Tuesday, May 22, 2018

REVIEW: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Jenny

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Title: Unearthed
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication: January 9th 2018
Cover Rating: 5/5
Reading format: Owned Hardback

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a Young Adult Science Fiction survival book about two characters, Amelia and Jules, and their story as the study and scavenge a planet called Gaia. A planet that people down on Earth hopes will hold the answer to all their problems; mainly, the fact that Earth is dying.

Amelia, AKA Mia, is a scavenger. She goes around the world to find scavenged goods to sell to buyers so that she can afford to buy her younger sisters freedom. Amelia is from a time when having more than one child is prohibited and Evie, the younger sister, was sold into a really demented form of slavery. She must work as a server until she is old enough to be a sex worker/stripper. Amelia must find a way to free her sister faster so she takes a job to go to Gaia, the planet that Earth intercepted a transmission from many years ago that was translated and was pretty much an invitation to come search their planet for treasure(it actually warned the humans away from the planet but humans are very fickle creatures and never listen).

Jules is the son of the man who translated the intercepted transmission. His father is a very influential person. Too bad he lands himself in jail by trying to tell people NOT to explore the planet because there was a second underlying message to the transmission. The message warns the humans from going to the planet and searching for technology that might save Earth. In order to prove his father right and get him out of jail, Jules goes in search of a way to get to the planet so he can study and find what his father said was there all along.

Both Amelia and Jules are on this planet for very different reasons but somehow their paths cross and the end up on this journey together. There is a lot of distrust, emotions, blood loss and hopelessness throughout their journey but both of them still persevere. Both of our main characters are very headstrong individuals that will fight for what they want. But soon, what they want turns out to be each other. And together, they are an unstoppable team. Together, they might save Earth.

I did not read the synopsis of this book before diving in. The first thing I noticed was how much this book was like a sci-fi Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones. After reading the book, I was reading through some reviews and noticed Indiana Jones was used when describing the book. This book was a really fun action/adventure story with a lot of things that needed to be solved and a lot of lives at risk. I found the story to be very engulfing and full of never-ending action. The alien race was a very interesting and complex story and the level of deception that the authors wove into this book was amazing.

In the end, I am very glad I decided to ignore the negative reviews I have seen and heard about this book. Apparently, a lot of people were disappointed in the book. Now, I have not read the authors previous works to compare this to any of them but I feel like this was a very solid book with a good story. The only iffy parts were the insta-love and that dang abrupt ending. 
Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

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