Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Aurora Cycle #1
Science Fiction YA
Knopf Books| May 7th, 2019
Reading the Aurora Cycle wasn’t high on my list of priorities. When it was released I was feeling a little tired of YA sci-fi fantasy, and wasn’t even really in the mood to finish Obsidio, let alone start Amie and Jay’s new series.
Plus, I’m not really into the cover.
What eventually wore me down was the fanart Jay Kristoff shares on his Instagram. There was something captivating about the cast of alien characters in this series that made me want to know more.
What I saw was pretty much what I got, and in this case that was a very good thing. I loved the futuristic world Amie and Jay came up with, and the host of alien types that made up squad 312. There was both bonds of friendship, and unexpected romantic entanglements. Basically, it was what I hope for in a YA novel.
In fact, overall I thought the first book in the Aurora Cycle was a solid opener. The ideas were fresh, the characters were original, and the ending was unexpected. Awfully unexpected. It was awful. Good. But awful.
I feel like this is one of my worst reviews. Sci-fi, and fantasy are two of the hardest genre’s to review. I’m so aware of not spoiling anything that I end up repeating myself.
This book was good.