Aurora Rising by Amie KaufmanAurora Rising by Amie Kaufman

Aurora Rising

byAmie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Hardcover | May 7, 2019

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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.

NOBODY PANIC.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files. Amie has also co-written (with Meagan Spooner) the Starbound and the Unearthed trilogies. Jay is the author of the LIFEL1K3 series, as well as the Nevernight Chronicle and the Lotus War series for adults. Collectively, Amie and Jay stand...
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Title:Aurora RisingFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.49 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.88 × 1.49 inPublished:May 7, 2019Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1524720968

ISBN - 13:9781524720964

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Loved. Ragtag team. Snarky misfits. Space adventure. Weird shit going down. Think Illuminae/Across the Universe/These Broken Stars had a baby that turned out to be even better than its parents.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Space and Mystery and Magic isten, sometimes you read a book and it’s just exactly what you needed to read, you know? Everything about it is just perfectly aligned with what you were hoping it’d be. For me this book was that. I went into Aurora Rising with high expectations. If you know me at all you know I absolutely adored Illuminae (my twitter handle is even @niklasmalikov) so my instaneous response upon hearing that the dynamic duo behind that masterpiece of a series was writing something else was pure joy like a toddler getting a chocolate bar. And if the 5 star rating didn’t give it away, I was not let down in the slightest. Confession time: I’ve never seen The Breakfast Club, in fact I probably never will unless my 80’s loving datemate runs out of other movies to put in front of me, but what from I’ve gathered via the interwebs I can safely say it’s an apt comparison. The characters are in this book are like a patchwork quilt that doesn’t match, they don’t look like they should work together and sometimes they don’t, but when they do they’re like a well oiled machine. I really enjoyed the variety of personalities within the squad because it felt like there was a character for everyone. I personally liked every character for a variety of reasons, and in fact I’ve added 2 of them to my list of all time favs which for me is a big deal. I also really enjoyed the dynamics between the characters, there was a fair bit of bickering and disagreements but there was heart there too. By the end they all cared for each other. The basis of the plot wasn’t wholly the most original, if I’m honest, by Kaufman and Kristoff weaved in elements that made it unique and entertaining to read about nonetheless. I really liked the “girl out of time” element Aurora brought to the story, I thought that was interesting and it gave me Captain America vibes which I always appreciate. There was actually a lot of properties that I saw nuggets of, including the World Ship which reminded me a lot of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, one of my favourite sci fi movies despite the amount of critical reviews. World-building-wise I found it interesting that they actually explained within the boundaries of their universe why all the alien races humanity discovered where carbon-based and bipedal and I think the way they still gave all the different species very distinct cultures was very well done. The method of space travel they used is also one I personally at least have never seen done before, even if the name The Fold just made me think of the Fold from Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. I’m also a bit of a spacecraft nut, and one of my favourite things about Illuminae was the actual diagrams of the craft Kady and her crew were inhabiting. Obviously we didn’t get that aspect in this book, since it’s written in prose, but Kaufman and Kristoff still described it well enough for me to form a mental picture. The last thing I really liked was the way most of the characters aren’t distinctly paired off. There is one canon relationship, but none of the other characters really have a set romantic interest. There’s some hints, but overall they could go pretty much anyway. I feel like I kept my chill pretty in check writing this review, so I’m going to use this last paragraph to say that I absolutely loved this book. I’m a huge huge science fiction fan and this was such a great addition to the genre. I want everyone to read it and love it and then scream about it with me please and thank you. (I’m Canadian so i have to use my manners.)
Date published: 2019-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Squad Ever!!! So. I need to process my emotions now. AURORA RISING has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, and it has absolutely surpassed the hype. It was so easy to fall into the action of the story, to fall in love with the characters, and to be swept up into an intense mystery and adventure. Let's get the obvious out of the way: The characters are amazing. Each has their own personality and they make for a diverse, semi-dysfunctional, but still cohesive family. They all just work, and honestly, it is so, so difficult for me to pick a favourite. Aurora is easy to relate to, Fin is hilarious, Zila freaks me out but I want to know more about her, I want to be buddies with Scarlett and Cat, and I'm kind of addicted to Kal and Tyler. I just finished the book and already I miss the squad! The story was well crafted and took us across this new galaxy. Honestly, it felt read like an action-packed sci-fi movie. There was always a new adventure and the action was incredibly intense, especially near the end. The world and lore open so many questions and I need to know more about everything. And the end... oh man, the end gave me some tears. It hurts me to even think about! I honestly, loved this book just as much as the ILLUMINAE FILES, and I honestly cannot wait for the next adventure with this beloved Squad. Must read for all sci-fi lovers!!
Date published: 2019-05-07

