Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)
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...

Unearthed (Unearthed, #1) Details

TitleUnearthed (Unearthed, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult

Unearthed (Unearthed, #1) Review

  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    I totally understand the pitch of "Indiana Jones in space", because YES. Also you know that dumb iphone game Temple Run? This is Temple Run but the occasionally stop and make delicious snacks. Anyway. Overall I thought the story was fun! It's not super deep or ever very scary, but the characters were great! I just unravelled for the sole reason that reading about people running through booby traps and sorting mathematical puzzles is...not...my thing. I was a little bored. Just a smidge.L I K E S I totally understand the pitch of "Indiana Jones in space", because YES. Also you know that dumb iphone game Temple Run? This is Temple Run but the occasionally stop and make delicious snacks. Anyway. Overall I thought the story was fun! It's not super deep or ever very scary, but the characters were great! I just unravelled for the sole reason that reading about people running through booby traps and sorting mathematical puzzles is...not...my thing. I was a little bored. Just a smidge.L I K E S:✓ I loved the whole scavengers and raiders in space vibe! It was really different, ergo exciting. And we totally have that moment where the geeks are like: "OMG AN ANCIENT AMAZING TEMPLE." And the raiders are like: "wow sorry ok but I just blew it up." This is so true to the heart of Indiana Jones. See something precious and archeological? Ruin it. Bless you.✓The characters were both super winning! I particularly loved Jules who is like the kind of guy who wore ironed and neat clothes to explore a deadly planet and temple, and is an EXTREME nerd in all things. He even brought a stove. And spices. Anyway, he's a super genius and a cute dork (also POC) and he's here to save his dad's honour or something. ✓ Amelia is also hilarious and clever. She was kickass but still with a ton of emotion and wry humour and here to save her little sister. SO NICE. ✓Their banter and dialogue were A+ the whole time. I just wish there'd been MORE. Like less internal monologuing and description and more banter, #Please.✓ The ending was WILD. I want book 2 immediately. Which won't come out until 2019 please hit me in the face.✓ So basically everything about the premise and the characters was EPIC. And totally won me over so I did really like a lot of it. I also felt it was pretty lowkey at times, which is great because it's totally suited to younger YA as well. D I S L I K E S:✗ Awkwardly...I was a bit bored. It's just the plot was a real VISUAL one and full of walking (snore) and solving puzzles (wat is going on) and battling booby traps (which seemed lowkey still) and while I could imagine this as a great movie, reading it was lacking for me. Apparently I have no imagination or ability to visualise so much. WELL DONE, CAIT.✗ And then all the description + internal retrospective monologues?! I swear they went over the SAME FACTS 50 times and just had all this telling about their thoughts and feelings the whole time. I think I am an unemotional piece of bread, but I wanted to get back to the banter.✗ I did struggle with the romance. Adrenaline-flooded-because-it's-been-3-days-and-we're-running-for-our-smol-lives style of romances are hard for me to get invested in. They don't even know each other?! However it WASN'T all smooshy fall into each other's arms by the end, so it was tolerable. I loved them individually, but will need to be convinced more to see them together.✗ OK is it just me or did the ending contradict itself. Maybe I just missed something huge?! But right now I'm squinting suspiciously with many questions. Because the whole point of the book was (view spoiler)[seeing these Undying glyphs and signs saying "GO BACK!" and "APOCALYPSE!" and "DEATH!" and yet the Undying's #1 goal was to get the humans to take their ship back to earth like a Trojan horse so they could take over?!???? What am I missing, mate. Either the humans or the aliens are particularly dumb here. (Probably the humans, tho, let's be real, I have zero hope in us.) So if the Undying WANTED their ship stolen by humans, why would they keep telling them it would mean death? (hide spoiler)] So either (a) I missed something, or (b) more will be revealed in the sequel.ALL IN ALL: this was a really fun adventure, but I'm not a visual enough reader to enjoyed it fully. My bad. There were great action sequences and the exploring and raiders were exciting. Lots of shooting and oxygen deprivation. #Nice And it still managed to feel light. Sadly, I'm just not particularly convinced.(It would make a really cool dramatised audiobook tho.)(Also is it weird that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are obviously super famous co-authors for Illuminae, but Kristoff has a character named "Mia" in Nevernight, and now Amie Kaufman has a character named "Mia" in Unearthed?? ARE THERE NO OTHER NAMES, FRENDS.)
