Book Review: Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


40516960Title: Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2)
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: YA Sci-fi / Fantasy
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

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Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.” (Goodreads)

I am going to need a couple weeks for this book hangover to go away and this heartbreak to be okay…

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff did it again with the sequel to Aurora Rising! Which I’m not surprised about. These two know how to co-write and make you feel a whole lot of things! I cried multiple times because so many things were just so sad! Ugh..

Just like the first book, this one is split between different point-of-views. It helps to understand the squad individually. There is also more background info for many of these characters and it was nice to understand how they all got to where they are now.

One of the newest characters that was introduced in this book was Saedii, Kal’s sister. Oh man! She is wild. I’m not really sure how I feel about her because there are times I didn’t like her but other times she wasn’t half bad. I don’t know! Hopefully, I will have a better answer in the next book, ha.

The plot is just so intricate and filled with many different things going on. It’s awesome to see all of the connections unfold. There are definitely plot twists and some are rather heartbreaking. That ending! I don’t even know what to say. They are heartless writers…

Overall, this was one wild and emotional ride. I’m sorry this review is short but I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t got to it yet. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend starting. Be prepared to be an emotional wreck.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. Eek! So glad you loved it!! 😀 I get to pick up my copy of Aurora Rising this weekend … can’t wait to get started on this series!

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    1. It’s definitely on the sad side. I feel like the third book will be even worse, ha.


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