If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ll know that this is 2019’s most hottest and anticipated release!
“Was that a nuke?” Scarlet asks, eyes wide. “It sure wasn’t a pocket full of posies,” I reply.
I completely devoured this book! In hindsight, I regret finishing it so fast but my exams were coming up and I didn’t want any distractions and it was just so damn addictive!
The plot is so unique and will give you some Star Trek along with Lord of the Rings vibes.
This novel has multiple PoVs (6 in total) and each character has their own distinct voice and charisma. All the characters bring something to the table and their strengths and weakness are bared to us, which makes them relatable, to a certain extent.
"And though I’m doing my best to keep up my Queen of Bitch routine, my shriveled black heart does sort of hurt for him."
Now, none of these characters had the choice in the matter to end up together which gave rise to a certain amount of animosity, some miscommunication and a whole lot of sass.
I loved their witty banter and Scarlet is one of my favourite. She is literally more parts sass than water 😂 I also loved Kal and wanted to protect him from everything! 😥 We obviously have our girl out of time (200 years to be exact), Aurora, who is a catalyst for this wild ride; Tyler, the golden boy and the ever ready alpha, who will have to make tough decisions and Fin, the tech wiz and the quiet psychotic (?) Zila, who spoke really less and the genius pilot, Cat.
Some of them will irritate you but in the end you’ll fall in love with this whole gang of misfits who don’t belong anywhere but together.
I loved the queer rep as well as the disability rep in the book! These sort of books just make me feel so happy that there is this sort of inclusiveness which makes the characters more real and relatable for people on the whole.
The first half builds up the story, creating confusion and raising more questions but the later half of the book is more fast paced and kinda spooky! I really shouldn’t have read it at night, before going to sleep. *shivers* The action with all the turns and twists will keep you on your toes and keep you wishing for more!
“Do moons choose the planets they orbit? Do planets choose their stars? Who am I deny to gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?”
Oh, be still my beating heart! *swoon* 😍
Anyways, if science fiction/ fantasy along with diverse and sassy characters and a few pop culture references is your thing, you won’t want to miss this one! 🤩🤩
(I voluntarily reviewed a Physical ARC of the book for For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
I.. AM.. SPEECHLESS…
Off the bat; I read this one immediately after completing The Illuminae Files – so I was a bit worried that one would definitely overwhelm the other; considering that both are part of the science fiction genre and both were written by the same brilliant author duo.
BUT IT WAS INDIVIDUALLY STANDING; INDEPENDENTLY AWESOME START TO WHAT APPEARS TO BE ANOTHER NEW FAVOURITE SERIES!
Okay. I will calm down, before I actually end up scaring ya’ll away from this book.
Lets take a look at the diverse set of characters; who end up wowing the readers with their general gung – ho attitude and snarky comebacks that make you want to take lessons from them:
1) First and foremost, we have our scout leader and the star pupil of the Aurora Academy – Tyler Jones aka Captain of the Squad – who is a strickler for the rules and somehow never really the fun of coloring outside of the lines ;) Even then, understands the difference between the right and the wrong rules, enough that he doesn’t end up making you want him slap him all the way into the space he so wants to police!
2) Second, you have Tyler’s twin sister – Scarlett Jones or better known as the FACE of the squad – she could make you buy your own soul and make you give her the money while you do it. I adored the way she had her brother’s back, but she needs more screen time and I am hoping that she gets more cuddly time in the next book.
3) Third, we have the brains behind the squad – Zila Madran aka Brains – who is as smart and as sociopathic as your neighborhood Sherlock Holmes; but with a little less conversation and a lot more awkwardness.
4) Fourth, we have our Resident Alien – a giant with purple eyes and silver hair, Kaliis “Kal” Gilwraeth – Tank (or if you DON’T like saying this mouthful, just Kal should do) who lives on the edge of falling into unleashing his wrath on the world – so needless to say I was in love with him before he even uttered a single word.
5) Fifth, we have our sarcasm and snarky Pilot – Cat Brannock aka Ace – who is definitely *NOT* in love with our boy scout Captain; and could also hold classes for those wholly untrained in the art of sarcasm.
6) Sixth; we have our team’s; for the lack of better word, maintanence guy - Finian de Seel aka Gearhead – He feels out of space; and out of sync with his own quite the extended family; and hence uses the armor of his wonderful sarcasm to protect his feelings. I am so excited to how things do turn out for him!
