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
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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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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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!