Review: Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Posted August 1, 2019 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerUndying by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2019-01-22
Length: 308 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from Library
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Reading Challenges: 2019 Finishing the Series Challenge, 2019 New Release Challenge

Trapped aboard the Undying's ancient spaceship and reeling from what they've learned there, scavenger Mia and academic Jules are plunged into a desperate race to warn their home planet of the danger humanity's greed has unleashed. From the mountains of Spain to the streets of Prague, the sequel to Unearthed is a white-knuckle ride that will send readers hurtling back to earth, and leave them breathless until the last page.

The earth's fate rests in Mia and Jules's hands in the epic conclusion to New York Times best-selling authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's tomb-raiding sci-fi duology.

Oh wow! Wow, wow, WOW!!! Undying by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner is the sequel and conclusion to Unearthed. It is not at all what I was expecting, but exactly what I didn’t know I needed. I was really torn on how I felt about Unearthed when I finished it last year and didn’t know if I wanted to finish it, but when I came across a copy at the library, I couldn’t pass it up. I’m SO glad I grabbed it to read. Please note that if you haven’t read the first book of this series, there are spoilers to that book ahead. Read at your own risk. A little recap: View Spoiler » Okay now you’re all caught up. 

The scholar (Jules) and the scavenger (Mia) are in over their heads. On a ship orbiting Earth that is full of the Undying, neither of them knows how to accomplish what needs to be done. Add in the terror they feel at realizing the Undying somehow look human and you’ve got a high-suspense read. Jules is a little more sure of himself in this book than Mia is. Mia took the lead on Gaia. She knows how to scavenge and lie her way out of anything. Jules is the scholar, who can analyze and deduce what needs to be done. This book focuses more on his abilities than hers. They know they need to get warn Earth about what is on the ship. The question is how. 

I like Jules and Mia together. I wasn’t really sold on their romance in the first book. It felt forced. However here it doesn’t. They rely on each other and trust the other with their life. It’s sweet and heartbreaking at the same time that these teens have been forced to become adult too soon. However they handle that stress well. 

When they do get to Earth (with two aliens in tow), no one believes them and it is up to them to save the world. They begin a trek across Europe to Prague in search of Jules’s father who is perhaps the only person that will believe them. I liked the change of scenery, however I did miss Gaia. Having aliens on Earth though made up for it 😉 The plot moves like lightning, leaving me breathless at times and unable to read fast enough. I loved the mystery surrounding the Undying and the slow unraveling of the mystery. 

Overall I really enjoyed Undying. It lived up to my expectations and exceeded them. I love the new characters that are introduced, like Dex and Atlanta. If you enjoyed Unearthed, I highly recommend this one. 

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times and internationally bestselling co-author of The Illuminae Files (Illuminae, Gemina) and the Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light.) Her award-winning books are published in almost 30 countries, and she is based in Melbourne, Australia, where she lives with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library. To learn about her latest releases or be notified about events and signings in your area, you can sign up for her newsletter at www.amiekaufman.com.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Skylark trilogy and the Starbound trilogy.

She grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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