Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a new science fiction teen series.
It is 2380 and the recruits of Aurora Academy are about to graduate and be assigned their first mission. Top of his class, Tyler Jones, is ready to draft his dream squad but his restlessness and stupidly ingrained heroism leaves him with all of the academy’s rejects.
“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 this crew of misfits isn’t his biggest problem. His biggest problem is Aurora O’Malley, a 200 year old girl whose very existence could start an intergalactic war and it is up to Tyler and his team to keep her safe.
What could possibly go wrong?
I’m not a hundred percent sure how I came across this one, probably skimming Goodreads, but I am so glad I did. I haven’t picked up a serious science fiction read in such a long time and it was really refreshing. A review mentioned that Aurora Rising is a science fiction Six of Crows and I can totally see it!
I love this crew of sarcastic misfits. There’s just something about the banter and how these total opposites work together that is just a lot of fun. And of course, you can already see the sparks that are to come between the characters. It was also good to see that they aren’t always going to get out clean. Things are going to go wrong and they are going to have to work through it.
Finally, I really like where this story is going. It’s fast paced and you can tell it’s going to get interesting. Worlds are in danger, politics are afoot and it’s space–things are like ten times harder in space.
This one gets 5 stars from me. Now please don’t make me wait more than a year for the next one!
That’s all for now!