Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)by Published 09 Jan 2018
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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...
"Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)" Reviews
I totally understand the pitch of "Indiana Jones in space", because YES. 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 smidge.
L I K E S:
✓ I loved the whole scavengers and raiders in space vibe! 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.
✓The characters were both super winning! 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 spices. Anyway, he's a super genius and a cute dork (also POC) and he's here to save his dad's honour or something.
✓ Amelia is also hilarious and clever. She was kickass but still with a ton of emotion and wry humour and here to save her little sister. SO NICE.
✓Their banter and dialogue were A+ the whole time. I just wish there'd been MORE. Like less internal monologuing and description and more banter, #Please.
✓ The ending was WILD. I want book 2 immediately. Which won't come out until 2019 please hit me in the face.
✓ So basically everything about the premise and the characters was EPIC. 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.
D I S L I K E S:
✗ Awkwardly...I was a bit bored. 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, reading it was lacking for me. Apparently I have no imagination or ability to visualise so much. WELL DONE, CAIT.
✗ And then all the description + internal retrospective monologues?! I swear they went over the SAME FACTS 50 times and just had all this telling 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.
✗ I did struggle with the romance. 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 will need to be convinced more to see them together.
✗ OK is it just me or did the ending contradict itself. Maybe I just missed something huge?! But right now I'm squinting suspiciously with many questions. Because the whole point of the book was [spoilers removed] So either (a) I missed something, or (b) more will be revealed in the sequel.
ALL IN ALL: this was a really fun adventure, but I'm not a visual enough reader to enjoyed it fully. 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 convinced.
(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 Nevernight, and now Amie Kaufman has a character named "Mia" in Unearthed?? ARE THERE NO OTHER NAMES, FRENDS.)
Nothing survives for long in the desert of our disgrace.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you made it through this mess of a review I salute and thank you! Have you read Unearthed yet? If you have, drop me a comment and let me know what you thought!
Loves to all.
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!
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)
// buddy read with la belle
Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones...IN SPACE.
It’s easy for the international alliance to say they’ll be careful on Gaia. It’s easy for them to dismiss the warnings from the Undying, the stories of their own civilization’s downfall. But the human race has been dismissing the decline of our planet and the destruction of its resources for centuries now. We’ve gotten pretty good at it.
This book is entertaining and nothing more. Honestly, my feelings here were basically a more extreme version of my feelings on Warcross earlier this year - good potential, entertaining story, not much more than that.
Okay, first off, and my most basic solid complaint: the first person pov does not work here. I remember thinking the same thing with An Ember in the Ashes - first person pov just does not work when you have two characters.
Also, that blurb is misleading. 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 Unearthed didn’t focus on this theme as much as I would’ve preferred, I appreciated that this book very much does try to question elitism, and moreover, questions the judgement we place on others. 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 this relationship developed overly quickly, 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 way 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 loved 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 interesting ending and a romance that I know the target audience will appreciate, I think this will be a super succesful release.
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