Read from the Book

I’m gonna miss the Draft. The Hadfield is disintegrating around me. Black arcs of quantum lightning are melting the ship’s hull to slag. My spacesuit is screaming seventeen different alarms, the lock on this damn cryogenic pod still won’t open, and that’s the one thought blaring in my head. Not that I should’ve stayed in my rack and gotten a good night’s sleep. Not that I should’ve just ignored the damn distress call and headed back to Aurora Academy. And not that this is a really stupid way to die. Nope. Looking death right in the face, Tyler Jones, Squad Leader, First Class, is thinking one thing, and one thing only. I’m gonna miss the damn Draft. I mean, you work your whole life for a Thing, it’s only natural the Thing be important to you. But most rational people would consider getting vaporized inside a derelict spaceship drifting through interdimensional space just a little more important than school. That’s all I’m saying. I look down at the girl sleeping inside the cryopod. She has shortish black hair, with a strange white streak running through her bangs. Freckles. A gray jumpsuit. Her expression is the kind of blissful you only see on babies or the cryogenically frozen. I wonder what her name is. I wonder what she’d say if she knew she was about to get me killed. And I shake my head, muttering over the scream of my suit alarms as the ship around me begins to tear itself into a million burning pieces. “She better be worth it, Jones.” Let’s back it up a little. About four hours, to be exact. I know they say to start your story at the exciting bit, but you need to know what’s going on here so you can actually care about me getting vaporized. Because me getting vaporized is totally gonna suck. So. Four hours ago, I’m in my dorm at Aurora Academy. I’m staring up at the underside of Björkman’s mattress and praying to the Maker that our training officers throw some kind of grav-failure or fire drill at us. The night before the Draft, they’ll probably just let us get some rest. But I’m praying anyway, because: (a)       Even though he never snores, Björkman is snoring now, and I can’t sleep. (b)       I’m wishing my dad could be there to see me tomorrow, and I can’t sleep. (c)        It’s the night before the Draft, and I. CAN’T. SLEEP. I dunno why I’m so worked up. I should be cool as ice. I’ve aced every exam. Finished top of almost every class. Ninetyninth percentile of all cadets in the academy. Jones, Tyler, Squad Leader, First Class. Goldenboy. That’s what the other Alphas call me. Some throw it as an insult, but I take it as a compliment. Nobody worked harder than me to get here. Nobody worked harder once they arrived. And now all that work is about to pay off, because tomorrow is the Draft and I’ve earned four of the top five picks, and I’m gonna have the best squad a senior class in Aurora Academy has ever seen. So why can’t I sleep? Surrendering with a long sigh, I climb out of my bunk, drag on my uniform, drag my hand through my blond hair. And shooting a look at Björkman that I wish could kill—or at least mute—I slap the door control pad and stalk out into the corridor, cutting off his snores behind me. It’s late: 02:17 station clock. The illumination is set low to simulate nighttime, but the fluorescent strips in the floor light up as I mooch down the hallway. I ping my sister, Scarlett, on my uniglass, but she doesn’t answer. I think about pinging Cat, but she’s probably asleep. Like I should be. I wander past a long plasteel window, looking at the Aurora star burning beyond, gilding the frame’s edge in palest gold. In old Terran mythology, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. She heralded the coming of daylight, the end of night. Someone back in the day gave her name to a star, and that star gave its name to the academy now orbiting it, and the Aurora Legion I’ve given my life to. Five years I’ve lived here. Signed up the day I turned thirteen, my twin sister right beside me. The recruiter on New Gettysburg Station remembered our dad. Told us he was sorry. Promised we’d make the bastards pay. That Dad’s sacrifice—all our soldiers’ sacrifices—wouldn’t be for nothing. I wonder if I still believe that. I should be sleeping. I don’t know where I’m going. Except I know exactly where I’m going. Stalking down the corridor toward the docking bay. Jaw clenched. Hands in my pockets to hide the fists. Four hours later, I’m pounding those same fists on the cryopod’s seal. The chamber around me is filled with a hundred pods just like it, all rimed with a layer of pale frost. The ice cracks a little under my blows, but the seal isn’t opening. My uniglass is running a wireless hack on the lock, but it’s too slow. If I don’t get out of here soon, I’m dead. Another shock wave hits the Hadfield, shaking the whole ship. There’s no gravity in the derelict, so I can’t fall. But I’m hanging on to the cryopod, which means I still get whipped around like a kid’s toy, smashing my spacesuit’s helmet into another pod and adding one more alarm to the seventeen already blaring in my ears. Warning: suit integrit y breach. h20 reservoir compromised. Uh-oh . . . The girl in the cryopod frowns in her sleep like she’s having a bad dream. For a moment, I consider what it’s gonna mean for her if we make it out of this alive. And then I feel something wet at the base of my skull. Inside my helmet. I twist my head and try to spot the problem, and the wetness sloshes across the back of my neck, surface tension gluing it to my skin. I realize my drinking tube has ruptured. That my hydration tanks are emptying into my helmet. That even if this FoldStorm doesn’t kill me, in about seven minutes, my helmet is gonna fill with water and I’m gonna be the first human I’ve ever heard of to drown in space. If we make it out of this alive? “No chance,” I mutter.

Editorial Reviews

"This intergalactic space opera has it all: action, thrills, suspense, laughs, and all the feels."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Rotating perspectives and never-flagging energy propel this narrative forward, which, if it wasn't compelling enough on its own, is given illustrious life by its ragtag, always-at-odds cast."—Booklist, Starred Review