ISBN: 9781786075338. May 7th 2019. Rock The Boat Publishing. With thanks to the publicist team at Rock The Boat for gifting me with an ARC copy.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.
I cannot stop raving about this book. It is just so good! Whether you’re new to the Kaufman/Kristoff team up or an avid fan, if you love sci-fi you’ll love this book. Amie and Jay work so well together. if you’re worried about a clear difference between who writes what and having it effect the storytelling, don’t be. This book flows seamlessly.
The plot of this book is deep, rich, and fun. It takes you on a full rollercoaster, and the stakes just get higher and higher. There’s so much we don’t know, and yet that doesn’t cause any issues, it just makes you want to read on. This space opera is everything you need to fit the Firefly spaced hole in your heart.
The characters were fully fleshed out. Each representing a stereotype or subculture, with histories and mysteries thrown in. I loved how they each complimented each other and still had their own personalities that stood out from the others. I would go on about them, but then I’d risk going into detail about what I loved and didn’t which would include spoilers, and as I’ll definitely reread this, I might do a spoiler friendly review in the future.
This book was honestly so breathtaking, I am dying to get my hands on the sequel! I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.