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Earth Girl (Earth Girl Trilogy 1) [Paperback]

Janet Edwards
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16 Aug 2012 Earth Girl Trilogy 1 (Book 1)

A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author. Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-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 in.

Jarra 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 more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A 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 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0007443498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007443499
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Edwards lives in England. As a child, she read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She studied Maths at Oxford, and went on to suffer years of writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework.

Janet's debut novel, EARTH GIRL, was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012. The sequel, EARTH STAR, is also available now, and the final book in the trilogy, EARTH FLIGHT, will be published in August 2014.

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‘With a dash of action, sprinkling of romance, some teenage angst and a couple of collapsing skyscrapers, this novel contains everything you could possibly want to grab a teenage reader and keep them utterly enthralled’ Starburst Magazine

‘A break from the norms’ SFX magazine

‘In her debut novel, Janet Edwards has created an authentic futuristic world with enough history and adventure to keep readers captivated’ Amazon Kindle Editors’ Pick - August Book of the Month 2012

About the Author

Janet Edwards lives in the Midlands. As a child, she read everything she could get her hands on, which included the works of many of the great names of Science Fiction. She read Maths at Oxford, and went on to suffer years of writing unbearably complicated technical documents. When the company she worked for entered the stormy waters of take over land, she decided it was time to jump ship and try writing something that was fun for a change. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original fast paced sci-fi for teens (or adults!) 25 April 2012
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Earth Girl is Janet Edwards debut novel. If I hadn't read that in the publisher's blurb, I certainly wouldn't have realised. It's polished fiction, with a confident pace that keeps the reader hooked, and critically for sci-fi, she built the essence of an original setting in the first few pages, in a way that implied that there was much more depth and content to come.

Jarra is an eighteen year old, living on earth in the year 2788. She and her friends are about to go to university. Earth colonised other planets some four hundred years ago, and the majority of humans now live on one or other of the colony worlds. Unfortunately, Jarra and her friends are labelled "handicapped", because they are some of a small proportion of humanity who can't travel to other colonies. If they do, they suffer a mysterious allergic reaction, as their immune system can't cope, and unless they return to earth immediately via the nearest space portal, they die. Earth has become famous for three things, hospitals (as medical technology trying to overcome the handicap has been a focus), history (as the planet where all humans originated, with the oldest pre-historic archaelogical sites) and the handicapped - the triple H. Earth has become a dumping ground for unwanted handicapped babies, because parents on colony worlds can still have children who are born handicapped, and have to be transported to earth via an emergency space portal. Jarra and her friends are therefore orphans, brought up in residential schools and nurseries, with adoptive parents they share and see for only a couple of hours a week. Most of them have no contact with their real parents, and prejudice has grown up between the colonists and the handicapped on earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What an irritating heroine! 11 Jan 2013
Earth Girls sounds like such a brilliant concept, and it was, but it had some pretty major flaws.

I was excited to read a book set so far in the future, 2788, where Earth is only inhabited by "the handicapped" or "apes" as they're more often called. The handicapped are infact humans who do not possess the immune system to survive on other planets like "the norms" do. Norms use portals between worlds, not necessarily planets, to travel, live or gain education.

Jarra, our heroine, is 18 and ready to go to University. Jarra, however, is an "ape". Apes are usually sent to Earth when their parents give birth to them because they cannot survive in other world, and many of their parents leave them with ProParents (essentially adoptive parents) so that they may return to their home world. So as you can imagine Jarra has a bit of a chip on her shoulder, and who could blame her.

Jarra wants to break the mould though. Jarra invents a fake life for herself as she joins a History course at an Earth University with norm students. Not wanting anyone to know she's handicapped, Jarra creates an entirely new identity in which she claims to be a child from the military with military parents. Her intention? To fool all of the norms, proving she is just as good as them, and spring this fact on them at the best possible moment.

Now, that sounds pretty good. You can see where it's going but, it's still an interesting concept and nice to find out how the different worlds and people act.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jarra's a heroine and she knows it... 21 July 2014
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Many a heroine is cleverer, pluckier and generally a better leader than her peers. Earth Girl's heroine, Jarra, is all those things and boy, does she know it.

It's very hard to like Jarra because her character spends most of her time lecturing people. I suspect this is because we hear all the back story to this fictional world through her commentary, rather than learning it gradually through events, setting and interaction between characters. It's all rather forced and Jarra's character becomes unsympathetic as a result.

Aspects that should have appealed - such as the future archaeology runs and imminent disasters - just didn't because it was impossible to get away from the hectoring. The invented slang, planet-based character stereotypes and rather strange system whereby people formally declared their flirtations didn't gain any impetus, either, because of Jarra's manner and the way she interacts with others.

When I don't like a book, I can usually tell myself that's because it's not my sort of thing, but I'm not sure that applies here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuck on Earth and considered a 'throw back' 3 Sep 2012
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I would categorise Earth Girl under the umbrella term Speculative fiction. In essence this book straddles both young adult and adult science fiction. The setting of this novel or `mise-en-scene' is the concept that Earth is no longer our primary location by 2788 peoples of Earth have moved off world and now live across the Cosmos. The author Ms Edwards creates and develops a really creative new social order and historical pretext for our society to grow within. I rather liked learning about the different planets and what each one was known for. That said, the majority of the novel takes place on Earth.

This book had emphasis on a continued history throughout. We get a picture through a steady exposure to what has happened from the present day - the year 2788. We look back through years and learn what humanity did wrong. This is an interesting outlook of looking back on things that haven't happened yet, might be just the thing needed to keep us from making some horrible mistakes in our future?

Our heroine Jarra is born off world, but her parents have abandon her on Earth, because she can only survive on the `home world', as her immune system cannot cope on other worlds. Jarra is not alone there other abounded children/people who live on Earth, they are considered by the rest of Humanity as throw backs or `apes'. Jarra is angry and believes she is good as these off world people and decides to pretend to be one of them and joins a historical dig in what was once New York City, here in the problems begins for our protagonist.

In addition to the history, Earth Girl' is a complex narrative and unique plot is fascinating. Especially if you consider when we see Jarra change, devolve and evolve as the story progresses. This novel has some unique and interesting ideas worth exploring. However, for me the character development wasn't as thorough as it could have been.
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I really didn't know much about this book when I started reading it, so I was quite surprised when I found it wasn't like every other teen sci-fi book being published at the... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this but was not gripped
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Solid 4 star, maybe 4.5.

I was ready to enjoy this from the moment I saw the protagonist was a history geek. It just hit me as being pretty unique. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not much to say. It was an ok book. Characters were alright and the plot interesting enough. Could read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Read this on holiday by the pool and couldn't put it down, really enjoyed it. Didn't realise there was a follow up until I searched the author
Published 9 months ago by Kath M
3.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic setting but the plot wasn't interesting enough to support...
Earth Girl is set in a world in which those that live on Earth, or rather, confined to Earth, are viewed as 'handicapped', whilst the 'exos' of the world are able to portal freely... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Teenage fiction
This would fit nicely in a school library.
It has a good plot is well written, but is for teenage girls really
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An excellent read aimed at the young adult market I imagine but as an 'old adult' I enjoyed it too. The premise was interesting and well thought through. Read more
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