Aurora Rising Review – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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.

Normally I don’t like to review books that are already popular. Repeating the same list of “Top Ten YA Paranormal Romances!” or “Popular Releases!” over and over again could be done by a trained monkey, or even our current governmental pandemic response team. However, this book was such a fun, genuinely enjoyable read, that I just had to recommend it for anyone who needs a little adventure in their lives right now.

The premise of this novel is what drew me to it in the first place. A girl who has been cryogenically frozen for 200 years wakes up in a future where aliens are real, ( and, in some cases, aggressively bisexual ), and must join a crew of wacky youths to save the galaxy. It sounds silly, but it isn’t. It sounds hokey but it isn’t. Overall, while I couldn’t quite connect to all the characters, others drew me into the story so well that I found myself turning each page, not for the intergalactic threat, but for the broody virgin space elf, the sarcastic, marshmallow hearted mechanic, and the empath who uses her boobs as tactical warfare.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi, but hate the dryness of sci-fi protagonists, give Aurora Rising a shot. In addition, the sequel comes out today, so you won’t be left with a gaping wound in your soul where book two should be like I was once you finish this glorious masterpiece of science fiction rigamarole.

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