Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Review

Synopsis :

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.


My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The rating says it all. I have officially found a new book to obsess about, so brace yourselves for weeks of hearing about this book on my blog!

I have talked about the characters, the uniqueness of the writing style and other stuff I loved in my my review of Aurora Rising, and since that remains almost the same in Burning, I am going to go straight towards the things that I feel were a little different in Aurora Burning than its prequel, Aurora Rising.

It had a faster pace. No doubt Aurora Rising too was fast-paced, but I felt Aurora Burning was even faster, what with our squad having double the enemies than in the previous book. There were more action sequences, more climaxes and more new developments and revelations.

The atmosphere throughout the book was tenser than in Aurora Rising. There was no time for witty banter, sarcasm (or should I say ‘scarcasm’?), and all the light-hearted humour I had gotten used to after reading Aurora Rising. Can’t say I blame the crew though. All in all, some of the cheeriness from Aurora Rising was missing in this book, especially during the last parts of the novel.

Descriptions were more detailed. I don’t know if it is just me, but while reading Aurora Burning, I could literally see the exact scenes in my head, and I don’t remember that happening in Rising. Right from the character descriptions, to the settings, everything arose great imagery in my mind.

The last parts of the novel were mostly…numb. I think this was done in an attempt to make the readers feel how the remaining crew were feeling (namely Scarlett, Finian and Zila), and it worked. The last few chapters basically had no feelings of the our crew at all, even though it was first-person narration. It was almost like Zila was narrating for everyone (no offense there Zila, I know you had started ‘not feeling nothing’). Those few chapters suddenly became completely plot-driven, whereas the entire book was character-driven.

The cliffhanger was even worse😭😭 Atleast after I had finished Aurora Rising, I had the next book with me. And the Rising cliffhanger was like a pebble in comparison to the Burning cliffhanger, which was a huge rock (thrown right at my heart, shattering it). It was the worst cliffhanger in the history of cliffhangers (and I am saying this after reading each and every KOTLC book). In the middle of a firefight….ugh, don’t even get me started about it. Okay, in case it is sounding wrong, this doesn’t mean like the ending wasn’t good (I WANT to learn how to write endings like this!), it just means that the book was so good that I can’t even bear the thought of waiting months for the next one!!


Have you read Aurora Burning? What did you think about it? Any recommendations for me along similar lines? Let me know in the comments!!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Book Review

Synopsis

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.


My Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(4.5 stars)


Review

I will be honest, though I had heard lots of good things about this book, I picked it up purely because of that amazing synopsis. The synopsis promised so much, and if there is one thing I am sure about this book, it is that it delivered those promises. I often start reading the book and then try to compare it to the synopsis, and I did the same with this one and found that somehow while being exactly what the synopsis said it was, the book also managed to be something quite different altogether.

The characters made this book for me. I loved each and every member of squad 312, though I still am a little uncertain about whether I like Auri or not. But a fact worth noting is that I haven’t come across many books recently where I loved ALL of the main characters, and that too there are six of them. Each character was crafted so beautifully, it was impossible not to love them. I loved how Scarlett also holds a rather high esteem of Tyler, and there was no sibling rivalry there. I loved the ‘scarcasm’ throughout the book (You rock, Scarlett!). I want longer Zila POVs, please! For some reason, Zila sounds a little like me (don’t worry, I don’t shoot my bunkmates repeatedly with a stun gun😂). But the “Your problem is that you know how everything works except other people” part that Tyler says to her, I get that a lot. What can I say, I can be pretty blunt and straightforward at times🤷‍♀️. And Kal. What can I say about him? My heart melted every time he said “Be’shmai” in that beautiful voice of his (well, I am assuming he has a beautiful voice). I felt a little wary of Finian at first, but he turned out to be all right. I liked how the author didn’t use the classic “nerdy boy who doesn’t speak much and gets bullied by everyone” trope for Finian, because I was kinda expecting that after reading the blurb. I guess now I have to come to the character I have been trying to avoid speaking about. Cat. Oh wait, did my heart just clench at the sound of her name? Yes it did. But I am not going to say anything about the reason because I do not want to give any spoilers. All I will say is that for all her tomboy-ishness, Cat was…adorable. Yes, I am weird like that😉.

Usually, with fantasy books with the Found Team trope, the team begins working together suddenly after some big incident occurs. But in Aurora Rising, our crew gradually warmed towards each other and tried working together. That impressed me.

For those of you who have read the synopsis and are not wanting to read the book because you think it will be the cliche “Future with robots, and humans in space” and that kind of stuff, let me assure you, you have nothing to worry about! I myself feel that this book is less of a sci-fi than a fantasy. So even if you are not a science or space geek, you should give this book a go!

And I also wanted you to know one thing that I have no idea why I rated the book 4.5 stars and not 5. It was purely on impulse. And also, this rating is subject to change, which I suspect it will, once I read Aurora Burning.

Wait, how come my review is already so long? Half of you are thinking of leaving already, aren’t you? Okay, so since I want you to be around for my other posts as well, I won’t bore you to death, and end this post now. I hope my review is reason enough to pick up and read this amazing book!

Have you read Aurora Rising? What did you think of it? Do you want to recommend me any books similar to this one? Let me know in the comments section! See you there!