Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

“We have failed, but I hope they will see how hard we tried.”

  • Title: Aurora Burning
  • Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Genre: YA Sci-fi
  • Pages: 495 pages
  • Publication date: May 5, 2020

I enjoyed reading Aurora Rising, so of course I had to get book two. I read them two years apart though, so I appreciated the written recap at the beginning to remind me of the six POVs and the plot. Also, the fact pages between the chapters with Magellan were helpful.

Book two picks up right about where book one left off. Cat’s gone. Their own government labeled them as terrorists. Everyone either wants them dead or locked up, while they’re out trying to save the world. Though they don’t know how. . .to save the world exactly.

While I bonded with Cat and Scar the most in book one, I ended up looking forward to Fin’s POV each time. His sarcasm and one-liners are great. I also like his bi and disabled representation. I don’t see that a lot in YA, so I appreciate it. Zila’s character development throughout is a beautiful disaster. Captivating but a heart-wrenching past.

The main part that stuck out to me was disconnecting with the characters. About halfway through, I wasn’t looking forward to Aurora’s and Kal’s POV because they seemed a tad dull. They also seemed forced at some points unlike book one. Toward the end, they both confused me as well.

Ty’s and Scar’s POVs felt like a hit or miss. I still enjoyed their chapters, just not as much this time around. Their chapters did gain momentum about halfway through the book though.

Overall, I wouldn’t call this book a fast read cause it’s a lot to keep up with, but I will call it an interesting one. I enjoyed it.

Score: 8.6
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.32/5

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