Saturday, January 12, 2019

Book Shelf: Undying (Unearthed #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Trapped aboard the Undying's ancient spaceship and reeling from what they've learned there, scavenger Mia and academic Jules are plunged into a desperate race to warn their home planet of the danger humanity's greed has unleashed. From the mountains of Spain to the streets of Prague, the sequel to Unearthed is a white-knuckle ride that will send readers hurtling back to earth, and leave them breathless until the last page.

The earth's fate rests in Mia and Jules's hands in the epic conclusion to New York Times best-selling authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's tomb-raiding sci-fi duology. 

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Undying is the second novel and conclusion to the Unearthed duology by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and brings the story to earth as protagonists Mia and Jules race against time to find a way to save their planet and those they love from an alien invasion.

Amelia Raddcliffe and Jules Addison discovered a whole new world during their time on Gaia….and lots of problems. As the Undying people prepare to invade Earth, Mia and Jules desperately attempt to get planetside in an effort to raise awareness of the impending invasion. Yet their arrival in Earth does not go well, with government and IA officials refusing to believe the supposed invasion based on the word of a couple of teenagers. Soon on the run, Mia and Jules will have to do the impossible if they want to save their planet. Can they find a way to prevent the Undying from destroying all they hold dear? Or has humanity’s greed already doomed them all?

Having loved Unearthed, I was super excited to read Undying and dived straight into it as soon as I could. While I definitely enjoyed the novel, I did however feel somewhat underwhelmed by it, especially towards the end. In my mind, Kaufman and Spooner were building towards this big Undying invasion and origin revelation, but I feel like it ended up being too easy. The supposed invasion was over too quickly and the origins of this alien race and their connection to Gaia seemed almost cheesy. I don’t necessarily think I ever would have anticipated the truth, so Kaufman and Spooner get props for surprise factor, but other than that I was a tad disappointed.

I still thought Mia and Jules were fabulous characters to follow and enjoyed seeing their relationship face different trials and hurdles now that they were back on earth. They’re still partners in all aspects of the word and complement each other wonderfully. Their vulnerabilities and insecurities (especially Mia’s) were most evident in this novel and I felt that the authors did a great job taking the time to acknowledge that their time on Gaia created a strong bond quickly and swiftly whilst still showing that it had enough strength to survive once the overwhelming danger ended.

There are new personalities within Undying with Jules previously mentioned cousin Neal playing a big role in helping our heroes keep their head above water while on the run. Two Undying named Dex and Atlanta also feature throughout the story and offer a glimpse into the world of this seemingly transcended alien race. Bringing to a close this intergalactic and puzzling duology, Undying was both hit and miss for me, although there was plenty about it to enjoy.

While I don’t think I quite loved this sequel like its predecessor, I will ready anything Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner release and cannot wait to read whatever comes from them next!

Source: Sent for review by publisher (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Australian RRP: $19.99
Release Date: December 1st 2018
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Final Thoughts: Not as good as the first novel, I was a little let down by Undying, but I'll read whatever this writing duo release.

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