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

By: Marissa Allen

Goodreads Blurb

Our heroes are back…kind of. From the best-selling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

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.

Review

3/5 Stars

Jumping straight into the sequel from last month reviewing Aurora Rising, I wasn’t as thrilled with this book as I was it predecessor. While the plot still is exciting, and we still get to see growth and find out more about the squad and the growing relationships between them, I couldn’t focus on the story at hand.

It seemed to be a slow burn type read; while the plot was moving forward, I was stuck trying to remember what had just happened and how we got to the next stop on the journey. It’s hard to place my finger on why exactly I couldn’t focus on this story, and it might have just been the mood I was in.

Still, I enjoyed the characters again. It was great to see them grow and change after what had occurred in the book before. I plan to put this back on the shelf and try again to see if I might enjoy it more on a second try.

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