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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES • From the internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .

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 tech whiz 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.


Young Adult
May 7
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

EsmeRoxy ,


this book was so good. i haven’t read science fiction in a while and this book reignited my love for it. the characters are *mwah* and i highly recommend this book!!!

Little Shiro ,

Shockingly, Out-Of-This-World Good!

To start off, I originally found out about this book due to an advertisement on TV Tropes. It seemed interesting, so I decided to give it a read. I can say that, in spite of some parts that initially annoyed me, I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good sci-fi book with some decent romance.

The story is about a group of young adults who are a part of a school that trains kids into soldiers for the intergalactic armed forces. However, the day before graduation, one of the students, Tyler, decides to go flying as a way to relieve his nerves. Fortunately, this midnight flight results in him saving a young woman who was floating around in space in cryostasis. The bad news is this resulted in him being late for graduation and he is now stuck with the dregs of the graduates, minus his twin sister and best friend. However, this girl he saved, Auri, is now strangely being hunted down by the government and it is up to Tyler and his crew to help keep her safe.

Now, I will freely admit, this story is quite by the numbers in many ways, with events generally happening as you would expect them to. While this may turn away some readers, I personally found myself very invested in the story and characters. At first I felt like I knew how things would go and found myself steadily more and more annoyed as it went on. But eventually, it pleasantly surprised me and, by the end, I was more annoyed at how long I would have to wait for the next book.

Now part of what makes me love the characters is the fact that we get to read from each of their perspectives, getting insights and ideas of what they’re like and how they work. Perhaps my favorite was the character of Zila, who is always very brief and to the point, with her chapters matching the way she would act. I definitely hope to know more about her in the next book.

Overall, I consider this a must-read for anyone interested in sci-fi adventures. It has good characters, is familiar, yet different, and the ever-changing perspectives help keep things fresh. Strap in and enjoy the ride.

marielavaeu ,


I read this entire book in one sitting, my boyfriend thinks I’m some form of psychopath now. Completely worth it though, this book is amazing. Action packed, a wild twisting ride from start to finish, and to top it off a bit of romance. Couldn’t ask for more!

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