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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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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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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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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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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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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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Like listening to a radio drama!

I really enjoy audiobooks that go all-out to do different voices and bring the story alive. This does not disappoint. I read the book and have listened to the audio 2x now. Just wonderful - writing and performance!

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Can't wait for the conclusion!

One of the great things about having Alexa in my kitchen is that she can read my books to me while I'm doing dishes or cooking or eating. With my usual commute gone for the last year, I don't have as much time for Audible as I used to. But this book begged to be listened to. With a full cast of narrators, it was one of the best narrations I've ever heard. Hearing Zila, Auri, Kal, Fin, Scarlett, and Tyler's voices from these narrators really brings this series to life.

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Warning: Spoiler alert

I like books with endings. So, you either buy the next book or go with absolutely no resolution.

I'll probably buy the next book, but may never read another book by either of the authors after that book.

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Great sequel

I really enjoyed the first book, so I picked this one up. love the characters. the narrators were awesome too.

story felt a little slow in the middle, but as it moved on, it all made sense.

but dang! cliffhanger ending!

already pre-ordered Aurora's Ending

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No ending.

The story ended with 3 separate battles raging and our characters seconds away from death in each. This is no way to leave me hanging till the next book comes out. My advice would be not to start reading till the whole story is available. Also a general comment about the all the different narrators, I hate it as nothing is added to the story that couldn't be done by a single talented narator. I find the multiple voices distracting.

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Great listen

Great to listen to with different narrators for each character that brought the book to life.

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  • Kezia Michela
  • 05-16-21

The ultimate cliffhanger. I need more!

I absolutely love the Aurora Cycle thus far, and I am especially glad I chose to listen to this series instead of read it, the narration is phenomenal! The writing is terrifically engaging, you will not want to ever pause it, and if you are forced to due to real life, the wondering of what will happen next will never cease to plague you! Completely worth it, and will definitely be listening to again before the third book comes out!

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  • Zoe Townsend
  • 01-12-21

Makers bits...

I'm still processing that ending. There's no words to even begin to express my current feelings... Makers breath...