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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Audio ARC Review: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Please Note:  I received an advance audiobook of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

I am a huge fan of the writing duo of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  Their books are always creative and entertaining.  Aurora Burning is a fine addition that brings adventure, humor, and even tender relationships into a space chase romp.  My only complaint is the cliff-hanger ending. 

What I Liked:

We, once again, get to travel with this motley crew through space!  I loved all the details of living on a space ship such as what the crew ate, and how the ships were laid out.  Small details really brought the setting to life.

What can I say, I still love all the characters, particularly Kal and Aurora.  Their love story moves beyond physical attraction and show them connecting intellectually. 

I also liked that the newer emphasis on Finian and and Scarlett.  Finian goes from simply being the annoying know-it-all, to showing Scarlett that he cares about her and the other crew members.  Scarlett begins to see Fin as a whole person.  Thankfully, this did not automatically mean that Scarlett and Fin will end up as a couple.  I just liked that now there is a possibility of that happening.

I can't move on from the topic of characters without highlighting a new, and super fun character:  Kal's sister (I think her name is Kallisa?).  She is the complete opposite of Kal.  While they are both fearless fighters, Kallisa is definitely more of a hunter than Kal.  When she meets up with Tyler, the sparks really fly!  Their interactions really brought to mind the old show Star Trek.  Tyler was so similar to Captain Kirk, with his easy smile, and charming ways.  I loved how Kallisa really cut him down to size.

I had the privilege of listening to the Audiobook version of this novel.  The production is superb with a full cast.  As always, Steve West (as Kal) was a highlight for me.  He has such a romantic British accent, that I was swooning every time he professed his undying love for Aurie!

The story is fast-paced and full of adventure.  The crew is being chased by two different groups, all in an attempt to get Aurora into their clutches.  But, as the story continues, we also find dark secrets from Kal that could change his relationship with Aurie!  Add to this the budding friendships (and possible romantic relationships) that are formed, and you will not want to wait very long for the next book.

What I Did Not Like:
Of course, I knew going in that there would probably be a cliff-hanger at the end of the book.  Given that this is a series, that is to be expected.  However, I still would have liked to see some of the plot points created in this book to be resolved.  I truly dislike stopping a book in the middle of the action.  Sadly, this is what occurs in Aurora Burning,  It means an agonizing wait for readers, and a less than satisfying experience right now.


Release Date:  May 5th, 2020

Genre:  Science Fiction

Authors:  Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Audio Publisher:  Listening Library

Audio Length:  15 hrs 17 min.

Narrators:  Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Johnathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, & Steve West

Print Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers

Book Length: 512 Pages

Source:  Listening Library

Format:  Audioboook

Recommendation:  Another entertaining adventure from Kaufman and Kristoff.  Enjoy!
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