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Unearthed / Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2018.

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328 pages ; 24 cm
Scholar Jules Addison and scavenger Amelia Radcliffe join forces to unravel secrets of a long-extinct civilization, only to discover something that could spell the end of the human race
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From the New York Times best-selling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner comes a "literally breathtaking" new sci-fi series about a death-defying mission on an alien planet.

When 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...

Author Notes

Amie Kaufman graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master's degree in conflict resolution. She is a mediator and author of science fiction and fantasy for young adults. She is the co-author of the Starbound Trilogy and The Illuminae Files Trilogy. Illuminae was also the winner of the 2015 Aurealis Awards for Best Science Fiction Novel, the 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the year for older children (8 to 14 years), and the 2016 Gold Inky Award.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this fast-paced SF adventure from the coauthors of the Starbound trilogy, a scholar and a scavenger reluctantly join forces to unravel the secrets of an alien temple. For 16-year-old Mia Radcliffe, discovering the long-lost technology of an extinct race known as the Undying could allow her to free her sister from indentured servitude. Jules Addison wants to redeem the reputation of his father, who decoded the Undying's transmission and then repudiated his own work. Together, they must solve the Undying's riddles and traps, all while being pursued by a ruthless mercenary team bent on exploiting the temple's supposed riches. As Mia and Jules learn to trust-even care for-each other amid constant tension and brushes with death, they come closer to uncovering the Undying's greatest secret. Mia and Jules have chemistry and work well together, their partnership is entertaining and believable, and the villains and dangers are similarly plausible. A nerve-racking cliffhanger will leave readers eager for the second half of this planned duology. Ages 14-up. Agency: Adams Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.