Though Unearthed didn’t end up being entirely my kind of book, there were aspects of it I enjoyed. It features an opposites attract romance and a treasure hunt on another planet. Would you like it? Read my review of Unearthed below.
To be published by Disney-Hyperion on January 9, 2018
Source: eARC for review
Synopsis adapted from Goodreads: 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. 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 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.
Review of Unearthed
After I finish a book, I like to go on Goodreads to compare notes with others. I wasn’t the only one who thought Unearthed felt like Raiders of the Lost Ark set in space. Unearthed is an adventure featuring a banter-y “opposites attract” romance, a temple to be plundered, traps to avoid, and competitors to thwart. As in Raiders, there’s a character who’s the child of a noted scholar. No snakes 🙂
As I read, I just kept getting that like-a-movie feel, as if I were reading a summary of a screenplay.
There was a lot of puzzle solving and some of sparks-fly-as-they-bicker dialogue, both of which I appreciated. The set-up between the two main characters — Jules is a cautious, somewhat sheltered academic, Amelia is a scrappy and street-smart — was fun, but these same character traits were emphasized a lot. Same with their character motivations. She needs to plunder the treasure for money, he’s emphatic that the temple needs to be studied. Every character needs motivation, but these characters’ dialogue and internal monologue mentioned theirs a little too often for me.
Book: These two characters are opposites. Me: Got it, thanks 🙂 Book: They have opposite personalities and want opposite things. Me: Understood! Book: They are different people who have contrasting personalities and also goals in opposition. Me: OKAY!!
I always felt like I was “watching” the book rather than immersed in it, and never quite connected with the characters as much as I wanted to. Which was a bit of a problem because these two were really the only two characters in the book. There were a couple of other vaguely described people who played peripheral roles, but Jules and Amelia in the temple decoding things and bantering and escaping danger and then thinking about their motivations and each other’s motivations was pretty much the story.
On the positive side, the writing style was lively and reading the book definitely had its fun moments. I read it in one sitting and didn’t see all the twists coming.
I’m unsure if I’ll continue in the series — this felt a like a “set-up” book and I needed a little more depth and world building to get me really hooked.
Have you read this? Are you going to?