Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720964): Kaufman,  Amie, Kristoff, Jay: Books

Book Reviews by KPL Teens: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Aurora Rising

(December 2020) Adventurous, vibrant, and captivating, Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff brings readers along on a complex and heart-pounding journey full of danger and mystery. It’s the year 2380 and readers follow six graduates of Aurora Academy — and one mystery girl from another era — as they are literally thrown together into an unexpected, law-breaking, and truth-seeking adventure. 

With a compelling story and intriguing characters, Aurora Rising immerses readers in a futuristic world overflowing with alien species, unique planets, and starry atmospheres. A classic space-academy story, it artfully presents a galactic world while still maintaining a dramatic tempo. This book is hard to put down as it immediately captures the audience’s attention.

However, the plot is occasionally difficult to follow as each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. While this does give more insight into the story, it distracts from the narrative because it can be hard to remember who is speaking. Additionally, while Aurora Rising contains numerous thrills, it unfortunately starts off a little slow — as the first chapters focus solely on introducing the characters and world — and could potentially lose the interest of some readers.

Despite these draw-backs, Aurora Rising still takes the breath away with its extraordinary storyline and vivid details. This book is perfect for anyone looking for a long read with a colorful cast of characters and a classic sci-fi adventure.

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Book Review by Lucy B. (Age 17)

Lucy loves all sorts of books, from fantasy to non-fiction. When not reading, she is hiking, drawing, or playing the violin.

Shanon Barton works in Youth Services at the Kirkwood Public Library. She started volunteering for KPL when she was in 7th grade and loves that she gets to work there as her “real adult job.” When not hanging out in the stacks at work, she can be found at home watching Netflix, eating pizza rolls, and planning themed events with friends. If you catch her with her nose in a book, it will most likely be a YA historical fiction novel with some sprinkling of supernatural or magical elements.