Second Look: UNEARTHED by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

*Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. Expected release date: January 9, 2018.

I’m not shy about my love for Amie Kaufman’s books. The Illuminae Files series she co-wrote with Jay Kristoff is the most brilliant YA sci-fi I’ve ever read, and I also have a great fondness for These Broken Stars (which Kaufman also co-wrote with Meagan Spooner). Kaufman and Spooner are an amazing writing team and I always look forward to anything they put out there. Needless to say, I was SO EXCITED for Unearthed, and I was not disappointed.

 

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Amelia is a scavenger who tries to make some money by pillaging old technology from cities that have been destroyed by the affects of climate change on Earth. When she gets a change to go to Gaia, a semi-habitable planet outside our galaxy, to raid the planet of the Undying (an alien species who went extinct 50,000 years ago), she’s not about to pass that up.

Enter Jules, a scholar who sneaks his way to Gaia to discover and study the technology left behind by the Undying. The very same tech Amelia is looking to steal. When they meet up and find they have to rely on each other to survive the harsh environment of the planet, the uncover secrets (and plot twists) that are so shocking it’s like you were slapped right in the face.

WHAT DID I THINK? Just when I thought I couldn’t love Amie Kaufman any more than I already do, she smacks me upside my head with this one. As usual, she and Spooner knocked this one out of the park.

Julies and Amelia (called Mia, for short) are each hiding their own secretive motives for sneaking onto Gaia, which gives their characters much more depth than “a scholar” and a “scavenger” When they take their journey into the Undying’s temples, Kaufman and Spooner’s writing takes you right into the temples and ultimately across the planet right along with them. Whoever described it as “Indiana Jones in space” was spot on. It’s a non-stop adventure and survival story on a foreign planet light years from home. I can’t think of a more freaky setting for two teenagers to be stranded.

Unearthed kept me hooked right from page one. The action is intense, the intimate moments are touching, the characters are real and fleshed out, and the ending OMG THAT ENDING. I can’t wait for book 2 and the first installment hasn’t even been released yet. Another excellent first book in what I am certain will be an amazing series.

If you’re like me and are counting down to the release of Obisido, (76 days, btw) this is definitely some outstanding sci-fi that will tide you over until March 13.

OFFICIAL RATING: 9/10

 

 

 

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