Marissa’s Review of “Aurora Rising” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

By: Marissa Allen

From Amazon

From the New York Times and internationally best-selling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic….


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.


5/5 Stars

I was blown away by this book. I’m normally not a fan of alternate POV stories. I would highly recommend the audiobook version of this if you are so inclined. The voice actors are amazing, each having a turn with their own chapter. You get to spend time with each member of the squad in this action-packed adventure.

This pulls you into the action rather quickly, and you learn to love the characters even faster. Each character switch is deliberate and moves the plot forward. I’m a huge fan of the Douglas Adams feel that comes from the Hitchhiker Guide-esk data entries as a fun little break between all the drama and action.

If you love science fiction, if you love action and adventure, if you love great characters, this is the book for you. The second book Aurora Burning came out as of May 5, 2020, according to Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Marissa’s Review of “Aurora Rising” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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  1. I am not a fan of sci-fi, but I do love this book cover and synopsis. Your review is quick and concise. It told me everything I was looking forward to know. I am going to add this to my TBR!

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