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Earth Girl quotes Earth Girl, litcharts Earth Girl, symbolism Earth Girl, summary shmoop Earth Girl, Earth Girl 72dc7925 Jarra Is Stuck On Earth While The Rest Of Humanity Portals Around The Universe But Can She Prove To The Norms That She S Than Just An Earth Girl Only The Handicapped Live On Earth While Everyone Else Portals Between Worlds, Year Old Jarra Is Among The One In A Thousand People Born With An Immune System That Cannot Survive On Other Planets Sent To Earth At Birth To Save Her Life, She Has Been Abandoned By Her Parents She Can T Travel To Other Worlds, But She Can Watch Their Vids, And She Knows All The Jokes They Make She S An Ape , A Throwback , But This Is One Ape Girl Who Won T Give InJarra Invents A Fake Background For Herself As A Normal Child Of Military Parents And Joins A Class Of Norms That Is On Earth To Excavate The Ruins Of The Old Cities When An Ancient Skyscraper Collapses, Burying Another Research Team, Jarra S Role In Their Rescue Puts Her In The Spotlight No Hiding At Back Of Class Now To Make Life Complicated, She Finds Herself Falling In Love With One Of Her Classmates A Norm From Another Planet Somehow, She Has To Keep The Deception GoingA Freak Solar Storm Strikes The Atmosphere, And The Class Is Ordered To Portal Off World For Safety No Problem For A Real Child Of Military Parents, But Fatal For Jarra The Storm Is So Bad That The Crews Of The Orbiting Solar Arrays Have To Escape To Planet Below The First Landing From Space In Years And One Is On Collision Course With Their Shelter


10 thoughts on “Earth Girl

  1. says:

