Onward If You Dare

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publication Date January 9, 2018
Summary from NetGalley:

UnearthedWhen 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…


ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.


This was such a fun read to start the year off with.  I loved the characters, I liked the plot and a nice twist at the end made me want the sequel now!

Jules and Amelia were well done characters.  They both have their strengths and their weaknesses which played off of each other nicely. They were also so cute together. Their romance was a bit predictable,  but still fun to watch.  It was nice to know that even when you go to another planet you could maybe find your soul mate.  These two never would have met on earth, but were obviously meant to be together.  Jules was adorable in his nerdiness.  Amelia was smart and calculating and tough as nails.  It was also nice to see them have moments of awe as they moved around this alien planet, they just didn’t take it for granted.  There are some solid secondary characters through out the book that I both liked and hated.   Some started off bad, but came through for Jules and Amelia when it was needed. 

The plot was nicely done, even though it was a bit predictable and slow at times. I liked the puzzles and traps that the Undying had set for them in the temples.  It gave it a bit of an Indian Jones feel to it.  I also liked that there was a mathematics component to understanding their language.  I had pretty much figured out what was really going on with the Undying a few pages before the characters, but there was a twist thrown in at the end that was a surprise. It will be very interesting to see where the authors take the story in the sequel.   Some nice tech was written as well, but I liked that Jules still used an old fashioned notebook and pen to keep notes in. That made it feel more realistic.  

The writing was fantastic, I really felt like I was on the planet with them, seeing what they saw and feeling it as well.  Great descriptions of the planet and the temple.  I think it would be nice to see some of the Undying’s language though. I think some of that was lost in the descriptions of what it looked like.

Overall a good solid start to a very interesting new science fiction series.   







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