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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times and internationally best-selling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science-fiction epic....

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch....

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm. 

A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates. 

A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy's biggest chip on his shoulder. 

An alien warrior with anger-management issues. 

A tomboy pilot who's totally not into him, in case you were wondering. 

And Ty's squad isn't even his biggest problem - that'd be Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl he's just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy. 

Nobody panic.

©2019 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (P)2019 Listening Library

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amazing!

SOOOOO GOOD! highly recommend reading this book and listening to the audiobook! this was such a fun and exciting read.

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  • aly p
  • 2019-05-08

Full cast makes this audio

This was a great listen. There's a full cast plus sound effects, so it almost felt like listening to a movie. The plot was great and action packed with no dull moments. I was so invested in the story and characters and didn't want it to end!

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  • BookishLor
  • 2019-05-08

Fun, fast paced space adventure!

Loved it! The story was fast paced, the space crew of misfits was hilarious, and the voices in this full cast production were amazing! If you loved Illuminae Files or Guardians of the Galaxy, definitely give this new space series a listen!

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  • Brie
  • 2019-05-16

Brilliant! Couldn't stop listening!

I bought this story 2 days ago and just now finished. I couldn't stop listening. The writing style is detailed, informative and beautiful. I fell in love with every member of the squad and enjoyed their points of views throughout their journey. I really enjoyed each of the characters unique voices that paired perfectly with their character's personality. The story was a roller coaster! There is always going to be a turn or a twist you don't expect and if you did you couldn't believe what actually happen... listen to the book. You'll understand.

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  • Zach
  • 2019-05-15

Excellent story, but a little overly emotive

Overall I enjoyed this book....though it did spend more time than I prefer exploring what individual characters were feeling at almost any particular moment. The narration was first person, jumping from character to character by the chapter. This was done extremely well and really helped me, as a reader, to connect with the characters. But the YA target audience was in full bloom with all the extra time devoted to what each character felt. By about 1/3 of the way into the book there came a place in most chapters where I wanted to yell, "Just get on with it!" because so much time/space was dedicated to exploring any given character's feelings at that moment.

Besides that, excellent writing and pacing. The characters came across as well thought out and I found myself caring about all of them by the end, which is the mark of a good writer in my book. Though this is the first book in the series, a large portion of the conflicts that are set up early on in the book are resolved (to a lesser or greater degree) by the end of the book. It definitely ends on a note which sets the stage for a continuation of the series, but there is clear resolution to the plot lines of this book.

The cast did an awesome job with the narration. Voices of characters were consistent, even from the perspectives of different characters, which meant a different narrator could be doing a certain character's voice at any time. The sound effects were, for the most part decent. Though there were a few surrounding the computer entries that hedged on being too shrill. It would behoove the sound engineers to remember that most people are listening to these recordings via headphones and thusly very high-pitched tones come across very harshly, especially when their volume is the same or louder than the narrators. It was annoying but it didn't really detract too much from the listening experience.

As for the worldview, there are religious tones, but the religion is ambiguously deistic, but not really concretely attached to a recognizable religion (like Christianity or Islam). There is a decent amount of relationship drama (she likes him, he may like her...blah, blah, blah), but no explicit sexual interactions. There is an allusion to a few of the main characters having had sex in the past (with each other), and the general approach to sexuality is "whatever goes". The narrative doesn't really preach or deal with sexual preferences overtly, but at least one character is presented as ambiguously bi-sexual. I don't think there's too much in there that would offend anyone, but it's always good for parents to be aware of how things are presented in the books they're reading. I did like that moral impact of killing someone was touched upon.

So, overall, fun book. I'll probably eventually snag the next in the series when I feel like I can handle the emotive excursions in the narrative. Because the premise and story were excellent and I'm pretty hooked as far as wanting to see what happens next to the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-14

another great series

This was a fantastic story. Great characters, great plot, great narration. I'm so upset that we have to wait so long for the next book in the series.

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  • Ashley Spraggs
  • 2019-05-13

another amazing story

absolutely amazing jk and ak did it again
now just need friends to discuss. highly recommend

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  • Brian Lucas
  • 2019-05-12

Son of a Biscuit!

I'm so sad that I got this book the day it came out because now it feels like FOREVER until I'll get to hear more in this series. D:

I absolutely loved this audiobook and can't wait for more!

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  • Russell Holly
  • 2019-05-11

What a ride!

While I wasn't entirely sold on the several point of views with individual narrators for each format at first, each of these voices really grew on me. It didn't take long before I stopped dreading the switch from one point of view to the next and instead was excited to hear from them again. The story was also very exciting and, despite having some pretty strong similarities to other sci-fi favorites, I still found myself surprised more than a couple times. It was super addicting (I finished the book in just a couple days.) If you enjoyed Firefly/Serenity, you'll love this book. Can't wait for the sequel!

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  • Julie
  • 2019-05-10

full cast yes!<br />

I normally do not like more than one reader but in this case I'm all in. It was really very very good I highly recommend it

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  • deziree ayala
  • 2019-05-22

AMAZING!

Amazing cast, absolutely fantastic storyline and the sound effects pulled me in to the story! I finished this in one day because I just HAD to finish it because it was so good. Jay Kristoff is an instant buy for me and he again proves why with this book. cannot wait for the next one!