    Actual rating 4.5I started reading this book with less than stellar I am completely incapable of writing a review without at least one bad pun expectations.Really I mean Earth Girl as a title I know, prejudice against the titleKhanh, you stupid, immature little girl I have my reasons, though There have been few pieces of YA sci fi fiction based on interplanetary plots that have been worth the time they took to read The other reason was because the title brought to mind the kitschy movie Earth Girls are Easy, and so I just wanted to laugh at the title of this book.Despite my reservations, this book is so, so much better than I expected I came in with a lot of terrible expectations about this book, I started reading Earth Girl just hoping for a good laugh at best, and truly expecting the worst I told myself, hey, at least if the book turned out really badly, I could use that as an excuse to get a drink as I continued on Or 5 There s a silver lining behind every cloud that comes from the foil wrapped seal of my preferred brand of liquor I do kid, I m not an alcoholic despite my multiple references to drinking, I swear Really Initially, it was a little jarring, as future slang and terminology and the history of the Earth and the colonies are thrown at us Don t let the first few pages of the book turn you off, as it did for me Our main character, Jarra, uses a lot of slang, a lot of her world s terminology, and it really can throw you off Teenagers everywhere always have their own little popular vocabulary, and Jarra is no different, Zan Amaz Nardle etc, are thrown at us, and I admit to rolling my eyes so far back into my forehead after reading those phrases that I might have appeared possessed by an evil spirit to an unsuspecting bystander The names also took quite a lot of getting used to, since they are not common names typically used today at all, but they are not vanity Mary Sue Gary Stu names either There is no Pagan, no Xander, no Destiny, no Nevaeh, none of that stupid shit here My immune system can t survive anywhere other than Earth I m in prison, and it s a life sentence Jarra was a wonderful character She s so full of self righteous anger, and who can blame her, really She s an ape, a slang for those who are unable to survive outside of the immediate environment of Earth, and thus like others of her kind, considered disabled People with this condition are highly looked down upon, they re viewed as mentally incapable, weak, with poor mental capacity.To be crude, having a nean or an ape child in the future is like having a disabled child in the past, when we were so much less accepting of anything or anyone who is different For the parents, it brings up all sorts of issues, there s blaming Whose fault is it that their child is born an ape Is it the mother s gene pool The father s gene pool Is it something that the mother does wrong during pregnancy Did she travel somewhere and contract something Did she eat a certain food Karanth jelly There is blaming all around, and the result is not good The majority of parents who end up having a child with this disorder end up divorced, and most choose to give up the child, who is then brought down to Earth, assigned a ProMum and ProDad for parenting duties a few hours every week, and generally forgotten.Jarra grows up in this environment and equipped with this knowledge She is inferior People don t say it to their face, but it is implied that she is weak, that she is stupid, that she is not worthy She knows that her kind are called names, nean and ape being highly reprehensible slang for those with the disorder, akin to calling someone a r t rd or a f g Jarra is angry She knows she is better than that She herself is prejudiced against those who are normal As she reaches college age, Jarra sets out to prove them wrong She applies to study in a college course on earth with other humans, normal ones, from other planets.Her plan is a pretty immature one, but not uncommon and not out of character, considering the prejudice she has faced She plans to infiltrate the group of foreign students, pose as one of them, albeit a Military kid, and at the end, after she has dazzled and fooled everyone with her disguise, Jarra pretty much plans to reveal the truth, point her finger at them and laugh Haw haw Nelson Muntz style Ok, that last bit was my own addition, but you get the drift.Well, things don t exactly work out as planned Jarra joins the course, her instructor is not allowed to tell anyone of her disabled status, but he is clearly prejudiced against her for it and goes out of his way to pick on her The other characters from other sectors threw Jarra for a loop They are not the people she set out to hate They are normal They are no different than her, with weaknesses, strengths, sensitivities, hurts, and Jarra begins to realize that she is wrong As much as Jarra experiences discrimination, she realizes that she has been discriminatory too, that normal people are in fact, no better than worse than anyone else she has ever known.Her other classmates are lovely Initially you can see Jarra start classifying them and stereoptying them into tropes The sexually promiscuous cousins from Beta sector The jerkwad The likeable boy next door Dalmora, the popular perfect queen bee who we set out to hate I really and truly hate to admit I m wrong, but sometimes I have to Dalmora Rostha, the gifted daughter of Ventrak Rostha, born to be an adored Alphan vid personality of the future, and a living embodiment of everything I envied, was nice I d fought the idea for as long as I could, but she really was It was truly sickening that someone so perfect should actually be nice as well Wrong, wrong, wrong Take your high school tropes, toss them out the window These people are not who they initially seem That is the beauty of this book Everything turns out to be so much wonderfully complex than at first glimpse.I really loved the world building in this one The history of Earth and how it came to be abandoned was well done The history of the other planets, the Sectors, were well developed and well described The first person narrative is not annoying at all, and I loved the insight into Jarra s thoughts as she gradually comes to term with her own prejudice and her preconceptions I love her self flagellation and grudging acceptance of her classmates, as well as her acknowledgement that she herself is imperfect, and her descent from hubris is a joy to read The class might be exos, but they weren t a bad bunch I d taken an instant dislike to the Betans, but now they d turned out to be being pretty noble in their way.I d come to terms with the rest of the class being exos The question was, could they come to terms with me being Handicapped I do have one problem with this book that made it slow reading for me past the 50% mark Jarra is TOO perfect, at times I m not talking about her personality, I am talking about her skills She is smart, undoubtedly, but she is ultimately TOO COMPETENT in everything she does She knows the history of the world and the sectors inside and out, she can operate complicated machinery, use rarified equipment, there is nothing she can t do it, seems Ultimately, it bothered me, but did not majorly hurt my enjoyment of the book I also love the relationship she develops with Fian He is such a strong, loyal character, and I appreciate the fact that they didn t fall into insta love Jarra ain t got no time for that, y all She s a girl on a mission.Highly recommended, and I greatly anticipate the next book in this series.Thanks to my girl Faye for her beautifully persuasive review that finally convinced me to read this book


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    This dystopian novel grazzed as in surprised me the language is very amusing in terms of its totally awesome world building and completely impressive premise Imagine Earth being the last planet a person would want to inhabit after the Exodus during which Earthlings hastily portalled all the way to all these civilized other planets leaving on Earth the Handicapped aka the apes rolls eyes or those immune system is not pliable because of their throwback genes , LMAO for the living conditions of said other awesome planets Jarra is one of the so called Handicapped, an Earth Girl who wants to prove herself to be just as or even capable as the non Earth people by enrolling at a non Earth university and pretending to be non Earth Girl Read how she proves herself extremely and impossibly well wink, wink The first half of the story was totally zan How the author was able to concoct a solid history of their world out of pure imagination was amaz Respect Their language is really contagious Ooo eee Lol I really enjoyed a lot of the concepts One of my favorites is the sensor box which reproaches misconduct For example, it could say Your current inter person intimacy is exceeding that acceptable for your age group Very handy for parents nowadays Lol The futuristic TV shows were also really amusing and it helps that the hero actor in one of the shows, Ajax Anthrax Domex, sorry I couldn t recall his exact name looks something like this You re welcome, Ate Jilly You can click her name for her review The latter half however became a bit of a drag My 100% attention during the first half diminished to about 68.752% during the second and I may or may not have skimmed a bit smiles guiltily The writing can be taxing because there were far too many dialogues and sometimes got a bit too techie scientific It had this tendency to hurt my humble average head Lol And because it was too invested on the world building, I felt like the character development was compromised I couldn t get real emotions from the characters and the romance was kind of a flop insert peace sign here For a book that is huge on science y stuff, there wasn t any real chemistry between the hero and heroine tsk, tsk Nonetheless, it s still a generally amusing, entertaining and recommendable dystopian read Here s another awesome review for third opinion Neil s.


