Earth Girl (Earth Girl Trilogy 1) Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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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’
‘A break from the norms’
‘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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Jerra is a student of history which, in the context of these novels, is anything before the exodus when portals were discovered. History is a hugely important subject for humanity and the abandoned cities of earth are the archeological dig sites.
In this book, we follow Jerra through a university course full of 'norms', dealing with various trials and dangers in the New York dig site.
The plot is far better than my poor description above, the backstory is deep and well padded and the characterization is just brilliant.
I read so much fiction and fantasy that I am rarely transfixed by a novel. This trilogy is an exception. I cannot remember the last time I read something so completely original that was also so thoroughly worked out and believable.
As a YA novel it is to my mind age appropriate in every sense. The usual travails of an 18 year old woman are present and part of the story but do not form dominant plot arcs. Any language/violence/sexual content is presented in context and is neither gratuitous nor explicit.
Together with the Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K Höst this is the finest piece of YA Sci-Fi I've had the pleasure of reading.
Although written for young adults, despite being in my 40’s, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this book. The characters were interesting, and you soon wanted to know more about them. There was the main plot, with two or three related sub plots going on at the same time, but written in such a way that they enhance the main plot as opposed to detracting or diverting from it, while teaching us more about the characters as it does so. The characters are three dimensional, well written, and who are all at times shown to be flawed, like real people, which is a refreshing change from some stories I’ve read.
It is rare for me to read and re-read books, but this is one of the exceptions.
If I could give this book higher than five stars, I would. It’s the first of a series that I never tire of.
The only criticism I have is that I found the slang from the younger characters ('blizz', 'amaz' etc) slightly annoying but this might just be because I'm getting older!
Looking forward to reading Earth Star!
The story is told from the perspective of Jarra, a girl born around 2760 AD with a genetic handicap that confines her to living on Earth whereas the majority of the human race has long since portalled off to other stars and planets. She is quite angry about her condition but decides to make the best of the situation and enrolls on a pre-history course with an off-world university. The advantage of this course is that it takes place on Earth. She concocts a story to cover up her handicap, goes on an archeological dig in the ruins of New York and falls in love with one of her classmates who is from another world. Things then get complicated, her parents die, she becomes a hero, her cover story is blown but her boyfriend remains faithful.
The narration is well paced and keeps the reader engrossed in the story even though most of story takes place in a plastic dome or on the archeological dig site.