Sarah's Corner -- Aurora Burning

Hello my lovely followers! Hopefully everyone is staying safe in this current pandemic. Many of you have been working, or have gone back to work, while some of us have been laid off from our jobs. I am currently in the third category as of Friday, but I am not going to let that bring me down! Just means I can read more as I try to find another opportunity! But enough about the real life, let's talk fiction!

I was ecstatic to start this one! I was glad that it gave a recap, because I could remember the main points of the story, but some stuff was still a little fuzzy. I do know that I was happy to see my pale boy! I love Finian De Kerran De Seel. He has character flaws, has a whole exosuit of sass, and I really do just fall for the ones that have it hard. .....Anywhoooo, let's get this review started!

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.

So, Sorry the ending really hit hard! I finished this at like 3 in the morning. I could not put it down, even if I was tired! As you know though, proceed at your own risk because there are spoilers involved!

This story was a rollercoaster of emotions. So many things happened and I do not even know how to explain most of them. It really is a series to read to understand everything that happens, but I will point out a few things that I want to discuss.

So, I am curious on if they had a premonition or if the General time traveled in some way. Each of the crew members had stumbled upon gifts for them, Cat did not have one-- as if they knew she would be dead. Zila got earrings, Finian a pen, Scarlett got a necklace that had a diamond and inscribed "Go with Plan B", Ty gets boots, and Kal gets a silver box. Each of these came in handy when they needed it to. Kal got saved from a shot as the box was placed there, and inside was a note Fin found that said " Tell her the truth", but crazy thing was it was in Fin's handwriting. Time travel is the only way I know how to explain this because that stuff was put in the storage for them to find 8 years ago.

What was the truth he needed to tell you may ask? Turns out he is the Starslayer's son. This was one of the moments that really kinda peeved me. It was later on in the story, more towards the end, and honestly he tried to tell Auri ( his beloved ) that he was the son of the starslayer, but she cut him off. Scarlett finds out ( and at this point Tyler is in the custody of the enemy ) and gets super pissed about it. The squad is suddenly all like, can we trust anything you say because you didn't tell us this massive secret and you caused all of these things to happen, blah blah blah. No, he really didn't lie to you. He said his father was dead and to him he really is. Even if the Starslayer is alive in reality, he is figuratively dead to Kal because the dude killed his mother and billions of other Syldrathi. Should he have told you, yes, but even if he did they would do the exact same thing they already did and that was kick him out of the ship.

Let us now talk about that ending really quick before I make a general review! HOW DARE THEY DO THIS TO US! That was such a major cliffhanger, that I must wait for the final book to come out, which who knows when that will be..... Ty finally escaped his own little hellhole, thinking him and Saedii would make it out and only finds a missile is launched and targeting him......did Saedii also get taken out? Will Ty die from this??? Kal is most likely dead, and man oh man, what a way to go. Suck it Auri.... you knew he was still devoted to you and loved you. None of that had ever been a lie and now you know it wasn't because he had been planning to kill his father for you and when he does try all it shows in his POV is that things tore ap-- (See what I mean??? ) Then you have Fin, Scarlett, and Zila in the crossfire of the crystals launch ( it's about to destroy the sun )and for the end of that it only shows Zila's POV saying that things went into darkness. WTF!

As you can tell, the wounds from that ending are still pretty fresh for me. I just want my Betraskan baby to be okay! He deserves so much more, especially in this book because even though he isn't the sociable one he tried his best. He was there trying to cheer everyone up when they were down. And now to wait for book 3.......

Overall, the book I thought was good. It had its slow moments, but it was rare. I thought some of the vocab was a little childish, especially when they already swore, so why not swear in the parts that mattered? But, I didn't pay much attention to it honestly. It was such a minimal thing that I didn't mind. I also found that the ending was a bit rushed. Like they had only been approved for a certain amount of pages and they decided , oh man, we are going to do this and this and this, all in a matter of a couple pages! Again, it wasn't a huge deal. It didn't take from the story in my opinion, so is it one I recommend? Yeah, if you are a sci-fi fan or you just like a nice group of characters -- go for it! I don't typically read space stories and this one has definitely roped me in.

"I know my friends, and they are few. But those few I have, I would die for." - Kal


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