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Unearthed by Amie Kaufman
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really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi, space

3.5 stars
I LIKE this, but I don't love it. Not the way I grew to love the Starbound Trilogy.

*warning, brief review coming*

I hate to say it, but I wanted so badly to love this. On the whole, both Jules and Mia are interesting characters and neither are lovable to begin with BUT they grow on you as well as each other. It's weird for me to read first person, wasn't their other trilogy third person? Either way, their voices were strong.

The plot is more a discover and uncover kind of plot, where two individuals band together to investigate a mystery (or in Mia's case find enough loot to take back home). In this case, it's the temple of the Undying whose message was decoded on earth years ago of an extinct race from thousands of years before. Jules happens to be the son of the scholar who had translated the Undying message, and he is a genius who followed in his father's footsteps.

This is all great and because I love Kaufman and Spooner, and their stories are always solid in emotion and decent action, however I was more confused by what Jules' educational background and speciality is. I figure he's an Undying specialist, including knowing and understanding the language and history about the discovery. However, linguistics were thrown around several times earlier in the book, and tbh, I wasn't really satisfied by the casual use. (view spoiler)

Other dissatisfactory points is that there's a lot of information being dumped at every one point, the beginning is a bit slow, and we don't learn enough about earth at all yet. I wish we knew more about the dying earth.

But overall I did really enjoy this, mostly because it's a not a difficult story to read at all. The ending (slightly predictable) makes me fascinated enough to read the sequel!
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Reading Progress

November 23, 2016 – Shelved
November 23, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
May 21, 2019 – Started Reading
May 21, 2019 –
page 180
46.88% "Few points: 1) I'm enjoying this; 2) The characters are unique and intense; and 3) I'm both happy and unhappy with the way the 'linguist' is being portrayed in Jules - I'm not sure at all what kind of linguist Jules is. (But in my defence, I may have overlooked this, but still one of my favourite portrayals of a linguist is the Arrival! That was fantastic. Jules...seems all over the place (for now).)"
May 22, 2019 – Shelved as: sci-fi
May 22, 2019 – Shelved as: space
May 22, 2019 – Finished Reading

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