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  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones...IN SPACE.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    It’s easy for the international alliance to say they’ll be careful on Gaia. It’s easy for them to dismiss the warnings from the Undying, the stories of their own civilization’s downfall. But the human race has been dismissing the decline of our planet and the destruction of its resources for centuries now. We’ve gotten pretty good at it. This book is entertaining and nothing more. Honestly, my feelings here were basically a more extreme version of my feelings on Warcross earlier this year - goo It’s easy for the international alliance to say they’ll be careful on Gaia. It’s easy for them to dismiss the warnings from the Undying, the stories of their own civilization’s downfall. But the human race has been dismissing the decline of our planet and the destruction of its resources for centuries now. We’ve gotten pretty good at it. This book is entertaining and nothing more. Honestly, my feelings here were basically a more extreme version of my feelings on Warcross earlier this year - good potential, entertaining story, not much more than that.Okay, first off, and my most basic solid complaint: the first person pov does not work here. I remember thinking the same thing with An Ember in the Ashes - first person pov just does not work when you have two characters. Also, that blurb is misleading. The traps and tricks in this book are not that unsolvable, and frankly, I found them only a bit interesting - it was the obvious potential of the story’s first half that kept me going, and not the actual payoff. And okay, let’s throw in our first solid compliment! While Unearthed didn’t focus on this theme as much as I would’ve preferred, I appreciated that this book very much does try to question elitism, and moreover, questions the judgement we place on others. Mia’s assumptions that Jules’ father was simply an academic who cared nothing for the people, and more importantly, Jules’ judgement about Mia’s smuggling as completely immoral and flies in the face of academia. The two lead characters here are both fairly compelling:🌺 Mia - a smuggler and a desperate soul trying to save her sister (a trope, but whatever)🍀 Jules - a clever linguist who still has common senseWhile I did think this relationship developed overly quickly, it was offset by a few dynamics that worked for me. First of all, the two lead characters here have a good dynamic for the most part. There’s a touch of good banter towards the beginning - though I would’ve preferred way more - and their relationship wasn’t so committed as to be unbelievable. And second, I liked that Jules and Mia don’t fit your typical bad-boy-good-girl YA couple dichotomies. Jules’ characterization avoids much of the toxic masculinity common in YA books - he’s probably the more emotional and less physical of the pair. And I loved that Mia, despite being a very physical person, is more STEM-oriented: Jules is more of a linguist, while Mia is a self-proclaimed math lover.Listen, guys, I’m not going to pretend this book is anything that it wasn’t. My enjoyment of this book, though substantial, was not because of some deeper message I found. But with an interesting ending and a romance that I know the target audience will appreciate, I think this will be a super succesful release.Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    This really was like Indiana Jones in space! With a bit of Doctor Who maybe? I used to say I'm reallllly not a sci-fi person, but Amie Kaufman made me second guess that with Illuminae. And here we go again. I'm actually starting to like space...The idea of the story is pretty simple when you look back on it, but there are so many twists and things to solve while reading that it feels like a huge adventure. I think the characters were what really made this story so strong for me! They both get a This really was like Indiana Jones in space! With a bit of Doctor Who maybe? I used to say I'm reallllly not a sci-fi person, but Amie Kaufman made me second guess that with Illuminae. And here we go again. I'm actually starting to like space...The idea of the story is pretty simple when you look back on it, but there are so many twists and things to solve while reading that it feels like a huge adventure. I think the characters were what really made this story so strong for me! They both get a POV, so you can really see what drives them. I loved how they were both so intelligent and well-defined. The worldbuilding of the planet they were on was amazing, too! I don't want to say much about the plot because the description kind of covers it all and anything else might spoil the whole reading process... so definitely check this out if you liked Illuminae or Starflight!Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    like this was slow but really good. tbh i wasnt expecting any less from amie kaufman~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~im a simple child, amie kaufman writes a book, i read it Buddy read with gato
  • may ➹ (hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    if the beginning had been even half as exciting as the ending, it would have gotten more than 3 starsbut alas, this book put me in a slump until I finally decided to pick it up again because being 2 books behind schedule stressed me out (but... damn. that ending)// buddy read with la belle
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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner team back up for the first time since their Starbound series. Taking place on a distant planet, this story follows Jules and Mia as the navigate the ‘temples’ of an extinct alien species who ironically were called the ‘Undying.’ (Basically it started out Indiana Jones in space and somehow turned into Doctor Who.)The plot itself is fun. These are the sort of zany, broad spectrum adventures that make me love sci-fi. And the interesting take on exploring a n 3.5 StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner team back up for the first time since their Starbound series. Taking place on a distant planet, this story follows Jules and Mia as the navigate the ‘temples’ of an extinct alien species who ironically were called the ‘Undying.’ (Basically it started out Indiana Jones in space and somehow turned into Doctor Who.)The plot itself is fun. These are the sort of zany, broad spectrum adventures that make me love sci-fi. And the interesting take on exploring a new planet with archaeology really is suppppeeeer fun. All the comparisons to Indiana Jones or Lara Croft or The Mummy (the fun one with Brendan Fraiser, not the one where Tom Cruise looks upset the whole time) are well deserved, as this exists as an exciting adventure story that happens to include: futuristic grave robbers, ancient booby traps and alien technology. While fun, I think the plot was too narrow. This is a huge setting where earth is overpopulated and humanity was dying until this new undiscovered planet. But most of our time is spent in a very, very, small space following Jules and Mia work through puzzles. While the plot gets to the big stuff eventually, I wish it’d been the primary focus. Odd enough, I also felt this story could have benefited being in graphic novel format-- as all the puzzles are so visual and we’re left soley with lengthy descriptions. Our main characters weren’t anything revolutionary-- a self proclaimed scholar and scavenger who both have trust issues, but they are solid with fun interactions. My main problem was the kinda-quick romance that distracts from the plot. Again, their interactions were fun, but there was so much focus on ‘wow-they’re-hot’ and ‘oh-no-should-I-trust-them’ in the worst places. Like you’re both on a time-crunch in a dangerous, unknown location… is now really the best time to have this conversation? Should you really make out with explosions so near? It’s not totally instalove-- but it happens fast and took up a large portion of the book. (I just wanted more interesting technology and deep ethical sci-fi stuff, because I’m a nerd.) I did love that the character’s rely on non-traditional strengths. Jules and Mia solve things using math and linguistics, instead of being the most agile or strong. I love smart characters, and this felt refreshing rather than a school lesson. Overall:This not only features an interesting world and entertaining characters, but the plot twist-and-turns quite a bit. I had my theories, but wasn’t ever certain what was about to happen. Definitely engrossing, and something I’d have flown through if life allowed. I received an ARC of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity!
