Vertigo: Aurora Rising Book Two

Vertigo: Aurora Rising Book Two

by G. S. Jennsen

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Where do you run when there is no escape? Where do you turn when the enemy within is as dangerous as the enemy unknown?
The year is 2322 and humanity is under attack. An engineered war between rival superpowers escalates even as the shadowy Metigen armada begins attacking colonies on the frontiers of settled space.

Individuals from across the galaxy fight for their own survival and to protect those they hold dear, while a group of unlikely allies race to expose a secret cabal. As the aliens draw ever closer, leaving utter destruction and death in their wake, the strongest defenders of Earth and Seneca fall to one another in a war of lies and misdirection.

Alex Solovy and Caleb Marano stand accused of terrorism and murder. In a desperate gambit to clear their names and find a way to defeat the invaders, they breach the dimensional portal at the heart of the Metis Nebula. In a strange, mystical realm where nothing is what it seems, they will uncover secrets about humanity's past and future--and one revelation which will change everything.
When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph or fall to ruin?
AURORA RISING is an epic tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158939655
Publisher: Hypernova Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2014
Series: Amaranthe , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 15,926
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

G. S. JENNSEN lives in Colorado with her husband and two dogs. She has written thirteen novels and short story collections, all published by her imprint, Hypernova Publishing. She has become an internationally bestselling author since her first novel, Starshine, was published in March 2014. She has chosen to continue writing under an independent publishing model to ensure the integrity of her series and her ability to execute on the vision she’s had for them since their genesis.

While she has been a lawyer, a software engineer and an editor, she’s found the life of a full-time author preferable by several orders of magnitude. When she isn’t writing, she’s gaming or working out or getting lost in the Colorado mountains that loom large outside the windows in her home. Or she’s dealing with a flooded basement, or standing in a line at Walmart reading the tabloid headlines and wondering who all of those people are. Or sitting on her back porch with a glass of wine, looking up at the stars, trying to figure out what could be up there.
Twitter: @GSJennsen

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Vertigo: Aurora Rising Book Two 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. I love this series.
charlene lee More than 1 year ago
Too often, 2nd books in trilogies suffer the "sophomore syndrome" in which they are little more than plot bridges connecting the world building introduction (1st book) and the climactic conclusion (3rd book). Because of this, many authors use it as a filler tool--expanding on the world they've created, the people/cultures populating it, and providing some additional tidbits on why we should care--rather than an integral plot driving mechanism.  I was so very pleased to discover that Vertigo was not relegated to such a fate. It continues the adventure from the get go, much in the way that gives you the impression you've merely turned the page and started a new chapter than a whole other book.  Foreshadowing abounds, giving fodder to a multitude of plot permutations that effectively eliminates the use of the word 'predictable' when describing this series so far. Who knows what the final installment will bring with all the little jems Jennsen's left lying around everywhere? None of it not on purpose if I might hazard a guess... The science is heavy and can be cumbersome (only to people who hate science-heathens!), but like with Peter Hamilton's books, (which are quite similar and wouldn't be surprising if he was an inspiration) much of it can be glossed over if needed (heathen!). Real or made-up, the theories hold continuity and it's easy to assume a fair amount of research went into reporting the known or extrapolating the theoretical possibilities of physics we haven't yet discovered. I particularly revel in the Asimov-ish or for you youngins Kaku-esque ability Jennsen has to illustrate future technology that is actually relatable and useable so much so one would find it surprising if forms of it didn't become available in the near-far future.  (remember, Asimov was scifi-ing cell phones and tablets during a time when mainframes took up entire buildings and only processed a fraction of the data a mp3 player does today!)
EJFisch More than 1 year ago
Off the top of my head, I can only think of 4 or 5 franchises where sequels – second installments in particular – are actually better than their predecessors. When you’re the author of a series, you always hope that your sequel will turn out better than your first book. G.S. Jennsen has done it. While I still enjoyed Starshine immensely, I was one of “those” people who thought it started out a bit slow. It was all relevant background information that the reader needed to know in order to understand the plot and setting, but it made it a little hard for me to get sucked in at first. This was certainly not the case with Vertigo. With all of this information already set up, the story could get going right away. And that’s exactly what it did. The plot started out fast and it didn’t slow down – I was engaged the entire time. The characters felt like old friends I was getting reacquainted with, and I love that we got a chance to dig deeper into the lives of people who only played small roles in the first story. As with Starshine, the worldbuilding and descriptions of the futuristic environments were very well-done; I always felt like I was right there interacting with the characters. The plot structure is pure genius. Questions are answered and information is revealed in such a way that I was left wanting more after almost every chapter. On that note, I personally was pleased that the chapters were shorter than the ones in Starshine. It made it easier to come to stopping points, but it also made it easier to say “one……more….. chapter…..” and keep reading when I should have been doing other things ;) I’m definitely strapped in for the ride that is the Aurora Rising trilogy. These are memorable stories with memorable characters and I can’t wait for Book 3!