Hello! It’s been a while. I’m in a bit of a life slump at the moment, once again, and so I’ve stopped reading, journaling, blogging and doing anything for myself for over a week. But it’s time to break out of it! Today’s review is an OLD one – but there’s a reason for it. I’m doing a series review, and I thought it was only appropriate to give my thoughts about this series on the whole, book 1 included.

I picked up Aurora Rising the month it was released in 2019. Here’s what I thought of it then.

  • Publication date: May 6, 2019
  • Age demographic: Young Adult
  • Genre: Sci-fi


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.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.


I think I should start with letting you know I really enjoyed this book. If I had less expectations going into it, it would definitely be a 5 star book. But since I expected so much, and not all my expectations were met, it’s 4.5

Aurora Rising is what I look for in YA sci-fi. Fast paced, spacey and full of great characters. It has an intriguing plot, which develops greatly as the story progresses. The world building is amazing – I would love to learn more of different species of beings described in the book and I think we’ll get more with the other books in the series. The characters are truly great. I wish Zila had more of her own chapters, as her and Finian were my absolute favourites.

One thing I could’ve done without was the romance. I found the whole Twilightesque imprint thing low key annoying and I wish it was executed differently. Or that there was no actual romance in the book. I’m very picky when it comes to romance, so if it’s in any way unbelievable/annoying, it’s a no from me.

In a true Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff fashion, the ending killed me a bit.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I hope Zila gets a bigger role.


And here it is. Like you can see, I really enjoyed the book. The review for Aurora Burning will be up tomorrow!

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