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  • Gemma ♕ BunksMcCoy
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing survives for long in the desert of our disgrace.I really enjoyed this book because not only is it a great sci-fi read, it is also a powerful look at the destructive nature of humanity, not only to each other but the environment around us. So many spoilers ahead. You've been warned. I gave this four stars and that's mostly because some parts were a bit slow. Like, I really liked it but I didn't love it enough to give it five stars. Even though the last quarter was AMAZING! I just felt lik Nothing survives for long in the desert of our disgrace.I really enjoyed this book because not only is it a great sci-fi read, it is also a powerful look at the destructive nature of humanity, not only to each other but the environment around us. So many spoilers ahead. You've been warned. I gave this four stars and that's mostly because some parts were a bit slow. Like, I really liked it but I didn't love it enough to give it five stars. Even though the last quarter was AMAZING! I just felt like so much of the book is spent getting to and through the 'temple' but most of the truly important stuff happens in that last room and through the portal. That being said, I do feel it was necessary because it meant that we got to see some great character and relationship development and let me tell ya, our two main characters are awesome!Jules was my favourite by a tiny little margin. I can't help it. There's just something so loveable about him. He's hella smart, totally out of his comfort zone and doing everything he can to help his father. There's something so heroic and brave about that. Not in the “let's arm ourselves and fight barbarians” brave or “let's throw ourselves into the line of fire” brave. It's a more...everyday brave. Obviously, the danger he puts himself in isn't everyday but what I mean is it's the sort of bravery you want to feel you would possess if something happened to one of your loved ones and you needed to save them. It's the every day bravery that a parent would show if their child was in danger or the bravery shown by a friend who stands up for you regardless of the consequences. I've gone off at a tangent, haven't I! It makes sense to me. Jules is also the sort of character who recognises his faults and mistakes. He knows he's probably gone about things the wrong way but he was wary and who can blame him? He's been brought up in a house that hates scavengers for what they do. If he had trusted Mia from the get go that would have been weird. Jules just had something about him that really spoke to me. It might have been the whole scholar thing. It was nice to see a male mc being the brains and the hero at the same time. People can be both you know! Sometimes the male mc is all dashing, heroic and shit and yeah they're cunning and intelligent but give me some book smarts! Yes Jules! Loving the bookish intellect charging across the universe to go on a perilous adventure. I'm rambling. I just really, really like him. I also really like Mia, don't get me wrong. She was feisty, she was resourceful, she was snarky. All things I love but there was just...something, I don't even know what, that made her grate on my at the start. But like I said, the character progression was so on point and by the end I just loved her. She is doing all this to save her secret sister. She has pretty much given up any form of peaceful life, all for her. Before he sister even got caught up with her contract, she had already left school and started to scavenge to put food on the table and look after her sister. Obviously, her sister wanted to help. She didn't think about the consequences, she just did something she thought would take the pressure off of Mia. I love this bond and I totally understand it. I would do the same for my own sister in a heartbeat. I would cross galaxies if it would save her. Mia has taken on the role of protector and she saw a chance to get her sister the hell out of there and she took it. She never could have known what was really going on and what she would be dragged into. But oh my God, just think. This random meeting is going to change her life. She may have ended up on that planet under false pretences, just like Jules, but it was never intended for their paths to cross. Mia has spent most of her life with her sister as her priority. She hasn't been able to be a teenager. She thought she would spend her life working off her sisters debt and there wasn't room for anything else. Who would have thought she would find this boy on this desolate planet and they would be unstoppable?I love their relationship. I love how it builds, how it stumbles, how it grows into this powerful force. By the end of the book, they are so strong that they are able to convince previous enemies to stand with them, to go back for the other, to protect them. AND THE END. Ah! So, he's all ready to sacrifice himself and Mia is having none of that and YES! I love that they face it together. They both know it's probably hopeless but not one of them is going to let the other one go though it alone.The ending of this book is probably the cruellest cliffhanger I’ve read in years! HOW CAN YOU LEAVE IT THERE!?! I'm so angry lol! Mostly because I have some theories about the Undying and I'm about 98% sure I'm right and I was all ready to get my answers and IT FINISHED AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANSWERS AND I CAN'T!!!!!!!!!Apologies for the caps lock but FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!P. S. If you made it through this mess of a review I salute and thank you! Have you read Unearthed yet? If you have, drop me a comment and let me know what you thought!Loves to all. Bunks ****************Are you kidding me!?!?!? But...that...no! No I refuse to believe that we are left with that evil cliffhanger of an ending! I have so many theories and questions!!!! Proper RTC!
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  • Crazy4Books
    January 1, 1970
    I was beyond excited when I got a review copy of this book. I wanted to read it right away and only with major restraint was I able to wait closer to the publication date. Ive been obsessed with Scifi lately and the premise of a treasure hunting adventure on an alien planet sounded like a lot of fun. After 2 very different teenagers, a scavenger and a scholar sneak onto this dangerous alien planet they decide to team up to evade deadly treasure hunters and make it through a trapped filled maze. I was beyond excited when I got a review copy of this book. I wanted to read it right away and only with major restraint was I able to wait closer to the publication date. Ive been obsessed with Scifi lately and the premise of a treasure hunting adventure on an alien planet sounded like a lot of fun. After 2 very different teenagers, a scavenger and a scholar sneak onto this dangerous alien planet they decide to team up to evade deadly treasure hunters and make it through a trapped filled maze. Each of the two main characters, Jules and Amelia, had compelling narratives with their comedic thoughts and clever banter. I laughed so hard when Mia was thinking; "Hes cute, in a dont-kick-the-puppy way. Hell, he's cute in a come-back-to-my-place-and-meet-my-puppy way." It took me a bit longer to love Jules as much as Amelia, but I really enjoyed both their backstories and their complex relationship as they slowly learned to trust each other. Their different skills and personalities complimented each other nicely.The main characters were definitely the strongest part of this novel but I also liked the writing and how easy it was to get into. Being chased by mercenaries helped keep the pace going, but the puzzle solving didnt grip me as much as I would have liked. I wish we would have gotten more alien/scifi elements to make the world stand out from our own. I enjoyed the portrayal of corporate greed because its something I see happening nowadays. They're not satisfied with destroying their own planet they have to destroy everything else they find.I still have a lot of questions after the way things ended. I still dont know why they left those clues so Im dying to read the sequel to find out whats going on. Despite guessing some of the twists, the major plot twist at the end still took me by surprise. Im also really excited this is being made into a movie. I totally see the Lara Croft comparisons and if its anything like that movie Ill be really happy. After reading Unearthed I decided I needed more books from these authors and started the audiobook for These Broken Stars.*received for review consideration*Update: Getting an ARC of this in the mail this week. Eeeeeek so excited!!!!Who do I have to sell my soul to so I can get a ARC of this lol
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  • amy
    January 1, 1970
    don't worry i'm getting back to this soon it just stresses me out to have so many books on my cr shelf lmao______Indiana Jones in Space............ what a concept. i actually got an arc of this and i can't believe that i get to start 2018 with an Amie Kaufman (!!!!!) book. Thank you Netgalley my manhappy new year and all that shit, love u goodreads fam 💖
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  • Heather 'Bookables'
    January 1, 1970
    A fun scifi book!Indiana Jones in space is what I would say is the perfect way to describe this book!It didn't wow but but was enjoyable!
