Monday, September 21, 2015

Review: AURORA: EDEN by Amanda Bridgeman

Aurora: Eden (Aurora, #5)
The impending alien invasion is further explored and the role the Aurora crew have in protecting mankind is realized. 

The fifth installment in the Aurora series by Aussie science fiction author Amanda Bridgeman serves as a bridge between what has been and what is to come. 

Reaching out into the unknown depths of space further than ever before, EDEN provides more than a glimpse at the possible future of Earth as warmonger-like aliens invade the planet. With only Alphas (nee Jumbos for readers of the previous books) to fend them off; series antagonist, Sharley, and his vision of creating an army of genetically modified super soldiers isn't without merit - in fact, it's a necessity. 

EDEN, once again sees the Aurora crew grow as a tightly knit unit while also undergoing a slight change. The earlier motives of their enemy are slowly accepted and the rationale behind the drastic transformation into Alphas is embraced by most yet the darker side of this extreme form of modification is still paramount thanks to Drazen and a band of brutal warriors determined to destroy Carrie Welles and take her twins (the only true-born first gen Alphas). The yin and yang showcases the extreme spectrum of the good and bad than can be done when normal people are transformed into Alphas - it also provides a duel threat and an interesting sub plot that compliments the broader invasion story-line.

The action scenes in EDEN are the best of the series so far (and are incredibly vivid and bursting with tension). I won't delve into any detail as I don't want to spoil what happens but the later stages of EDEN are an adrenaline junkies dream. 

I once again find myself eagerly anticipating the next book as has been the case with each installment so far. Bridgeman has built an interesting universe populated by dynamic characters that look set to be turned on its head in the not too distant future. Bring on book 6! 

I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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