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    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum I think about Young Adult books from Pyr, words that spring immediately to mind are distinct , unconventional and unique I guess that s why I ve been counting on this book to lift me out of my YA slump I ve been feeling rather burned out by the love triangles, broody heroes, and paranormal fantasy settings in this category lately, and Earth Girl looked like the perfect cure to this particular malaise.My instincts proved correct.The story of Earth Girl takes place in the far flung future, narrated by eighteen year old Jarra There are many names for people like her Handicapped Throwback Nean Ape All of them mean one thing that she is among the one in a thousand born with an immune disorder that confines her to earth Humans have developed portal technology at this point, using it to colonize a multitude of worlds, but Jarra can t visit any of them If she traveled anywhere she would go into anaphylactic shock in seconds, and die if not returned immediately to earth s atmosphere.But even in the year 2788, humanity has its bigoted attitudes So when the time comes to enroll in university, Jarra chooses her preferred subject History, but decides to invent a fake military background for herself to apply at a school on another planet whose class of norms who would be on earth for the first year of practical studies Jarra is sick and tired of being looked down on for being handicapped, and she s determined to show a bunch of stupid Exos just what an ape girl is capable of.There is therefore nothing subtle about the social message in Earth Girl This is a book infused with emotion and meaning But even beyond this, there is so much to love While the plot may be a bit predictable at times, very little else about this novel falls prey to clich s, especially when it comes to the characters You meet Lecturer Playdon, for example, and might immediately label him a hardball professor, bent on giving our protagonist a hard time because adults obviously are in YA novels just to get in the way Or take Dalmora Rostha, daughter of a rich, famous vid director She s totally going to be the snooty, spoiled and annoyingly fake arch nemesis in this story, am I right Now the lascivious pair of Betas though, surely they are there just to provide comic relief, cause trouble and flunk out Nope, nope, and nope, wrong on all counts This book will surprise you at every turn, and I can t tell you how refreshing that is.I also confess, I have another reason for loving this book For you see, in the context of Earth Girl, Jarra s practical prehistory studies is just another word for Archaeology And I love Archaeology While studying it and going on digs in college, I d always entertained thoughts of future archaeologists excavating our modern cities and wondered what they would make of our civilization from the things they find It s like the author was reading my mind When Jarra and her class dig up the ruins of New York, the methods and technology they use may be very different, but still the systematic methods are there and so is the culture and spirit of a dig site World building is fantastic in terms of creating a great atmosphere.My only quibbles are minor The dialogue can be stunted at times, making Jarra and her friends sound and act like they are much younger than their eighteen years Fian, the romantic interest, is probably the worst offender Jarra also seems to be an expert at everything A character even makes a joke about this at one point in the novel As well, there is a tendency to tell instead of show and moments of overt info dumping, but as many of these instances are worked into a classroom setting, they were easily forgivable Other than that, as you can see from my rating, this book was close to perfect.Thank you, Janet Edwards, for breathing some new life into YA for me Earth Girl was a very enjoyable read and I m looking forward to the next book.


  4. says:

