Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman - Blog Tour
"If your squad was hard to find, or you're still looking, then this one is for you."
Oh lord, whenever Jay & Amie crack their pens together magic happens. #AuroraRising is nothing short of amazing. Space, spaceships, space-pirates, galaxies far far away, the Milky Way and a history of humanity in the future (if you know what I mean?)
A trillion thanks goes to the amazing team at Penguin Random House International for sending me a free copy and including me in this awesome blog tour -- you'll find the tour dates and links below.
#AuroraRising is a story that takes place 360 years from now, in a time where humanity moved to live on other galaxies, planets and among the stars. A time where the young attend the Aurora Academy to graduate and become diplomats, scientists, techies, pilots, warriors, peace-makers and leaders.
The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. And Star student Tyler Jones is ready to recruit a squad like never before; he's ready to pick the best of the best. However, his boneheaded heroism has another say to that, rescuing a girl who's been stuck in space for years and years, he lands a squad of dregs nobody else in the academy would come close to chose:
- A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
- A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
- A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy's biggest chip on his shoulder
- An alien warrior with anger management issues
- A tomboy pilot who's totally not into Ty, in case you were wondering
The squad isn't the biggest problem yet - that award goes to Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl rescued after centuries drifting in the inter-dimensional space. A girl out of time and way out of her depth; but a catalyst in a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
DEEP BREATH, NOBODY PANIC.
Aurora Rising, Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House, May 7th 2019, ISBN: 9781984893956, Paperback, Rating: ★★★★★, 473 pages
This book is definitely going up my 2019 favorites list, it's world-away one of the best and most entertaining reads I've come across in a while. Nothing beats the wit works and sarcasm diploma of the masters; Jay & Amie.
"Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. She heralded the coming of daylight, the end of night. Someone back in the day gave her name to a star, and that star gave its name to the academy now orbiting it."
How cool is that?
In my opinion, I always find stories of humans living on space to be truly mind-boggling and delicious; the mystery, the adventure, the curiosity any soul yearns for is right there within the story.
Told from a multiple POV - which I think was amazing and added a lot to the 360 degrees experience and adventure that comes right along with the story - the story begins with action and thrill.
The most important thing upon which the entire story is built upon is our main 7 characters; sarcasm is the second, tech & science afterwards. A world bursting right out of a million star in the sky and you can pretty much visualize every single detail because of how real and down-to-earth Jay & Amie wrote it to be. The story begins with thrill and excitement, evolves to something bigger than you can ever guess after the first words.
"I'm gonna miss the Draft."
Oh no! Not that simple at all.
And as wide and dazzling the world is. The characters are fan-freaking-tastic.
Tyler; the squad leader, captain hotness, loyal to no-end with masters degree in improvising.
Scarlett; the diplomat of the squad, the negotiator and the woman who will get whatever she wants. Seriously, don't even try to haggle; you'll loose.
Auri; half Irish, half Chinese, been trapped in cryo-sleep for almost two centuries and woke up with super powers (watch #StrangerThings and trust me, she's even more bad-ass than Eleven)
Cat; the bad-ass pilot who's not at all madly in love with captain hotness; oh no she's not! With her tattooes and major in sarcasm she's the queen of good wit.
Finian; the techie of the squad, no system can stop him and if you want to run a heist, he's your guy; be aware of the ship on his shoulder though, he might need a hug or a stroke to his talents from time to time.
Kal; oh boy do not piss him off because he'll topple you and wipe the floor with your face! Seriously, don't ! A warrior like him with anger management issues and hormonal love bursting out of him you can't predict his actions, but you can be sure that he's the most loyal to the entire squad.
Zila; you can't out-beat her smartness and you can't out-run her gun once she decides to shoot you; sorry !
"You're looking at a sky full of ghosts."
Reading this I was most of the time on the edge of my seat, or the other times laughing so hard on the floor. I cackled a lot, and enjoyed every single come-back. The dialogue between characters is super amazing and entertaining you can't miss out on a single sentence; mixed with the super cool storyline you're in for an amazing ride.
"It's a picture of a woman - a human woman. She's probably in her thirties, though it's hard to tell at first. She's dead, her cheeks hollowed. Her mouth is a little open, and her skin is a lifeless, sullen gray. And where this woman's right eye should be there's ... a plant?"
And oh, oh ! I almost forgot, there are aliens in there.
Read more, on this awesome blog-tour !