Note: This review is spoiler free (spoilers are all marked and have warnings)!
Book: Aurora Rising
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Age: For readers 14 and up
Rating: 3/5 Stars
The more I think about this book, the more I hate it. The romance sucks, the characters are not great and the plot is forgettable. Seriously. It’s only been two months since I read this book and I already forgot 90% of it’s plot. Good thing I made notes while reading or this review would have been a big, fat blank page 😬
What I didn’t like:
3. It’s confusing: There were parts of this book where I went “What. Just. Happened.” not because I was shocked or a plot twist happened but because I genuinely couldn’t comprehend what was written on the page. Idk if I’m just dumb or if the pacing went wayyyyyy too fast in the action parts, giving no time for the reader to comprehend what happened.
SPOILERS UNDERLINED: I don’t get what happened when Aurora saw Rahamm's existence and then there was a mental war between Cat and Auri? And what were those memory demonstration scenes?
4 . Unrealistic: If these are the academy’s last picks for the draft, why is Zila so smart? She should have been picked wayyy before. Realistically this situation doesn’t make any sense because we’re supposed to believe this team is the last ranked in the school (except for Tyler). But it’s the opposite and everyone on the team is apparently a prodigy. 🤨
The tagline for this book is: “They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find.” But everyone in this book is amazing at what they do, super smart, super pretty, etc.
5. Kal: Ugh I hate this character. Not only because he was super pushy in his relationship with Aurora but because he is boring and I just don’t get his purpose in this book other than to be the romantic interest.
What I liked:
Nothing. Ok fine, I did like some things but I completely forgot what I liked. This book was just not memorable in the slightest. Maybe the second book is more likeable. Someone will have to tell me if Aurora Burning is better because I for sure, am not reading the second book to find out for myself.
I guess the book was entertaining at times but mostly it just frustrated me. But hey, I’m in the minority here since most people loved this book. Don’t let me stop you from reading this but keep in mind that it might be a huge letdown.
6/11/2021 02:35:18 pm
I agree with you that the plot is forgettable. Most things I just don't remember. Reading your review I read about scenes I forgot were in this book. I must say it took me some time to read it because I couldn't focus on it. I often found myself drifting away. So sometimes I had to reread a couple sentences to understand what's going on.
6/12/2021 10:44:50 am
Thank you for reading my review! Yah the plot is pretty unforgettable and confusing, which makes it harder to remember 😂
6/11/2021 06:15:17 pm
Hi! i’m Ren, i think you asked me to read your review and comment? Well here i am! 😌😌
6/12/2021 10:42:09 am
Ohh I think now I remember that part. I guess I’m a bit too harsh on them but I just don’t feel the chemistry between Auri and Kal. Maybe they are much better together as a pair in the second book!
6/15/2021 03:31:15 pm
I love how passionate you are about your feelings towards this book.
6/16/2021 12:56:21 pm
Thank you so much! That’s totally fine if we have differing opinions! And what you said about the romance being ya is true but since I consider myself the ideal ya target audience (I’m 16), I feel like it was even too juvenile for a ya audience
6/18/2021 09:51:16 am
Wow I absolutely love your review! I haven’t read the book yet so I’m not sure if I will agree but I love how much detail you put into your spoiler free reviews😍. I will be reading this soon and I’m a bit worried because I really don’t like forced-feeling relationships and what not but I’m going to give it a go anyways.
6/19/2021 09:25:22 am
Thank you so so much!! This comment literally made my day! I hope you enjoy the book, it has enjoyable actions scenes and sci fi elements but in my opinion it horribly lacks in romance :( Hopefully the good parts outweigh the bad parts when you give this a read!
6/22/2021 01:53:37 am
I agree on some points like Ty and Cat relationship was boring. Cat as a character was annoying. And also the plot did get a bit sloppy towards the end. It indeed was a bit difficult to comprehend what was happening at some point. But i loved Kal and Auri's budding relationship. I love every character actually accept Cat. And as far as i remember and understood, everyone finds zila a sociopath who blows things up and that's probably why she was left out. Nevertheless i do get where your coming from. The plot and pacing were a weak point in this book for me. Its not a great read i agree but a good one. I just got aurora burning audibook. Lets see how that goes 🤞
6/23/2021 05:49:41 pm
I agree! Cat and Ty were boringggg! Glad you agree 💕 also that’s totally fine if you like Kal and Aurora! I understand 😊 Ohhhh ok that makes sense why no one picked Zila.
6/23/2021 11:47:02 am
6/23/2021 05:51:13 pm
Omg thank you so much! This made my day 😊 And I’m glad you had a different opinion but was still able to understand a different outlook! And yahhh Cat and Ty were pretty boring 🤷♀️
9/7/2021 07:06:07 am
Hey! You asked me to check out your review and comment so here I am! We definitely have different opinions on the book and that’s okay! I loved Kal and Kal and Auri. In the end when Auri agrees to take things slow with Kal she asks him what Beshmai means and he says there are no human words to accurately describe but the closest would be “beloved.” I also think this was more of a building or a set up book where things were put into place to really take off in books two and three. So I can get where some people don’t like it. (: I also didn’t like Cat but I felt like she tried to hard to be the “tough I don’t give a shit about you or your feelings” girl and it was nauseating. Like dude just tell him you love him and if he doesn’t return the love tough get over yourself already. I liked other parts of her character but her tough guy act had my eyes rolling. Lol, but I like when I don’t LOVE all the characters (: thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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