Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman #bookreview #YA #fantasy #scifi

Title: Aurora Rising

Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Page Count: 480

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling 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.




Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman is the first book of the young adult science fiction fantasy The Aurora Cycle series. The story takes place in the year 2380 and is told from multiple points of view changing from each character chapter by chapter.

Tyler Jones is a star student at Aurora Academy  and ready to  graduate and get first pick of his own top notch crew. However, when Tyler should have been back at the academy accepting his honors he instead finds himself side tracked with a rescue mission.

Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley (Auri) had been trapped for two centuries but saving her may just be the  beginning a war millions of years in the making and now Tyler ends up with the leftovers losers as his crew.

So far so good with another great series in the making from Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. These two authors really know how to pen some great action and adventure with characters and stories that are easy to  become engaged in. Aurora Rising felt like a futuristic scifi Breakfast Club so yes, sign me up for book two now please.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon


About the authors:

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files. Amie has also co-written (with Meagan Spooner) the Starbound and the Unearthed trilogies. Jay is the author of the LIFEL1K3 series, as well as the Nevernight Chronicle and the Lotus War series for adults. Collectively, Amie and Jay stand 12’5″ tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie at or @AmieKaufman; look for Jay at or @misterkristoff.

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