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Aurora Burning

The Aurora Cycle, Book 2
Written by: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle Series, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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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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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
  • 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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  • FutureLibrarian92
  • 2020-07-25

GD why did it have to end on such a cliffhanger!!

Amazing story and narrative! Can't wait for the next book! All the narrator's are perfect for the characters they voice.

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  • Meghan Spivey
  • 2020-07-11

Amazing voice talent!

Very compelling series! its especially great as an Audiobook because of the varied and talented readers that really make the characters and story come alive.

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  • Rob K.
  • 2020-07-08

Excellent but truncated

As with the first book in the series, the writing is excellent, the pacing is great. Overall, it's a highly enjoyable story narrated by a team that does a wonderful job. The characterization is a strong point of the series, and the narrators very much add to that.

I dropped a star because of how it ends. I feel like a book, even in a series, should have some kind of resolution of the immediate conflict so that it feels like a complete work. Here, the book abruptly ends right in the middle of the climax. I feel like that's done as a marketing consideration and without consideration for story or the reader. On the whole, I still recommend the series, which is reflected in my four-stars for "Story" and "Overall," but the way the book just stops mid-scene is not good. The narration still gets five stars because the team is great.

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  • eric watson
  • 2020-07-06

Worst Cliffhanger Ever

Entertaining story until the poorly edited, cop-out, cliffhanger non-ending. Perhaps the authors' got hand cramps, but I'm guessing somebody makes a lot more dough carving a 'trilogy' into a 'cycle'...

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  • Melanie P
  • 2020-07-01

Agh!

Great story, and left on the edge of chaos!! I didn't want it to end!

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  • Jim Cody Welch
  • 2020-06-29

amazing

two amazing authors and a team of very talented readers! would definitely recommend to anyone.