I am a HUGE fan of both Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and I absolutely LOVE their Illuminae Files series so I'm embarrassed to admit that I never got around to reading Aurora Rising when it published last year. Especially since I preordered the hardback and it was one of my most anticipated reads of the 2019! I actually ended up with a weird kind of reading paralysis for anticipated books last year though, I was so scared of being disappointed that I put off reading several books that I'd been super excited about.
I'm happy to say that I'm now about halfway through Aurora Rising and loving it just as much as I thought I would. What with everything going on in the world right now I'm finding it difficult to concentrate on reading so I have been buddy reading this book with a couple of friends. We're reading it very slowly (aiming for 3 chapters a day) just trying to get back into the habit of reading again and it's been working really well because this is a book I actually want to go back to each day. I hope to have a proper review of this book up soon for you but in the meantime I wanted to share the book trailer and an interview I found with the authors discussing the series.
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 techwiz 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.
The Aurora Cycle:
Aurora Burning (May 2020)
Visit Amie Kaufman's website or Jay Kristoff's website for more information
Official Book Trailer:
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff discuss Aurora Rising:
Have you already read Aurora Rising? If so I'd love to know what you thought of it so please leave me a link to your reviews in the comments. The second book in the series, Aurora Burning, releases in May so if you're new to the series you still have time to catch up!