    YA SF that explores a believable extrapolation of a future based on portal technology, a passion for archeology and bigotry.Jarra is Handicapped, one of the few people that can t travel through off planet portals without going into anaphylactic shock seconds after emerging Handicapped children can be born to anyone and the usual result is that the baby gets shipped off to Earth to be raised while the parents split amid the shame of giving birth to an ape or throwback , or nean Exposure to the media products of human interstellar civilization leaves the Handicapped population of Earth passively exposed to all the bigotry towards apes that the non Earth population casually includes in their culture.Jarra also has a passion for prehistory, the history of humanity before portals, so Earth is the place to be for that and she intends to pursue a university degree in the archaeology that she s been involved in all her life But Jarra is also deeply affected by the bigotry she sees everywhere, and with a giant chip on her shoulder she enrolls in an off world university course whose first year is on Earth with the intention to transfer out afterwards The intent is to not tell her fellow classmates that she s an ape and then rub it into their faces after a year of showing off her extreme competence But once exposed to the exos that goes both ways and Jarra finds it difficult to retain her preconceptions of the off worlders.This book reminded me strongly of the Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey Like Killashandra from that book, here we have a hyper competent protagonist with something to prove on a planet that she can t leave technically the Singers could, but with issues Add in a lot of highly detailed description of learning a cool SF based technical process and the comparison seems very apt And it s a good one for me personally as I really loved the Crystal Singer when I was growing up, so there s a dose of nostalgia in my feelings towards this book as well.I really liked the thought that went into what a mass exodus would do to the cities of Earth and how people would react Some of the historical notes that the team uncovers illuminate this beautifully The impact of the ubiquity of portal technology on other forms of tech is interestingly portrayed as well showing that the now obsolete technologies such as planes and high speed ground transport have actually gone significantly backwards The nods to changing language not nearly enough for centuries of linguistic drift, but probably fine given the YA nature and social attitudes slightly prudish than modern Western culture except for one group are great world building as well.I also liked the gradual illumination of the exos as they become human to Jarra The book could have just left most of the characters as stereotypes, but instead gives almost everyone some likability I m reminded of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in that regard.Superior YA SF that transcends the initial childish motives of the main character I m looking forward to the rest of the series.


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    Rereading Edit Ich stehe auch heute noch zu der Rezension von damals und m chte noch hinzuf gen, wie gut mir der Love Interest aka Fian und die damit verbundene Liebesgeschichte gefallen hat Fian ist einfach nicht der perfekte, allm chtige Charakter mit d sterer Vergangenheit wie es sie zuhauf im Genre gibt Fian wirkt durch seine Fehler echt und das machte die Liebesgeschichte einfach wundervoll 3Zur AufmachungKeine der beiden Aufmachungen schafft es die Geschichte des Buches richtig einzufangen Beide sind dem Buch nicht w rdig xDDer deutsche Titel leitet unheimlich fehl, weil das Buch so wie ich das sehe ein Einteiler ist, es aber durch den Zusatz Die Pr fung wie ein Auftaktband klingt Meine Informationen k nnen nat rlich falsch sein und um ehrlich zu sein hoffe ich es, denn das w rde bedeuten, dass ich bald mehr von Jarra und der Zukunft zu lesen bekommeZum Buch Vergesst mal bitte, was ihr euch von diesem Buch erwartet, denn in meinen Augen ist das hier KEINE Dystopie Vielleicht ein Science Fiction Jugendroman mit ganz ganz minimalen dystopischen Aspekten, aber die sind dann wirklich mikromatisch klein Es gibt kein fieses, hinterh ltiges Regime, das die Bev lkerung unterdr ckt und st ndig irgendwas total sinnfreies, aber grausames tut um die Macht zu behalten Jarra lehnt sich nicht gegen ihre Vorgesetzten auf und zettelt eine Revolution an Sie verliebt sich auch nicht unsterblich in einen Jungen, mit dem sie sich nicht einlassen darf Vergesst einfach alles, was ihr erwartet, denn es kommt NICHT die 0815 Version.Jarra ist wie ihr in der Kurzbeschreibung ja erfahren habt, behindert und kann deshalb auf keinem anderen Planeten als der Erde berleben Wie das so mit der Menschheit ist, werden alle behinderten ausgeschlossen, viele von ihren Eltern versto en, weil diese nicht f r ihre Kinder auf die Erde umziehen wollen Gro gezogen wird Jarra also auf der Erde, ihre Eltern kennt sie nicht und der Rest der Welt sieht sie als Neander oder Affen Aber sie will den Normalos zeigen, dass sie auch etwas wert ist Da sie sich f r Geschichte interessiert und alle Ausgrabungsst tten wie New York auf der Erde sind, schreibt sie sich f r einen Vorgeschichtskurs an einer Universit t auf einem anderen Planeten ein Da dieser Kurs komplett auf der Erde stattfidnet, f llt keinem ihrer Komillitonen auf, dass Jarra behindert ist Zuerst plant sie einen Rachefeldzug, aber dann kommt es nat rlich ganz andersDas Buch ist unheimlich einf hlsam, was Ausgrenzung angeht und befasste sich ziemlich stark mit diesem Thema Besonders, da man das alles nat rlich auch auf die Behinderung beziehen kann, die wir kennen Als Jarras Eltern ins Spiel kamen, wurde es dann ganz emotional Man m ge es nicht glauben, aber das Buch ist auch sehr spannend Der Geschichtekurs verbringt viel Zeit in den Ruinen, in denen sie Ausgrabungen t tigen, die f r alle, besonders aber f r Jarra lebensgef hrlich sind.Jarra ist ein wunderbarer, sehr willensstarker Charakter Sie wei , was sie will und sie setzt alles daran ihre Ziele zu erreichen Aber Janet Edwards hat auch gezeigt, dass selbst Jarra ihre Grenzen hat, was die emotionale Belastung anging Alle anderen Charaktere, die hier vorkamen waren genauso authentisch und sympathisch gezeichnet wie Jarra Es gab keine Stereotypen und wenn, dann hat die Autorin diese Leute im Verlaufe der Geschichte Dinge tun lassen, die beweisen, dass sie nicht so sind wie man zu Beginn noch geglaubt hat.Aber was mir mit am allerbesten gefallen hat, das war die Zukunftsvision Es war nicht so bertrieben, es war glaubw rdig, es spielte so fern in der Zukunft ca 2750, wenn ich mich recht entsinne , dass ich mir vorstellen konnte, dass es wirklich so abl uft wie beschrieben Dadurch, dass Jarra Geschichte studiert und sich auch so sehr daf r interessiert, erf hrt man auch viel ber diese Zukunft in der Jarra lebt ohne dass man sich mit Daten und Ereignissen bersch ttet f hlt Und alles war so gut durchdacht und so super beschrieben und einfach detailliert genug um realistisch zu wirken Es muss eine Heidenarbeit gewesen sein sich all diese Ereignisse auszudenken, die dazu gef hrt haben, dass die Menschheit sich nicht nur ber Planeten, sondern ganze Planetensysteme erstreckt Einfach himmlisch FazitSchreibstil 5 HerzenCharaktere 5 HerzenEmotionale Tiefe 5 HerzenSpannung 4 HerzenHumor 4 HerzenOriginalit t 4,5 Herzen Es ist schon eine Weile her, dass mich ein Roman so begeistern konnte Earth Girl arbeitet nicht unbedingt mit Verfolgungsjagden oder berraschenden, grausamen Wendungen, daf r aber mit einem unglaublich sympathischen Hauptcharakter, einer realistischen, detailliert ausgearbeiteten und logischen Zukunftsvision und einer Geschichte, die einen einfach mitrei t Ich hoffe inst ndig, dass es von Janet Edwards nicht bei diesem einen Roman bleiben wird Ganz klare Kaufempfehlung 4,5 Herzen


