

Squad 312 is in Emerald City trying to sell their Longbow when suddenly the displays show them wanted for a terror attack and the reward is $100,000. Along with that, Admiral Adams publicly denounces Squad 312 and says they have gone rogue. So the GIA, Terran Government, the Aurora Legion, and anyone who wants that reward are all after them. But there is one group of people after them too —Kal's sister, Saedii, and the Unbroken warriors. It seems that the whole universe i
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Brenda Waworga
*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
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Lauren
“I am not feeling nothing.”
Sobbing right now. Grabbing my computer so I can actually write a coherent review.
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“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
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Krystal
Ahhhh CRAP. So the wait begins.

THIS IS SOME HECTIC SPACE SHENANIGANS.

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.

CHARACTERS!

Tyler
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
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 Amelia
ASJFAKSJHJ I WAS NOT READY FOR THIS I NEED MORE

This book didn't feel like a filler at all. It had all the action, all the plot and all the emotions of the first book. It also had a huge freaking cliff hanger and now I have to wait to know what happens but I want the sequel noooooow



Idk what I'll do when this series is over ;_; It has the perfect mix of sci-fi goodies, banter, found family/ friendship shenanigans, humor and mind blowing plot twists ♥
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Laura ☾
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I. AM. NOT. OKAY

review to come when I'm a bit more coherent..
Darce
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
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Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
OUT TODAY, I REPEAT, IT IS OUT TODAY!!!
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HAHAHAHA I HAVEN'T READ A CLIFFHANGER LIKE THAT IN YEARS. IM 38 WEEKS PREGNANT I CANT HANDLE THIS SHIT.

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

RTC.
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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
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Kenzie The Dragon Queen
4.5 stars

(review to come)

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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.

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*sliding a twenty to Kaufman and Kristoff* so... how about an early release on this one...? Or an ARC? A single page? I’ll take whatever I can get.
• Lindsey Dahling •
WHAT. WHAAAAAAAT?!!!!!!

I....I..............WHAT.

SON
OF
A
BITCH.

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.
Lucy Tonks
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underrated
WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?? WHAT THE FREAKING HELL JUST HAPPENED?? WHAT. THE. HELL.
Hollis
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
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Lisa
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellie
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.

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

Aurora:
The love I felt for this girl in the first ha
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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
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Lauren Lanz
4.5 stars 🌟

“I know my friends, and they are few. But those few I have, I would die for.”

I swear, this book gave me whiplash. Between the constant action, plot twists, and that ending, I am deceased. Seriously, the audacity that Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman have to conclude Aurora Burning the way they did is insane.

When comparing this instalment to book one, I’d say that Aurora Burning was definitely a little better. Since we’ve already become acquainted with the crew, no time is wasted bef
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Ashley
Star Rating: —> ALL THE STARS (5 Stars)

*RED ALERT*

*RED ALERT*

*CLIFFHANGER INCOMING*

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH.
Son of a... *keyboard smash* I didn’t want this to ennndddddd ugh. Especially not w/ a such a huge cliffhanger 😭😭😭

I need time to process... RTC
...or maybe not- only time will tell *laugh cries*
😭😩🥺
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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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