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.
Occasionally, I’ll pick up a book and know within the first several pages that I’m in for a five star read. Aurora Rising is one of those books.
These characters. I fell for them hard, and the banter between them is hilarious. All are so fully-developed and relatable, and with seven different POVs, that’s a tremendous feat to accomplish. So many POVs may throw off some readers, but each voice is distinctive, and I knew exactly who was speaking. And such fantastic character diversity (and I don’t mean humans and aliens).
Talk about no-win situations – these authors throw their characters into several, and you’re just sure there’s no way they’ll survive – and then things happen that I won’t give away, but trust me, you’ll be surprised at the originality and creativity. The last 15% of this book really put me through the wringer – hidden secrets, big emotions, high-stakes danger. Make sure to carve out a good hour or so when you won’t be disturbed.
Even with all the action, death-defying moments, and a tension-filled heist, Aurora Rising leans heavily on themes of family, friendship, faith, and finding your crew. It’s an unusual, but charismatic mix of Guardians of the Galaxy, The Breakfast Club, and Six of Crows, and a novel you won’t want to miss.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.