  6. says:

    The heroine s character development was superb, but the world building was subpar the world buildingThe world building failed to respect the book s central theme of history and ultimately its setting as an alternative reality No explanation was offered for how all nations united as one civilization Neither was an explanation offered for how people suddenly stopped being religious despite the brief but incredibly jarring sentence about how physicists found proof for creationism simply just to explain the single OMG a secondary character uttered in chapter 5.As far the world building was concerned, events that led up to the present time, world peace magically happened, and then a third world war leading to the rise and fall of a Second Roman Empire which completely ignored the Third Rome controversy and suggested poor research, assuming any, in the writing process The sad thing is that the book could have simply avoided all the aforementioned issues if it took place in a completely fictional world, albeit inspired by real world settings, instead of an alternate reality.I also took issue with the idolization of the Military and their ambiguous position in a non existent political structure The world building failed to develop the idea of a government It also failed to convince me that when people left Earth for better planets, ones that didn t suffer increasing solar storms, they didn t make backups of humanity s knowledge and assumed the Earth s Internet and other various networks were infallible, an assumption that made no sense due to Earth s increasing solar storms How convenient it was that during Earth s exodus, the emigrants left time capsules, a.k.a stasis boxes, behind because it was trendy, time capsules that would later be excavated for humanity s lost knowledge.Finally, I didn t like the prudish angle the world building worked sometimes I didn t care for the equating of polyamory to promiscuity in the form of Jarra s two Betan classmates It was bizarre how the slang for ass was legs and worse that for a while, due to the lack of proper context clues, I thought a leg fetish was the fashion Equally bizarre was the Twoing I still don t know whether Twoing is an engagement or some sort odd official declaration to the government that a couple is dating the heroineThankfully, the prudish angle tapered off when reasons for Jarra s two Betan classmates matriculation were revealed and Jarra, the heroine, realized the errors, among many, of her judgement.I loved Jarra She was supposed to be this flawed character, I think, intended for the reader to warm up to but I liked her from the get go I thought her anger was justified, and I fully supported her plan to show the norms up What started out as a plan of vengeance quickly became a case of character growth as Jarra slowly dismantled her prejudice and came to like and trust the people she previously resented I loved how she finally summoned the necessary courage to face her abandonment issues, the source of her anger.The only time I didn t like to read about Jarra was when she suffered a breakdown in the last third of the book and didn t snap out of it for a couple chapters, a good chunk of the book It was also the time I wished the story didn t stick to an exclusive 1st person POV, Jarra s POV Jarra s breakdown was completely understandable but it was hard to read, so much so that I skimmed It was the only time I skimmed in the book.I really liked how her love interest stuck by her, that when Jarra pushed back in fear of rejection, he didn t let her Though bland in the personality department, Fian was a nice guy through and through, and it was refreshing and delightful to read about a love interest who didn t act rudely to gain the heroine s attention Jarra may have made a poor decision in selecting her first boyfriend, but with Fian as her second boyfriend she certainly learned her from mistakes Also, no love triangle hell yes The extent of her character growth amazed me, caught me off guard quite frankly, because that amount usually demands a couple of books in a series Jarra amazed me so much that she and a very satisfactory ending than compensated for all the issues I had against the book for its splotchy world building which at the very least was conveyed elegantly, i.e no info dumping.In ConclusionI rate Earth Girl 4 stars for I really liked it The fact that it s book 1 in a series surprises me because the book tightly wrapped up all the loose ends I am excited to return to the world, but with trepidation that the sequels might tarnish book 1 which given my experience is not as uncommon an occurrence as I d like it to be Earth Girl set the expectation very high.I definitely recommend the book for readers looking for a focused YA science fiction with a flawed but strong heroine with a reservation ignore the fact that the setting is an alternative reality Buddy read and discussion with Georgina.