  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    YA Adventure Romance in alien ruins, full of scavengers, raiders, and a mystery that only really gets good at the end.Yeah? But did I have fun? Moderately so. No real complaints -- for the most part -- but I often wondered if this was really about tomb raiding or whether this was about the character dynamic of Elites versus the Downtrodden. The romance wasn't exactly bad in this regard. Some parts were quite enjoyable.The raiders bit? Well, unfortunately, the raiders of the lost ark seemed to dr YA Adventure Romance in alien ruins, full of scavengers, raiders, and a mystery that only really gets good at the end.Yeah? But did I have fun? Moderately so. No real complaints -- for the most part -- but I often wondered if this was really about tomb raiding or whether this was about the character dynamic of Elites versus the Downtrodden. The romance wasn't exactly bad in this regard. Some parts were quite enjoyable.The raiders bit? Well, unfortunately, the raiders of the lost ark seemed to drag a bit for me. The puzzles were somewhat entertaining and the survival aspects were also somewhat entertaining, but the only thing that really kept me going was the promise of the big Phi reveal.What was the warning? What is the big danger? Why SHOULDN'T they keep going?But because they're kids and all the other greedy-types want it, everyone keeps going. Progress, reversal, progress, reversal, etc, until at last we have it.Nice reveal. Not sure if it is justified by the journey, but it wasn't exactly bad. I'm just not sure it really sold me. It's probably mostly an "it's me, not you" scenario. :)
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    It took me soooooooooooooooooo long to get through this book. I was bored out of my mind the entire time. I never fully got into the story, but at some point I stopped falling asleep on myself (that's 100% legit -- the first three times I attempted to read even a few chapters, I fell asleep. Maybe I'm just overworked? I don't think that's entirely the case though). It's not a BAD book, just really boring in the first half.***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Unearthed by Amie Kaufman a It took me soooooooooooooooooo long to get through this book. I was bored out of my mind the entire time. I never fully got into the story, but at some point I stopped falling asleep on myself (that's 100% legit -- the first three times I attempted to read even a few chapters, I fell asleep. Maybe I'm just overworked? I don't think that's entirely the case though). It's not a BAD book, just really boring in the first half.***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerBook One of the Unearthed seriesPublisher: Disney-HyperionPublication Date: January 9, 2018Rating: 3 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (from Goodreads):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...What I Liked:I'm going to be completely honest - I had a really hard time reading this book. I struggled to get through it, which is something I usually don't have a problem with. It took me nearly a week to finish the book, which is seven times longer than it would usually take me to finish the book. I recognize and acknowledge how well the story was put together, but the first half of the book was extremely dull, and it almost seemed like the authors were trying to include too many mysteries and puzzles and half-truths here and there. In the end, I want to read the next book, but I won't forget how much I struggled with this first book.Jules Addison has landed on Gaia to explore an unknown temple that could contain a wealth of information that could change the future of Earth. There is technology that the Undying left behind on Gaia, and Jules is determined to find it. Mia has also just landed on Gaia, having been smuggled in, in order to find artifacts to bring back to Earth to sell. She is a scavenger in desperate need of money; he is a scholar with a thirst for knowledge. Their paths collide, and they have no choice but to work together to find a way off the planet. But the farther they go into the hidden temple, the more they learn about the Undying... there is more to the temple than advanced technology, and the discovery could change the future of Earth forever.I struggled with the first half of the book, and the second half of the book was still a bit of a struggle, but definitely more interesting. I think I really only started to try and get invested when Jules and Mia were deep in the temple, and they realized that they were not alone. From that point on, I started to at least care more. But everything before that - Jules and Mia meeting, their bargain with each other, actually finding the temple, starting to explore the temple - meh. Once Jules and Mia started to feel more pressure and danger, AND started to realize that there was more to the temple than old rocks and symbols, I started to care more.I did like the Indiana Jones feel that I got as the story went on. There were so many puzzles and traps and decoding that needed to be done, which was really cool. Jules's education and quick-working brain came in handy, as did Mia's fast instincts and math skills. They were a well-matched pair for the temple, given how complex and different each obstacle was. The Undying really made things complicated for those trying to seek out their technology.I liked Jules from the get-go, with his proper, well-mannered ways. He is very intelligent and inquisitive, and cares so much about finding the tech so he can study it. He is a scholar with a true scholar's mind, and he is a good person with little malicious intent. He has good instincts and he has a good heart. I liked his strengths - his quick mind, his cleverness, his selflessness.Mia is more savvy and sly, a scavenger out of necessity but a very skilled person to have around. She gets herself and Jules out of some sticky situations. She has murky motives at times, but she really cares about her little sister back on Earth. Everything she does is for her sister. For the most part, I liked Mia, and I understood her.Jules and Mia are a great pair together, especially in terms of how well they worked together to find a way out of the temple. They are both very smart in different ways, and they use their strengths to help each other. They didn't always have the best relationship, with the amount of lies between them at first, but they begin to trust each other after they save each other's lives several times. You can guess that there is romance in this book. It is very subtle and barely there, but Jules and Mia start to catch feelings for each other towards the end of the book, which was cute. No love triangle or anything like that, just subtle romance that takes its time to build. Which is fine!I won't say too much more in terms of the plot but I will say that the ending is not necessarily surprising, but it is very cliffhanger-y and can be seen as shocking if you weren't looking at all of the clues that the authors left. It's a good hook for setting the book up to have a sequel, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel (whenever that will be). I definitely want to know more!What I Did Not Like:The only reason why I'm not giving this book four stars is because I struggled so much with it. I tried three times to read this book, and I feel asleep or put the book aside each time. The four time (Sunday night), I told myself that I was finishing it once and for all. The first half of the book is incredibly boring. There are so many passages of info-dumping, and even with all of the info-dumping, I was often left confused about the world-building, the history, who the Undying were, if the Undying were the people that left in a ship from Earth... there are a lot of questions that I have and I think I should not have those questions because they are fundamental groundwork questions. What exactly is the Undying? How do humans on Earth know of their existence if the Undying lived a zillion years ago? What is up with the ship that disappeared from Earth without a trace? There were a lot of "historic" things that just didn't add up to me. I think the authors also tried to have to many half-truths out there, too many seeds to pick up, too many half-written histories that would be explained letter. For all the info-dumping that happened, I was still really confused. And really bored.In any case, the first half of the book did not interest me. The second half of the book was... better? But still kind of dry and stuffed with long passages of info-dumping. There was more dialogue in the second half, and more heart-twisting events, but I still didn't get invested in the story. I never felt like I truly got into the story.Would I Recommend It:I do recommend this book, despite my struggles with it. It could have just been me! (Though, based on reviews by blogger friends, I don't think this is the case.) I love YA science fiction and thought this book would have been my jam, but that wasn't necessarily the case. It was okay though! I think the story was well-written and creative. I just had a hard time getting into it.Rating:3.5 stars -> rounded down to 3 stars. I will still definitely check out the sequel, as I have certain hopes and expectations for the book. But I'm not really as enthusiastic about the series as I was before I read this book. It was a little disappointing, to have struggled so hard with a book that I'd been looking forward to reading for a year or more. But I'm hoping the next book will be better for me!
