Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
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…
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As I was writing this review I actually decided to change my rating, in the beginning I gave it four stars but I have changed it to three just because I realized that there are quite a few things that I didn’t enjoy about this novel. I enjoyed this book but definitely not as much as some of the other books that I have read from these authors. The writing style is still really easy to read and flows really well which meant that I got through it pretty fast which is always a plus.
I would have liked to have more back ground about the world that this book is set in. We only get minimal information about how the world has changed and they are pretty drastic changes so I would have liked to have a bit more time dedicated to talking about how the world is now. I am hoping that w get this in the next book at the very least.
One of the aspects that I didn’t enjoy so much about this book is how they rush through the plot and never spend much time explaining a lot of what is going on. I do see how the things that happen within the book make it that way as they are most of the time on the run but I just really feel as if everything was too rushed. I also feel as if they fit a lot of plot points into this book and I could have actually had a few less and still be pretty happy with it.
The characters I feel like weren’t really delved into enough, we only get minimal amounts of background information about our main characters, just enough really to show their motivations but I never really felt any sort of affinity towards them. They did seem a little flat and only gave the minimum that was necessary to further the plot. The characters are pretty likable overall and funny but other than that I feel like they didn’t have much of a personality which could be to do with their backstories but it wasn’t really addressed.
I love Indiana Jones and other types of puzzles and I definitely did get those types of vibes as they were going through the temple but it just didn’t seem as exciting as I expected, most of the rooms they skipped over and I really wish that they would have been more intricate or at least more interesting since they were quite simple puzzles.
The relationship between Jules and Mia was a little annoying just because it kept whip-lashing back and forth between them trusting each other and then hating each other which is kind of understandable because they do hardly know each other but they also start developing a romantic relationship pretty fast as well which kind of made it worse. I felt like Jules especially acted like a spoiled child in a way when he thought that Mia was going against him when in this situation I feel like you should try and toughen yourself up a little to the things that could happen while you are illegally on a planet.
The plot was also a little lack-luster as I felt that most of the points weren’t that interesting and were glossed over for the most part. I also didn’t really like the part where Mink and Charlotte were actually the same person, it just felt a little forced to me.
The ending definitely did not go as I expected and I really don’t know how the next book is going to go, especially because we don’t know a whole lot about what
Earth is actually like now. We know a few things such as that the world is being taken over by desert and that most people are living in poverty but it doesn’t tell you a whole lot about how the governments or military’s are faring which would be an important aspect of the next book. There are a lot of questions that I am sure we all have about the undying and I am hoping that we get some back story for them, I also wouldn’t be opposed to having one of their perspectives but I doubt that would happen.
I think that this book was written well and the characters were okay but I just think that I didn’t get as much as I expected from this book especially with the really interesting premise. Overall this book was an okay read and I think that I will continue on with the series when the next book comes out but I don’t think that it will be top of my list unfortunately.
Thank you for reading!