Genre: Fiction/ YA Sci-Fi
Published: AUS 22/11/2017 by Allen&Unwin
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...
I received a finished copy of this novel from Allen&Unwin in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Unearthed is pitched as Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft and it’s absolutely spot on! I honestly loved this sci-fi adventure. Kaufman and Spooner make an excellent pair and they do sci-fi novels so well. Unearthed is hands down one of my favourite reads of 2017.
Unearthed is told from two characters POV, Mia – a scavver who stows away on a ship to the planet Gaia where she hopes to steal enough artefacts to buy her sister’s freedom. And Jules, an academic who was smuggled aboard the ship in the hopes of saving his father, by either proving his theory right or wrong.
I loved the friendship/relationship between Jules and Mia and watching it grow. The banter between the two had me smiling and laughing at multiple points throughout the novel. Like all new friendships and roughing it together on a planet/ temple that is trying to kill you along with other competing scavvers, the friendship is tested and I liked that it was justa straight forward friendship.
The romance in the novel was quite enjoyable, not overdone. At the start it felt a little hormone driven but developed into more romantic feelings.
Was the romance needed? Not necessarily. I would have been fine with it just being a really amazing friendship, but I am happy with the way it was – especially towards the end.
The plot was really easy to follow and didn’t leave me feeling like I had lost track of the end goal. I did find myself a little overloaded with information though, and had to slow down and go back and re-read a page or two to grasp what they were talking about. I had to re-read the Indiana Jones/Lara Croft inspired scenes as I kept reading it too quickly, as it was so intense I felt the need to read like that but I was just shooting myself in the foot haha.
I did find myself being able to put down the book quite easily for the first half, not that I didn’t find it interesting but it was a lot to take in and I felt my mind needed to recharge before I could get back into it. However the second half of the novel had me struggling to put it down, especially the last quarter because it was so ‘go-go-go’.
This novel provided some insane plot twists along the way. The two at the end left me absolutely SHOOK! I am sitting here writing this review looking at the final words on the final page and still in absolute shock and thinking about the fact that I have to wait for the sequel to find out what happens next – I NEED IT IN MY LIFE NOW!
I am in love with this book and the characters and I cannot wait to see what Kaufman and Spooner have in store for us in the next instalment.