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  • K.
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warnings: violence, death, explosions, mentions of...forced prostitution? I guess that's the best way to refer to it. So here's the thing: this, other than The Upside of Unrequited, was my most anticipated book of the year from the moment that I read the first chapter in one of those chapter sampler bind ups at the start of the year. I was hooked from page 1, and I knew that I was going to love this for the following reasons:- Archaeology (my undergrad degree is in archaeology)- In space Trigger warnings: violence, death, explosions, mentions of...forced prostitution? I guess that's the best way to refer to it. So here's the thing: this, other than The Upside of Unrequited, was my most anticipated book of the year from the moment that I read the first chapter in one of those chapter sampler bind ups at the start of the year. I was hooked from page 1, and I knew that I was going to love this for the following reasons:- Archaeology (my undergrad degree is in archaeology)- In space (I am trash for archaeology AND space. Put the two together and I'm sold)- Amelia Radcliffe's name is a nod to the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters, which I LOVE. - Meagan Spooner confirmed on Twitter that I was the first person to notice this (we flailed excitedly over the Amelia Peabody series at the Melbourne launch last night)- Amelia is basically Rey from The Force Awakens but with pink and blue hair. So OBVIOUSLY I was 100% on board with this. And I couldn't wait until the launch last night to start reading it, so I bought a copy over the weekend. And believe when I say it did not disappoint. It's action packed, it's gripping, it's full of puzzles to be solved and bad guys to escape from and it's basically a shit ton of fun from start to finish. I honestly don't have a single gripe with this book (WHAT. WHO EVEN AM I??), because I was hooked from the very first page until that freaking cliffhanger ending (okay, I have a minor gripe with having to wait for book 2 to come out). So yeah. Maybe I'm wearing my rose coloured I-love-archaeology-but-I-HATE-excavations-so-I'll-just-read-books-about-archaeology-instead nostalgia glasses, but this was a blast and it's definitely among my favourite books of the year. (Also, FYI, the cake at the Melbourne launch party? Was delicious.)
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  • Alice Cai
    January 1, 1970
    1.75* dnf: 30% I also looked ahead a bit. I don't think I'm going to like it any more.(edit: lowered to 1 star horrible characters and info-dump worldbuilding)What is this shit. I don't usually listen to recs/hype for sci-fi they are always horrible. I just wanted to try something new out for once. So many details yet the world doesn't seem cool at all. Less details please with a cooler world and less annoying characters. So boring.Oh that was horrible. It's duo perspective and they just kept on 1.75* dnf: 30% I also looked ahead a bit. I don't think I'm going to like it any more.(edit: lowered to 1 star horrible characters and info-dump worldbuilding)What is this shit. I don't usually listen to recs/hype for sci-fi they are always horrible. I just wanted to try something new out for once. So many details yet the world doesn't seem cool at all. Less details please with a cooler world and less annoying characters. So boring.Oh that was horrible. It's duo perspective and they just kept on talking and talking and it was so boring. It's obvious that there's going to be a romance because there kept on being little side comments like "she's so cute" and "he's actually pretty hot" and it was so dumb. I hate romances like that. It's never convincing at all. Are they even cute as friends? NO.So I made sure to get to at least that part where they get in to the cave (or temple I'm not that sure I don't give a shit about this book) and they STILL just kept talking and talking about boring details even with the LITTLE BIT of action.I could handle reading Amelia's side. If it was just her I could probably finish this book with a 3 star or something, but Jules side was so boring. His side was just all about the backstory and stuff for this story and it was such a huge info dump.I have heard about male authors not being able to write female characters, but what about female authors not being able to write male characters. JULES DOESN'T EVEN SEEM THAT SMART. AMELIA SEEMS SMARTER THAN HIM. I think most main characters (main characters are kinda overpowered/super smart in general) are smarter than this guy. He's so lame. He's like woah I hate Amelia because she's a robber, but she's cute doe so whatevas. Oh I hate Amelia too. I just like her better. I could handle her. She's annoying too.
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  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)
    January 1, 1970
    GUYS THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD YOU ALL NEED TO DROP EVERYTHING AND GO READ IT!It's really cool. There was no way that any book could live up to the description of Indiana Jones in outer space, BUT IT DID! This book was absolutely incredible.Characters were great. Nothing atypical, but I honestly didn't care. Jules and Mia were fabulous. I really liked how they were intelligent, excelling in linguistics and maths respectively. They were not especially unique, but I loved this detail and the pair of th GUYS THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD YOU ALL NEED TO DROP EVERYTHING AND GO READ IT!It's really cool. There was no way that any book could live up to the description of Indiana Jones in outer space, BUT IT DID! This book was absolutely incredible.Characters were great. Nothing atypical, but I honestly didn't care. Jules and Mia were fabulous. I really liked how they were intelligent, excelling in linguistics and maths respectively. They were not especially unique, but I loved this detail and the pair of them nonetheless.The plot was awesome. I won't describe the events because you've either read it and already know, or haven't in which case spoilers, but it was incredible. I absolutely loved the puzzles! I wish there were pictures of them though. I wish that you as the reader got a chance to try and solve them yourself, or at least see what the undead language looked like. But overall, it was so great!What in the world was that ending though? They apologized in the acknowledgements but I do not accept. That was not okay. The book was so good that I would read the sequel anyway. But you can't just leave the book on an ending like that without giving me any more information. Not cool.But basically: I loved it, it was awesome, go read it!
