Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Page Count: 335
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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…
I seem to be on a science fiction streak here lately but what better way to escape reality than to head off onto an alien planet for a bit of adventure? Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a young adult science fiction fantasy that fit that mood perfectly.
In this story of course Earth is in danger as always and the search for other planets has led to Gaia after a message from an alien race was intercepted. Scientists are eager to study the race and the culture along with Gaia itself but meanwhile scavengers are out to pluck whatever they can from the planet as fast as they can.
Mia is a scavenger who uses her wits to hide from the competition and bring much needed money home to her family. Mia had arranged transport to Gaia knowing her return would be dependent on what she finds so when she crosses paths with other scavengers and Jules Addison helps her escape the two decide to team up not knowing they are on opposite sides.
Unearthed was a fast paced action adventure type of book that reminded me at times as sort of an Indiana Jones but then somewhat of the Goonies. Now, Mia and Jules are supposed to be late teens but the two felt younger to me thus the Goonies popping into my head but really that would be my only complaint with them feeling immature as the rest of the story is a rather fun read. I would warn though this has a big old cliffhanger at the end but so far the series is pretty interesting so I’ll be joining in on book two when it’s out.
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About the authors:
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times and internationally bestselling co-author of The Illuminae Files (Illuminae, Gemina) and the Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light.) Her award-winning books are published in almost 30 countries, and she is based in Melbourne, Australia, where she lives with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library. To learn about her latest releases or be notified about events and signings in your area, you can sign up for her newsletter at http://www.amiekaufman.com.
Meagan Spooner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Skylark trilogy and the Starbound trilogy.
She grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.
She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.
In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.