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Earth-Sim: A Young Adult Science Fiction Novel by [Kerrion, Jade]
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About the Author

Jade Kerrion holds B.A. degrees in biology and philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. When not writing or working, she ekes out time for dance and computer games. She resides with her husband and two sons in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  • Print Length: 148 pages
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  • Language: English
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I received Earth-Sim to review as part of Jade Kerrion's Earth-Sim Virtural Book Tour.

How much I enjoyed the book: 10/10
How good the book was: 9/10

There's not really much for me to say about this one so if you want the short review: This is one of the best books I've read recently and I am beyond excited for the next instalment!

But if you're looking for a bit more than that, read on!

The story is unique to anything I've previously read and I can't even emphasise how BIG of a deal that is to me! Once I'd finished reading I was left stunned, wondering what to say and how to categorise what I'd just read. A couple of years ago, I resigned myself to the fact that I will rarely find a book (particularly anything resembling a young adult) capable of actually stunning me; Earth-Sim is one of these rarities.

Once I started, I couldn't stop. I read early into the wee hours until my eyes were forcing themselves shut. As soon as I'd got the minimal amount of sleep and could keep my eyes at least half-open I was reading again! The plot itself is rather complex and takes place in a world in which Earth exists as a primitive simulation planet in a universe amongst many. In contrast, the writing is not complicated. Jade doesn't throw in more science than necessary and even then she explains it all without seeming patronising. Personally, this had the effect of allowing me to feel a lot more familiar with the world (or should I say Galaxy? I've always been a horrible Physicist!) our protagonists live in.

Whilst I fell for the plot within minutes, I'm not as attached to the characters quite yet. Jem and Kir are sweethearts (I need them to be together!!!!
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By Bob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb. 2013
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I received this book free to read and review
I am not sure what age this book is pitched at, possibly YA, but it is suitable for all ages. The story works on two levels the pure science fiction where a college competition to produce the most successful simulation of a world is in place. We very soon realise that the simulation is of the Earth, well the title does give a clue, this simulation follows the development of Earth as described biblically and more recent historical events. How this simulation is accomplished is sometimes ingenious and sometimes amusing. In parallel with this is the development of the relationship between the two main characters Jem and Kir and the way they cooperate, and sometimes don't in producing the simulation. Jem has secrets that are slowly revealed which makes the story more interesting. The only thing that spoiled the plot for me is near the end an important character Zekon is introduced and I would have liked to know more as there are a number of loose ends, I don't know if there are more or this is a standalone story, if there are more to come I will certainly read the next one.
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HASH(0x951ddc3c) out of 5 stars A Book Unlike Any Other... 11 Feb. 2013
By Cara Drake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this story to review. I do not believe my review has been influenced by having received it for free.)

Earth-Sim starts off awesome and just keeps getting even better. This is another story that I started reading right before bed, which turned out to be a mistake as I could not stop until I had finished it! As the story begins, we are introduced to two undergraduates who have been accepted into the prestigious World Simulation class. With an android assistant, the two are assigned a planet and join a competition: whose planet will be the best by the end of the year?

Jem and Kir are assigned to planet 280-934-6253-4726-349573 (which turns out to be our own Earth). At the beginning of the school year, they learn that their planet (which is very young), has just gone through a mass extinction owing to the fact that over the summer vacation, no one was there to tend the planet. In the first week of class, they manage to create three more mass extinctions.

Ms. Kerrion has taken almost every large event in our planet's history and incorporated it into the story - mostly as an accident! For example, the Biblical 40-day flood? Happened because Kir's brother Kar accidentally spilled his cup of water while in the simulation room. A mistake that lasted a brief second to them lasted 40 days on the planet. There are so many other mistakes and accidents mentioned, and most of them resulted in me actually laughing out loud.

While the focal point of the story is on the sessions in the simulation room, there are enough scenes relating to Jem's family and the bumbling friendship between the two main characters to really help make all of the characters vivid and realistic.

