I finally got around to reading a SciFi book during #SciFi month!! I know I’m cutting it a bit close haha, but I did it!!
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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I know everyone loved this, but I was kind of disappointed. I think I went in with too high of expectations. I loved the characters and the adventures in the first half of the book, but I didn’t love the ending and I didn’t like the big bad guy.
I absolutely love the characters. Honestly they made the book for me. Kal and Aurora are my favorites. I love the dynamic between all the crew members, and there is just the right amount of romance and sexual tension. I love dysfunctional outcasts that become a family. They are awesome.
While reading this book I kind of got the feeling that Aurora Rising is a compilation of other books. It was still a unique story so it didn’t bother me, but I couldn’t help thinking “oh this part is like this other story!” Here are some of the parts that I was thinking of:
- Starslayer – Starwars
- Kal – LOTR (this one is self aware)
- Kal’s fighting style – Star Trek
- Dysfunctional Crew – The Disasters
- The Pull – Twilight
- Heist – Six of Crows
Its a fun combo if nothing else. I liked all the adventures / battles, except the last one.
Overall I liked the book. I stayed up till 4:30 am last night without realizing it. I finally went to bed when my roommate got up for the day. I want to read the sequel, mostly because I want to see what happens to the crew. (like I said before, I really like the characters!)
9 thoughts on “Review: Aurora Rising”
Great review, Brittany! The characters are what definitely won me over too and I love the found family vibes that I got from this cast of characters. I really liked Aurora and Kal too, and I have to say that Finn is probably another top fave! Lol I’m really curious to see how much more we’ll learn about the characters in the next book. I still think Kaufman and Kristoff make such a kickass team 😂
Well yes if you read till 4:30 AM I’d say that was a good read! But I am calling dibbs on Kal!!!!
I really enjoyed this, but I was put off a bit by all the “teenage speak” and slang. It made the story feel way too contemporary for a Sci fi book. But I can’t wait to read the next book!
Oh it’s a shame this didn’t blow you away, but I’m glad to hear you still quite liked it and staying up till 4:30 to finish it is a good sign 😉 Great review!
Hey I hardly read anything SF for SciFi Month so don’t feel bad! 🙂 Sorry it was a tad disappointing but glad to hear the characters rocked! I have to admit after the Illuminae stuff I was curious about this series…
Great review! I read this one early in 2019 and… wasn’t in love with it either. I think I gave it 4 stars at the time, I was pretty disappointed and honestly? My opinion of the book now is rather meh. I’ll read the next book but not sjuper stoked about it.
You stayed up until 4 am – it must have been working it’s magic on you more than you thought!
Glad you liked it! I’m contemplating picking it up off the floor and reading it soon. haha