Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on March 12, 2021, in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Who else checks social media on a regular basis hoping to find news of the third book in the Aurora Cycle? Just me? No, I know you all are out there looking too. Book one was a ride and book two was just….??. Check out my thoughts below and let’s hope book 3 news comes soon!

Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2)

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
on May 5, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

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.


Yikes, I did NOT know how badly this book was going to break me all the way through the end. I mean, they DID warn us and pretty much every early reviewer was just screaming but I was not prepared for how bad Aurora Burning was going to wreck me.

Somewhere along the line, Fin became my favorite character and this book gave us all the goods. The range of emotions the characters go through kept me fully enraptured in the story.

When I say I love middle books, this is the exact example of why. We have a base knowledge of the characters and get to see them being their best (and sometimes worse) selves. We know the world and get to see different parts of it, socially, culturally, and physically. We know the stakes and then Jay and Amie mess us up worse. Oh, yeah, that’s just how second Jay and Amie books work. Everything about this book is bigger, brighter, and hurtier. Ouch.

I need book 3 right now.

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