Parents' Guide to

Aurora Rising

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fabulous, violent sci-fi adventure about a misfit squad.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Aurora Cycle

It is interesting and good

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Kaufman and Kristoff's addictive multi-POV space adventure is utterly unputdownable and will leave readers counting the days until the second installment is released. These two authors know what they're doing when it comes to sci-fi dramas, and they set up the various characters and circumstances with an ease that immediately draws readers into their world. The crew is full of relatable types, but each one of them also transcends and subverts the predictable. Just when readers think they know what's going on, which characters will fall for each other, where the story is going, Kaufman and Kristoff pull the proverbial rug. This can lead to significant feels.

Although the plot is propulsive -- the crew predictably goes rogue in order to save Auri and becomes basically all of space's Most Wanted -- the characterization is well done. That being said, seven points of view can be difficult to follow (it's easier via audiobook, because a full cast narrates the ensemble), and some characters feel more fully developed than others. Still, all get a moment to shine. The two aliens are particularly compelling: Fin is snarky, bisexual, wears an exosuit to compensate for physical disabilities, and comes from a species with a fascinating and large family structure. Kal is from an alien warrior species known for their bloodlust. But the humans, led by Tyler, are also complicated and layered. The next book promises more adventure but also has a lot of questions to answer and hearts to heal.

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