7) Seventh but not the least – Aurora Jie – Loin O’Malley aka The Girl Out of Time – who is the main reason behind why this collection of this rag tag squad are together – a girl from the past, waking up in the future; with powers she has no idea about and the reason why the Squad 312 goes on the run from their own people.
A fun, easy reading adventurous read – the plot might seem predictable at times – but it the brilliant writing talent of the author duo that ends up being a binge reading material. Plus, what I absolutely adored was that the romantic aspect is unpredictable – I didn’t actually see that coming; and that made fall in love with this new series all over again!
This is the first book in a new series – and though there is not much of a cliffhanger (LIES! ALL LIES!!!) in this one; there is enough loose threads to make you want to wish that you had the next book already (is this hint enough Mr. Kristoff and Ms. Kaufman? Or do you want me to send you banners in the sky!).
"We the Legion We the light Burning bright against the night."
Before diving into the review I'll just take a moment to mention how I'm a sucker for Star wars and Sci-fi in general. This book, obviously, is the most anticipated release of this year and I've absolutely fallen in love with it.
I'll try not to give anything away as this book is an experience worth having on your own and spoiling it would be a terrible thing to do.
Tyler Jones, the captain of the squad and the golden boy of the Aurora Academy unwillingly ends up with a bunch of misfits who more or less didn't have a say in the matter either much like Tyler.
When you put A star pupil, A sassy diplomat, A genius sociopath, An alien who's always on edge, A snarky pilot, A guy who speaks fluent sarcasm, together on a team, things are bound to be interesting. And when a girl from a different time-line joins the picture, their journey takes a whole new path that leads them to an adventuresl of a lifetime but also changing their course of life without them being aware of it.
The book is written from different perspectives to give the readers an insight in every character's mind which was a good decision on the author's part, because by doing so, all the characters were given their own distinct voice. No character was overshadowed by other and all of them were given enough time and attention to have a progressive development. Their thoughts, feelings, unspoken words, inner turmoils were narrated so magnificently that I could relate to all of them at some point or another.
I've to mention that my favorite character is Scarlett Jones, Tyler's twin sister. The amount of sass she has, would've made Obi Wan very proud. (See what I did there!)
I've already established that I'm completely in love with this book and the characters and the journey they are on. The writing is fantastic and so easy to get into. The world building is beautifully done with vivid descriptions that makes it seem so real and so near to me, it feels as if I were to reach out, I'd be able to touch it. I'd love to be a part of it, obviously!
Some events that happened in the book were so unpredictable, I was left awestruck.
The cliffhanger is giving me serious anxiety and I've so many questions that I want to get answers to and I don't know how I'll be able to hold myself.
I've already been recommending it to my friends and planning a reread. I don't think I'll stop fangirling over this story and the characters anytime soon.
I know it's totally impractical but a humble request to release the sequel as soon as possible.
Superfluously saying, if the cover does not make you pick up the book itself, then I’m sure the synopsis will. Aurora Rising is an adventure story, set in space, one that is bound to keep you turning the pages on and on, eager to know what happens next. I was literally at the edge of my seat when I was sitting and reading, and had to actually sit up in attention, when I had been lazing on my bed while reading. Such is the writing of this powerful duo. I finished this book in like 5 hours and I went crazy throughout! I’ve never been a fan of sci-fi, to be honest. So many of us are not. But Aurora Rising has completely made us switch sides! Although this book is so often described as a SIX OF CROWS set in space, the only similarity I found was the presence of this crew, where each one is so very different from the other. Through all the different characters in this bunch, we see similarities in what each of them faces. The leader of this team in known as the Alpha and he is Tyler, the golden-boy. He misses the Draft because he is rescuing a girl frozen in time. So basically instead of having his pick from the best, by the time he returns, the ceremony is over and the other Alphas have picked the cream. Throughout the story, we see the inner conflict in Tyler – he regrets that he was missing at the Draft but then again, he was rescuing this historically significant person in their universe. Later on, he is conflicted as to whether be the good pupil he has always been and follow the orders of his superiors, or to do what he believes is right. There is also Scarlett, Tyler’s twin sister who is bold and flawed and yet is so very caring. The brother-sister bond that these two share is so much beautiful to see. Their love is always shining bright between them. And may I just say how wonderfully charming she is? Scarlett is the Face of the group, the diplomat basically and is an amazing people-person. Then we have the Ace – Cat. She is a very passionate person I feel. She hates with all her might and she loves with all her might. Her love is real and made me choke so many times. Her character arc is very relatable – her feelings towards Aurora change from hate to respect and I love that the authors have made her so bold. Women are too often subdued anyway. Aurora is literally the girl out of time. She had been cryogenically sleeping, you could say, for 200 years, without ageing. And now, her dilemma and confusion as she comes to terms with her new surroundings and learns more about what happened to her that has led her here, is heartwarming. Her behaviour is funny and so very awkward at times with the rest of the team and I couldn’t help but laugh at so many parts. Her character arc is also significant in this story and although I think there could be more to it, I look forward to the rest of the books in this series. She is a person of our times and the references she makes were like Easter eggs to me. Especially Middle Earth! Finnin, the alien (that rhymed!) is also another team member. He has always felt different all his life and his struggles with it – underneath all that sarcasm, is slowly revealed throughout the story. Zila is a character whose back story has still not been properly explained in the book and I am very curious about her, I admit. I look forward to reading more about her. Lastly, Kal is oh0my-god hot! If you have a thing for the tall, dark and brooding, handsome kind. Especially, elfin-handsome kind! Aurora describing him as Middle-Earth is so relatable and that is how I imagine him too. And may I say that I am an absolute fan of the mate trope!
