Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Pub. Date: January 9, 2018
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.
For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.
In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race.
Since this is a newer book, only having just been released, this first part of this review will be spoiler free, and will just be my reaction to the novel.
Where do I even begin with this book? IT WAS SO GOOD!
I was – still am – such a huge fan of Amie and Meagan’s Starbound Trilogy, so when I heard that they were writing a new sci-fi book I was estatic. Unearthed did not disappoint.
This book had everything, action, adventure, romance and intrigue. I loved the characters and the locations and just the overall feel of the book. They didn’t lie when they said that Unearthed would be a cross between Lara Croft and Indian Jones. Once I got into the novel, I couldn’t put it down!
Definitely check it out! You don’t want to miss out on Jules and Mia’s adventure!
Now onto the more spoiler-y part of the review – Look away now!
I felt it was a little slow just in the beginning, but it picked right up and I was hooked! Once the story started rolling, I legitimately could not put it down.
I loved the fact that Jules and Mia didn’t get along right at the start, that there was this unease between them, but also the recognition that they needed each other’s help. It isn’t until a little later in the story where they start feeling comfortable around each other. I thought that they complimented each other very well.
I also like how they judged each other, as we all do (not on purpose), before they even knew each other, because it gave us the chance to see their perceptions change, grow and evolve. I got to see them grow as characters even though it was in such a short time span. They went from using each other to reach their end goals, to actually looking out for one another, and fearing for the other’s safety. I loved it when Jules became impressed by Mia’s skills and abilities, and I loved when Mia took their safety and survival into her own hands, wanting to protect both of them. Do I wish she had had the chance to explain it all to Jules – oh my god yes – because seeing him all hurt and betrayed hurt my heart.
I thought the puzzles that they had to solve where so interesting and intricate, and when they all led to the end of the novel, I was basically screaming. THAT ENDING THOUGH.
To be honest, I had no idea going into this novel that the story was going to span more than one book. So when I got to the end I was flailing, and in desperate need for the second book, because oh my god the ending left me so excited and confused and bewildered and thrilled, and just thinking about it makes me want to scream, because THAT ENDING. I cannot wait to see where this story goes next, and how the ship is going to play into everything, same with the spiral, and have I mentioned that I cannot wait for book 2!
Overall, I loved this book. I loved everything about this book. I loved Jules and Mia and the world that Amie and Meagan created. I am so excited to see where they take us next on Jules and Mia’s journey, and I can only assume that it’s going to be just as crazy and as good as Unearthed is!
This book should definitely be on your lists of books to read if it isn’t already!