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Undying (An Unearthed Novel)

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Undying (An Unearthed Novel)

- Click here to read Review #2 by Brynn Smith.

Review #1 by Emma K., Teen Board Member

UNDYING by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a wonderful sequel and final book to finish off the Unearthed series. This book picks up where the first book left off, but it isn’t too hard to understand when you start the book. There are so many twists and turns throughout the plot, and the authors really delve into the characters’ backgrounds a little bit more than the last book. This series is similar to one of Meagan Spooner’s previous books, HUNTED. Unlike HUNTED, the first few chapters of this book take place in space. Although the book is similar to a few other science fiction and space books I have read, I still think it is a very unique series.

At the start of the book, the two characters, Amelia and Jules are stuck in an alien spaceship orbiting Earth. They are forced to hide from an ancient race of alien called the Undying, who look and act like humans, which makes it hard for Amelia and Jules to remember that they are aliens that are most likely going to take over their world. They miraculously escape the spacecraft to warn Earth’s occupants of the new alien threat, but when they arrive back on their home planet, they are wanted criminals and no one believes their story of aliens taking over, especially the only people who have enough power to do anything to stop an invasion. So Amelia and Jules have to take matters into their own hands. From Spain all the way to Prague, Amelia and Jules encounter many twists and turns as they fight to keep humanity, as they know it, alive.

I believe that this book was very well written and an amazing read. I personally hate any kind of romance unless the couple is perfect for each other, and that is exactly why I love the romance element in UNDYING. There are so many twists and turns and parts where you just have to sit and think and maybe even cry(I know I did. A lot). You will never be able to put this book down because you will always want to know what comes next. I think some of the book was a little confusing and all over the place, because sometimes I had to go back and re-read the last paragraph or so, and some parts were very slow and made me want to skip a few pages, but those parts were short and few. The rest of the book was a great balance of speed.

I would personally recommend this series to people who love adventure books and are around the age of 12. The book has some levels of romance, but otherwise there isn’t much that kids shouldn’t be able to read. The story might have some confusing science words which I didn’t even understand, so maybe that could contribute to an age limit, but everyone should be able to read this book with a good understanding of the plot and storyline.


 

Review #2 by Brynn Smith

From the dynamic and talented writing duo of the Starbound trilogy comes another epic novel. Picking up almost immediately where UNEARTHED left off, scavenger Mia and intellectual Jules are struggling to survive on an Undying spaceship. As they learn more about the ancient alien race’s plans, the duo begins a dangerous journey to Earth and attempt to warn humanity of the threat coming to them. Full of new dangers, characters, stakes, and plot twists, UNDYING is not only a suspenseful sequel, but a well-crafted ending to the Unearthed duology.

UNEARTHED was unexpectedly one of my favorite reads of last year and the year long wait for the sequel only built up more and more anticipation for me. After diving int0 UNEARTHED, I can happily report it is the series finale I wanted, holding up to my anticipation. While this is the sequel to UNEARTHED, Mia and Jules are found in a very different situation from the first book. Rather than surviving on a foreign planet and decoding puzzles from ancient aliens, they return to Earth. Rather than the two of them just trying to stay alive themselves, they are now tasked with saving an entire planet. One thing done extremely well in the novel was the feeling of suspense. While I missed the puzzles and archeology from the first book, I enjoyed the heightened stakes that come with saving humanity.

As always with a novel written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, the characters and their development are a joy to read about. Returning to Mia and Jules was super enjoyable. The romantic aspect in their relationship is extremely well-written, not taking up too much attention in the plot while still being enjoyable to read. I have never wanted two characters to be together and happy more than I have wanted Mia and Jules to be! Their character development across the two books is well-crafted and makes me love the characters even more. Another good thing regarding characters was all of the new characters introduced. One in particular, Jules’ cousin Neal, was a complete scene stealer.

Overall, one theme this book carried remained extremely powerful for the whole book. As Mia and Jules attempted to warn Earth about the Undying, they faced lots of opposition and skepticism. While many youth today do not have to convince adults of an alien invasion, often youth must deal with doubt from adults. Reading Mia and Jules take the situation into their own hands and combat the doubt from adult figures was empowering. It represents the power that youth have today, whether adults believe in it or not.

I recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Amie Kaufman or Meagan Spooner’s work in the past. This is an amazing example of young adult science fiction, perfect for anyone looking to get into that genre. Overall, Kaufman and Spooner create another amazing series and I am already looking forward to their next collaboration.

 

Reviewed by Emma K., Teen Board Member and Brynn Smith on January 27, 2019

Undying (An Unearthed Novel)
by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner