Series: Unearthed #1
Published by Allen & Unwin on December 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: My copy
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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 is the first in a new series from Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman, authors of the Starbound Trilogy as well as other bestsellers.
If you loved These Broken Stars, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy Unearthed. The story is told from two points of view: Amelia (or Mia), and Jules. Mia is a sixteen-year-old girl, looking for a fortune in treasure on the alien planet of Gaia to raise enough money to save her sister back on Earth. Jules is seventeen and the son of a prominent authority on the Undying – the previous inhabitants of Gaia. The Undying are now gone but their structures remain, and Jules wants to carry on his father’s mission to find out what the last broadcast of the Undying could be warning about.
Jules and Mia have a very sweet romance – in fact, the romance is a main focus of the story. It’s not explicit in any way, but if sexual tension and pining isn’t your thing, maybe this book isn’t for you. I loved it, though. They work so well together, and their snarky dialogue is hilarious.
Unearthed is an exciting temple-run adventure on an alien planet. Once Jules and Mia got into the temple, I found it very difficult to stop reading, and the stakes just keep getting higher. Not only that, but there is a gigantic reveal-cliffhanger at the end which is going to make waiting for the next book in the series very frustrating.
It won’t be released in countries outside Australia until January, but for Aussies it’s available in stores right now.