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Earth Star

Earth Star [Kindle Edition]

Janet Edwards
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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

‘Earth Girl delivers a shiny future you’ll actually want to live in – perhaps the first true utopian YA. Refreshingly original with big ideas and even bigger surprises, this thrilling novel is firmly grounded in complex and compelling characters’ – E. C. Myers Author of Quantum Coin

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The highly anticipated follow-up to Janet Edward’s sensational YA sci-fi debut, Earth Girl.

18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as everyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (15 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BH5SEE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, and the final book in the trilogy, EARTH FLIGHT, are also available now.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable but fun to read. 9 Sep 2013
By Andrew
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Great sequel to Earth Girl. She is almost too good to be true, but it's an enjoyable read. Don't look for anything too thought provoking. It is light and fluffy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Star for Earth Star 2 Sep 2013
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This anticipated sequel to Edwards' highly successful debut YA science fiction Earth Girl, recently hit the bookshelves and I scooped up a Kindle copy. Would it live up to the high standard set by the first book in this entertaining and original series?

This interesting concept is braided into the idea that Earth is now a backwater, largely inhabited by those unable to survive on other planets, and large tracts are now deserted and falling into ruin. But as a great deal of knowledge has also been lost in the social upheaval engendered by the flight to new planets, archaeologists from all the colony worlds congregate in the race to discover some of the scientific advancements now denied to humanity. It's a cool twist - the world that comes closest to this idea is Eric Brown's fabulous depiction of Paris in Engineman, which I think is one of the best slices of world-building I've ever read...

In addition, the story in Earth Star is pacy, event-filled and engrossing such that I didn't put the book down until I'd finished. Jarra's adventures in Earth Girl were exciting enough - but everything moves up a gear in this second book, when an alien spaceship appears. This being Edwards, of course, this often-covered science fiction plot device doesn't settle into any sort of generic tale, but is given an extra twist. Jarra is pitchforked right into the middle of the action, along with her boyfriend. And before you roll your eyes at the notion of a teenage girl finding herself right in the middle of a major flap about an incipient alien invasion - there is a solid reason why she is there. And it works, in my opinion.

In amongst all the non-stop action, we also have Jarra's relationship with her boyfriend deepening and her fear of commitment addressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant follow-up to Earth Girl 22 Aug 2013
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I absolutely loved Earth Girl and have been waiting impatiently for this second book. It did not disappoint. Janet Edwards has written another exciting adventure about Jarra and her friends, and I read the entire story during two long train journeys yesterday! Just as with the first book, Jarra is a totally believable heroine. She's strong, independent and likeable, but also has enough realistic flaws as a character for the reader to be able to identify with her. It's a real page-turner of a book with Jarra and Fian bouncing from one incident to another. Dig sites can be dangerous places, and the tension really gets racked up for a few events. I'm now hanging on for book 3 as I need to know what happens next with the sphere, what happens between Fian's parents, what happens between Fian and Jarra, what's going to happen with Petra after the Joth incident... how am I going to wait a year?! Hurry up, Janet Edwards!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars earthstar 30 Sep 2013
By ace1955
Format:Kindle Edition
Very good read,the earth has long been abandoned for the stars. the only people left are those that can not travel to the stars because of a faulty gene.the young girl in the story wants to show the so called normal people that she is as good as they the book and see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in another world 5 Sep 2013
By Jenny D
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Love the sequel to Earth Girl. This is a little more grown up. Great read. Defo recommend this book. Thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Jarra & Fian & Aliens? 18 Aug 2013
By Sanz
Format:Kindle Edition
With some books I have initial thoughts as I am reading or are about to read the book, so I decided that maybe it would be a good idea to add them to my review. So here are the "initial thoughts" I had when about to and when reading Earth Star.
It feels good to be catching up with Jarra and Fian and their crew but a shame that Jarra is still facing a form of racism as the other students find it difficult accept an "ape" "handicapped" into their midst. Then Jarra and Fian are summoned to join the military" Will this change how people look at Jarra and her race?

I really like the cover as I think it goes well and will look brilliant on a bookshelf with the others in the series. I do like books in a series to have a common theme. The cover of this book shows the rain forest where Jarra and Fian end up facing the unknown in attempt to save the world as they know it. Id say the female character on the cover is that of Jarra. Jarra is alone on the cover as that represents how she always feels. You all know by now that I love a good byline and this book has "Only she can save the world" it does fit the situation that Jarra finds herself in several times throughout the book. The font of the title and Author name are also great and look well on the cover too.
So after being awarded the Artemis medal Jarra has even more to prove. Everyone knows she is an "ape" in this book, and as usual Jarra faces name calling and racism just because she was born with a faulty immune system that prevents her from travelling off Earth via the portals. The other "norms"/races see this immune system deficiency as being a "fault" and so see the "apes"/ "handicapped" and inferior and some what useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good new author 11 Nov 2013
By olyxxx
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A really good read in the older style/ theme of science fiction writing that I enjoyed so much when I was much younger than I am now, rather than the magic/ heroic/ fantasy style that tends to dominate today. I read the first book in the series and had to buy this, the second, as soon as I had finished

I believe this may have been written for the younger reader, but the author has created a possible civilisation and lead character that made me feel this was the most enjoyable science fiction novel(s) I have read for a long time.

I am looking forward to the third book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I really looked forward to reading this and I think the concept is great, but the flow wasn't quite as good as the first book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynsey H
4.0 out of 5 stars Perception is 9 / 10ths of the law
There is definitely a strong theme of overcoming prejudice that runs through Earth Star more so than its predecessor Earth Girl. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tabitha @ Not Yet Read
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting and captivating easy read
I read the first of this series, Earth Girl, after seeing some great comments about it on Twitter and just had to download this second instalment when I finished. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Catching, but I waited a little bit more :)
I finished the book in one day and half, I just couldn't let it there. It it really catching. I like the story a lot, a lot of details of the places and situations and how is she... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Riv
3.0 out of 5 stars at best its okay
the world in which the character is based and her situation is good but by the end of the book I didn't like the way the writter was developing the character's career - she's 18yrs... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for book three
Janet Edwards is my kind of author. The story line is perfect to keep you entertained I read both Earth Girl and Earth Star in less than 4 days and I can't wait for the next one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lozzer
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have read Earth Girl - must read this too
If you haven't read Earth Girl a great read, if you have a bit slow to start but you soon get hooked and a really good read . Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kath M
3.0 out of 5 stars A stagnant story throughout
Earth Star begins straight after the events of Earth Girl with Jarra being awarded the Artemis, the highest military honour, for her self-sacrificing help during a military rescue. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laura Hartley
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