It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I’d been looking out for it since I read Aurora Rising last year. And now I have but one regret… That I read Aurora Burning in the same month it came out.
So the good news is that Aurora Burning was really really good. At least in my humble opinion. I had some minor issues, to be addressed later, but overall this book definitely lived up to my expectations. Let’s start with all the good…
What I Liked
Okay, so uhm… I liked pretty much everything. I honestly enjoy reading from every character’s perspective. Their personalities are so their own, that I don’t even have to check twice to see who I’m reading about. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that we got to see more of Zila We find out more about her past trauma, and why she is the way she is. I loved the tiny chapters about her in Aurora Rising, so you can imagine I was elated to find out more chapters were dedicated to her in Aurora Burning.
Plot-wise I found myself completely engrossed in the story. I had so many questions while reading, I couldn’t put the book down until I had answers. Not all of my questions were answered, though. I’m sure the gaps in the story will be addressed in the third book, as it seems like that was the plan all along. But one thing is for certain: this book will keep you on your toes.
Eventually I managed to correctly guess one of the major twists, but that was quickly offset by another, more unexpected twist. I always enjoy it when I’m able to correctly guess one of the twists. Thankfully it was only that one, because otherwise the book would’ve become too predictable, and I don’t want that, either.
What I Likes Less
So, despite me being absolutely in love with this book, it wasn’t quite the five star read for me. There is one major plot point, which I obviously will not mention, that I did not enjoy as much. It’s not that it didn’t fit, because in the end it served the rest of the plot nicely. It’s just that some of the squad’s reactions to it seemed out of character.
My final negative is that there is so much action at the beginning of this book, I felt a little overwhelmed. It’s weird to view this as a negative, but I found myself exhausted reading about fighting almost every single page. Thankfully this wasn’t consistent throughout the entire book.