Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Title: Unearthed
Author: Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #1
Publication Date: 22 November 2017

Synopsis: "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 message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

For Jules Addison, the discovery of an ancient alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Despite their opposing reasons for smuggling themselves onto the alien planet's surface, they're both desperate to uncover the riches in the Undying temples. Beset by rival scavenger gangs, Jules and Mia form a fragile alliance, but both are keeping secrets that make trust nearly impossible.

But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence is part of a grand design - one that could spell the end of the human race..."

My thoughts: This book is such a ride! Pretty much none-stop action from the start, I felt like if I put it down something bad was going to happen to the characters. It took me a little while to really get into things, but when I did I just kept reading and reading and then suddenly, out of nowhere, there was no book left! (P.s. Amie and Megan, I am eagerly awaiting that sequel, please!)

I have to say, while I love it when Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner team up to write books together, I was a teensy bit sceptical about this one. I was excited about the scifi element, but not sure about two teenagers being the ones to attempt to understand the culture and thoughts of an ancient race of aliens. I needn't have worried. What they have created here is something absolutely fun and interesting to read - gripping, with fantastic characters, and intriguing puzzles.

The setting is also extremely interesting, and it is clear that the authors have done their research here to flesh out both the world their characters are visiting, the somewhat dystopian environment they have left behind, and the character development. Jules has to be one of my favourite YA characters in a while, and he had quite a few quirks that I just adored.

I, for one, am definitely looking forward to the sequel, particularly with the ending they left things on!

[I received a review copy of this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!]

A favourite line from the book: 'Despite the guns, despite the furious shouts and threats in two different languages trailing after us as we run for it, despite the alien suns beating down on us and the thin air, I'm really not sure this guy fully gets the kind of danger we're in.'

You would like this book if: You enjoy thrilling adventures stories.... IN SPACE.

Tea to drink while reading this book: Do you have any space tea? or space cocoa? See if you can find some. and then try not to choke on it when things happen.

Rating:  8/10

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