Published: January 09, 2018
“When we allow ourselves to explore, we discover destinations that were never on our map.”
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.
For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.
In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…
So this book was pitched as Indiana Jones in space or something like that. And we are following two characters; the one is a scholar and the one is a scavenger. Two completely opposite person on Earth and yet they found themselves in each other’s company in space.
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner would never fail to amazed me with the intricate worlds that they created in space. I’ve read the Starbound Trilogy by these authors and I love it. And now here we are again with another take of outer space adventure. The world that they created for this book is fascinating, it makes me want to explore it as well. It makes me want to see the temples for myself. And as the main characters explore the world deeper, we also discover different things about this so called alien raced who called themselves Undying. However, the exploration gives us questions rather than answers that makes you want to continue reading this book.
Even though this is a sci-fi adventure novel, there is also a romance. And I dive in this book expecting a romance and of course we are getting that. But it is tolerable, for someone like me who does not like romance, because the relationship does not feel rushed or forced although there are cheesy lines here and there that makes me roll my eyes. But still this is the kind of romance that you would somehow vouch for.
However, my biggest issue in this book is the pacing. It is so slow. I started reading this book back in 2019 but I put it down because I can feel the slump lurking in the sideline. The plot was slow burn and it is hard to get into it. But even though the story is slow, once you get into the story it was fantastic. The plot twist and the ending blew my mind. It makes me want to pick up the sequel.
If you want a good book with a good storyline, this is the book for you. Just keep in mind that this is a slow burn book. Highly recommending this book because the story and the world building is just so good.
That’s it for this review.
Till next time!