Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was given an ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Amie and Jay did it again! Another amazing book that managing to blow my mind and my expectations away! This book was one of my most anticipated for this year after reading the first one and boy it really did not disappoint. The only reason that reading this book took me so long was purely because I read a lot slower on ebook.
I’ll be keeping this review spoiler free since it is an ARC review and the book isn’t out yet! Maybe mild spoilers for Aurora Rising, but it’s completely AB spoiler free!
This book was absolutely action-packed and had me on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE time and since I know that both Amie and Jay tend to be merciless, I was practically biting my nails.
I really liked learning more about this universe and the Eshvaren and the war they fought. The worldbuilding details were really well done and is something I’m excited to see more of in the next book! One aspect I really enjoyed worldbuilding-wise was probably seeing and learning more about the Syldrathi and the factions within it them and the prior war between the Starslayer and the humans!
I really enjoyed the introduction of new characters (I won’t mention names)! They were a really cool addition to the book that I wasn’t really expecting! I possibly see a new romance brewing there, but I won’t say anything about it really! That being said, I’m not going to say anything about ANY romances, lest I spoil anything.
I can’t say much about the plot, but it’s absolutely wild and took a few turns I didn’t see coming, which I love in a book, especially since I have a tendency to be able to guess endings and plot twists.
The squad was everything I wanted them to be and it was SO great to return to this world! I loved their dynamic as always and their humor is unmatched! I’m such a sucker for found family and this was just so great! The characters are just so vibrant and wonderful. Each one has such a distinct personality and I love each of them for different reasons!
One of the main things I absolutely loved about this book was how there was more of Zila and getting more from her perspective! I was really intrigued by her character in the first book since she was such a question mark and it was so nice to learn a bit about her history, how her mind works, and her perspective on some of the situations that the Squad faces throughout the book!
Likewise with Kal, it was really interesting to get some more history there about him and his family, since he’s a really central character to the plot in this book!
Finian is still 100% my favorite. I love him so much and I love seeing his character grow throughout this book! He definitely had A LOT of chapters from his perspective and I always looked forward to them because his narrative voice is just amazing, even in chapters where he’s a bystander.
I loved seeing the way that each member of the Squad, especially Tyler, went about dealing with the tragedy that occurred at the end of the first book. Watching Tyler move on and grow was so interesting and I cannot wait to see what happens with him in the next book!
There was one thing I really, really wanted to happen and it didn’t… we’re not going to talk about that though… We’re just really gonna hope for next book.
And there was also one very specific thing that honestly pissed me off quite a bit, but it was definitely meant to make me angry so I’m not docking points for it.
Did I cry reading this book? Absolutely.
Am I going to tell you why? No.
There were also quite a few reveals that just made my brain explode in the best way possible. I literally gasped for one or two of them and had to put the book down for a solid 10-15 minutes before picking it back up again so I could process what just happened.
And the ending. Just. Holy shit. That’s all I have to say about that… Maybe ask me about it when the book comes out and I might be willing to talk about it.
Just… What the HELL man. I honestly sat there for like 20 minutes afterward and just didn’t know what to do or say (part of the reason why it took me so long to compile my thought to write a review) so, if what I think happened did happen all I can say is good luck soldiers.
I just don’t know what I’m going to do until the next one comes out. I already can’t wait and this one hasn’t been released. All I can say is I hope I can get an ARC of that one too because I don’t know how long I can wait after THAT cliffhanger! It honestly felt like I reached the end of a countdown in Illuminae and the book just ended and I’m STILL not okay.
I think I’ll definitely be rereading this book before the next one comes out.
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