Review: Aurora Rising


“They’re all dead. Hundreds. Thousands. Every single person on this ship is dead, except her.”

Rating: 3/5 stars
Format: e-Book & Audiobook


30075662._SY475_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.

The Verdict

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 AUDIOBOOK. It honestly saved this book for me because it has a complete cast that help bring these characters to life. I wish I would have started with the audiobook from the beginning.

The premise of the story is really good. A group of misfits coming together that will essentially have to save the universe, however, SEVEN POV’S was wayyyyyy too many. Especially since I only cared about two of the squad members. I found it a bit exhausting going back and forth between all seven characters and when you really don’t care about five of them it starts to feel a little hopeless, just give me the ones I love damn it. Eventually the squad does start to become more lovable as they get to know one another but I still think seven POV’s was a bit much for this book.

The two people who carried this story on their backs in my opinion were Finian and Kal. Finian, the Gearhead of the squad, is a sassy, sarcastic, disabled alien, who spends majority of his time checking out just about everyone and is very open about being attracted to all genders. I LIVED for anything that came out of his mouth because you basically knew it was going to be amazing. And Kal, my sweet precious war child – known as the Tank of the group. Kal, is a super misunderstood angsty, tall slab of muscle, and terrifying space elf who may or may not have the hots for another squad member. I loved them both so much and they both need to be protected at all costs.

The plot started to get more enjoyable for me a little over halfway into the book once things started really picking up. The beginning was mainly filled with a lot of world-building and obviously introducing all seven POV’s but once the story got going it was enough to keep me invested. As the squad got further into their mission I will admit I was on the edge of my seat to see how each task or heist would end and what kind of plot twists the squad had up their sleeves. But when the time came for the ending of the book, and this a large reason why I ended up giving it three stars, I just didn’t care. The end is dramatic and BIG things happen (no spoilers) but there wasn’t one part of me that was sad or felt any type of way. So all in all, I can’t really sit here and say that I loved this and gush about when I’m perfectly content with waiting until the next book releases to find out more of what happens.

Until next time,


16 thoughts on “Review: Aurora Rising

  1. I find that Amie Kaufman’s and Jay Kristoff’s [Meagan Spooner too for that matter] books are either a hit or miss for me. I LIVED for The Starbound Trilogy and loved Illuminae but could never force myself to push through the amount of boredom that was Unearthed. Which is why I haven’t yet picked up Aurora Rising. I’ve heard good things and I’ve heard bad things so I’m actually happy to sit this one out. Or wait till I can get the book at the library. I loved your review though – I love how you always keep it honest but kind! ❤


  2. This book was no Illuminae Files but I still loved it and became really invested in the whole squad (LOL). I do agree that seven POVs were a lot and I do wish that we would’ve learned more about the characters, but I’m hoping that’ll happen in the next book! I’m very excited for it 😊


  3. *Seven povs*

    *Screams in character development*

    This is more or less why I prefer books with a single or two POVs. You always get to the character (s) you don’t like and it’s like “uuuuughhhh go away.”


    1. SAME! Having to go through that five times before I got to the two I liked definitely did not work out for me 💀


  4. See, I loved this one, but I haven’t read the Illuminae files yet (they’re very high on my TBR but…for some reason I haven’t gotten around to them yet…). I think the 7 points of view were fine–but then, I also loved Six of Crows, and that one had 6, so maybe I just like having a ton of narrators. I was super bummed we didn’t get more from Zila, because she was fascinating. I hope she plays a bigger role in the next book. And omg totally agree, I live for everything Fin says, and I was super invested in Kal as well. The only one I didn’t like was Cat, who annoyed me to no end. Honestly didn’t care about her much, if at all, so…you can guess how I felt about the end lol

    I also have a crazy little headcanon about a couple characters moving forward, but idk if you want to keep your comments section spoiler-free, so…let me know if it’s okay for me to add that comment?


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