Futuristic and optimistically prospective, the novel UnEarthed by Australian author Rebecca Bloomer shows the author's adventurous spirit and interest in many things.
Set in the future, the novel follows Jodi Scarfield, a technogeek teenager who has travelled many months with her mother to join her father David in the new colony Anphobos, located on planet Mars.
Anphobos is portrayed as a pristine, technologically advanced utopia, but lying beneath the shiny surface are many of the colony's members known as Freedom Fighters, who want Anphobos to gain independence from Earth and aren’t afraid to fight for it.
In her quest to fit in to her new home and planet, Jodi alters their technology using her hacking skills and innocently becomes friends with a crazy and eccentric girl named Astrid and a charming bad boy called Jules.
The second half of the novel revolves around Jodi becoming involved with the Freedom Fighters. After watching a demonstration of the fighters, Jodi goes on the run with Jules after policebot robots take her picture and she is accused of causing major damage that is the work of an unknown Freedom Fighter and which threatens the lives of many people in Anphobos. The situation is eventually sorted out, but not before her life comes under threat.
Although I personally found it difficult to get interested in it, once I did get into the novel, I wasn't able to put the book down.UnEarthed has many unpredictable twists and turns, which kept me wanting more.
Filled with many different themes such as romance, science, technology, and mythology, this novel is one that should please many different types of readers.
4 out of 5.
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