The Aurora Cycle: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Did I seriously just fall for the strong silent type elf boy who has a few anger issues? …Maaayyybee.

Publication: May 6th 2019

Synopsis: 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 would touch:

  • A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
  • A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
  • A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
  • An alien warrior with anger management issues
  • A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find.

Nobody panic.

Review/Thoughts: I thought maybe it was time for a little futurist Sci-Fi read, and I’ve been wanting to read this one for about a year and a half now. So, why not pick it up?

The story starts the night before the big graduation ceremony for the Aurora Academy Cadets. This event is a big deal to the students and is pretty important to Tyler Jones. He’ll get the chance to pick the crew members of the squad he’ll lead. He ends up missing the ceremony and is literally stuck with the rejects. They ain’t his first choice that’s for sure, but somehow it all works. And I just wanna say, I knew I didn’t like those GIA agents for a reason.

I really liked the story. I never really got tired or bored with it and any point. It felt like something was always happening or going to to, so there was constantly something for me to look forwards to. The last half a dozen chapters of the book were definitely the best. The Ra’haam is an interesting…plant? I’m actually not sure what you’d technically call it. I find it interesting, but I’d be deadly scared of it make no mistake! And we can’t have a deadly galactic enemy, plant thing without a counter part; enter the Eshvaren. The fact that they can stand against the Ra’haam is great, but how is it the Ra’haam survived and the Eshvaren didn’t.

I get Auri is connected to the Eshvaren, but like, how?! I wanted to learn who Auri was, she was a big reason why I kept turning the page. I wanted to learn her story and why 200 years later the colony she was headed for doesn’t exist. Why she was the only survivor of her vessel too? Who or what attacked it, keeping it from it’s intended destination? What happen to the rest of the passengers? We also don’t know what happened to her in those 200 years when she was in Cryo sleep. How did she get the powers of the Eshvaren??? I still don’t know how she ended up with them. I was really hoping that would get explained. Gimme the answers please! I love her hair. The mix-matched eyes was…weird? Different? Call it what you will. I can get behind her hair, but I’m not to struck on the eyes.

Tyler is a good squad leader, and he tries to make the right choices for his squad. I think his dad would be proud of him, and I can’t help but wonder if his dimples are really that killer. I can see why he got the nickname ‘Goldenboy’ at the Academy, and I liked that the nickname wasn’t mentioned a couple of times only to be dropped and forgotten about later on in the story. I’m glad it stuck around throughout the book. Now, I seriously think the one ‘Captain Hotness’ got overused. Like c’mon! It got to the point where I was cringing when I read it.

The rest of the crew had their touches to them.
I loved how Cat carries around the stuffed dragon, and no one may touch it! I did not expect the tattoos. Little different, but it adds to her. Her sass and sarcasm hit home with me. I can see us being friends for that very reason.
Scarlett made the perfect diplomat, or as they are known in this book; Face. Every time I read about her the role just slid into place in my mind.
I really wasn’t a fan of Finian to be honest. I didn’t find him annoying but if I had to rank the crew, he’d be at the bottom. I don’t know why. I just couldn’t connect with him. He, again, just fits the role of a Gearhead (mechanic). I will say, the fact that he can match Cat’s sarcasm and sass with his own is something worth noting on with his character.
Zila was so quiet that at times I forgot she was apart of the crew. I’m not gonna down the little introvert, but I do wish she hadn’t slipped from my mind as easily as she did. I would be terrified to get on her bad side though. That’s a scary thought, so I wouldn’t be too eager to push her buttons.
And Kal….Mr. tall and brooding. Why is he so likable? Strong silent type. This elf needs help with his anger issues, something that doesn’t involve punching people. I get his people have traditions, but dude. I wish there was a translation dictionary in the back of the book for his language. You kinda learned what he’d said through the other characters, but it often happened later on in the story. It just would have been nice to be able to flip to the back of the book and see the translation for myself…plus when I’d forget what a word means I couldn’t look it up for myself. I expected him out of the whole crew to be the very last, if not the only one, not to fall in love. Like I’m here for it. I wanna see how this one ends and where it goes. (Plus I think I’m slightly rooting for it too. I didn’t like it at first but now it’s sort of cute.) 

Also, what was with all the romance/crushes in this book? Like, did everybody have to get somebody? Surely 1 or 2 would have been enough, but the whole crew? Is that overboard or was I just not expecting that much of it?

~Till the next Chapter~

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