Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

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2380. The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. 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, from a sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates to an alien warrior with anger management issues. But Ty's biggest problem is Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, who he just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time-- but she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781524720964
1524720968
Characteristics: 470 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay
Call Number: Y KAUFMAN, A

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SaraLovesBooks Jan 03, 2020

"A girl out of time 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."

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DCLkids Dec 12, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. 2380: The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but he's stuck with the dregs nobody else would touch. His biggest problem is Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, a girl out of t... Read More »


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TSCPL_Miranda Jan 19, 2020

So good! A motley crew comes together to stop evil from consuming the universe. Sci-fi with a little dash of mystery and suspense, told in multiple perspectives and voices, with humor and heart. I'll look forward to reading the second in the series, set to be released later this year.

DCLkids Dec 12, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. 2380: The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but he's stuck with the dregs nobody else would touch. His biggest problem is Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, a girl out of time who could be the catalyst for a war millions of years in the making. Grades 7-8.

Hillsboro_RobP Sep 24, 2019

Welcome to space, where the skirts are short, the abs are rock hard, and all the aliens are sexually compatible. Oh, and no one can travel faster than light if they're older than 25.

Strap into a flying love pentagon and join a sarcastic group of misfits as they spin out some trope-tastic (think knocking out the guards and wearing their uniforms) galactic adventures.
In a lot of ways, it feels like classic Star Trek that leans hard into the sexy, sexy cheese.
Given the amount of space kids crushing on each other, it's surprisingly not salacious and a fun time for all. Funny, enjoyable, and a great set-up for the sequel, I recommend this one for both teen and adult sci-fi readers, but you should be ready for the campy, predictable whirlwind that it is.
In many ways, it feels like a tabletop RPG (players have their roles, ridiculous ideas somehow work, NPC's drop big hints when the party can't figure out what to do next) but the final product works. I'd give it 5 stars except for the overuse of ex machina.

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violet_cat_4213
Sep 20, 2019

Honestly, there was so much fuss about the book, I thought that it was going to be better. It wasn't bad, but I feel that there were some loopholes in the plot and that the character development wasn't that great. Even so, there was good humor and the world was interesting.

I really loved this book. I love the characters, I love the plot, I love everything. Every chapter I read makes me stay up late clutching the book to my chest, debating whether I should read another chapter or not. The authors made the characters lovable and I love how you get to know a lot about them. I feel like if you read the book long enough you might be questioning yourself what would one of the characters do in this situation. I like how the ebook is told from different points of view. In the end, I started crying, and not because of how the story ended, but of just how good it is. I hope that the authors will make more books because they are amazing.

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7626dee
Aug 13, 2019

Told from many points of view the first mission by our young graduates of a mixed species space academy is a rapidly expanding galactic saga. Very interesting story with a great cast of characters-oddity that the author kills one off as this is obviously going to be a series.

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megoscar
Jul 06, 2019

Love, love, love this book!!! Every bit was amazing and written in true Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff style!! If you love any of their books or just a good space romp with hilarious and sarcastic characters, then this is your kind of book!! The plot towards the 3rd act get pretty weird and hard to follow as well as the end was not quite a cliffhanger, but the book overall is a must read!

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bookishmutant
May 22, 2019

Real rating: Just around 100,000 million stars. I googled it, that’s apparently the approximate number of stars in the universe. I kid you not, that is exactly what this book deserves.

OH MY GOD.

And I thought that the Illuminae Files was incredible...
For all intents and purposes, this is probably my dream book. This is what I want my writing to be like, this is how I want to write...this is basically everything I’ve ever wanted in a book. I still can never decide on a favorite book, but this comes dangerously close to snagging the title. It’s like a mix of Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, with just the right amount of signature Kaufman-Kristoff magic.

The plot was just the right amount of fast-paced, with innumberable unpredictable twists and turns. I’m an unnaturally a fast reader already (and I honestly sort of hate it), but I got about halfway through in the span of about...maybe two-ish hours? That’s how utterly hooked I was. The plot was wonderfully intricate, the world-building rich and magical, aided by tidbits of alien culture, history, and the advancement of the human race. I was on my toes the entire time that I was reading it, like an adrenaline rush that you’re looking forward to. (...somewhat. Not really closer to the end, but overall.)
My favorite facet of this book was, by far, the characters. Some of you probably saw my update (“I haven’t even finished and yet I’ve already decided that I’d die for every single one of these characters”), and it still held true through the rest of the book. Every single member of the main, utterly lovable ragtag crew has a special place in my heart. Even Tyler, the “hotheaded leader/Starlord” sort of trope, was unbelievably human, and I found myself feeling sympathy for him on multiple occasions. My favorites were most definitely Kal and Auri. Kal is...honestly, he’s Drax. And I love every inch of him. Poor thing needs a hug. #GiveKalABigHug2k19 And Auri was just this adorably quirky little thing, who, through her confusion, was still a vital member of the team. And her and Kal together is honestly my dream ship. The OTP to end all OTPs. If anything happens to them...I don’t wanna think about that.
In short, I loved every little thing about this book. Kaufman and Kristoff have proved once again that they are a creative force to be reckoned with.
Now, excuse me while I reread this, and then cry as I wait for the sequel.

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AConsolver
May 16, 2019

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA and Sci-fi. This one had major Guardians of the Galaxy and The Breakfast Club vibes to me!

On the day that Tyler is meant to choose his squad of elite teammates to share in interstellar missions, he gets caught in a space storm and saves the only living girl on a ship full of thousands of dead people. He consequently gets stuck with a team of misfits, and as they head out on their first mission, it is clear that they were not instructed for the task at hand. Something is very very wrong in the galaxy. As the girl he rescued becomes a part of the squad they must search the galaxy for answers and understand how to defeat the looming threat upon it.

As soon as I started this I knew it would be a LOT of fun! It very much reminded me of The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Breakfast Club, and Stranger Things. I also loved the addition of a heist and a space elf. I most enjoyed that this book starts out action packed, and there are not a lot of moments of downtime. The squad moves from one piece of the puzzle to the next and there isn't time to be bored. I found this book funny, mysterious, sad, relevant to today's issues, and a little bit romantic. I liked that the chapters switched perspective, and the quirky crew that was brought together. Overall I really loved this book and am very excited to see where the series goes.

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TheSillyGoose123
Mar 16, 2019

"NOBODY PANIC" holy crud I'm not panicking, I'm completely freakin out! The Illuminae files was an awesome read, I can't wait to get more books by these two authors, their books are totally the best! : ]

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