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Aurora Rising(The Aurora Cycle) by [Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff]

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"This intergalactic space opera has it all: action, thrills, suspense, laughs, and all the feels."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Rotating perspectives and never-flagging energy propel this narrative forward, which, if it wasn't compelling enough on its own, is given illustrious life by its ragtag, always-at-odds cast."—
Booklist, Starred Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I’m gonna miss the Draft.
The Hadfield is disintegrating around me. Black arcs of quantum lightning are melting the ship’s hull to slag. My spacesuit is screaming seventeen different alarms, the lock on this damn cryogenic pod still won’t open, and that’s the one thought blaring in my head. Not that I should’ve stayed in my rack and gotten a good night’s sleep. Not that I should’ve just ignored the damn distress call and headed back to Aurora Academy. And not that this is a really stupid way to die.
Nope. Looking death right in the face, Tyler Jones, Squad Leader, First Class, is thinking one thing, and one thing only.
I’m gonna miss the damn Draft.
I mean, you work your whole life for a Thing, it’s only natural the Thing be important to you. But most rational people would consider getting vaporized inside a derelict spaceship drifting through interdimensional space just a little more important than school. That’s all I’m saying.
I look down at the girl sleeping inside the cryopod. She has shortish black hair, with a strange white streak running through her bangs. Freckles. A gray jumpsuit. Her expression is the kind of blissful you only see on babies or the cryogenically frozen.
I wonder what her name is.
I wonder what she’d say if she knew she was about to get me killed.
And I shake my head, muttering over the scream of my suit alarms as the ship around me begins to tear itself into a million burning pieces.
“She better be worth it, Jones.”
Let’s back it up a little.
About four hours, to be exact. I know they say to start your story at the exciting bit, but you need to know what’s going on here so you can actually care about me getting vaporized. Because me getting vaporized is totally gonna suck.
So. Four hours ago, I’m in my dorm at Aurora Academy. I’m staring up at the underside of Björkman’s mattress and praying to the Maker that our training officers throw some kind of grav-failure or fire drill at us. The night before the Draft, they’ll probably just let us get some rest. But I’m praying anyway, because:
(a)       Even though he never snores, Björkman is snoring now, and I can’t sleep.
(b)       I’m wishing my dad could be there to see me tomorrow, and I can’t sleep.
(c)        It’s the night before the Draft, and I. CAN’T. SLEEP.
I dunno why I’m so worked up. I should be cool as ice. I’ve aced every exam. Finished top of almost every class. Ninetyninth percentile of all cadets in the academy.
Jones, Tyler, Squad Leader, First Class.
Goldenboy. That’s what the other Alphas call me. Some throw it as an insult, but I take it as a compliment. Nobody worked harder than me to get here. Nobody worked harder once they arrived. And now all that work is about to pay off, because tomorrow is the Draft and I’ve earned four of the top five picks, and I’m gonna have the best squad a senior class in Aurora Academy has ever seen.
So why can’t I sleep?
Surrendering with a long sigh, I climb out of my bunk, drag on my uniform, drag my hand through my blond hair. And shooting a look at Björkman that I wish could kill—or at least mute—I slap the door control pad and stalk out into the corridor, cutting off his snores behind me.
It’s late: 02:17 station clock. The illumination is set low to simulate nighttime, but the fluorescent strips in the floor light up as I mooch down the hallway. I ping my sister, Scarlett, on my uniglass, but she doesn’t answer. I think about pinging Cat, but she’s probably asleep. Like I should be.
I wander past a long plasteel window, looking at the Aurora star burning beyond, gilding the frame’s edge in palest gold. In old Terran mythology, 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, and the Aurora Legion I’ve given my life to.
Five years I’ve lived here. Signed up the day I turned thirteen, my twin sister right beside me. The recruiter on New Gettysburg Station remembered our dad. Told us he was sorry. Promised we’d make the bastards pay. That Dad’s sacrifice—all our soldiers’ sacrifices—wouldn’t be for nothing.
I wonder if I still believe that. I should be sleeping.
I don’t know where I’m going.
Except I know exactly where I’m going.
Stalking down the corridor toward the docking bay. Jaw clenched.
Hands in my pockets to hide the fists.
Four hours later, I’m pounding those same fists on the cryopod’s seal.
