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Aurora Burning
by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #2
Narrator: Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Jonathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, Steve West
Length: 15 hours and 17 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
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Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling 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.

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff was on my most anticipated audiobooks list for 2020. This is the second audio in the Aurora Cycle science fiction fantasy series. Brilliant with action, suspense and revelations, The authors left me longing for the next installment.

Buckle up as Squad 312 of the Aurora Legion, face down danger and team together to complete their mission and save the universe!

Now outlaws and without a ship, the squad work together to procure transport and complete their mission. However, it seems someone is aiding them, but how and why?

Kaufman & Kristoff know how to weave an addictive tale and provided the perfect balance of suspenseful action, intense battles and time with each of crew members. We see them work together, face down enemies, form relationships and discover lost family.

It may be wrong, but a certain ruthless ruler with a Syldrathi army at her back was a character I enjoyed the heck out. She is ruthless, cunning, devious, and her scenes with Kal were enlightening.

We get perspectives from each member of the Squad, some more than others, but each propels our story forward and expands our insight into events as they unfold. The authors do this at the beginning of chapter and narrator changes. Even as I screaming from being pulled from one narrative, I found myself equally addicted to the next.

Aurora Burning is narrated by Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Jonathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, and Steve West. Each brings a voice to their characters and the use of voice simulators and effects heightened the sci-fi thrills.

The ending was KILLER with just enough bite to leave me screaming for more.

While they label this young adult, it is one any fan of science fiction, space opera and misfits saving the world will enjoy! No release info on the third audiobook in this series, but if we continue on the current pattern, we should see it in 2021.

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About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

About Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016. Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings.

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