Mundie Moms

Thursday, May 2, 2019

AURORA RISING: by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Book Review #AuroraRising

By: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle
Published by: Random House 
To Be Released on: May 7th 2019
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Rating: 5 stars - I LOVED It!
I received an arc from the Australian Publisher Allen & Unwin

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 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.

After the well deserved success of the Illuminae Files Series, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it again with an extraordinary first book in this new series. I was lucky enough to get an ARC from the Australian Publisher Allen & Unwin, and I loved it from start to finish. 

It is written in multi character first person, one of my favourite styles of writing, so we get to know all the characters well. I fell in love with this squad of misfits from the start. With all the same humor and sass as the Illuminae files, fans will adore this one too. Think Six of Crowes but in Space. I can't wait for the audio book now as I know it will make an amazing adventure to listen to.

The characters are the real stars of this book. I loved that they were all so different. I fell in love with the characters instantly. Their quirks and style making them easy to know. The very description of these characters made them almost fall of the page, it was that real. I got to know these characters just as they did each other as the story went along. They were thrown together by chance, but when the job needed to be done, they pulled together. It was a great mix, adding different alien races, humans and a human girl found after being in cryo-sleep for 200 years. 

I also loved the different worlds we were introduced to, starting at the Aurora Academy, then hearing about the different worlds our new alien friends come from, and also where our story leads us. It touches on themes of displacement and refugees and war. Fans of Amie's Starbound Trilogy with notice some similarities, which I loved. Fans of Star Trek, Indian Jones or Guardians of the Galaxy will love it too.  It may also have a few Lord of the Rings references in there from our girl out of time, which made me chuckle. This is my favourite book of the year so far. I think it it will take a lot to beat it. 

My 16yr old Daughter Megan & I were lucky enough to go to the launch and book signing at Dymocks in Melbourne on 30th April. As Amie is due to have a baby any day, (with her husband, not Jay) this was the only book signing the two could do together. Pictured below is Megan dressed in all her space get up with Amie and Jay.