“Unearthed” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (2018) Review

Despite higher ratings online, I struggled with Unearthed. Whether it was the repetitive narrative, tedious tasks carried out throughout the novel or my inability to connect with any of the characters, Unearthed (written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) became more of a burden to read than a joy, leaving me disappointed after I had had high expectations.

The concept of Unearthed drew me in immediately. Ancient alien technology, science fiction, tomb exploring, who wouldn’t want to explore such a world? Unfortunately, though, the potential was there but the execution was not.

Jules and Amelia are the two protagonists and voices of the novel, jumping backwards and forwards between them. Their growing relationship was very typical teenage, boy meets girl, grows into a romance even though we initially hated each other etc and I wished Jules and Amelia were older.

Despite young adult novels featuring young protagonists, it’s never necessarily feels like it. Meaning the scenarios, the characters are put in could easily be executed with a 24-year-old as opposed to a 16-year-old.

I was frustrated by Unearthed and would roll my eyes at the romance. I understood that I signed up for a young adult novel that would have a teenage romance but for the most part, the romance in the young adult books I read never usually feels teenage or immature. Although I’m sure many would argue this point. They just happen to be an age that immediately categorizes them in a section of your local bookstore or library.

The worldbuilding and concepts were interesting and complex but never rewarding. Because the narrative dragged along and was repetitive at times, it was easy to skim points to move forward. This was particularly present in the dialogue where conversations felt like variations from ones you’d already experienced in the novel.

Unearthed is one of those books you’re either going to like or dislike. Myself as an individual reader struggled to connect with both the narrative and characters but others may still enjoy it.


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An extra little note… The cover photo as created by me with the images sourced online. I don’t claim ownership of the images, I just love to edit.