Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #1
Publication date: January 9, 2018
Source: Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program
Summary (via 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…
This was good, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Thanks to Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review.
It’s been a while since I read a sci-fi book, and I honestly haven’t read that many. But this one sounded great based on the summary, and people seemed to love it from early reviews, so I thought why not? It ended up being a semi-slow read for me, probably because of the content.
I loved the main characters (Amelia and Jules) for the most part. She’s kind of a snarky, no-holds-barred kind of girl, and he’s like her exact opposite…which is very much due to their different upbringings. But they ended up complimenting each other so well. However, I didn’t love the insta-like that was going on. It felt too quick at the beginning, but thankfully seemed more realistic as the book progressed. I mean, I get it. They’re risking their lives on this alien planet, and it can make reaching out to someone necessary; both to keep their sanity, and to know they’re not alone. Jules is super adorable (bonus points for being smart), so he’s going on my book boyfriend list.
For how lengthy the book is, the time-frame isn’t that long. It’s a little slow going sometimes, but some of the action is super intense. I didn’t want to put the book down at times because I needed to know what would happen next. If you love the sci-fi genre, I definitely recommend you check this book out.
The ending is a cliffhanger. If you’re super invested in the book, you’ll want to know what happens next ASAP. Goodreads says this is a duology, and book two won’t be out until 2019, so you’ll be waiting for the conclusion a while.