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.

  • Crazy4Books

    I was beyond excited when I got a review copy of this book. I wanted to read it right away and only with major restraint was I able to wait closer to the publication date. Ive been obsessed with Scifi lately and the premise of a treasure hunting adventure on an alien planet sounded like a lot of fun. After 2 very different teenagers, a scavenger and a scholar sneak onto this dangerous alien planet they decide to team up to evade deadly treasure hunters and make it through a trapped filled maze.

    I was beyond excited when I got a review copy of this book. I wanted to read it right away and only with major restraint was I able to wait closer to the publication date. Ive been obsessed with Scifi lately and the premise of a treasure hunting adventure on an alien planet sounded like a lot of fun. After 2 very different teenagers, a scavenger and a scholar sneak onto this dangerous alien planet they decide to team up to evade deadly treasure hunters and make it through a trapped filled maze.

    Each of the two main characters, Jules and Amelia, had compelling narratives with their comedic thoughts and clever banter. I laughed so hard when Mia was thinking; "Hes cute, in a dont-kick-the-puppy way. Hell, he's cute in a come-back-to-my-place-and-meet-my-puppy way." It took me a bit longer to love Jules as much as Amelia, but I really enjoyed both their backstories and their complex relationship as they slowly learned to trust each other. Their different skills and personalities complimented each other nicely.

    The main characters were definitely the strongest part of this novel but I also liked the writing and how easy it was to get into. Being chased by mercenaries helped keep the pace going, but the puzzle solving didnt grip me as much as I would have liked. I wish we would have gotten more alien/scifi elements to make the world stand out from our own. I enjoyed the portrayal of corporate greed because its something I see happening nowadays. They're not satisfied with destroying their own planet they have to destroy everything else they find.

    I still have a lot of questions after the way things ended. I still dont know why they left those clues so Im dying to read the sequel to find out whats going on. Despite guessing some of the twists, the major plot twist at the end still took me by surprise. Im also really excited this is being made into a movie. I totally see the Lara Croft comparisons and if its anything like that movie Ill be really happy. After reading Unearthed I decided I needed more books from these authors and started the audiobook for These Broken Stars.

    *received for review consideration*

    Update: Getting an ARC of this in the mail this week. Eeeeeek so excited!!!!

    Who do I have to sell my soul to so I can get a ARC of this lol

  • may ❀

    like this was slow but really good. tbh i wasnt expecting any less from amie kaufman

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    im a simple child, amie kaufman writes a book, i read it

    with

  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    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!

  • Gemma ♕ BunksMcCoy

    I really enjoyed this book because not only is it a great sci-fi read, it is also a powerful look at the destructive nature of humanity, not only to each other but the environment around us.

    So many spoilers ahead. You've been warned.

    I gave this four stars and that's mostly because some parts were a bit slow. Like, I really liked it but I didn't love it enough to give it five stars. Even though the last quarter was AMAZING! I just felt lik

    I really enjoyed this book because not only is it a great sci-fi read, it is also a powerful look at the destructive nature of humanity, not only to each other but the environment around us.

    So many spoilers ahead. You've been warned.

    I gave this four stars and that's mostly because some parts were a bit slow. Like, I really liked it but I didn't love it enough to give it five stars. Even though the last quarter was AMAZING! I just felt like so much of the book is spent getting to and through the 'temple' but most of the truly important stuff happens in that last room and through the portal. That being said, I do feel it was necessary because it meant that we got to see some great character and relationship development and let me tell ya, our two main characters are awesome!

    Jules was my favourite by a tiny little margin. I can't help it. There's just something so loveable about him. He's hella smart, totally out of his comfort zone and doing everything he can to help his father. There's something so heroic and brave about that. Not in the “let's arm ourselves and fight barbarians” brave or “let's throw ourselves into the line of fire” brave. It's a more...everyday brave. Obviously, the danger he puts himself in isn't everyday but what I mean is it's the sort of bravery you want to feel you would possess if something happened to one of your loved ones and you needed to save them. It's the every day bravery that a parent would show if their child was in danger or the bravery shown by a friend who stands up for you regardless of the consequences. I've gone off at a tangent, haven't I! It makes sense to me. Jules is also the sort of character who recognises his faults and mistakes. He knows he's probably gone about things the wrong way but he was wary and who can blame him? He's been brought up in a house that hates scavengers for what they do. If he had trusted Mia from the get go that would have been weird. Jules just had something about him that really spoke to me. It might have been the whole scholar thing. It was nice to see a male mc being the brains and the hero at the same time. People can be both you know! Sometimes the male mc is all dashing, heroic and shit and yeah they're cunning and intelligent but give me some book smarts! Yes Jules! Loving the bookish intellect charging across the universe to go on a perilous adventure. I'm rambling. I just really, really like him.

    I also really like Mia, don't get me wrong. She was feisty, she was resourceful, she was snarky. All things I love but there was just...something, I don't even know what, that made her grate on my at the start. But like I said, the character progression was so on point and by the end I just loved her. She is doing all this to save her secret sister. She has pretty much given up any form of peaceful life, all for her. Before he sister even got caught up with her contract, she had already left school and started to scavenge to put food on the table and look after her sister. Obviously, her sister wanted to help. She didn't think about the consequences, she just did something she thought would take the pressure off of Mia. I love this bond and I totally understand it. I would do the same for my own sister in a heartbeat. I would cross galaxies if it would save her. Mia has taken on the role of protector and she saw a chance to get her sister the hell out of there and she took it. She never could have known what was really going on and what she would be dragged into. But oh my God, just think. This random meeting is going to change her life. She may have ended up on that planet under false pretences, just like Jules, but it was never intended for their paths to cross. Mia has spent most of her life with her sister as her priority. She hasn't been able to be a teenager. She thought she would spend her life working off her sisters debt and there wasn't room for anything else. Who would have thought she would find this boy on this desolate planet and they would be unstoppable?

    I love their relationship. I love how it builds, how it stumbles, how it grows into this powerful force. By the end of the book, they are so strong that they are able to convince previous enemies to stand with them, to go back for the other, to protect them. AND THE END. Ah! So, he's all ready to sacrifice himself and Mia is having none of that and YES! I love that they face it together. They both know it's probably hopeless but not one of them is going to let the other one go though it alone.

    The ending of this book is probably the cruellest cliffhanger I’ve read in years! HOW CAN YOU LEAVE IT THERE!?! I'm so angry lol! Mostly because I have some theories about the Undying and I'm about 98% sure I'm right and I was all ready to get my answers and IT FINISHED AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR ANSWERS AND I CAN'T!!!!!!!!!

    Apologies for the caps lock but FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Are you kidding me!?!?!? But...that...no! No I refuse to believe that we are left with that evil cliffhanger of an ending! I have so many theories and questions!!!! Proper RTC!

  • 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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  • may ➹ (hiatus)

    if the beginning had been even half as exciting as the ending, it would have gotten more than 3 stars

    but alas, this book put me in a slump until I finally decided to pick it up again because being 2 books behind schedule stressed me out (but... damn. that ending)

  • C.G. Drews

    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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