Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff, published by Oneworld Publications, £7.49


What is the book about?

Aurora Rising is the first book of the upcoming Aurora Cycle series, a science fiction series with drama at its heart. The story switches between the perspectives of all the main characters but begins with a young and talented spaceship pilot Tyler Jones who finds himself late to the graduation of Aurora Academy after accidentally saving a girl trapped on a missing spaceship. This leads him to have the last pick of a team, and though the crew aren’t traditionally the best they form bonds with each other from their first mission that can’t be broken.

Who is it aimed at?

It's themes and content are perfect for teenagers. I would start recommending it at the age of 13.

What was your favourite part?

I loved the theme of a group of very different people coming together in a situation where their differences become assets. I first came across this the first time I watched The Breakfast Club and believe I will continue to do so, as so many of the interactions and relationships that can stem from this are some of the most heartwarming ones that I’ve read.

What was your least favourite part?

With some aspects of the plot, it felt a little like something I’d seen before.

Which character would you most like to meet?

When it comes to a book focused this heavily on the characters it can be difficult to choose, but I would say I was drawn to Aurora’s story.

Why should someone buy this book?

This first boom in the Aurora Cycle series is an intriguing and well-handled mix of drama and science fiction themes that deals with likeable characters and relationships.