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Damn this book was good. I don’t know why I put off reading it for ages
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WAS AMAZING!!Love love love Mia and Jules. She smart and sassy and he’s a British scholar and together they’re adorable. I love getting dual POV and each of them were charismatic characters who were easy to root for. Plus there’s some kissing and deliciously long glances when the other one isn’t looking. Plot wise, it’s like a scavenger hunt x a million. There’s so much on the line for Mia and Jules, that it really made for some excellent tension. The story starts off with a bang and doesn’ THIS WAS AMAZING!!Love love love Mia and Jules. She smart and sassy and he’s a British scholar and together they’re adorable. I love getting dual POV and each of them were charismatic characters who were easy to root for. Plus there’s some kissing and deliciously long glances when the other one isn’t looking. Plot wise, it’s like a scavenger hunt x a million. There’s so much on the line for Mia and Jules, that it really made for some excellent tension. The story starts off with a bang and doesn’t let go. It’s fast paced and captivating, with a few reveals and one hell of an ending. As always, Amie and Meagan have written a fabulous story. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. **Huge thanks to Disney Hyperion for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Ryan Graudin
    January 1, 1970
    THAT ENDING THOUGH.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*THIS WAS AWESOME!Kinda instalovey tho and WHAT WAS THAT CLIFFHANGER!!!!
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/01/07/...I felt I gave this one a fair shot, despite everything from end-of-year burnout to post-vacation blues seeming to conspire against me. In the end, this was simply not the engaging tomb-raiding adventure on an alien planet that I was expecting, and mostly found myself bored and unable to see why this book couldn’t be half the length with the same plot content.The story begins on Gaia, a far-flung planet discovered when a 2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/01/07/...I felt I gave this one a fair shot, despite everything from end-of-year burnout to post-vacation blues seeming to conspire against me. In the end, this was simply not the engaging tomb-raiding adventure on an alien planet that I was expecting, and mostly found myself bored and unable to see why this book couldn’t be half the length with the same plot content.The story begins on Gaia, a far-flung planet discovered when a message was intercepted from its long-extinct inhabitants, an ancient race which called itself “the Undying”. Aware that Earth is on its last legs due to overpopulation and environmental degradation, scientists saw this new world as the answer to all their prayers—finally, humanity has a possible home for the future, and the Undying’s advanced technology will also help Earth become sustainable again.As a result, people from all walks of life flocked to Gaia to see mysteries and treasures can be found among its abandoned ruins. When the book begins, readers meet Amelia “Mia” Radcliffe, an American teenager from an impoverished background who is on Gaia trying to raid its temples for valuable goods in order to buy passage back to Earth. Then there’s Jules Addison, a young English researcher whose father is a leading authority on subjects related to the Undying. Educated and well-to-do, his upbringing couldn’t be any more different from Mia’s, though he also finds himself on Gaia hoping to trying to unlock its secrets.Scavenger and scholar are soon thrust together in a tenuous alliance, despite their differing reasons for illegally traveling to Gaia. Amelia is motivated by the potential payout, though later we find that the money would be used to save her li’l sis. Still, this puts her at odds with Jules, whose intentions are mostly scientific as he seeks to further his father’s research. Nevertheless, a romance eventually develops as the two of them grow closer in their battles against hostile scavengers and dangerous booby traps.The premise sounded great, and I truly thought I had a winner right up to the moment I realized the best parts of the book were all in the beginning, e.g. the history of Earth’s gradual decline, the backstory of how hope was rekindled when an alien planet was discovered, and how the Undying could prove to be humankind’s salvation. Even the meeting between Amelia and Jules was sweet, albeit in an awkward, stumbling sort of way. The story might have continued to interest me had it followed through with more Undying and Gaia-related intrigue, but instead the authors opted to go all-out with the romance, attempting to spruce up this unimaginative love story to pretend that it is more unique than it really is.The alternating perspectives between Mia and Jules also caused a lot of repetition; almost every major event had to be covered twice, and the narrative expounded upon the characters’ emotions again and again. Like I said, this book could have been half as long, and I doubt much would have been lost. Admittedly, I listened to the audiobook of Unearthed over my winter vacation, which meant a lot of interruptions and starting-and-pausing, but even after days of this, it surprised me how little plot progression there was. The unnecessary exposition and internal dialogue also got in the way of the romantic elements, making this contrived pairing between Mia and Jules all the more uncomfortable to watch.To be fair, I am super hard sell when it comes to romance. Especially YA romance. I think the authors could have struck a better balance between the romantic elements and the rest of the story, bringing the exploratory and scientific themes to the forefront while cooling it with the hasty and almost desperate way they seemed to want Jules and Amelia to fall into each other’s arms. Sorry, I just wasn’t convinced.Overall, I see the potential here for more. However, I doubt I will stick around for the sequel, considering how even that cliffhanger at the end failed to entice me. There are better YA sci-fi adventure books out there, not to mention plenty of them probably also feature couples who have more chemistry than Amelia and Jules.Audiobook Comments: It’s possible that some of my issues with Unearthed stemmed from the fact I was listening to the audiobook, though I doubt my rating and review would have changed much even if I had read the print edition. Still, I had a few quibbles with the narration, especially with Alex McKenna’s performance as Amelia. Maybe McKenna was just having a bad day, but her voice sounded hoarse, even sick and weak when it came to certain chapters. This was distracting and made some of her words hard to understand. On the other hand, Steve West, reading Jules’ chapters, was amazing. I could listen to that guy’s accent forever.
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  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    January 1, 1970
    *3.75/5 not as good as Starbound stars* “We may be the only ones who think that braving a series of crumbling death traps is proof of good decision making.” This was so entertaining! I really enjoyed reading this book and think that everyone who liked/loved Starbound trilogy will be into this one as well. I liked both of the characters - Especially Jules. Such a sweet, sweet extremely idealistic nerd! - their banter and interactions were fun (although I'm not yet sold on the romance aspect), the *3.75/5 not as good as Starbound stars* “We may be the only ones who think that braving a series of crumbling death traps is proof of good decision making.” This was so entertaining! I really enjoyed reading this book and think that everyone who liked/loved Starbound trilogy will be into this one as well. I liked both of the characters - Especially Jules. Such a sweet, sweet extremely idealistic nerd! - their banter and interactions were fun (although I'm not yet sold on the romance aspect), the plot, while being for the most part only about Indiana Jones (or Flynn Carsen) like traps etc, still grabbed me from the start and there was even one plot twist that I did not expect at all. Also, the ending was just cruel since book two is not even out yet! Absolutely unapologetic cliffhanger!! “But their vision is locked so firmly on this one earthly goal that they forget to lift their gazes. They forget to see the stars, as humanity once did, as we all used to do when we were children. When we learned about other stories and cultures for the sake of doing so, for how those revelations changed us, what they made us. Gaia is the chance to learn on a scale we’ve never imagined before, and instead we’ve become traitors and thieves.” --------------------This book was compared to Indiana Jones in Space and.. Confession time: I never liked Indiana Jones. I preferred Flynn Carsen movies. But I really enjoyed the Starbound trilogy and this seems like a fun book to get into.
