Book Review: Aurora Rising

Good Morning Space Cadets,

Today’s post is all about my review of Aurora Rising, a YA sci-fi novel published earlier this year.

I’ve heard a TON about this book before reading it, especially through WordPress, so I expected great things when I started it. Kudos to the authors for getting the word out about this book. Whatever they’re doing marketing-wise, it’s working.

All right, let’s not dally any longer. Time for the book review!




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 techwiz 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.

The Review:

Four intergalactic stars for this book!

This is my first time reading a book by this author (yes, I know they’ve written the Illuminae Files and no, I haven’t read it), and this time it was a bit harder to score this than usual. I’ll get into that in a bit.

In a nutshell, this book is based on a group of cadets from an academy that recently graduated. The main character is Tyler, and the night before he is set to get his top pick of the very best cadets (being in the top percentile), he decides to go on a stroll through the Fold, a strange and exciting part of outer space.

Unfortunately, this nightly stroll through space explodes in his pretty dimpled face, and he finds himself aboard a famous ship that went missing 200 years ago. Even weirder, he finds a girl in cryo that’s still alive.

Barely surviving the wreckage and space storms around this ship with the girl in tow, Tyler makes it out alive by the skin of his teeth only to miss his chance at top pick of cadets. Will the leftovers of the draft be worthy of his leadership? Who is this girl? And most of all, what was the ship doing out in the Fold?

This book was a lot of fun. I mean, who doesn’t love a good space adventure? From beginning to end, this book was filled with mystery, adventure, and was action-packed.

The plot was hard to predict, which made things more exciting when the plot twists came around. I was guessing until the very end what would happen, and that’s a win in my book.

Also, the characters were really great too. A lot of them had attitude and their own quirky personalities, and I really enjoyed that.

That being said, this book wasn’t perfect (honestly, which one is?). This book is set in seven different POV’s, which may seem like a dream to fans of RR Martin. However, I actually think the book would’ve been a bit better without so many, maybe four or five. More specifically, Zila’s POV was probably the weakest and didn’t really add much to the story in my opinion.

In the same vein, while having characters with their own quirks were great, I found that a lot of their humor was a bit too similar from time to time. Sometimes I just wanted to say “We get it, you’ve got attitude!”

My last qualm would be a certain romance that occurred at the very last section of the book. It felt really rushed to me given the plot of the first two-thirds of the book, and I didn’t completely buy it. One of the characters in this romance doesn’t seem to give two craps about the other for the majority of the book, then when feelings are spoken about, they decide to give it a shot. I’m not saying there’s no context to back up their decision, there’s just not enough for me.

Weighing the pros and cons of this book, I’m still extremely grateful to have read this book and will definitely keep my eyes peeled for the next one in the series! If you’re a sci fi nerd like me, then this book is definitely for you!

That’s a Wrap!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

Have you read this book before? What did you think? Do you have a book recommendation similar to this series? Feel free to share in the comments!

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