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    3.5 stars This was a really sweet and enjoyable book with a nice feel good vibe to it.There isn t any contrived plotting or angst thrust upon the characters, just Jarra trying to work out for herself what she is going to do in the situation she has got herself into, and coming to terms with who and what she is YA SF doesn t often take the path of exploring people trying to live a relatively good life in an upbeat manner and focus just on the characters, so that made for a refreshing change of pace.


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    Honestly, I d sort of dismissed this book, because I saw the pretty cover and then never heard another thing about it Only when my friend Kayla tweeted me about how good this book was and how much she thought I would like it did I look into it again That was when I realized why I d heard so little buzz about it the cover I was familiar with was for the UK edition, and it s only just now publishing in the US So, basically, Kayla knows me well and this book is stellar see what I did there pay attention to Earth Girl.The world building in Earth Girl is astounding Seriously, there s so much going on in here, and with so much of it well explained Though the Earth and surrounding solar system are nothing like they are now, I always felt completely grounded in Edwards world At no point did I feel like there was clunky infodumping or that I was at a loss, confused about why something was happening There are some infodumps, but they re done in the guise of a classroom lesson, so they work perfectly I m not going to try to explain all of it to you, because there s too much and I would make it really complicated if you re curious, trust in Janet Edwards.The biggest theme tackled in Earth Girl is that of racial tensions Well, I m not sure if racial is precisely the right world, but the strain between people from different planets and cultures Although all originally from Earth, the humans who still live there are seen as neans a shortening of neanderthals or apes No one would live on Earth at all any, since other planets have been located with far better conditions, but some people are unable to survive anywhere else because of a rare condition Even among those not dwelling on Earth, there are stereotypes pertaining to every planet, like the idea that all Betans are promiscuous.Jarra is one of my new favorite heroines She does not let people mess with her one bit, sarcastic and no nonsense Who doesn t love a heroine who throws a guy who tries to get fresh across the room Well, probably lots of people, but I, for one, think that s awesome Handicapped, the term used to describe those unable to survive off of Earth, Jarra resents the way her kind are viewed, and decides to do something drastic to prove a point She enrolls in a history degree for a college on another planet, since the first year is taught on Earth If no one notices that she s an ape, then obviously the stereotypes are wrong At the end, she plans to revenge herself on these narrow minded exos a slur for those who don t live on Earth by revealing the truth Over time, though, it becomes clear that there is to every person than stereotypes, a lesson that s always important to remember.Though it s not the main focus of the story, Earth Girl does have one heck of an adorable romance Jarra, in spite of herself, is highly attracted to Fian, a guy who just happens to rather resemble her favorite vid star They develop a really natural bond by working to gether and playing together I really love the way they swap episodes of their favorite shows, secretly pointing out their crushes on one another These two have some great banter and I am a big fan.Though Earth Girl is nigh perfect for me, I do think it might be tricky for those with a bit less patience for science fiction There are a lot of pages of description about the methods by which historians research pre historic Earth in this case, New York City These might bore some readers, though I found them incredibly exciting The closest comparison I can make would be to the various lessons in Ender s Game, as they play the battle simulation game There were also a couple of spots that lagged a bit, but far that made me laugh out loud or want to fistbump Jarra for being so damn cool.Science fiction fans, you re going to want to get yourself a copy of Earth Girl ASAP I m pretty sure I m going to need to order the UK version of book two, just so I can have a shorter wait.


