Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Book One in Aurora Cycle series
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.
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.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.
This is a story about space, misfits, faith, doing what is right, and finding your squad among people you never expected.
I loved the Illuminae Files so when I heard that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff were teaming up again for another Young Adult Scifi I was sold. I am very happy that they wrote this book in a different style then the Illuminae files and love that they had a big cast of diverse and unique characters and all of them got chapters so you got to know all the characters really well and found out what makes them who they are and really feel and understand their struggles and disappointments. The story was fast-paced but never at the expense of character development. I found the villains very interesting and never guessed their plan. This book had some great laugh out loud moments which you would expect from the authors of the Illuminae Files. My favorite characters were Kal, Aurora, and Zila but truely I loved every single member of Squad 312. After that ending, I need book two in my hands now. I highly recommend this series especially if you love diverse casts, space, and sassy characters. I hope you love Squad 312 as much as I do.
Rating: 5 stars