Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle, #2)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

From the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

Our heroes are back . . . kind of.
First, the bad news: An ancient evil – you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal – is about to be unleashed.
The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day.
They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.
Like the cadre of illegit GIA who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.
Or Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back.
With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes.

And maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

Reviewed by littleread1 on

3 of 5 stars

I hate doing this. I am generally a fan of authors jerking around their readers on these wild rides, and having not everything be ok or wrapped up nicely, especially in book 2 of a trilogy. I don't even mind cliffhangers as long as I know the next book is a guarantee. But this book left so many things hanging at the end that I am going to have to do a reread next year to just remember it all. NOTHING was wrapped up. Not one thing. The story progressed some throughout the book, but it almost felt like this trilogy could have been a duology, where the first part of this book could have been condensed and tacked on to the end of book 1, and the last part could have been the opening of the next.

I am actually really annoyed right now, and this is after having slept on it (I finished the book last night). I really like both of the authors, a lot, and the stories they write together have always been fantastic, as are the stories they write separately. Of course I will read the last book, and of course I will buy the hardcover so I can have a matching set. I may feel differently when I am able to go right into book 3, but this cliffhanger really seemed unnecessary.

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