by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
At the Aurora Academy, in the year 2380, cadets train to become part of a six-member squad. Tyler Jones is a born Alpha—a squad leader—but as the day of the Draft arrives, when he’s supposed to get first pick of his squad members, he’s in space rescuing a girl frozen in cryo on a ship full of bodies. Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley has been asleep for more than 200 years; part of a doomed settlers’ mission, her vanished spaceship is legendary. As Tyler deals with the consequences of missing the Draft—sure, he’s got his twin sister, Scarlett, and his best friend, Cat, on his side, but his squad now includes a techie with an attitude problem, a scientist that shoots people out of curiosity, and an alien combat strategist who’s really, really violent—Auri tries to adjust. When she reencounters Tyler and his squad, the whole crew find themselves wrapped up in a mission that’s bigger than any of them—and maybe a little bigger than they can handle. The brains behind the Illuminae Files team up for another high-concept, higher-stakes sf adventure. Rotating perspectives and never-flagging energy propel this narrative forward, which, if it weren’t compelling enough on its own, is given illustrious life by its ragtag, always-at-odds cast. Frequent inserts from the iPad-like uniglass provide little nuggets of detail about this future world.
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction (2019)
Knopf Books for Young Readers. May 7, 2019. 472 pages. HS.
Book two: Aurora Burning, expected publication: May 5, 2020.
Book summary from Booklist starred (May 1, 2019)