The chamber around me is filled with a hundred pods just like it, all rimed with a layer of pale frost. The ice cracks a little under my blows, but the seal isn’t opening. My uniglass is running a wireless hack on the lock, but it’s too slow.
If I don’t get out of here soon, I’m dead.
Another shock wave hits the Hadfield, shaking the whole ship. There’s no gravity in the derelict, so I can’t fall. But I’m hanging on to the cryopod, which means I still get whipped around like a kid’s toy, smashing my spacesuit’s helmet into another pod and adding one more alarm to the seventeen already blaring in my ears.
Warning: suit integrit y breach. h20 reservoir compromised.
Uh-oh . . .
The girl in the cryopod frowns in her sleep like she’s having a bad dream. For a moment, I consider what it’s gonna mean for her if we make it out of this alive.
And then I feel something wet at the base of my skull. Inside my helmet. I twist my head and try to spot the problem, and the wetness sloshes across the back of my neck, surface tension gluing it to my skin. I realize my drinking tube has ruptured. That my hydration tanks are emptying into my helmet. That even if this FoldStorm doesn’t kill me, in about seven minutes, my helmet is gonna fill with water and I’m gonna be the first human I’ve ever heard of to drown in space.
If we make it out of this alive? “No chance,” I mutter.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07FYFVX7G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rock the Boat (7 May 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 10707 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 498 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best sci-fi of (19-20)
By bookmonk._ on 6 September 2020
*Warning ending does not compute,please reboot*
I have always thought that I was wise enough to take decisions that wouldn't break my heart I have always been proud of this particular trait and here I am, bearing the side effects of letting my heart unguarded.
Not only did I my heart went on a roller coaster ride with adventure,fell in love & now it's crumbled into indecipherable Galactic pieces.
Why would I let these two freaking amazing people do this to me?
Because I have faith, burning bright against the night.
Because,knowingly or unknowingly I am a part of Squad 312.
Authors:@misterkristoff @amiekaufmanauthor
In the intergalactic dimension of the year 2380,Tyler Jones,The Graduating cadet of aurora academy is all set to top his final exams as usual and select the squad of his dreams but one heroic deed sees him stuck with a bunch of misfits minus his Sarcastic yet diplomatic Twin sister, Scarlet Jones and his Childhood friend,Cat whose the best pilot aurora academy has ever seen and also definitely not into Tyler incase you were wondering.An alien warrior with anger issues,A techwiz who is a serious pain in the *** for his sharp tongue& a sociopath who is really good at science.To add fuel to fire,there is Aurora Jie-lin O'Malley,the girl he rescued from 200 years of cryo sleep,there is more to her than meets the eye.
Squad of dreams they said.
No pressure but the survival of the whole galaxy is at the stake of their victory.
Brace yourself,they have (not )got this.
When I say everything literally everything,the plot,the characters,the ....
It's not often I am left speechless by an amazing plot,when I ask you to pick this up,I am not exaggerating in the least bit,it has everything you wish for and the second part is here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jay Kristoff has not disappointed his readers
By Manish Dhane on 10 February 2020
"Who am I to deny gravity, Aurora? When you shine brighter than any constellation in the sky..." ~Jay Kristoff
As always the story written by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman was every bit of a perfection as I expected it to be and the characters were so complex yet simple to fall you in love with them. The story is told from different point of views which could've been complicated but it's not. You can actually pick your favourite version of story from your favourite character's point of view. And the ending was such an epic cliffhanger that it left the readers wanting for the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining fast paced YA sci-fi read filled with humor, action, and adventure!
By Raven @dreamyaddictions on 10 August 2019
Aurora Rising is the first installment in the Aurora Cycle trilogy. It’s one of my highly anticipated books of 2019. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book since I’ve finished The Illuminae Files. This book was a total entertainer filled with adventure, humor, and action. The characters made this book even more fun to read. So, why didn’t I give it a 5 stars? Although I enjoyed this book, I felt something missing which I can’t put my finger on it. Nonetheless, it was a great start to a new series.

