Title: Aurora Rising
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
When Tyler Jones sneaks off to venture into the Fold, he never stops to consider that he might lose his ideal place in the Draft. But, thanks to a last minute rescue operation, he does Now his squad if filled with the cadets no one else wants. But that’s not his biggest problem. The biggest problem happens when a routine mission to deliver aid to a space station goes to hell thanks to Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he rescued from cryo-sleep where she’d been trapped for over two hundred years. Now, he and his squad are on the run from their own people, unsure why they’re running or what, exactly, they’re up against.
Oh my goodness, this book was so much fun! It was seriously great. I love all the characters, especially Aurora and Kal. Aurora is just amazing. Her entire world has just fallen apart, and she manages to hold it together even as her body starts doing things she can’t control. She’s smart and savvy and thoughtful. I just love her.
Kal was practically made for me. I’m not usually into warrior races, but there’s just something about him that really resonated. Plus, he gets a trope that I love and pulls it off in a way that makes me ache for him and root for him and want to scream at him all at once.
Scarlett was also great. She’s the squad’s diplomat and she’s very good at her job. She’s compassionate and empathetic, but also sarcastic and sassy. She flouts rules and regulations, but never fails to do her job to the best of her ability. It’s wonderful.
The plot was very well done and kept me on the edge of my seat. I usually get a little frustrated with multiple points of view, and this book gave chapters to every single squad member which could have been annoying, but it wasn’t. All the characters had really distinct voices and inner lives. It was very compelling.
I am so glad I read this book and the wait for the next one is going to be agony.