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Read + Review: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff



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Tyler Jones is the golden boy of Aurora Academy, a school in outer space. He should be getting his first mission and a stellar squad, but when he attempts a spontaneous rescue the day before his graduation, he ends up with a bunch of misfits and a mysterious girl named Aurora. Auri has been in cryogenic sleep for a century, but she holds more secrets than anyone could begin to imagine. Together, Tyler and his team embark on a dangerous journey across space and time to unearth Auri’s true purpose. The catch? The intergalactic police force wants to get their hands on Auri, too.

However fast you think this book is, multiply that speed by a billion and you could be half as fast as Aurora Rising is. The book starts intense, barely giving us time to recuperate from the crazy beginning before it accelerates and zooms off skyward -kicking up a cloud of dust as it soars off the ground. It stays very plot-driven rather than character-driven, which is both beneficial and detrimental. Since there is nonstop action, you’re always hooked to the page. Not a single chapter goes by without a battle scene; you generally have little downtime. However, this comes at the expense of developed characters, which is also important since there are seven people telling the story.

The ending was the most phenomenal (and memorable!) part of the book. The authors are very good at writing intense situations with flowing prose, and it shows in the last few chapters. While the beginning and middle had little emotion or standout scenes, the ending was shocking, devastating, and perfect. At times, it even sent chills down my spine. I am eager to get my hands on the next book.


Reviewed by Annie, Twin Hickory Area Library

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