Book Review: Aurora Burning – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Book Review: Aurora Burning – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Aurora Cycle #2 (Read my review of book one here!)
Release Date: May 5th 2020
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Pages: 512
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: I pre-ordered this from Book Depository.
Rating: 5/5 stars


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.


Copy of book cover - 2020-04-20T121652.203Aurora Rising was one of my favourite books of 2019 so this second instalment in the series was highly anticipated. I was concerned that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations because I loved book one so much, but it was even more addictive than I thought it was going to be. Aurora Burning definitely lives up to the hype and I’m dying to get my hands on book three.

Aurora Burning picks up just after the events of book one. I won’t go into specifics because this is the second book but Squad 312 are still on the run and their escapades set them off on another daring adventure across the galaxy. The plot is fast paced, full of action and edge of your seat moments. There are plenty of epic space battle type moments so if you love big fighting scenes you’re in for a treat with this one.

Much like book one the story is told in alternating points of view from the different members of the squad. I’ve grown really attached to all the characters in the group so I really enjoying seeing the story from all of their different perspectives. There is a bit more of a focus on romance than their was in the previous book which is something I wasn’t as keen on. It’s still fascinating seeing the relationships between the group progress and if you enjoyed book one you’re definitely going to want to see how things develop in Aurora Burning.

Aurora Burning features more than a few surprise twists, a couple I saw coming and some I most definitely did not. It’s a fun and enjoyable read, the series is pure escapism and perfect entertainment for the summer. If you’ve been curious about this series I highly recommend picking it up, your only problem is going to be waiting till 2021 for book number three.
5 Stars

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