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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.... 

It's 2380, and the graduating students of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Tyler Jones has been a star pupil who hopes to recruit the squad of his dreams but ends up with a mixed and volatile crew. 

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. 

Vividly told in the seven voices of the team members, this is fast-paced, action-packed, wickedly humorous and fabulously entertaining. 

©2019 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (P)2020 Listening Library

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  • Tayler
  • 02-21-21

Epic space gang

This story was brilliant, the best book about a young group of misfits since Six of Crows and a total breath of fresh air that it was set in space. The whole storyline, straight from the beginning with Tyler saving Aurora from a cyropod in deep space known here as 'The Fold' was just so well done. It keeps you gripped to the very end. My favourite characters were probably Cat, Scarlett, Tyler and Finian. I think the weakest characters are probably Aurora and Kal, but this is because they are the typical characters needed in a story like this, the chosen one and the broody love interest. I just thought everyone else had much better developed personalities, or maybe I just liked them more. At the end of this book we lose a major character and I felt genuinely sad for it, I'm still hoping that maybe they could come somehow return in another book? I hate mating story lines so I really didn't connect with Kal and Aurora but that's probably the only negative I can say. In terms of the performances by the voice actors, I thought they all did an amazing job at voicing their own characters. However, I did almost choke from laughter when the American actors had to imitate Kat and Kals Australiab and English accents. These are Paid actors and for some reason think a victorian cockney accent can pass for modern aussie? I honestly cannot believe it got past editing without someone saying, hang on this is a bit shit. What annoyed me was that occasionally in long dialogue moments, all the voices would come into a chapter and voice their characters, which worked amazingly. But this only happened I think once or twice and then it would go back to the actor voicing the character whose chapter it was, imitating the other characters. I would have preferred it much more if the actors did ALL the dialogue for their characters. So this is the reason I rated the performance 3/5. This being said, of you can get over the terrible accent imitations this is a brilliant audio book. I will definitely be downloading the sequel.

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  • denniel b.
  • 10-14-20

Amazing Aurora

I loved this book
I loved all the different narrators
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I'd love to get my hands on the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-28-22

Very teenage teen fiction

Though I'm a 33 year old man and far from being a teen I thought I would give it a go because I enjoyed some teen books like hunger games etc. The story was okay and kept me interested but the interactions between these hormonal teens are so cringey. I was imagining myself working on this spaceship and I would be irritated by them all. Having said that I will probably still read the next one.

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  • Hannah FB
  • 09-30-20

100% worth the 1 credit

Ok so I thought Sci-Fi wouldn't be my bag, as I'm very particular about what Sci-Fi I do/don't like, but I have read some of Jay Kristoff's other stuff so took a gamble on this... I was not disappointed! Not going to lie I was completely hooked and finished this within a day! The sound effects and different narrators really add to the story too and make it a lot more immersive. My only predicament now is that I'm undoubtedly going to smash through book 2 and have to wait for the 3rd book to be released!

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  • Louise Letsche
  • 05-24-20

Best Author duo ever

I love this author duo. they bring the best stories and the audiobook production for them are beyond fantastic. they are immersive and keep your focus.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-21

Trope city. Tasty sponge cake - with green beans

Ugh. I am hate-listening to this series now. I'm writing this review while I am a few chapters into book two.

I dislike how this has been written, but I MUST KNOW how the story pans out. It's a good story, but told in a way and through characters that just make me cringe. The characters are cariacatures - and made almost intentionally so due to the constraints placed on the way the universe is set up. It's all just silly, but I was willing to go along with it to see how the actual story plays out. I will save all my spoilers for this book until I write my review of book two. The premise of the Aurora Academy is just so flawed. Having single-specialty characters who work in small independant groups - selected the same way that kids pick teams for playground games? The age limitation for space travel is terribly contrived. The opening sequence during which the main protagonist is discovered makes absolutely no sense in combination with what we learn later.

This could have been such a good story if it had been told by a different, more believable cast of characters. It would have been better if it hadn't been "Young-Adultified" in such a saccharine, cutesy, fanfic way. Other reviewers likened it to Leigh Bardugo's "Six of Crows" - I only tangentially agree. The McGuffins and tropes used in this story bludgeon you in the face. These characters have almost no agency half the time. I was blindsided so many times by events that are so contrived as to stick out like a big sign saying "we felt we needed some more conflict, and maybe another chapter".

I'm so disappointed with this series. It could have been so good. It could have been up there with "Shards of Earth" by Adrian Tchaikovsky (and it shares some surprising similarities) - and perhaps that is part of the reason I dislike this so much. It deflates into frippery when dealing with universe-spanning, world-changing, history-redefining events.

I will share with you a quote (slightly edited for brevity) from the second book that made me write this review:

"Commerce...

...The Milky Way has no official currency, and for reasons that may not be clear to your tiny human brain, the chances of it getting one are small...

...The Dominion is a band of trade speculators and the largest currency exchange in the galaxy... which would buy any currency in exchange for Dominion credits, which are now accepted in most trade hubs...

