Aurora Burning – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Aurora Burning

Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

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.


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 5 Stars

I would like to start this review by posing a question to Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: WHO HURT YOU? I still refuse to accept that a book that I’ve been dying to read could cause me so much pain. So. Much. Pain.

Aurora Rising was a fantastic book. I loved the dynamic of Squad 312 and was intrigued by both the world and the overall plot. Aurora Burning read like an editor told Amie and Jay to go as nuts a they possibly could while causing the most emotional damage imaginable to their readers…and they ran with it. It was such a whirlwind of a book that I found myself half hoping for a lull in action so that my favorite Squad could catch some actual rest.

In a surprising twist, Zila was a standout character of this sequel for me. Finally learning her backstory had be crying my eyes out and somehow, Jay and Amie made me feel connected to a character who seemed to have next to no emotional depth in book one. For my fellow Kal fans, there is definitely something here for you as well. His plot line involved twists, turns and some secrets that I did not see coming.

As you all know I like to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but I will say that I am thrilled with the direction that this series is going and while I am PISSED at Jay and Amie for finishing Aurora Burning the way that they did…I am willing to forgive them if they release book three soon. SOON. I mean the world is under quarantine…may as well give us the book early.

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