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  • Best Squad Ever!!!

    So. I need to process my emotions now. AURORA RISING has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, and it has absolutely surpassed the hype. It was so easy to fall into the action of the story, to fall in love with the characters, and to be swept up into an intense mystery and adventure. Let's get the obvious out of the way: The characters are amazing. Each has their own personality and they make for a diverse, semi-dysfunctional, but still cohesive family. They all just work, and honestly, it is so, so difficult for me to pick a favourite. Aurora is easy to relate to, Fin is hilarious, Zila freaks me out but I want to know more about her, I want to be buddies with Scarlett and Cat, and I'm kind of addicted to Kal and Tyler. I just finished the book and already I miss the squad! The story was well crafted and took us across this new galaxy. Honestly, it felt read like an action-packed sci-fi movie. There was always a new adventure and the action was incredibly intense, especially near the end. The world and lore open so many questions and I need to know more about everything. And the end... oh man, the end gave me some tears. It hurts me to even think about! I honestly, loved this book just as much as the ILLUMINAE FILES, and I honestly cannot wait for the next adventure with this beloved Squad. Must read for all sci-fi lovers!!

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    52 person found this review helpful

    52 people found this review helpful

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  • Meet Squad 312

    This is a story about space, misfits, faith, doing what is right, and finding your squad among people you never expected. I loved the Illuminae Files so when I heard that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff were teaming up again for another Young Adult Scifi I was sold. I am very happy that they wrote this book in a different style then the Illuminae files and love that they had a big cast of diverse and unique characters and all of them got chapters so you got to know all the characters really well and found out what makes them who they are and really feel and understand their struggles and disappointments. The story was fast-paced but never at the expense of character development. I found the villains very interesting and never guessed their plan. This book had some great laugh out loud moments which you would expect from the authors of the Illuminae Files. My favorite characters were Kal, Aurora, and Zila but truely I loved every single member of Squad 312. After that ending, I need book two in my hands now. I highly recommend this series especially if you love diverse casts, space, and sassy characters. I hope you love Squad 312 as much as I do. Rating: 5 star

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    27 person found this review helpful

    27 people found this review helpful

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Thoroughly entertained!

    5 stars — Well, I was thoroughly entertained! I always feel weird when I end a book and I’m like “5 stars!!!” Because in general I just don’t give them out very much, but I gotta go with my gut. Does that mean this book was flawless? Nope. But I seriously enjoyed myself that much. If you’re a fan of Firefly, I think you’d enjoy this one…those were the vibes I got most strongly. I was worried about how I was going to enjoy 7 different POVs (once I started to realize that this was more than just dual POV), but I feel like it worked well in this situation. I never felt like when I was in one POV I was wishing I could see inside another — they always picked the POV that made the most sense, and it always contributed to the story and the characters in some way. And a consequence of all those POVs is that I had 7 different characters to fall in love with — which is NOT easy. But in general I think I really did. And if not in love, then intrigued. There were ones that rubbed me the wrong way at times, but then over the course of the plot I got to know more and I think I understood more…or at least enough else went on that I forgave them their shortcomings, if that makes sense. They are a bunch of teenagers afterall. And holy wow, it did not stop me from bawling my eyes out this morning as I read through the conflict and climax — what can I say? I’m an emotional girl and I get invested. I’m not sure I can even tell you my favourite, because I loved things about each of them. I’m intrigued to see how they will continue to gel for the rest of this series, b/c this was basically the story of them forging those bonds — from a mismatched group of misfits, to a strong squad. And besides characters (which are always my favourite part of the book), the plot kept me on my toes. There were plenty of things I did NOT see coming, and that delighted me. I was on the edge of my seat through a number of their close calls, and I loved that I was so wrapped up I wasn’t spending all my time figuring it out, just going along for the ride. Not that I didn’t see a few things coming, but I’m okay with that…it just makes me feel smart and intuitive (*snort*). So yeah. I was sold. I noticed there’s a large cast of narrators (likely one for each of the 7), and so I’m kind of thinking I should check out the audio in the future…or maybe for book 2. I can’t wait to see where this is going next!

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  • interesting world-building

    Thank you so much Penguin Random House International for letting me be a part of this wonderful blog tour. It is always a pleasure to work with you and all your wonderful authors. ♥ Creative with its intergalactic world, multifaceted characters, and interesting plot line. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman did a wonderful job in creating a book that does not only give a brilliant journey in the outer space but also addresses a multicultural view. The characters are well made. Each of them has a unique personality that made them incomparable. Kal is especially wonderful because of how complex his entire characteristic is, but also the idea of his race. Writing-wise, both of them [Jay and Amie] were fantastic. The book is easy to get into, with a hint of sophistication in the technological, galactic, and all scientific bits. The input of giving each character their own point-of-view gave them so much depth and made the book highly interesting. There has been so much thought put into this book that made it interesting, mesmerizing, and you’ll definitely look forward to knowing what happens next. Overall, Aurora Rising is a truly fun read. It is a book that you wouldn’t want to put down. With the right mixture of intricacy and simplicity, Aurora Rising is just the perfect pick for people who wants to read something light and diverse.

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  • Awesomesause is just a condiment

    Imagine riding on a rollercoaster with plenty of breath-taking drops while eating an ice cream sundae and math homework in your other hand. Then pump yourself full of steroids until you start getting compared to water balloons. Now you've gotten the same feeling the first few chapters gave me. Great characters who have flaws and feelings and personalities and fighting scenes as realistic as they come. Only problem for me was the not-so realistic reactions to seeminlgy impossible things, and how the ending felt rushed. Overrall, I you put a clamp on your jaw to keep it from dropping.

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