Review: Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff


Title: Aurora Rising {The Aurora Cycle #1}

Author: Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Published: May 6th 2019, Allen & Unwin

Status: Read December 2019


My Thoughts:

Nearing the end of 2019 I realised I had not read any sci-fi during the year. To be honest it’s not a genre I gravitate towards but I usually try to step out of my comfort zone and read a handful. I chose Aurora Rising because it’s written by two Australian authors, and it was described as “fast-paced, action-packed, wickedly humorous and fabulously entertaining.”

Happily, I found the description accurate, and I really enjoyed Aurora Rising. Set in 2380 it begins when graduating Aurora Academy student Tyler Jones saves the only survivor of a starship that had disappeared over two hundred years earlier, and in doing so tanks his dream of leading an elite peacekeeping squad. Saddled with a group of misfits, his first mission goes awry when he discovers the girl he rescued, Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, hiding on his ship, and the secret branch of the Global Intelligence Agency demanding they turn her over.

The story unfolds from the perspectives of each crew member – Tyler, his twin sister, Scarlett, pilot Cat, engineer Finn, tactical officer, Kal, and stowaway, Aurora. I loved the banter, and the development of the dynamic between the disparate personalities.

As promised there is plenty of fast-paced action as the squad suddenly finds themselves pursued across the galaxy without really understanding why. The team has to learn to trust one another if they are going to stay one step ahead of the GIA, and figure out what is going on.

Despite its length of nearly five hundred pages I found Aurora Rising to be a quick read. It’s definitely YA, so probably not one for serious sci-fi readers, but it has a Guardian of the Galaxy vibe which suited me.

Aurora Rising is the first book in The Aurora Cycle Trilogy, the second, Aurora Burning, is expected to be published mid 2020, and I’ve already added it to my TBR.


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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Greg
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 12:03:15

    That Guardians of the Galaxy vibe sounds intriguing! I really liked the Illuminae books so maybe I should try these also.

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  2. Claire Louisa
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 20:19:48

    I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, so I’ll have to look for this one next year.

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  3. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:07:38

    I have not ventured into Sci fi like this for ages now, but I did note all the good reviews these authors have been getting.

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  4. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Dec 28, 2019 @ 23:44:38

    I’m not a sci-fi reader so I’ve repeatedly given this a pass but your review has me curious! Maybe, I shouldn’t be so hasty on dismissing this as something I’d read… 🤔

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  5. kozbisa
    Dec 29, 2019 @ 08:15:12

    I can’t get enough of this writing duo, and they did not disappoint me with Aurora Rising. I enjoy their brand of sci-fi, and have read Kaufman’s other space opera-ish series as well. I was crying at the end of this book, so I am hoping for some things to happen in the next book to turn some situations around.

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  6. divabooknerd
    Dec 29, 2019 @ 22:43:41

    I really enjoyed this one too! Especially the diversity of characters, it was amazing to see a character with a disability represented as a character who just happens to have a disability, It didn’t define him. I’m super keen for book two as well. Great review Shelleyrae, so glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. Don Jimmy Reviews
    Dec 30, 2019 @ 21:36:29

    I have only heard good things about this. Must keep an eye out for it.



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