(then there is a weird segway into self-washing diapers)

...which in turn gave it enormous clout over politicians in the Galactic Caucus. Which explains why we're not going to be seeing any official Galactic Currency any time soon. Democracy, huh?!"

Having commercial pressures on elected officials IS NOT an integral part of democracy, and we know that it tends to diminish democracy. I am absolutely fuming at this mischaracterisation. This is presented as fact - that democracy was in some way at fault, when it is the corrupting influence of mercantilism, capitalism and other market-force related theories of economics that are to blame. Presenting this as fact, in a jokey-hokey way was absolutely infuriating. The only way I could think of calming myself down is to warn others that this book is full of things which - when you think about them - are just awful.

The hellish purple-eyed, pointy-eared space elf not-quite-Vulcan characters don't help either.

I think I'm so annoyed because some rather minor tweaks and pruning would have made this an actually good, enjoyable story.

The voice acting is pretty decent. If it hadn't, I think I would not have been able to make it through.

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  • Chrissy’s Book Shelf
  • 06-14-21

Fascinating Story

I’d probably give this book 4.5 ⭐ if I could.

This book is set centuries into the future, when humanity has discovered a way to transition the galaxy using ‘folds’ in space. As they have explored they have met other races of sentient beings and learnt how to live with them after a few centuries of warring. To help police the galaxy is Legion formed from several races who train their youngsters to become the force that keeps everyone safe. However, if you travel through the fold, once you reach 25 years old the forces that the fold inflict on the human body start to affect the mind meaning everyone over that age must travel through the fold in stasis. Captains, pilots, diplomats and engineers and others, all must be people under the age of 25. Training ends at age 18 and they are sent out into the galaxy to fulfil the orders they receive from Aurora Academy.

On the day that the graduating class receive notification of their squads, Tyler Jones can’t sleep and heads out into the fold to rest his brain. Instead of rest he finds a ship that went missing 200 years ago and the single survivor inside a sleep pod is Aurora O’Malley. Rescuing her sets a sequence of events in motion that he could never have imagined, his life has changed forever with that one decision to go flying.

This story evolves into a fascinating adventure where a team of young people find themselves alone in the galaxy trying to find a way to save as they know it. Alone and unguided, except by their own instincts they must face dangers they don’t understand until it’s too late. Aurora has been changed by 2 centuries in the fold, everyone she knew is dead and the galaxy is a very different place to the one she knew when she went to sleep.

The world building in this book is excellent. There are different races and worlds that are articulately and imaginatively described helping bring the story to life.

The characters are all interesting and though they are all young, they are mature by today’s standards having trained hard since they were 11 or 12 years old to take on massive responsibilities at age 18. The interactions between the characters are fun with some of the characters knowing each other exceptionally well and others are strangers who have to find their way into being fully integrated members of a squad. There is the banter of the familiar interwoven with the prickliness of standers being forced into close contact. It’s well done and interesting to read.

The story is fascinating with the roots of it being set millennia in the past. The current characters are blips on the timeline, but they the most vital to it’s conclusion. This story starts simply and grows more complex with each chapter as the plot is revealed layer by layer right up until the end.

This book had several narrators which I quite enjoyed though as one of the characters had either an Australian or New Zealand accent that the other narrators were forced to duplicate when speaking with her voice there were some quite shaky parts. As they had multiple narrators I think it might have been better to have those narrators speak with their own voices throughout each chapter rather than have one narrator speak the section told from their point of view and leave them struggling with conveying the different character’s voices. Some narrators were better than others at doing this and when there was a poorly done section it detracted from my enjoyment and broke my concentration. I understand that it a lot more complicated from a production point of view, but I felt they should have made the harder choice if they were going to have multiple narrators anyway.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely listen to the next book in the series, because I want to know what happens next.

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  • Conner D.
  • 02-12-21

WOW

I don’t normally write reviews but this was one of the best books I’ve listened too on Audible. The story was amazing, you fall in love with all the characters and the voice acting was absolutely superb!

Never have I felt a book was more made for me than this one ! Finished both books in a couple of days and now I’m very excited for the third!

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  • Silversea
  • 11-01-20

I loved every second

Ok this is it, I have to stop my audible membership, I am not listening to any audible books. Better spend my three credits now and fast and just cancel. I choose out three books, this one completely randomly, barely reading the blurb, I dont even try a sample. Hopefully I'll like it... Maybe I'll like it...

I start listening.. It's not bad..

In less than a day I've renewed my membership. I haven't even finished the book, the series isn't even complete but I know with utter certainty that I must listen to the next, straight away, because I am loving every second of it.

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  • Tinytoni88
  • 09-30-20

Bloody Brilliant!

Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are becoming my favourite authors and their audiobooks are amazingly produced. Not just the Aurora serves but The Illuminae Files too. All fantastic audiobooks. I will continue to recommend them to everyone who loves science fiction and fantasy books!

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