Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerUnearthed (Unearthed, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #1
on January 9th 2018
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Edelweiss
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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...


Another sci-fi series by the awesome duo of Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, who can resist right?! Especially since it has a bit of that Indiana Jones vibe to it, too! Unearthed is the start of a unlikely friendship and adventure between Amelia, a tomb raider/scavenger and Jules, an archaeologist/scholar as they make their way through the Undying Temples on Gaia, an alien planet with many secrets to be discovered.

I enjoyed the adventure for the most part. It really did remind me of a mix of Indiana Jones meets (those kids game shows) Legends of the Hidden Temple/Jungle Run meets a room escape. I also totally loved the setting with it’s Firefly/space and ancient civilization feel. I did however find parts of the story a bit slow and draggy which was a big reason why I didn’t love this book.

“We may be the only ones who think that braving a series of crumbling death traps is proof of good decision making.”

Amelia and Jules were both pretty enjoyable characters. They had kind of opposite personalities that helped balanced each other out. I liked their dynamic and banter. And though I wasn’t super feeling the romance part, they were still pretty adorable, so there’s that.

“You love climbing.”

“You hate it,” she murmurs.

“I do,” I agree. “Here lies Jules Addison. He died in the name of archaeology, when he tried to climb an ice cliff and landed on his head.”

“I’ll make sure that’s what the plaque says,” she replies[…]

Overall, a fun space adventure with some adrenaline rushes and some slow moments. There were twist and turns to keep everything from become too formulaic. And it was a bit of a cliffhanger ending, I’m looking forward to see how the adventure plays out in book 2!

Random quote!

“The reason I’ve lived so long is that I avoid people like that. I thought they were going to to hit us.”

“I’m glad we stole that guy’s trousers this morning.” I say. “I’m pretty sure I need a new pair.”

{* Thanks to Disney Hyperion and Edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

About Meagan Spooner

New York Times bestselling author 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. She's the author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as the upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling Hunted.

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


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

One Reply to “Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner”

  1. I’ve been pretty curious about this one! I do like the sound of the ancient civilizations/ temple exploration thing, so even though it’s a little draggy I might still try this one.

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