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

April 25, 2020 Book Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffAurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: Aurora Cycle #2
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on May 5, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, YA, Survival Stories, Science Fiction, Sci Fi, Fiction, Action & Adventure
Pages: 512
Format: Audio ARC
Source: the Publisher
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three-stars

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.

I hate doing this. I am generally a fan of authors jerking around their readers on these wild rides, and having not everything be ok or wrapped up nicely, especially in book 2 of a trilogy. I don’t even mind cliffhangers as long as I know the next book is a guarantee. But this book left so many things hanging at the end that I am going to have to do a reread next year to just remember it all. NOTHING was wrapped up. Not one thing. The story progressed some throughout the book, but it almost felt like this trilogy could have been a duology, where the first part of this book could have been condensed and tacked on to the end of book 1, and the last part could have been the opening of the next.

I am actually really annoyed right now, and this is after having slept on it (I finished the book last night). I really like both of the authors, a lot, and the stories they write together have always been fantastic, as are the stories they write separately. Of course I will read the last book, and of course I will buy the hardcover so I can have a matching set. I may feel differently when I am able to go right into book 3, but this cliffhanger really seemed unnecessary.

Audio Specific Comments: The narrators are all fantastic, and I love this series on audio. I think I would have been more angry about the book had I not listened to it. This aspect of the book was, for me, flawless.

three-stars

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the co-author of These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is a #1 international, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction. He is the winner of six Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, has over half a million books in print and is published in over thirty five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 12,000 days to live.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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