The writing felt very interactive in nature and the reading just flowed for me. I am absolutely in love with this duo’s writing and so I think that I am slowly going to pick up and read all of their books. The world-building was also very fascinating and made me stop and wonder myself, how it would feel like to stay there – after remembering that I was not actually in the story. There’s humour and the characters are so fierce in their natures, it was a fast-paced ride of a read! The plot was very strong and the inclusion of multiple POVs worked wonderfully with it. When there are so many characters, having multiple POVs often make the story lose its beauty but in this case, it only gave more depth to it.
I loved this book and I rate it a solid 5/5 stars! I know this review sounded more like an ode to these amazing complex but lovable characters, but god! You all need to pick it up ASAP!
Lord hold me! What a gloroius mess that was! I am wrecked and I don’t know what is going to fix me.
First off, I apologise if the review doesn’t seem coherent enough. But, this was my first Jay Kristoff so you know the deal right? Everyone has the fundamental right to get their minds blown with their first JAY KRISTOFF asdfghjkl.
I am not a SCI-FI reader I repeat. I am not. Neyt. Nada. But, how long did I take to finish up this huge (if not mammoth) book. 7 hours. Freaking seven hours. I lost all dimensions of time and space being engrossed in this beauty.
Aurora Rising has all the elements of a blockbuster : fun, extremely fast paced, humorous, fierce characters overflowing with emotions,a strong plot you name it. Adore complex characters? You have just come to the right place.
SIX OF CROWS meets GAME OF THRONES in space. Yeah that is what I’d like to call this one. The characters are flawed at best and each has a strikingly different personality with varied opinions that makes the book a dozen times more entertaining. Also, every character competes with the other in terms of sass and I cannot believe I have laughed so much reading a book in a long long time.
The protagonists are given their own P.O.V’s and though it might seem a lot to take in considering there are seven of them, the author has taken care that none of them feel similar.
Tyler, as a leader had the heart from the start. He is determined and doesn’t back off from anything. But, he respects each and every opinion of his squad members and that makes him an exceptional one.
My personal favorite was Finian. Oh my smolbean. You deserve everything in the universe. Finian is the kind of person that keeps the atmosphere lively in the gravest of problems at the cost of making a fool of himself. How he craves for someone/something to call his own breaks my heart.
I don’t want to make this review all about gushing over my newly found loves so may be I will just stop here.
Now coming to the plot, ahhhh the first part is like a beehive of confusions and everyone is going helter-skelter. With Tyler losing his dream , Auri waking up in God knows where and how, and the other characters with their own menace the story starts with a lot of unanswered questions. And all these misfits coming together for a space adventure creates a lot of chaos.
This will definetly do wonders as a one-sitting read as it brings to you a rollercoaster of emotions, fast paced action scenes and characters to die for.
The book is about 6 cadets who come together when their squad leader (the topper of the academy) rescues a girl who is cryogenically frozen. Interesting premise. Aurora (the girl they rescued) doesn't understand how she wakes up 200 years later than what was expected. But then obviously it is understood that there have been something strange going on and she has inherited deadly powers and a squad 312 must escape in order to save everyone in a nutshell. Plot development, characters are well written, the book is fast paced so a good read. Will recommend to those who love Young Adult fiction or are into Sci-Fi