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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0007443498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007443499
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,423 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 is the author of the EARTH GIRL trilogy. EARTH GIRL, EARTH STAR, and EARTH FLIGHT.

EARTH GIRL, was chosen by both Amazon and Kobo as one of their best Young Adult books of 2012.

You can find out more, and read some EARTH GIRL short stories, at her website. www.janetedwards.com

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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Diment VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on 29 April 2014
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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 moment. I would describe it as a younger, faster-paced version of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series (with the addition of female characters). Much of the book is cerebral history/archaeology and explanations of how the world of the book - particularly portal technology - came about. However, it also includes a lot of action and heroics on the part of the main character, Jarra. The military aspect smacked of Battlestar Galactica.

I loved this book because it was so different from most teen sci-fi. For one thing, it's not a dystopia (although I love dystopias, I'm getting sick of how writers are using them just to provide an obstacle to the main characters' eternal love, like they're all working from the same outline as Hunger Games, but without any effort being put into the actual science fiction). I liked how the author utilized the first-person narrative for something other than immediacy - which you'll notice about half-way through the book. I liked that it is heavy on the sci-fi and action, and not so heavy on romance. Who doesn't love a school-based book about someone who's better than everyone else without trying, who produces impressed and surprised looks in everyone she encounters, from her prof to a military colonel?

The romance aspect of this book is actually the one place where I'd say the author could have been more original. I think if she'd gone another direction, it could have taken the story from "intriguing" to "epic." Jarra loves the looks of an actor called "Arrack San Domex" - specifically, his butt.
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