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    Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersNearly 800 years in the future, Earth and the rest of the universe is a very different place Thanks to scientist Thaddeus Wallam Crane, humanity is no longer limited by accelerated particle engines, or the restrictive harness of speed of light travel Wallam Crane s invention of portals mean that humanity can conquer the most distant stars, unrestrained by space and time Well, that s true for 99.9% of humanity That remaining fraction, that niggling 0.1%, is Handicapped Landlocked Earth bound While the rest of humankind has taken to distant star systems and split into different subcultures with different beliefs and taboos and s, only the Handicapped remain on Earth Mocked and ostracized by the rest of society, these Earthers are labeled Apes and mercilessly portrayed as unevolved, unintelligent, and undeserving Jarra is one of the 0.1% After her birth on some distant star system, Jarra s immune system immediately failed Portaled to Earth and made a ward of the state her parents, naturally, gave Jarra up as they had no desire to raise an ape child , Jarra s life hasn t been bad she has close friends, a great ProMum, and a passion for knowledge And she has a plan At the age of 18, all humans become adults, and can choose a field of study For Jarra, studying ancient Earth history is a no brainer but unlike the rest of her friends, Jarra is not content to go to an Earth university Instead, she concocts an elaborate, brilliant scheme to attend University Asgard a prestigious off world college, with a first year program excavating ruins on Earth Masquerading as a Military child, Jarra s plan to fool her classmates norms or exos into thinking she s one of them Then, when the time is right, Jarra will reveal that HA she is an APE, and she plans on savoring the dumbfounded looks on those exo faces But, as Jarra continues with her program she gradually learns that not all exos are horrible bigots and she begins to want to WANT to stay in the Asgard program, to continue her career as a historian, and to befriend the norms in her class The debut novel from Janet Edwards, Earth Girl is an impressive, richly detailed work of science fiction I mean, wow Not only is the premise of the story, especially society s bifurcation between exos and apes, masterfully executed, but there s a level of amazing nuance and refinement with regard to the history of this future human race and its reach across the universe Make no mistake slightly kitschy US cover or no, this is an honest to goodness work of science fiction, with different sectors, complex social strata, laws, and principles 1 Ok, on the cover, I like the idea, but the girl wistfully cradling the Earth with the symbolic CHAIN is a bit much And the Jarra in my mind from reading this book I don t think she d be so artfully delicate and nostalgic Not at all To me, this worldbuilding respect is Earth Girl s greatest strength we learn about the history of Earth and humanity s journey to the stars in very clever, non info dumpy ways Namely, this information is relayed through Jarra s voice, through classmates in her university course, through vids and assignments all in ways that feel organic and genuinely interesting.But than a science fiction text, Earth Girl is also wait for it an archeology book That s right Archaeology Similar to Indiana Jones, cowboying it up in his death defying quest for the Ark of the Covenant, Sankara stones and the Holy Grail, Jarra is a member of an elite group of science fictional historical excavators who venture out into Earth s dangerous and crumbling infrastructure to find sealed relics of the past for research and posterity And like Indy, Jarra s job is freaking awesome We learn a lot about this future brand of archeology, the different techniques and teams involved in a dig, and it is all fascinating, wonderfully detailed stuff 2 Seriously I never thought I d be so captivated by excavation technology, policies and procedures, but Earth Girl makes it at once believable and fun The other huge standout for Earth Girl is its heroine, the defiant, know it all, unapologetic Jarra I loved Jarra Her wry sense of humor, her pride and strength of conviction heck, I even loved her ridiculously complex false backstory and web of lies If there s one thing Jarra is, she s thorough, and I can respect that It s Jarra s voice that narrates and propels the novel, it is her struggle of identity and her own personal crisis of belief that sits at the novel s heart Of course, there are a few things that pointedly didn t work in Earth Girl Most notedly, those were Jarra s exceptional skills, the plot twists especially regarding Jarra s parentage, and particularly towards the end of the book , and the surprisingly fuzzy and unfulfilled theme of minority rights or equality Most disappointing, to me, is the last because it would seem that Earth Girl should be a cutting explication of a future society that heavily discriminates against a minority population But, surprisingly, Earth Girl is much content to tell the story of the exceptional Jarra a heroine that time and time again, proves that she is brilliant Not only is Jarra leagues smarter and capable than her exo classmates, but she s also exceptionally talented compared to full fledged adult historians She has countless hours logged on dig sites She can put on her cumbersome impact suit faster than the standard 2 minute military time She is a brilliant tag leader, with a deep, unprecedented understanding and passion for history She can nail targets with a single shot, fly a plane, and save lives This is exacerbated by later plot twists, in which Jarra s family history is revealed, and at the end of the book when she is miraculously absolved of her deceptions without even having to break the news to those she s been lying to for months I was not a big fan of the way the book concluded too rushed, and Jarra doesn t really come to a reckoning for the lies she s told That s kind of a big deal There s also the uncomfortably quick turnaround from Jarra s PTSD break back to reality this also feels rushed and inauthentic.But, while the conclusion of the novel feels too pat, the fact that there are future books in the series gives me hope Plus, the parts of Earth Girl that are good are really good Even with its shortcomings, this is an utterly engaging, memorable, wonderful book Definitely recommended, and I cannot wait for from Janet Edwards.


