Unearthed

Unearthed

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 alie...

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Title:Unearthed
Author:Amie Kaufman
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Unearthed Reviews

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    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.

  • Kaylin

    and

    team back up for the first time since their

    Taking place on a distant planet, this story follows Jules and Mia as the navigate the ‘temples’ of an extinct alien species who

    were called the ‘Undying.’ (Basically it started out

    and somehow turned into Doctor Who.)

    The plot itself is

    These are the sort of zany, broad spectrum adventures that make me love sci-fi. And the interesting take on

    and

    team back up for the first time since their

    Taking place on a distant planet, this story follows Jules and Mia as the navigate the ‘temples’ of an extinct alien species who

    were called the ‘Undying.’ (Basically it started out

    and somehow turned into Doctor Who.)

    The plot itself is

    These are the sort of zany, broad spectrum adventures that make me love sci-fi. And the interesting take on

    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

    to include: futuristic grave robbers, ancient booby traps and alien technology.

    While fun, I think the

    This is a huge setting where earth is overpopulated and humanity was

    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

    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

    Again, their interactions were fun, but there was

    much focus on ‘wow-they’re-hot’ and ‘oh-no-should-I-trust-them’ in the

    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

    instalove-- but it happens fast and took up a large portion of the book.

    I

    love that the character’s rely on

    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.

    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!

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    . Honestly, my feelings here were basically a more extreme version of my feelings on

    earlier this year - goo

    . Honestly, my feelings here were basically a more extreme version of my feelings on

    earlier this year - good potential, entertaining story,

    Okay, first off, and my most basic solid complaint: the first person pov does

    work here. I remember thinking the same thing with An Ember in the Ashes - first person pov just does

    work when you have two characters.

    Also,

    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

    didn’t focus on this theme as much as I would’ve preferred, I appreciated that this book very much does try to question

    , and moreover, questions

    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 sense

    While I did think

    , 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

    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

    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

    and a romance that I know the target audience will appreciate,

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  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    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

    .

    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

    .

    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.

    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

    . Anyway, he's a super genius and a cute dork (also POC) and he's here to save his dad's honour or something.

    She was kickass but still with a ton of emotion and wry humour and here to save her little sister. SO NICE.

    I just wish there'd been MORE. Like less internal monologuing and description and more banter, #Please.

    I want book 2 immediately. Which won't come out until 2019 please hit me in the face.

    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.

    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,

    it was lacking for me. Apparently I have no imagination or ability to visualise so much. WELL DONE, CAIT.

    I swear they went over the SAME FACTS 50 times and just had all this

    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.

    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

    need to be convinced more to see them together.

    Maybe I just missed something huge?! But right now I'm squinting suspiciously with many questions. Because the whole point of the book was

    So either (a) I missed something, or (b) more will be revealed in the sequel.

    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

    .

    (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

    , and now Amie Kaufman has a character named "Mia" in Unearthed?? ARE THERE NO OTHER NAMES, FRENDS.)

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