Release Date: November 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Goodreads Review: here
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…
M I N I R E V I E W
I found Unearthed difficult to read. I’m not sure why. I wonder if maybe it was simply just a mood read for me and I wasn’t in the mood for a sci-fi action book? Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy Unearthed. I found that the writing styles of Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman flawlessly flowed into one another and I truly could not distinguish between the pair. The writing was beautiful too and very easy to follow.
The thing is, though, I’m just not really a sci-fi girl. I find the world difficult to work out which is simply on me, it takes me a while to truly understand the worlds because I suck at science. That’s putting it lightly. Ever since my physics teacher failed me twice (he was a misogynistic dick who only failed me because I asked questions and would fight him when he said men were better at science than women). Anyway, that’s not here and now.
Unearthed was definitely what it was marketed as, which was Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in space. The book is fast moving and action packed basically from the beginning in a journey that makes you truly question what you would do if you were in the characters shoes. Jules and Amelia, our two main characters, are thrust into an even more intense journey than they could have ever expected. Two people who would have never had met if it wasn’t for fates intervention while they discover this new planet.
The plot was definitely what kept me reading and the ending of this book left my jaw basically hanging on the ground, I truly wasn’t expecting it and it will definitely have me picking up book two when it’s released in 2019 (so far away!!).
I did have some problems with Unearthed though and I’m always honest on my blog so I have to mention them. Despite me saying that the plot was action packed it was incredibly slow for around 50% of the book. You simply just read about activities that the main characters do and some backstory as to what the state of the earth is.
My other problem was that Jules felt like a female had written him, which she had. I kept getting stuck up on the fact that his voice was sometimes hard to distinguish from Amelia’s. I also didn’t like the fact from the moment he met Amelia he was infatuated with her. I like my romances to be a bit more slow burn than this book.
That isn’t to say I didn’t like Amelia though because I loved her. She had a great drive about her that I felt inspired by. I truly can’t wait to read more about her and see where her story takes her because her backstory has me so curious as to what will happen to her sister. I know I would do anything for my sister so it will be interesting to see where her love will take her next.
Overall, Unearthed is a fast-paced and exciting novel that unfortunately didn’t live up to the expectations I had placed on myself while reading it. It is nothing against the book, truly, it’s a simple ‘me not you’ situation. I truly would still recommend this if you’re in the mood for a sci-fi read because it will keep you invested in the story.
Happy reading everyone!
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