Indiana Jones in Space! Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner [Audiobook Review]

Posted March 15, 2018 by Zeee in Reviews2 Comments

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Indiana Jones in Space! Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner [Audiobook Review]
Title: Unearthed
Written by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Read by Alex McKenna, Steve West
Series: Unearthed, #1
Published by Listening Library, Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Length: 12 hours 43 minutes
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Audible, Purchased
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When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, 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 hidden 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.

As they race to decode the ancient messages, Jules and Mia must navigate the traps and trials within the Undying temples and stay one step ahead of the scavvers on their heels. They came to Gaia certain that they had far more to fear from their fellow humans than the ancient beings whose mysteries they're trying to unravel. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design - one that could spell the end of the human race....


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My Thoughts

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I FINALLY read it! Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner was… enjoyable. Well, it didn’t blow me away as I expected it to, but it wasn’t bad. It was OKAY.

Let me explain. Unearthed had a lot of world building to establish. They needed to establish Gaia and of course the Earth during that time.

Unearthed also introduced the main players in this adventure and why they were on Gaia in the first place. Which is why there was a lot of telling and not much doing, especially with regards to the world building.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it was a tad bit boring. In fact, if I wasn’t listening to the audiobook, this would have been a DNF or at least, a book that would take me months to finish.

This book is pitched as Indian Jones in space. And I could see why because the temple scenes reminded me of Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. From the first puzzle to the second puzzle. It really felt LIKE an exact copy of the scenes. I know because I watched The Last Crusade over 100 times! And this was immediately the image that popped into my head: Harrison Ford jumping from square to square looking at his dad’s notebook. See?! And of course, the invisible bridge!

While that made me think of Indian Jones, it also made me think of the game Elder Scrolls. I guess it’s because of the puzzles?

I am glad that I stuck through until the end because –  OMG THAT TWIST IN THE END!

I am not a fan of cliffhangers and this one had A BIG ONE! However, I am pretty sure if this book didn’t have a cliffhanger, I probably wouldn’t even want to read the sequel. But now I WANT THE BOOK LIKE YESTERDAY!

I recommend listening to this book, instead. The narrators Alex McKenna & Steve West are amazing and actually made me enjoy the adventure even more.

Unearthed is also written in dual POVs and I love it! Also, please tell me that Ellie, Mia’s sister, is going to be in the second book!

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Rating Report
Plot
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Characters
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Romance
One Star
Rereadability
One StarOne Star
Cover
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Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 3.5

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Let's Discuss

Do you like books that end on a cliffhanger?

Or do you think that books should not end on a cliffhanger?

I’m actually 50/50 on this one because sometimes, I think a cliffhanger works to whet my appetite!


About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her work has been published in fifteen countries, won the Aurealis Award for Best YA Novel, been named the Huffington Post’s best YA novel of the year, shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award and is in development for TV. Her first series, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars, and her new series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, will start this October with Illuminae. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.


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2 responses to “Indiana Jones in Space! Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner [Audiobook Review]

    • It is a slow start, though. Buuuut, that twist and the cliffhanger ending sold me! I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!