Unearthed is TOTALLY like Indiana Jones in space!
Which I’m really pleased about because that’s really creative and a lot of fun! OH! And you know Temple Run? That really dumb game where you can’t get more than 5 meters before being eaten by an ape or whatever? (Or maybe it’s just me who sucks at it. Surely not.) It’s also like that, but the characters of Unearthed at least stop to make delicious spicy bean snacks. Anyway.
I thought Unearthed was fun! It’s not super deep or scary, but the characters were great! My only unravelling was that my attention kept drifting while they just ran through temples and booby traps and solved dead-language puzzles. Not so much my thing so I was a smidge bored.
- I loved the “scavengers and raiders in space” vibe! It was really different for me, ergo exciting. And we also have the wonderful moment where the geeks are: “OMG AN ANCIENT AMAZING TEMPLE.” And the raiders are: “wow sorry ok but I just wrecked it.” This is so true to the heart of Indiana Jones. See something precious and archeological? Ruin it. Bless you.
- Both narrators were both super fantastic. I particularly loved Jules who is the kind of guy who wore ironed and neat clothes to explore a deadly temple. He is an extreme nerd, very smart, and also brought along a stove and spices to make tins of beans more palatable. I love him. He’s also POC, a super genius and dork, and here to save his scientist dad’s honour.
- 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 pleasing to the whole galaxy. I just wish there’d been MORE. Less internal monologuing and description and more banter!
- The ending was a WILD intergalatic roller-coaster ride. I want book 2 immediately. Which won’t come out until 2019, so please also hit me in the face.
- Basically everything about the premise and the characters was EPIC. It totally won me over so I really enjoyed just a ton of aspects! It was a bit lowkey compared to, [PAUSES TO COUGH AND HACK UP A LUNG] sci-fi like Illuminae which I more gravitate to, so this is great for younger YA as well! We gotcha guns and badies and explosions and booby traps and imminent world destruction though, so don’t think the stakes are a low.
- Awkwardly…I was a bit bored. The plot was a real VISUAL one and full of travelling (yawn) and solving puzzles (I’m confused) 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. I am shamed.
- Then all the description + internal retrospective monologues were too much. I swear they went over the SAME FACTS 50 times and just had all this telling about their thoughts, backstories, details, etc. etc. Maybe I’m just an unemotional piece of bread but I wanted banter and the plot to keep moving. Not long chunks of reflection.
- I wasn’t quite convinced 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. Jules and Amelia are awesome but they DON’T really know each other. It wasn’t all smooshy though!! Definite focus on the action instead, I just didn’t really ship it?
- I felt the ending contradicted itself but I might be missing something?!? I’m so confused though! Because I thought:
Maybe this becomes clear in the sequel or maybe I misunderstood hahaha. Please feel free to explain it to me if you know.
Unearthed was a really fun adventure, but I’m not a visual enough reader to have enjoyed it fully.
There were great action sequences and the exploring and raiders were exciting. Lots of shooting and oxygen deprivation. #Nice Definitely great for sci-fi fans and maybe local aliens to read and I definitely do want to know what’s going down in the sequel.
I probably do prefer The Starbound Trilogy by these same authors, but SO GLAD they’re writing more together!
THANK YOU TO ALLEN & UNWIN FOR THE REVIEW COPY! Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was published November 2017!
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 …