Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (Aurora Cycle, #1)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

4.31 of 5 stars 32 ratings • 19 reviews • 70 shelved
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Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (Aurora Cycle, #1)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

4.31 of 5 stars 32 ratings • 19 reviews • 70 shelved

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of The Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic...

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 tech-whiz 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.


Limited to 500 copies.

  • ISBN10 1786075334
  • ISBN13 9781786075338
  • Publish Date 7 May 2019
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Oneworld Publications


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Emma (SCR) 5 of 5 stars

I read the Illuminae series last year and I LOVED it. Like literally LOVED IT. So naturally, I have been excited about this book since it was first announced.  I managed to get this beautiful Illumicrate version. It's a real stunner and has matching pink sprayed edges!

This book has multiple POV which if you have read previous reviews you will know I absolutely LOVE. to start with Auri is our link to this new crazy world. She is learning through her uniglass and allowing us to learn what has happened in the 200 odd years since she boarded the Hadfield. This was a great way for us to learn the world. I loved the uniglass pages. They are so typical of these authors who just love to push the boundaries with traditional publishing.  

My favourite characters were Zila and Fin. Zila is super smart but has trouble interacting with others. I already know she gets more book time in the second instalment so I cannot wait for that.  

Fin is a complete ass. He has the biggest chip on his shoulder. He acts like he is very full of himself but I think its all a front. Fin has been through a lot and I think that makes him put up walls and make sarcastic comments to deflect from his real feelings. Amongst all of this Fin is very funny.  

This book has it all. The adventure, the romance, the humour and the pure torturous heartbreak. I cannot wait for book two!

Audio Review

This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I read the hardback edition of this book last year and I've been dying for the audiobook ever since. With the second book coming out I grabbed myself a copy of the audiobook and had a little re-read. 

I won't go too much into the story on this review because I did that on my review last year when I read the Illumicrate Hardback edition. I really want to focus on the audio in this review. The first Audiobook I really enjoyed was the Illuminae series. If you don't know that series is also written by these to fabulous authors. The main reason I loved it was the full cast. It made me realise how amazing audiobooks are. I have since become a real convert! So when this book was released and the audio wasn't available in the UK I was beyond gutted. I obviously still read the book because well I knew it was going to be amazing but I still held out hope searching day after day for the audio and then come January this year my prayers were answered! 

This book uses a lot of the same cast as Illuminae. I loved a lot of these voices and I have since listened to some books by these narrators just because they were the narrator. I love the voices of Steve West, Lincoln Hoppe, Erin Spencer and Jonathan McClain! If you see a book narrated by any of these then just grab it. You won't be disappointed. The new narrators were also well suited to their characters. I don't know who chooses which narrator is for which character but man they did a fantastic job here! 

A full cast really brings the book alive and if you aren't sure about audiobooks then I would really recommend this as a way to ease you in. It definitely worked for me!

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Brittany 4 of 5 stars
This isn’t my usual type of read, therefore I really have nothing to compare it to in terms of anything really, but I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I would.

Space stuff isn’t my thing, it grew on me throughout this book but I think that’s the only reason I couldn’t FULLY enjoy it, it’s just not something that normally appeals to me no matter how well it’s done.

That being said, I love the character building in this book, the format of it and the world building is done well, even if it’s not my perfect setting for a book.

The story is intriguing and the different species are interesting enough to keep you entertained while not being too overwhelming and confusing.

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I wasn't crazy about this one. The plot becomes really interesting but only in the last part. I'm not ashamed at all I want to see more of the budding relationship we see between some characters here. I need more of that connection because that's exactly the kind of thing that makes me care about the characters in the first place.

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
I'm not generally a sci-fi person but Jay and Amie always do it so well!

I was iffy at first with all the perspectives but once I got the hang of it I really loved it. I liked how they had this team of misfits and they worked together great but there were still some bumps in the road. It made it feel more realistic! I'm also super interested in seeing what else happens with this series. There's so much universe to explore and so many secrets floating around!

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Nessa Luna 5 of 5 stars
Ok, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff stabbed my heart once again and I want to thank them. I *loved* this book. I loved the squad (and I will die for them). I listened to the audiobook (I gasped when I recognised some of the voices) and I 100% recommend that one.

100/10 would recommend.

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Linda 4 of 5 stars
Aurora Rising is a very ambitious science fiction story - where the main characters have just graduated from the Academy, and are now space cadets working for the Aurora Academy. It's like a peace corps for the galaxy, but due to unforeseen circumstances, Tyler and his team are relegated to doing what appears to be a food run.
Of course, nothing is what it seems, and instead, Tyler, Scarlet, Kat, Fin, Ziela, and Kal find themselves hunted by authorities. Not only is the Terran elite security force, but other galactic forces will soon follow
What do they want? Why are they so in need of Auri? And why her?
I loved the narration here, with a full cast of characters, it made the listening experience so good, so the narration totally gets five stars.
I did enjoy the story, especially the first 80%. Then, in the end, I felt like things were just a little bit too easy - and while most of the fights and the action had been well described, the final battle left a little bit to be desired.

COYER 2019 Treasure Hunt - Read a book set at least 20 years in the future - 4 POINTS

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Rating: 4.5 Stars

Seriously, I need the next book now, because I was in tears at the end there. What can I say, I love Kaufman/Kristoff books. I hope they will write together forever, because this was another brilliant book from them. I need to know more now, and I need to know it soon.

(My co-blogger wrote a real review if you are interested - head to my blog)


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liz089 4 of 5 stars
I LOVED the Illuminae Files, so I was very curious about their next novel.
It was not as good I think... but I still enjoyed it a lot. The characters were very sassy, some romance, some tragedy... lots of action. Though I do agree that part of the plot is not very original and compares a bit to the Illuminae Files (it reminded me of it), but it was not completely the same.
All in all a fun novel, and I hope it will grow more into it's own series with the next installment.

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After reading Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, I knew I wanted to read Aurora Rising. Illuminae unfortunately didn't work for me because of its unusual format, but this book is written in the traditional format and the synopsis sounded appealing to me. Moreover, my expectations were set high because of all the hype the ARC of Aurora Rising was receiving. Did this book live up to the hype for me?


As stated before, my expectations for Aurora Rising were set really high. Many bloggers and reviewers were excited about this book and gave the ARC positive reviews. As soon as I found the audiobook, I saved it. However, I was not able to read it straight away because Scribd was being annoying. Needless to say is that this book, after I was able to read it, met my expectations and I loved it.


In Aurora Rising we follow a group of students form Aurora Academy who are on their first mission after graduation. They were the misfits, the outsiders of the academy and had to form a squad as circumstances forced them to. Their alfa, Tyler, did something and that left the squad with Aurora, a mysterious girl out of time and space. Together, they got into a lot of adventures and...... trouble. Aurora might be the key to it all and a war has been started because of her.

What makes Aurora (Auri) so special? That's a question that will be on your mind for a big part of the book. You know something is up, but you don't know what and therefore you stay curious. At least, I did. When all came out, the adventures of the squad got bigger and more exciting. I loved the group dynamics of this squad, they were so much better than in The Gilded Wolves or Six Of Crows. I liked the squad and they kept me sucked into this book.

Another great thing about Aurora Rising is the fact that even the squad does not know what will come next, so neither do you as reader. Furthermore, this book is full of diversity. Different races, disabilities, this book has it all. And then there is a twist at the end that I didn't see coming and I'm really curious how the follow-up will be in the sequel. All ingredients for a five-star read.

I really enjoyed my read of Aurora Rising and I'm glad I gave this book a chance.