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  • Carlos
    January 1, 1970
    Wow , what a journey . I loved this book because it reminded me of Indiana Jones in space with a little bit of Doctor who thrown in . The pace is very fast and things happen very quickly, both main characters are well developed and you cannot help but root for them since the beginning of the book. Throw in a world conspiracy and some alien tech and aliens themselves and you can get a grasp of what this book is about . For anyone who loves sci-fi and is a fan of Illuminae .
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★★I've seen some marketing for this series in which it's being compared to a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. I can see very slight similarities but I assure you that going into this reading experience with these expectations will likely leave you disappointed. But if you dive into Unearthed with the expectation to enjoy a YA goal-oriented, conflict-filled, adventure/fantasy originated from the minds of a winning duo of co-writers, then ding ding ding! you'll be just fine. I read ve ★★★★½I've seen some marketing for this series in which it's being compared to a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. I can see very slight similarities but I assure you that going into this reading experience with these expectations will likely leave you disappointed. But if you dive into Unearthed with the expectation to enjoy a YA goal-oriented, conflict-filled, adventure/fantasy originated from the minds of a winning duo of co-writers, then ding ding ding! you'll be just fine. I read very little from the young-adult genre anymore but Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have never failed to capture me in their outerspace concoctions so I was all over this series starter before the marketing fail made it to my brain. Good thing for me because I ended up pretty much loving this one. In my opinion, the characters were great, the suspenseful plotline was great, the conflict was engaging and palpable, the pro-exploration theme was inspiring, and the ending held a cliffhanger I never saw coming. The writing style in Unearthed is more traditional as it differs from the epistolary style integrated in many of Kaufman and Spooner's other collaborations, and this was my only real disappointment (due to that pesky little thing called expectation). Regardless, it worked and at 4 1/2 stars, I will be watching my calendar for the next installment. If you enjoy the genres listed, check it out!My favorite quote:"Humans exceed themselves when they open their minds to discovery,” my father said, that first night. “When we immerse ourselves in the wonders of curiosity, rather than moving straight toward the goal we've chosen. Toward the goal we imagine is the most important, because it's the one we can see. When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map."
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*It was pretty good. I liked a majority of it but did have moments where my attention wondered. I love s so many of the aspects of this book, such as the archeology feel, being in space on a new planet, and those last few chapters! Oh the last few chapters are full of oh no moments, but the good oh no moments. I have seen a lot of reviews talking about the Indiana Jones like, this I cannot say because I have not seen the movies but from what I loosely know on the movie premise, I can see why 3.5*It was pretty good. I liked a majority of it but did have moments where my attention wondered. I love s so many of the aspects of this book, such as the archeology feel, being in space on a new planet, and those last few chapters! Oh the last few chapters are full of oh no moments, but the good oh no moments. I have seen a lot of reviews talking about the Indiana Jones like, this I cannot say because I have not seen the movies but from what I loosely know on the movie premise, I can see why people would say that it is an Indiana Jones in space like book. My quick and simple overall: a good read for those who like sci-fi/fantasy. I however was drawn more towards the archeology aspect of it.
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  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    January 1, 1970
    "Onward if you dare" A WHOLE UNIVERSE OF SPARKLY EXPLODING STARS!Honestly the best book I've read this year so far. I was a little hesitant to pick it up only because sci-fi novels aren't always for me, but this book... *brain explodes* Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner really outdid themselves on this well thought out, jaw-dropping, wild ride of a book. I finished it and immediately wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all again. I also read it in one sitting, and if you dont know by "Onward if you dare" A WHOLE UNIVERSE OF SPARKLY EXPLODING STARS!Honestly the best book I've read this year so far. I was a little hesitant to pick it up only because sci-fi novels aren't always for me, but this book... *brain explodes* Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner really outdid themselves on this well thought out, jaw-dropping, wild ride of a book. I finished it and immediately wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all again. I also read it in one sitting, and if you dont know by now, those one sit reads are definitely packed full of some goodies.Earth is dying, there only hope - decode a message for another planet, another species now extinct with far greater technology than those on Earth have. What they find, still confuses them. Some say the alien technology will save Earth but others aren't so sure. Jules Addison smuggles himself onto the planet Gaia trying to uncover the mystery this father uncoded, but he never thought he would encounter someone like Amelia Radcliffe, a scavenger who find loots treasure for money. With opposing reasons for why they are there, Mia and Jules quickly find themselves in some life/death situations, having to use their brains to maneuver around a boobytrapped temples, knowledge to translate maths and ancient languages, and skill to not only find the treasure they seek but to avoid other scavengers who are more than likely to kill off their competition.What will they uncover? And did this unknown species want peace, or is there something more sinister at play?“When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map.” The world building is amazing, well for me anyway. I'm not one for great detailed descriptions and really complicated worlds, which is what I tend to find in sci-fi novels, hence why I get put off a bit on picking one up, but this was perfect. It had just the right amount of description and complexity, without overloading me as a reader. Also, we are on another Planet! Gaia doesn't sound like an ideal place for an adventure, but discovering a new planet, new species, whether long gone or not, and the technology they left behind is right up my alley. Although we dont see Earth, I didn't really mind, I know what Earth is like, I mean maybe its different in this world but we are killing our planet and we know what will happen when the shit hits the fan. I also think we will be seeing Earth in the second book considering how this book ended.The writing itself was very well done, written in two perspectives, our main characters Jules and Mia. It was fast-paced, full of mystery/wonder while also being humorous and at times jaw-droppingly intense. The twists and turns along the way, holy shit... I did not see any of them coming and choked on my tea multiple times while on this adventure. The puzzles were pretty clever and well thought out, giving an extra element to this sci-fi mystery. The feelings I experienced while reading this book are as followed; Excitement, sadness, shock, awe, frustration, happiness, impatient, and so many more. It was literally a rollercoaster of emotions while hanging on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. “This isn't some after-school feel-good movie special.”The characters, well damn, I loved them all, even the 'villains' in our story. Mia would have to be my favorite- her story, her wit, her way of getting out of tight situations, her quick thinking- honestly, she is an awesome kick-ass female protagonist. And Jules is just as amazing and kickass, really its hard to pick between the two because I cannot imagine one without the other.What one lacks the others covers, and vice versa. They are both smart in different ways, their different skills help them along the way, and their lives before although in ways have impacted how they are, its alone on an alien planet these two seem to shine the brightest. Together? Power team/couple. They both have a charm about them, which you cannot help but admire, even if they don't always do what you expect or 'fuck up'. Also, the banter between these two, can at times be absolutely hilarious.“We may be the only ones who think that braving a series of crumbling death traps is proof of good decision making.” In all this is a book about survival, mystery, new worlds, new friends and the differences between us that can bring people together for a common goal. I loved the world-building, the characters, the pacing, the mystery, the suspense and the banter. Honestly, I loved it all and have no complaints! This will definitely be something I reread and adding to my ' favorites'. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner did such an amazing job on this book, that part of me hates them. Why? I DONT HAVE THE NEXT BOOK AND HAVE TO WAIT FOREVER! Seriously, that ending.. cruel! “The worthy will rise into the stars . . .” Recommended for Sci-Fi, YA.
