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Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases...
Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases...
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  • Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy's best hope for survival.
    First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They've just got to take care of a few small distractions first.
    Like the clan of gremps who'd like to rearrange their favorite faces.
    And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who'll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.
    Then there's Kal's long-lost sister, who's not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
    When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it's time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can't learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.
    Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion's most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

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    Tyler 

    The disruptor blast hits the Betraskan right in her chest.

    She shrieks, and her armload of e-tech goes flying as she collapses in a drooling heap. I vault over her as she falls, ducking as another disruptor shot hisses past my ear. The bazaar around us is crowded, the mob parting before me in a panic as more blasts ring out behind us. Scarlett is running right on my heels, flame-red hair plastered to her cheeks with sweat. She leaps over the unconscious Betraskan woman and her scattered goods, offering an apologetic shout.

    “Sorryyyy!”

    Another blast rings out. The gangsters chasing us roar at the crowd to step aside. We leap over the counter of a semptar stall, past the gobsmacked owner, and out the back door into another packed, humid street. Hovercraft and rotor bots. Pale green walls around us, red skies above, yellow plascrete beneath our feet, a rainbow of outfits and skin tones ahead.

    “Left!” Finian shouts over comms. “Go left!” 

    We left it, barreling into a grubby alleyway off the main drag. Hucksters and fienders stare at us as we sprint past, boots pounding, trash flying. The tiny gangsters chasing us reach the alley mouth, filling the air with the BAMF! BAMF! of their disruptor blasts. The whoosh of charged particles rushes past my ear. We skid behind a dumpster full of discarded machine parts, looking for some kind of cover.

    “I told you this was a bad idea!” Scarlett gasps. 

    “And I told you I don’t have bad ideas!” I shout, kicking through a doorway.

    “Oh no?” she asks, cracking off a shot at our pursuers. 

    “No!” I drag her inside. “Just less amazing ones!”

     

    Yeah, let’s back it up a little.

     

    About forty minutes, maybe, before things got quite so shooty. I know I’ve done this before, but it’s more exciting this way. Trust me. Dimples, remember?

    So, forty minutes ago, I’m sitting in a crowded booth in a crowded bar, music thumping in my ears. I’m outfitted in a tight black tunic and tighter pants, which I presume are stylish—Scarlett chose them for me, after all. My sister’s squeezed into the booth beside me, also in civilian wardrobe: blood-red and formfitting and cut as low as she likes it.

    Sitting opposite us are a dozen gremps. 

    The place we’re in is a dive, all pulsing light and smoky air, stuffed to the rafters. There’s a broad pit in the center of the room where I guess they hold some kind of blood sport, but fortunately nobody’s killing anyone else in here right now. Drug and skin trades are going on all around us, the small-time hustlers of the station and their daily grind. And along with the smell of rocksmoke and the speakers’ thudding deepdub, a single question is buzzing in my head. 

    How in the Maker’s name did I get here? 

    The gremps sit across from us—a dozen small, furry figures crammed into the other side of the booth. Their slitted eyes are fixed on the uniglass Scarlett has placed on the table between us. The device is a flat pane of palm-sized transparent silicon, lit up with holo displays. Rotating a few inches above it is a glowing image of our Longbow. The ship is arrowhead-shaped, gleaming titanium and carbite. The Aurora Legion sigil and our squad designation, 312, are emblazoned down its flanks.

    It’s state of the art. Beautiful. We’ve been through a lot together. 

    And now we have to let her go. 

    The gremps mutter among themselves in their own hissing, purring...

About the Author-

  • Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files. Amie has also co-written (with Meagan Spooner) the Starbound and the Unearthed trilogies. Jay is the author of the LIFEL1K3 series, as well as the Nevernight Chronicle and the Lotus War series for adults. Collectively, Amie and Jay stand 12'5" tall and live in Melbourne, Australia, with two long-suffering spouses, two rescue dogs, and a plentiful supply of caffeine. They met thanks to international taxation law, and stuck together due to a shared love of blowing things up and breaking hearts. You can learn more about Amie at amiekaufman.com or @AmieKaufman; look for Jay at jaykristoff.com or @misterkristoff.

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  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2020
    Aurora Legion Squad 312 is back in this sequel to Aurora Rising (2019), and this time they're on the run from...pretty much everyone in the galaxy. Having been framed for the massacre at the end of the first book, the remaining members of Squad 312 (of various humanoid races, led by Tyler Jones, a blond-haired, blue-eyed human) now have a bounty on their heads. Besides staying alive, the squad's main mission is keeping their stowaway, Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, safe so she can learn to harness her supernatural powers and fulfill her destiny. She may be the one person who can stop the evil race of Ra'haam from destroying the galaxy. They are aided only by a cache of objects mysteriously planted in a safe box years before they even met. Their greatest obstacle, however, is the Unbroken--a warrior faction of the Syldrathi race who threaten a galaxywide war. As with many sophomore installments, this volume is heavy on exposition and plot development but still features nonstop action, romance, and a few satisfying surprises. Darker in tone and more violent than the first, there is less of the charming humor that characterized the previous book but still lots of feels. Warning: the cliffhanger ending may prove extremely frustrating for impatient readers. As before, the cast is diverse in skin tone. A thrilling space epic that will fly off the shelves. (Science fiction. 14-18)

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  • Booklist

    May 1, 2020
    Grades 9-12 When Tyler Jones and his spaceship full of misfit cadets stumbled across the Hadfield, a long-lost colony ship, and Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, its only survivor, frozen in cryo-sleep in Aurora Rising (2019), they thought they'd solved a two-century-old puzzle and pulled a girl out of time. They didn't think they would awaken an ancient evil?one that's already cost them one member of their crew?or earn the enmity of the whole galaxy. In this sequel, they're already on the run when they stumble across a group of warrior Syldrathi that includes Kal's sister, a broody combat strategist who's not particularly happy to see him. It seems like time may be up for this squad, until the Hadfield mysteriously reappears, Auri's strange powers start to grow, and a set of coincidences puts them on a course that seems almost predetermined. Kaufman and Kristoff have settled into their characters' distinct voices, including that of the cheerful uniglass, which provides backstory and insight into the galaxy's rules. A positively explosive cliff-hanger end will have readers on the hook for book three.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kaufman and Kristoff already have one NYT best-selling series together under their belts (The Illuminae Files), and the Aurora Cycle is catnip for the sf audience. Series fans are already eager.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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