Talk Me Into It – Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title Aurora Rising

Authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Description from Amazon

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.

Initial Thoughts

I have been seeing so many amazing praise posts for this book. It was one of the most anticpated releases of May 2019 and, I just don’t want to read it. I hate that I don’t want to read it. I want to want it so badly (if that makes sense).

What are my hangups?

  • The setting – I don’t really like to read “futuristic” books unless they are dystopian. Give me a society in tatters where everything is broken any day. But, I don’t like cyborgs and space travel for book settings.

That’s it – it’s just the setting that makes me not what to read it. I resonate strongly with those character descriptions. A sociopath who does anything, yes please! An alien-warrior with anger management issues is basically my spirit animal. And, a tomboy who is probably definitely the love interest of the main character, what more could I want?

This squad sounds amazing and if their story was set anywhere else, you wouldn’t be able to pry my hands off the book.

Is it silly to avoid a book because of the setting? Should I just bite the bullet and give it a try anyway? Or, should I stick to my principles because I’ve probably already convinced myself not to enjoy it?

You tell me! My dedicated readers, this one is in your hands. Let me know in the comments if I should read this one or continue to dodge it.

6 thoughts on “Talk Me Into It – Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. I had the same hang ups about it, because usually futuristic fiction isn’t my thing. But I talked myself into it because I love Kristoff’s writing and I really wasn’t disappointed. Possibly one of my favourite reads of this year [and if you liked it, might I recommend Stolen Time if you haven’t read it] ❤

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      1. Agreed! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Star Wars and the new Star Trek movies but for reading, I prefer my books to be of the non-space related variety. If the story is heavy on character development, I definitely think I can look passed the setting.

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