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Publisher's Summary

Our heroes are back...kind of. From the best-selling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy's best hope for survival.

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.

©2020 Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff (P)2020 Listening Library

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My new favorite book series (not said lightly)

This is such a great series! The whole cast is absolutely amazing and hook you throughout the whole book!

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love it 💚

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i should have known knowing the other book series by these authors.. sigh

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Not as good as the first

The first book was better this book wasn’t horrible just didn’t bring much joy. The romance was better this book I will say that but also their was parts that dragged on felt like filler and repetitive. Also the ending pissed me off despite it being more exciting. Still some nice character moments hopefully the next book is better.

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WTF!!!!

This cliffhanger is killing me. How am I supposed to wait for the next book now.

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Kept me on the edge of my seat!

This book has so many twists and it is amazing! The character development is beautiful and the squad dynamic is so special. Loved every chapter of this book. I need the next book as soon as possible after the jaw dropping end

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  • Rebecca Barbosa
  • 2020-05-17

This is half of a book

I love this series. The characters, the story, the setting, everything about it is The Good Kush(tm).... but... it's half a book. there's no resolution to the main storyline. I know, I know, it's a trilogy. They'll resolve it in the next one. But I'm of the opinion that every book should have an independent plot that gets resolved while working toward the overarching goal. Aurora Burning /almost/ does that. it takes us right to the edge of resolution and then ends. There's cliffhangers, and then there's unfinished. And this is the latter. I was prepared to give this book the 5 stars it deserves, but I can't. I'm so bothered by being given half a book, that I'm actually writing my first review. I don't think it's unreasonable to want a book with a beginning, middle, and end. Aurora Burning is not that.

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  • Travis Liljenquist
  • 2020-05-17

First Book was good, this one is horrible.

Really enjoyed the first book in the series. This second book is extremely poorly written. Apparently they wanted the book finished as quickly as possible, with as many lame, unoriginal, one-liners as they could cram into it. Really enjoy multiple narrators. They just didn't have much to work with.

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  • AMP5
  • 2020-05-12

Best story I’ve heard in a very long time!

I’ll start with why this is not just great but a stellar book, besides entertaining. It has meaning. Many meanings. Each character has their own personal journey full of depth and we are as mystified as they are what their destiny is. Each is different from the others and somehow the author keeps each evolving and moving in a nice weave with the action of the main story. What’s really intriguing is that each journey is meaningful to not only the character, but in a universal way that resonated with me too. So impressed. This is categorized as a YA book but I’m middle aged and enjoying it very much. (I think there’s a whole cadre of readers like me who have gone to YA because of both the raunchiness of adult stories and lack of a good story because of it as a double whammy. However, some YA is really truly too “young” for me. Lovely series but bleh, too much teen drama. So this is like finding a pearl in the ocean.)
I loved the first book as well, Aurora Rising. It’s the set-up book though and it’s in this second installment where all of the characters become more familiar.
The writing is smooth, action fast, and the dialogue is good and, what many sometimes don’t notice, written in each character’s personal style. Often dialogue is written and could belong to any of the characters. (Why I like Ilona Andrews-a man and wife team- the men talk like men and it’s a hoot.)
It does end with the mother of all cliffhangers- in fact we get to visit each character in quick shots of them dangling from their own private cliffs, lol. But for once I don’t feel too upset despite how long I have to wait for the finale. It kinda made sense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-05

Case when multiple narrators was a bad choice

I don’t mind when book has a narrator for every character, but not in this case. When story perspective changes all the time it’s really hard to enjoy narration and voice acting. Every time you just got comfortable with how every character sounds like - story perspective switches, and you have to adjust again.

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  • M. Fritz
  • 2020-06-17

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I had to check to see if my heart was still inside my body... it is, but it's forever damaged by this beautifully tragic series!! I really just want to sit and have a good ten minute cry, but instead I'm being productive and writing this review. I'm not huge on space fantasy, but this is so much more!! This is an experience that you just have to go upon! The never ending twists absolutely keep you riveted and leave you clutching your chest! There is betrayal, heartbreak, loss, faith, forgiveness, acceptance and just about every other human emotion packed into these unputdownable pages!! Just when you think you know which direction the squad will next embark upon, here comes another event and we're back to just shutting down and being a silent participant. The gifts left for the squad will both blow your mind and steal your breath away while they're in the midst of utter chaos. The ending is gutting and I just have to hold up hope that in the end all will be well. I cannot believe how much I loved this!! I'm one hundred percent invested in these characters and how this will conclude. I really don't have a favorite character and for me that is a rare thing! I love the squad and each member has so many likable and relatable qualities. Somethings will never change, no matter how far humanity reaches into the future, like love, loss and the value of forgiveness. This is undoubtedly going to leave many readers with a book hangover. Because... that ending... how do you recover!? And when in the worlds is the next book due!? The narrators were all brilliant!! They made this come alive and it's become my favorite audiobook!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-05

Fantastic Read!!!!

I was really nervous going into this book because of how much I enjoyed the first one. However, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff did not disappoint. This was absolutely fantastic!! It was non-stop action and I loved the witty banter between all of the characters!! I don't know how I will wait an entire year for the third book.

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  • Wendy B.
  • 2022-06-04

a little to much into feelings /emotion

a little to much into feelings /emotion for good sci-fi . I know this is for young adult but it seemed to spend to much time discussing explaining feelings.

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  • Gin
  • 2022-05-02

Female narrators need to calm down

This is more of an observation on the overall direction of the cast rather than decisions made by the individual actors.

Why must all the female narrators be so emotive compared to the male narrators? Tyler is an alpha, so his voice actor makes him sound like a leader—frank, confident, assertive. Aurora is a go-getter and a top student, and her voice wobbles or cracks every other sentence. Why?!

Tyler’s voice remains firm even as he describes the horrendous pain of undergoing torture. No gasping, no fake sobs, no cracking voice. Aurora’s voice rises into hysterics as she describes a vision of Kal getting shot. I am PRETTY SURE the first scenario calls for more emotive acting than the second. And furthermore, why does Aurora never LOWER the pitch of her voice when something horrified her? She is not going into hysterics all the time, she is a strong main character who meets challenges head on.

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  • HGTMoney
  • 2022-03-15

better than the first

This was a great follow-up to the first novel. I really enjoyed this one even more than the first. I loved getting more into the story and this one was easier to understand because I really knew the characters in this one so it was less confusing.

I don't mind that they didn't wrap up the whole story because I know there is a third, but this one truly felt like a "run out of paper" ending. It really, really abruptly stops and I wished it had felt like just a few things were more wrapped up.

The Audible narrators did well on the audio book and it was enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-03-12

awesome read/listen. glad I bought it

The book was well written relatively unpredictable Leah unpredictable and just an overall fun read

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  • Naomi Leclercq
  • 2022-01-25

pretty good!

really nice. the middle has a bit of a slow moment but the end is really nice!