Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: Sydney :, Allen & Unwin,, 2019.
Characteristics: 470 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay 1973-
Series Volume: 1.


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This futuristic sci-fi adventure novel sees a girl awoken from 200 years of cryo-sleep who may be the catalyst for a huge war. Newly graduated cadet Tyler Jones is putting together a battle squad but he unfortunately gets the dregs and misfits. Can they band together to save the galaxy? Try this ... Read More »

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Nov 24, 2020

Other than the insistence on desperately sassy repartee (I blame Joss Whedon) and tiresome nicknames that don't even roll off the tongue easily ("Bee-Bro"??) this was a truly fun read. Moments of genuine humour shone through and the characters were developed reasonably over time. Hopefully the series gets better and the characters get more fleshed out and less one-dimensional (Scarlett being a good example of that half-bakedness).

I'll probably check out the sequel.

Jul 30, 2020

I really enjoyed reading Aurora Rising because of the hilarious characters and amazing plot. This sci-fi world takes place in 2380, and centers on the six members of Squad 312 from the Aurora Academy. Every member had their own unique personality, which made their interactions realistic and entertaining, even in the most life-threatening situations they faced. In addition to the six squad members, Aurora was asleep for two centuries and is an important piece in a war that started millions of years ago. I loved reading about all the characters in different points of view, especially Auri, with her extraordinary powers. The squad's encounters with other alien species in this futuristic world and their constant trouble had me captivated until the very end.

Jul 16, 2020

This is my favorite book of all time. And that's making a massive statement as I’m an avid reader and have read at least a hundred books in my lifetime. Its writing is done beautifully, every character has their quirks and is extremely likable, and is such a thrilling and engaging book. Every scene, you feel invested in the plot and the characters. Everything about this book just works well and feels well thought out. I may not be able to explain why it’s my favorite book, but I can explain the charm that comes with this book.
As mentioned before, every character has their own distinct personality. The book switches the point of view every chapter, which allows the reader to learn more about a certain character. When the book switches the perspective, it continues from where the story left off which helps to continue the narrative interestingly. The characters are so different from one another and the relationships between those characters are some of the most interesting parts in the story. All the characters are dysfunctional in one way or another, but they all work together in their own way. It feels like a dysfunctional family. While it is a flawed family, it’s a family nonetheless.
Because all the characters are so likable, you feel completely invested in every scene. You care about what will happen to the characters and feel excited to see what will happen next. The plot is entertaining and is never too dry or boring. It moves at a perfect pace, explaining when it needs to and introduces you to its world perfectly. It’s an interesting concept to have a story set in 2380, and imagine the technology at that time. The story brings you into this world, and while it does fall into the trope of having a character who's new to everything in this world, it helps flesh out the world. The plot also feels very well done and overall this book is just such a thrilling and investing read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants any type of book recommendation. It’s such a fantastic book and anyone can enjoy it. I’m usually not the greatest fan of science fiction books, but this got me so invested in the story and I loved every word of this masterpiece. This book just sits right with me and gives me so much joy. I have re-read it several times and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever become tired of reading it. I would pick up this book when you have the chance because it’s just such an exceptional work of fiction.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 24, 2020

Super fun heist sci fi, ala Firefly, from the duo that brought us the Illuminae Files trilogy. The audio book is done with a full cast.

Aurora rising was a good book. I liked all the characters. Details were awesome really made you feel like you were there. Gave me a Stranger Things vibe. But the book wasn't for me. I figured out I'm not into the Aliens and space books.

I feel...very...conflicted about this one and that makes me really sad because these authors are so incredible. At this point I'm feeling 3.5 stars, though I desperately wish I loved this more than I did.

When Alpha Tyler Jones finds an abandoned ship floating in the Fold, he goes in to investigate, only to discover something not even his wildest dreams could conjure up: a girl, frozen in cryosleep for over 200 years. Aurora O'Malley was set to be a colonist on the planet Octavia; she studied for it, trained for it, and then, set out for it - but she never made it. Tyler misses his opportunity to choose a squad at the Aurora Academy because of his impromptu rescue mission, and so, he is assigned a ragtag bunch: his sister Scarlett, their best friend (and Tyler's almost-lover) Cat, a sassy Betraskan named Finian, a beautiful Syldrathi named Kal, and quiet genius Zila. But Aurora's appearance means more for the six of them than they could know, and as Aurora begins developing strange powers, their mission will take them across the Milky Way galaxy and into the very heart of a storm they never even realized existed.

So, this sounds super cool, right? Even as I was typing that out, I just wanted it to be as good as it sounds. There was this one that I haven't experienced in any other Kristoff book. I just felt quite disconnected from these characters and the experiences they were having.

I like the idea of the Fold - a kind of rift in space, like folding a paper in half, that allows a person to travel from one point to another extremely quickly. And in practice it was really cool too; I loved how everything was muted, how colour was leached from reality, and how it made you crazy if you stayed in it too long. The world is cool, the "aliens" even cooler, and I really enjoyed the political dynamics that were barely brushed over in this first installment. There is clearly a lot going on in this world, and I do think that the next books will be interesting because of that.

However, the characters and the story were what fell flat for me. Let's start with characters: a ragtag group of misfits thrown together who learn to see each other as family? This is basically crack cocaine for me as a bookworm. But the dynamics among these characters just did not work. There was the tension between Tyler and Cat because of their tryst, the bond growing between Kal and Auri, Fin's constant sarcasm (that was actually a highlight - I liked him the most) but because there's so much going on we never really get to sink our teeth into anything. Jay & Amie like to play with our emotions, and it's like I could feel them trying, but I remained totally unaffected by the end.

And the story didn't really have a direction, a purpose, for so long that I started to get bored. Cool space masquerade balls and sassy Betraskan family drama can't hide it when your actual plot line loses momentum. I get the mystery aspect, I was always wondering what Aurora was and how she was going to fit in, but it just felt like the whole thing lost that "oomph" about 100 pages in and didn't ever fully regain it.

I'm really disappointed that I didn't adore this. The Illuminae Files is one of the best sci-fi series I've ever read, and I absolutely adore these authors together. This one just didn't grab me and hold me like I wanted it to, and I just wasn't invested in these characters.

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.

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.

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