Book Review of “Aurora: Centralis”

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“Aurora: Centralis” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Amanda Bridgeman (http://amandabridgeman.com.au). Ms. Bridgeman has published four novels in her ‘Aurora’ series, this being the fourth.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are many instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future where Earth has colonies on both the Moon and Mars, as well as some space stations united nation. It is the story of the crew of the United National Forces (UNF) vessel Aurora.

The primary characters are Corporal Carrie Welles and Saul Harris, Captain of the Aurora. [Spoilers ahead for the first 3 novels] The crew of the Aurora are on Earth after rescuing Welles and other crew members from Professor Sharley. Welles and two crew mates have been transformed into Jumbos – humans transformed by a virus into super-humans. And Welles finds that she is pregnant with Jumbo twins, having been inseminated while in captivity.

Now the crew battles to preserve Welles’ choice to have the babies, as well as protecting her from Sharley and his henchmen who want to take the babies. The crew also discovers a deep secret that lies at the root of the UNFASP (Jumbo) program. Meanwhile, Harris faces secrets of his past that he had not been willing to face.

All in all this is a pretty good story. It was a little on the long side at over 13 hours, but I enjoyed it. It was a little hard to pick up the story at first since it follows three previous novels in the series, but once into it a ways that did not seem to be a problem. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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