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Book 1 of 2 in the Earth Girl Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Series: Earth Girl (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616147652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616147655
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-9-Just because Jarra is Handicapped doesn't mean she's a nardle-brain, and certainly not that ultimate insult: an "ape." Almost 700 years in the future, Earth has been largely abandoned, a huge data crash lost most of written history, and portals allow instant transportation across vast distances. Since the Exodus, most people live on other planets. Jarra and other Handicapped cannot use the portals, and for some reason (never made clear), they are considered less intelligent by the Norms, who portal here and there on a daily basis. Jarra decides to show them that she is just as good as they are and applies to an off-world college conducting an archaeology dig on the abandoned buildings of New York. Reinventing herself as Jarra Military Kid, JMK watches vids and takes combat lessons and thinks about how the Norm jaws will drop when she eventually reveals that she is Handicapped. Since she grew up on Earth and has been to the New York digs many times, her skills quickly allow her to shine, particularly when solar flares close the portal, stranding dig teams on Earth. Jarra is an independent heroine, though she giggles an awful lot. The future that Edwards constructs is creative and the dig descriptions are well thought out. The future society, with Twoing contracts before marriage and the varying sector Moral Codes, keeps things lively on the romantic level. The "person against nature" conflict with unstable dig conditions and solar flares makes a refreshing change from "person against paranormal" or "person against government" conflicts currently popular in many YA books.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Tired of bitter, angst-ridden heroines and their associated dark dystopias? Look no further than Edwards’ refreshing debut, set in the darn-near-utopian universe of 2788 and starring a confident, motormouthed, giggly 18-year-old named Jarra. She’s Handicapped (an ape if you’re rude), the one-in-a-thousand born with a condition that doesn’t allow her to portal outside of Earth. And who wants to hang around boring old Earth? Nobody, unless you’re studying prehistory. So Jarra conspires to join a first-year college archaeology course of off-world teens to prove that an ape can sift through the ruins of New York City just as well, or better, than any privileged Betan or Deltan or Gamman. Make no mistake, this is hard sf (though not painfully hard) that largely forgoes heart-pounding drama in favor of fascinating technicalities and flawless world logic. Yes, there is a romance, but it’s far from the swooning sort: Jarra comes to respect the otherworld norms she has set out to shock and soon is considering boy and girling with Fian, or even entering with him into a Twoing contract. If these patient, intelligent particulars are making your eyes glaze over, that’s because they’re all too rarely found on Planet YA. As Jarra would (loudly) say, this book is totally zan! Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

Customer Reviews

In a way, that very thing also reminded me of the main character in Earth Girl , Jarra.
Kayla Beck
What I liked most is the fact that the story is completely resolved by the end of the book so you aren't left on any kind of cliff hanger.
Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
With excellent world-building, solid plot and great characters this book deserves to be applauded.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Set over 700 years in the future Earth is now a very different place. Thanks to the use of portals to travel great distances in a short time period humanity now inhabits hundreds of planets across space. Main character Jarra is handicapped by an immune system that doesn't allow her to leave Earth. Those who are handicapped are often called apes or throwbacks and treated as second class citizens by off worlders who can travel between planets. Jarra has faced prejudice all of her life but she is determined to get her own back by convincing a class of university students that she is one of them. Signing up for a course with an off world university would be impossible if Jarra didn't want to study history. All history courses spend the first year on Earth studying archaeology at the famous New York dig site.

Earth was practically abandoned when humanity first started inhabiting other planets and is now mainly used for hospitals to research the immune system handicap, orphanages to raise the handicapped children and historical dig sites. Much of our history has been lost and it is up to the historians to carry out the dangerous work of digging through the rubble looking for missing information. Jarra has always been fascinated by history and has spent as much time as she could on the Earth dig sites so heading to New York main is like a dream come true. But can Jarra keep up her deception amongst her class mates and make them believe that she is really a military kid rather than handicapped and Earth bound? What would happen if they uncovered her secret?

I was very impressed with Janet Edwards' debut novel, she has created a detailed and believable future where humanity is spread across the universe thanks to the portal technology they have created.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Faye M. on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
First and foremost, I'd like to thank my good friend since my scanlation days, Kureha, for recommending this book to me, because otherwise, I wouldn't have touched this. Not the book's fault, really. Ever since I read (and vehemently disliked) British author Teri Terry's Slated, I've become wary of English/British YA novels. But thank goodness for angels like my friend, because this novel turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. I loved it! So how do you know if this book is for you? Well, let's run down a checklist for that, shall we?

If you like
* Intellectual heroines with an innate talent for good, snarky comebacks;
* slow and steady romances that are nicely developed;
* excellently written and well-explained world-building;
* slow-paced story telling; and
* plots that don't have "OMG, YOU STOLE MY BOYFRIEND! B*ITCH!" or "OMG, HE DOESN'T LOVE ME ENOUGH!"; drama, then...

THIS BOOK IF FOR YOU!If you dislike

* detailed paragraphs;
* pages upon pages of technicalities;
* boring love interest; and
* too-good-to-be-true, loved-by-everyone, pretty-much-good-at-everything-without-even-trying-heroines, then...

You may wanna proceed with caution.:/

But despite my list of negative aspects that I found in this book, I'd still recommend it. Perhaps it is because my expectations weren't high to begin with that I deemed myself enjoying it, or mayhap because I considered the snail-like pace refreshing and the lack of intense drama exhilarating, the fact, however, remains that when I finished the book and turned the last page, plastered on my face was a bright and satisfied smile.

Granted, Jarra, the main character IS (in a way) a Mary Sue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megan Hubbell on August 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Janet Edwards envisions a futuristic Earth where a single, omnipresent Military has eliminated strife between humans, limbs can be regrown in a matter of weeks, and tens (if not more) of new planets have been successfully colonized by Earth after being thoroughly tamed. Portal technology allows one to transport between continents or worlds in moments, and Earth itself is slowly being subsumed by the wild as only the Handicapped--those deathly allergic to off-world atmospheres--and off-world scientists remain to study the archeological sites of major cities.

While Edwards makes a bold strike against the current trend of dystopian YA lit by painting such a favorable universe, fans of vivid world-building and engrossing character development will be disappointed. Plucky heroine Jarra is a blatant Mary Sue, and her friends are, unfortunately, barely more developed than Bella's cardboard-cutout high school buddies in Twilight. It makes me very sad to have to draw such a comparison, because in many other aspects I think Edwards' prose far exceeds Stephenie Meyer's, but the character building just wasn't there.

Jarra starts out with a self-centered air somewhat reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen's self-absorption. She plots to get her revenge on the exos (her off-world-raised peers) by going to college and pretending to be one of them, then plans to dramatically reveal her Handicapped status once she gains their respect. She wants to subvert what she imagines to be their low opinion of Apes (the derogatory term for Handicapped), but instead she finds that the vast majority of her classmates are decent people and there are only one or two blatant jerks. Nevertheless, she goes about proving her superiority by flawlessly executing every task thrown at her.
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More About the Author

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 is a YALSA 2014 Teens' Top Ten title. It was also awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist.

EARTH GIRL and EARTH STAR are now available in the USA. EARTH FLIGHT will be published in the USA on 8th September 2015.

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

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