Ms. Kerrion has done an amazing job with her world-building. I would absolutely love to see similar stories, perhaps where the humor isn't so dependent on the reader being amused at how all of earth's greatest events happened at the hands of two college students. This is one book that I will find myself rereading over and over - and one that I will encourage all of my friends to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x951ddc90) out of 5 stars Does anybody know where is Lukas? 4 Sept. 2013
By Rebecca of Troy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book so much. I was hooked after the firts few pages. Great characters and a gripping plot.
In the Etherian quadrant there is a University that offers the class of "world simulation". It is a year-long contest in which each team of two students and an android get to manage a different simulated planet. This class is usually reserved for the highest ranked students. Jem and Kir are the only undergraduated attendees and they are assigned to a little planet that has recently suffered a mass extinction bacause there was no one around during the summer to take care of it.
Jem and Kir differ on how to correctly manage the planet so just when they are starting to work, a couple more of mass exticions occur.
With the help of Sim0ne, the android, and their knowledge, they are able to start making some progress. A few evolutions, the division of the super continent Pangea, and in the blink of an eye, humanity is thriving.
Everything is going smoothly until Kav, Kir's five year-old brother, visits the lab. He accidently spills water on the planet and unfolds a biblical event.
To make a long story short, some of the most well known events of our history happen because of either a decision or a mistake made by the two team members and even little Kav.
Even Superman has a place on this book!

The book also covers some of the personal history of Jem and Kir. Their secrets, their past, their plans for the future.
A secret of Jem is her family background and the fate of her half brother, Lukas.
Hints of his fate are included in some manuscripts that people from Earth wrote induced by messages that Jem put in their dreams. The Bible is mentioned. That part, I didnt really get it. Did I overlook something? Are Lukas' whereabouts hidden in the Bible?

This is an amazing book. Read it, you will not regret it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x951ddf6c) out of 5 stars Totally awesome World 3 Feb. 2013
By Ch'kara SilverWolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What a fantastic book by Jade Kerrion, it grabbed me from the very first page, which is my kind of book. I was lucky enough to read it pre-publication and what a gift that was. Ms Kerrion's writing is exciting and well paced to keep you wanting to know more, therefore being unable to put it down.

The world creation was almost 'Matrix' like and there were some fun insertions which I won't mention so I don't spoil it.

This well thought out creation of our world and the Universe shows a great deal of research combined with a wonderful creative mind went into this book.

The relationship between Kir and Jem began as almost resentful and I loved the way it developed into a strong deeply caring friendship with a hint of something else.

The fact that Kir likes Jem no matter who she is, comes forward strongly as their friendship develops and he discovers her secret.

This book could end here but all I can say is well done and I certainly hope there is more to the story. I will definitely be reading more by Jade Kerrion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x951e04b0) out of 5 stars Interesting Ideas 15 Feb. 2013
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free to read and review
I am not sure what age this book is pitched at, possibly YA, but it is suitable for all ages. The story works on two levels the pure science fiction where a college competition to produce the most successful simulation of a world is in place. We very soon realise that the simulation is of the Earth, well the title does give a clue, this simulation follows the development of Earth as described biblically and more recent historical events. How this simulation is accomplished is sometimes ingenious and sometimes amusing. In parallel with this is the development of the relationship between the two main characters Jem and Kir and the way they cooperate, and sometimes don't in producing the simulation. Jem has secrets that are slowly revealed which makes the story more interesting. The only thing that spoiled the plot for me is near the end an important character Zekon is introduced and I would have liked to know more as there are a number of loose ends, I don't know if there are more or this is a standalone story, if there are more to come I will certainly read the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x951e04c8) out of 5 stars Another Winner from Jade Kerrion 6 April 2014
By Hillel Kaminsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
How real is our perception of the world? We will never know, but some have suggested that our entire universe may be a computer simulation run by people far in the future. In this humorous novel, by Jade Kerrion, (the author of the Double Helix series - which you should read immediately), Kir and Jem are college students who take a high level and prestigious course in planetary stimulation. Uncertain of what they are doing at first, they cause a few mass extinctions before humans (created in their own image) emerge as the dominant life form. They bungle their way through history, or at least a version of it that contains Superman and X-Men as well as Einstein and Oppenheimer. (Superman was the sole survivor of another world-sim that other students had not managed very well).

I really enjoyed this book and recommend anything by this author
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