Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Title: Unearthed
Author: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Format: Paperback 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction

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...

This was a book that I was given walking in an exhibit hall by a friend who said that I needed to read this book. I have read works of Amie before but never have I ever read anything of Megan before. But let me say before jumping in that I was seriously getting an alien vibe from this synopsis and I am curious as to if I was the only one. 

Going on an interstellar adventure we follow both Amelia (Mia) and Jules who, for different reasons, are on the planet Gaia are about to form an alliance that although may be rocky, is one that is crucial if they have any hopes of surviving. And a planet that might seem as abandoned may not be abandoned at all. 

The story was told in multiple perspectives switching between Mia and Jules and I could feel this is where i saw a difference in writing styles. However, this did not make the story falter once. I was hooked from the beginning and as the story moved I was able to understand more and more about our two main characters and who they are and why they they got themselves landed on Gaia. 

I did love the relationship between Jules and Mia and I thought both authors did a commendable job on really fleshing out their development. By the end of the story I had strongly felt that I had known these two characters for some time and that they were not new people that I was meeting for the first time. There is a little bit of insta-love but I think this really added to their vulnerability in the story that sometimes we miss in these adventure filled stories. 

Kaufman and Spooner did a marvelous job in writing a science fiction that held my interest and sparked a curiosity for more. Especially with an ending like this one. If you have not checked out this   book, what are you waiting for? This is a book that you do not want to miss. An interstellar bestseller!

I give this book 4 souls!



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