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Review: Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Title: Aurora Burning

Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi

In short: Squad 312 are back and it’s ALL action.

No spoilers

 

Please bear with me for a moment while I gather my thoughts on Aurora Burning.

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Okay. Now I have composed myself, I feel like I can jot down some of the thoughts I had about Aurora Burning.

It starts off where it’s predecessor finished. But this is Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman writing so we skip past the travelling bit and we start on a planet where Squad 312 have once again found themselves in a bit of a conundrum. There are, after all quite a few people who are after their hides for various reasons. It’s this that mostly propels the story forward. Oh, and the search for that weapon.

Aurora Burning was very significant in terms of character development for squad 312. Each are put through different trials and I enjoyed seeing how they all coped with these trials. Zila is now officially my favorite squad member. She starts to gain a voice in this book and it was fun watching it develop throughout the story. We also learn a little bit more about her background and why she is the way she is. I can’t wait to see how she further develops in the next book.

There are also some big relationship developments in this book. As you would expect, there is more Kal and Aurora. Tyler deals with his regrets regarding Cat and two other squad members circle around each other for a majority of the book. (Pretty sure the circling was happening in book one and I am so ready for their relationship to happen!). It’s going to be interesting to see how the squad dynamic will change as a result of these relationships. But I guess we’ll have to wait for book three for that to happen.

Kristoff and Kaufman also spent some time further developing the universe in this book. There seems to be a big focus on Syldrathi. We learn a little bit more about their history with humans and also a little bit more about their culture and how the different cabals work. I liked reading about this as I felt it was only slightly touched upon in the first novel.

Even with all this detail, the book is a fast-paced read. There is event after event after event as the characters are put through their paces. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages and I actually ended up spending an entire afternoon wanting to get to the end to find out what was about to happen. But man, oh man. I wish I had not got to that ending because that last chapter broke me.

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I’m rating this book 4/5 stars.

 

 

 

 

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