A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Unearthed is a fast-moving sci-fi adventure. Its approach to science isn't rigorous. However, it raises questions about loyalty and self-sacrifice.
Loyalty to family is a powerful force. It's better to study a situation thoroughly before thoughtlessly blundering into it.
Positive Role Models
Jules and Mia are very different individuals, but their personalities complement each other. He's scholarly and deliberate; she's action-oriented and somewhat impulsive. Over the course of the book, they learn to trust and rely on each other.
Violence & Scariness
A handful of violent scenes, mostly involving guns. Good guys and villains are fatally hit, but each death is significant, rather than just the usual cannon fodder. Mia is pistol-whipped and suffers a realistic concussion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mia and Jules are strongly attracted to each other. They snuggle up to keep warm, but they don't share a passionate kiss until late in the book.
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Characters under great stress occasionally swear. "Hell," "damn," "goddamn," "s--t," and "bulls--t" used a handful of times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unearthed is a science fiction adventure novel from the writing team of Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Set on a mysterious abandoned planet, it follows teens Jules and Mia as they search for alien artifacts that might save a nearly destroyed Earth. Violent scenes are generally understated and thoughtfully presented, with real regret for the loss of life. There's occasional swearing, with a few instances of "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "s--t," and "bulls--t." Sexual content is limited to Jules and Mia snuggling up to stay warm and eventually sharing a passionate kiss.
Is It Any Good?
A race against time is a sturdy framework on which to build a thriller, and this sci-fi adventure keeps the action revved high from first page to last. Unearthed authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spoon create likable and compelling characters in Jules and Mia, giving them plenty of sharp dialogue and insightful development. If some of the puzzle-solving seems a little too abstract, there's never much time before the next deadly threat or unsuspected plot twist. The book ends in a pulse-pounding cliffhanger that upends everything that came before. Fans of sci-fi with a hint of romance will be primed for the second installment.
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