This book has seven characters. First we have Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the mysterious girl who was in cyro sleep for two centuries. She’s half Chinese from her father’s side. She’s a special snowflake character, but I still enjoyed her part in this book. Her curse words are pretty cute. My favorite was Son of a biscuit. Next we have squad leader/alpha Tyler Jones(19), Star pupil of the Aurora Academy with charming dimples that can make any girl swoon. While saving Aurora, he misses his draft where he can choose his own squad first, and now he ends up with the dregs that nobody wants. Scarlett Jones, Tyler’s twin sister and a cocky diplomat. I really liked her character. She was pretty bold, strong, and caring. Cat Brannock, Tyler’s bestfriend and a tomboy pilot. I honestly didn’t like her at first because I’m really not fond of Jealous and whiny girls, but she grew on me in time. Finian de Seel(19), a techwiz who always wears an exosuit because of his medical condition. He’s a Betraskan with spiky white hair and he wears black contacts that covers his whole eyes. He has kind of a snarky attitude that makes people distant from him, but he believes that it’s because of his exosuit. I really loved this guy and his personality. He was pretty fun and I really felt bad about his condition.

Zila Madran(18), a sociapath scientist who likes shooting people with her disruptor pistol. She’s a terran with dark brown skin. She has a hard time understanding people, her face is always void of emotions even in dangerous situations. Well, her character was interesting and I’m still curious about her earrings. Finally we have the combat specialist Kaliis Idraban Gilwraeth(19), he’s a syldrathi, an alien race with pointy ears, violet eyes, and purple blood. He has handsome looks and melting voice, but has major anger issues. He’s one of the intriguing characters besides Fin. I absolutely loved him. It’s too bad we got only four chapters from his perspective. I almost forgot to mention Magellan, a uniglass device equipped with a personality OP interface. He was quite hilarious and smug. I don’t know why everyone’s pretty much rude to him by switching him into silent mode.

The plot was entertaining and engaging throughout. The pacing was perfect. I loved the diverse aspect, the sibling relationship between Tyler and Scarlett, and also the slow building friendship between squad 312. Coming to the romance part, it’s not the central focus of the book, but there’re currently three ships in this book. To avoid spoiling things for you guys I will not say anything about it, but I’m shipping all of them. The space adventure and action scenes are very well done. Although some parts were predictable, the overall story-line was unpredictable. The writing was witty and fun. If you’re wondering, this book doesn’t have the unique format like the one in Illuminae files. The book was written in multiple POV’s but the story was mostly focused between Auri, Tyler, Scarlett, and Cat. Kal, Fin, Zila seemed like side characters in this book but I hope we get to know more about them in the second book. The world building and the technology was fantastic! My favorite was the World ship, a trading hub inhabited by space pirates. Sounds amazing, right?

Overall, I loved this book! It was a fun filled adventurous ride. The book finally concludes with a bittersweet end which I honestly didn’t see coming. I can’t wait to know what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!!
By Malapravi on 26 August 2020
The detail of every aspect make you feel like you’re a part of the book. Loved and enjoyed every word of this amazing book. Best sci-fi read. The book stars a girl out of time (currently 200 years old) who is given an unknown power. She then sets to discover how and why she got the power with an amazing squad 312 where she finds things that might pose a threat to everything she knows.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is AMAZING!
By Beas Chattaraj on 4 August 2020
Amazing book!
Nothing to add here as I have already reviewed it and its there in my blog. I loved reading it. Highly recommended.

But, the seller sent me a damaged copy. There was a small hole in the dustjacket.
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