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  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so I actually own the AU paperback, but I am too lazy to add a new edition, so there's that. I also received it one day AFTER the US release (though I've preordered it months before November), because the postal service is evil and it hates me. *sigh**The thing is, I wanted to LOVE this book, I was so excited about it, so eager to meet this set of characters and join them in their adventure.. There is a "but" coming and punching me right in the face... I think I abandoned it like 3 times in Ok, so I actually own the AU paperback, but I am too lazy to add a new edition, so there's that. I also received it one day AFTER the US release (though I've preordered it months before November), because the postal service is evil and it hates me. *sigh**The thing is, I wanted to LOVE this book, I was so excited about it, so eager to meet this set of characters and join them in their adventure.. There is a "but" coming and punching me right in the face... I think I abandoned it like 3 times in the first half. I just felt so disconnected from the storyline, like watching from the sidelines - which wouldn't be that bad, but I usually get to be one with the characters and feel their passions and their struggles, and that was not the case here. They didn't trust each other, and then they trusted each other, and then they didn't trust each other and then... you get it, I was really tired by that point. And all those mathematical puzzles were so not my thing, to be honest and they felt repetitive and not that much exciting (well, I don't like math, but I don't think that's the point here in the least). But.. the second "but" is a better one... When they reached the ship everything changed for the better (to be honest even a bit before that, when they found the mysterious messages). For some reason that picked my interest and I am happy that I was right in my assumptions (partially, maybe - I will see, but still right).And the ending saved the day for me, because now I do want to know what happens next.Overall it was a nice adventure, I just struggled with the first part and i can't give it a higher rating than this.---Before reading it:I think that my heart actually stopped for a moment when I saw the release date. 2017... That can't be right, I need to have my eyes checked and to start breathing slowly... In, out. In, out... You can do it, you can do it, you can wait this much without crying an ocean, after all it will be all worth it :D
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm ready.
  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Allen&Unwin for providing me with a full copy in exchange for an honest review.THIS MINI REVIEW AND OTHERS FEATURE ON MY BLOG, CLICK HERE TO SEE ITM I N I R E V I E WI 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 co Thank you Allen&Unwin for providing me with a full copy in exchange for an honest review.THIS MINI REVIEW AND OTHERS FEATURE ON MY BLOG, CLICK HERE TO SEE ITM I N I R E V I E WI 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.
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  • Ryan Buckby
    January 1, 1970
    The worthy will rise into the stars.. onward if you dare! I will be going more in depth in my review over on my co-blog: https://bookwanderers.blogspot.com.au/ Plot: This story centres around Jules Addison a very well known scholar and Amelia Radcliffe a Scavenger from two totally different sides of the tracks. They both smuggle themselves onto an alien planet both trying to uncover the secrets hiding in undying temples. They soon form a very fragile alliance trying to uncover the secrets of t The worthy will rise into the stars.. onward if you dare! I will be going more in depth in my review over on my co-blog: https://bookwanderers.blogspot.com.au/ Plot: This story centres around Jules Addison a very well known scholar and Amelia Radcliffe a Scavenger from two totally different sides of the tracks. They both smuggle themselves onto an alien planet both trying to uncover the secrets hiding in undying temples. They soon form a very fragile alliance trying to uncover the secrets of the planet but also hiding secrets from each other that could be more harmful for themselves and their new found partnership. I'm really starting to really enjoy sci-fi stories and this one is going straight to the top for one of my favourite sci-fi books I've read ever. I did have trouble with the plot in the beginning as it was hard to get acquainted with this new world, however as i dived more into the story it started to really blend together had i really started to get it and enjoy it. Characters: Amelia Radcliffe: Amelia is one of our two main protagonist of this story, She is the scavenger the for street smart type because she's being doing this stuff for awhile now. She originally doesn't like having to work with Jules but they soon start to form a good bond that sees them work really well together even under pressure. Amelia was a very witty and funny character but could be very vulnerable at times and it does show through the entire book. Jules Addison: Jules is the second one of our main protagonist for this story and is very different to what Amelia is like in this book. Apart from Jules being really smart he is also very funny with witty responses on hand for any moment. I really did appreciate how Jules was english and its because i don't see any aussie characters in books so characters that are british are the closest thing i will have in books that dont have a main aussie character. We may be the only ones who think that braving a series of crumbling death traps is proof of good decision making. I was honestly not expecting that ending of this book and it was a massive cliffhanger and i need book 2 in my hands right now and i now have to wait until 2019 to get my hands on it!
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