Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman | The Aurora Cycle

This was one of the most hyped books on bookstagram last year and I did read it in a very funny moment of my life, but more on that later.

The review might contain mild spoilers.

The Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I read the book right around the time it first came out and it was my first encounter with the two authors. It was a time when I had a spectacular book hangover after reading the Six of Crows duology for the first time and I was mostly a ball of anxiety because it was exam season and I was preparing to graduate from my BA at university.

What I liked about the book: I enjoyed the character selection, they are all well fleshed out and have interesting backgrounds and when you first look at them, you might think that there is no way in hell that the crew would actually work but they do work heartbreakingly well. I can’t say who is my favorite because by the end of the book, they all had my heart.

What I didn’t like about the book: Well there is no denying that the ending broke my heart into a million pieces, but not long after I learned that this is to be expected with the writings of these two particular authors.

My rating: 5/5 stars

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