The Aurora Cycle #1
authors : jay kristoff and amie kaufman
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pages : [hardcover] 473
memorable quote :
Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?
favorite character : ty
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.
AURORA RISING, while not completely out of this world, manages to have some (inter)stellar scenes and a neat hook that really makes me excited for book two.
This YA sci-fi novel opens with a group of teens, in space, forced to work together for the good of all humanity—and, at least 6/7 of them actually signed up for that because they’ve been training as part of a space police peace program. One is not like the others. One is the reason they’re all brought together, and the reason there’s a good chance not all of them are going to survive this mess. But what’s the fun of outer space without a little danger or certain death?
The book is told in multiple points of view, and whenever it’s that character’s POV, it becomes first person from their perspective. This was confusing particularly in the beginning of the book, because many of the characters have similar personalities. They all have the same snarky sense of humor. I’m certainly all for books that have more than one character who can make witty quips with terrible timing, but when everyone is doing it, that doesn’t help distinguish between voices. I wish we’d been eased a little more into these people before we switched POV so often.
Really, it isn’t just the confusing POV that makes AURORA RISING start out very slow. The first third of the book feels like a generic science fiction premise—and as someone who doesn’t overread the genre and hasn’t watched many of the most recent space movies, that’s saying a lot. AURORA RISING really comes into its own in the back half of the book—it finds its rhythm, just like the crew does with one another. Kind of. Sort of. Not really. They’re always a mess and that’s precisely what I like about them.
This is one of the rare books where I think the sequel will be better than the first book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. AURORA RISING takes a lot of familiar pieces of science fiction and gives them a subtle spin so that you almost think you can see what’s coming, and then at the same time feel like you have no idea what the hell is going on (because you probably don’t).
Also it succeeds in making me terrified of everything. Thank you.
AURORA RISING could be better, and will be—probably—as the series continues.