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Aurora Rising

Aurora Rising

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Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.
After rescuing a girl who was trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries from interdimensional space, eighteen-year-old Aurora Academy graduate Tyler Jones is swept up in an interstellar war millions of years in the making.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524720964
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kristoff, Jay - Author


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Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.
After rescuing a girl who was trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries from interdimensional s... Read More »

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Apr 30, 2021

This is my favorite book of all time periodt. I can’t say how much I love the characters, plot, like BRUU it was interesting the whole time !

Apr 18, 2021

Started out in a lightweight mode but gradually our band of odd misfits strove for serious heroics when a sinister menace threatened. Full loads of action.

Apr 10, 2021

to try with kids

Mar 18, 2021

I absolutely love this book, it is one of my new favorites. The character development progressed beautifully as the book went on and Squad 312 built trust. The world-building was great, and I especially love the uniglass searches from Magellan explaining different aspects of the world as if Auri were researching that open most chapters. My favorite chapter, though ultimately sad, was written like a poem, carrying the reader through the emotions of the character perfectly. The repetition of this chapter built drama and emotion and left me marveling at this masterpiece of creative writing. Overall, it is a really good book and you will not regret reading it.

Jan 11, 2021

Centuries in the future, humans have adapted and changed their way of life, living fully in space. The Aurora Legion, a population of humans and aliens train to become protectors of the galaxy, aiding those in need. Tyler Jones, top Alpha in his class, finds himself in an undesirable position when his first mission as a group leader goes totally wrong. He must have faith in Aurora, who has been stuck, frozen in time for over two centuries, to show him and his team how to save the galaxy from an ancient evil threatening to resurface. “Aurora Rising,” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is a completely unique book, telling the story of love and family between an unexpected group of outcasts. This story showed me that no matter how alone you may feel, you can find your family anywhere. It taught me that not only do we have a biological family to have our back, we also have our friends, who are like our chosen or found family, to teach us lessons and guide us towards being the person we are meant to be. This book often speaks about fate, and how the stars have every event in our lives planned for a purpose. It teaches us not to stress too much about the past because what happened, happened for a reason and it took place to teach us a lesson. I would rate this book 5 stars, because not only does it tell a story of a family that was born from a seemingly random group of people, it also teaches us an important lesson on living in the moment and growing from our past mistakes. @academia_fanatic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public LIbrary

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff is a sci-fi, action and adventure book about a misfit squad of cadets thrown together who end up deep into a terrifying galactic threat. It had a very good plot and it did a very good job with twist reveals, but unfortunately the characters were not very well-written. I didn’t feel the connection with these characters that I had with other books, and that was a difficulty with this book. Some of the characters were kind of shallow and basic, and others had way too much going on. Despite that though it was still a fun book to read and I will want to read the sequel hoping the characters develop better. 3.5/5 stars
@PressSpaceToJump of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

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Feb 06, 2020

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Do moons choose the planets they orbit? Do planets choose their stars? Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky?

Mar 18, 2021

" I'm everything. I'm nothing. I'm me. I'm . . . we." - Aurora Rising


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