Aurora Burning Review

First, the bad news: an ancient evil–you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal–is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes–and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

Holy cake people. Do you ever think that when authors finish a book like that, they sit back on their haunches and rub their hands with glee for a few hours out of Schadenfreude?

This is how I picture Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman right after writing the last word on this book. Just six hours of unadulterated giggling followed by sixty six more minutes of hand rubbing for added effect.

So, without spoiling anything to the uninitiated, let me just say this:

  • This book somehow managed to be even better than the first
  • Everyone is still very attractive, and chemistry class is still in session if you pick up what I’m putting down here
  • Go into this book knowing that you are not getting a satisfying ending

Now don’t get me wrong. I loved this book. And it’s the second in a three book series. It’s not supposed to be satisfying. Just…prepare yourself.

Enjoy the ride. It’s a good one. Then close the book, take a deep breath, and shake your fists at the heavens for making us wait another whole flipping year for the conclusion. You know, if we are still here as a species in a year.

Happy reading everyone!

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