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    Janet Edwards has created a beautiful world where it only takes seconds to go from planet to planet, there s no hunger, no poverty and from what it looks like no crime There has also been a giant exodus of people to different planets, so now the Earth is somewhat sparsely populated Can you imagine An Earth with few people would be a stunning place, teaming with nature and life I want to live there Eighteen year old Jarra doesn t quite see it that way though, and nor does she describe it as such That s because she is born with a condition that doesn t allow her to portal to other worlds, so she is stuck on Earth and considers it her prison She s also very angry that people look down on Earth girls like her and decides to enroll herself in an archeology class New York dig meant for Exos outsiders and show them that she is as good as they are This starts Jarra on her journey, where she discovers that Exos aren t such bad people and she falls in love with one.I liked the premise, but I found the book somewhat bland Fian and Jarra are nice, likeable characters Jarra is a strong heroine I didn t even mind that much that Jarra was a dynamo at everything she did and could have been teaching the class It s just the characters and world building were so lackluster There was so little suspense You know it s bad when the most interesting thing Fian and Jarra had to talk about was their favorite vids.Let me give you an example paragraph This is Asgard 6 Firing charges 3 and 4 Playdon pushed a button and one of the isolated pillars folded in on itself and crumpled neatly to the ground This is Asgard 6 Firing second charge The second pillar went down nicely too, and a large chunk of sagging floor broke away from the building and crashed downwards in sympathy.Now this is a nice little paragraph, nothing is wrong with it It s just not very vibrant There s no loud blast, dirt flying everywhere, the smell of gunpowder There s nothing visceral that pulls you into the scene, and the whole book is written like this I m also wondering what the hell kind of archeology dig is this Why are they blowing up ancient historical buildings Aren t the buildings valuable too I realize they might collapse, but can t they stabilize them some way All these guys want to do is blow things up so they can find these stasis boxes that have valuable artifacts in them It s like blowing up a pyramid to get to the tomb And everything is so vague This is supposed to take place in New York, but there is nothing in this book that shows New York s uniqueness no Empire State Building, no Brooklyn Bridge I don t even remember Edwards mentioning which borough they re in For all I know, they could be in New Jersey I wanted description about what Earth was like Edwards goes into a lot of detail about some of the new fangled gadgets the students use, but she doesn t take me to where they are.The Exos were pretty nondescript too, most of them being the same and interchangeable, except for the goofy Betans who seem to come from some Free Love 1960s Robert Heinlein book and Krath who just likes to play devil s advocate I liked Dalmora, because I kept thinking of her as Elle from Legally Blonde Everybody else though was pretty forgettable Edwards came up with this hilarious slang that had words like amaz, nardle brain, grazzed which I m still not quite sure what it means and totally zan The totally making me think of Frank Zappa s Valley Girl For sure, for sure, she s a Valley Girl. In truth though, because all the Exos are from different places, they really should have a distinct slang and dialect of their own, possibly even clothing styles Edwards only touches on the cultural differences like marriage choices, but there should be dozens of others Should she have gone there I don t know You could describe all that stuff and still not bring your characters to life A specific voice and opinion is what I usually find memorable about characters, which Jarra had, but not anyone else I actually liked the unlikable Krath because he got everybody rowed up It was him against everybody.Without lots of conflict, vivid world building, intriguing characters, and the only real suspense coming from wondering when Jarra would be discovered as an Earth Girl, I thought this was blah, but likable I m giving stars.


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