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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616148977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616148973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—There is human life thriving off Earth on diverse planets in new sectors in the year 2790, but Jarra Tell Morrath has a unique challenge: she was born with an immune system that doesn't support her living outside Earth's atmosphere. An intelligent, dedicated history and archeology student, she begins her college career by hiding this fact from classmates. Soon, an accident casts her in the spotlight, and she is awarded the highest military honor. As a result, her secret is revealed, as are the deeply held prejudices of those around her. When Earth comes in contact with an unknown interstellar sphere, it is Jarra who is called upon by the military to help save Earth from possible annihilation. Nuanced, realistic characters, action-packed sequences, and a government that acts in the best interest of its people successfully work together to engross the reader. Edwards's invented slang goes from obnoxious to appropriate to catchy, just as its modern equivalent does, though British spellings and phrases could deter reluctant readers. Universal themes include fitting in, overcoming fears, and dealing with parents—but are not heavy-handed. Fans of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (Tor, 1985) and the Battlestar Gallatica television show will enjoy this space adventure.—Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL

From Booklist

What a palate cleanser was the near-utopic sci-fi Earth Girl (2013)! Giggly, futuristic 18-year-old archaeologist-in-training Jarra is back in this similarly bubbly outing, which begins with Jarra and her “totally zan” boyfriend being pulled away from a dig site in Africa to assist with a top-secret military dilemma: Is the alien drone positioned above Earth a threat? As before, Jarra must prove that an “ape” (one of the Handicapped who can’t portal off of Earth) is equal to anyone else. Edwards gives Jarra perhaps a bit too much credit (more than once she’s improbably assigned to command senior officers), but it is nevertheless a flat-out pleasure to watch Jarra out-think her colleagues with her irrepressibly positive attitude. Edwards also gives Jarra her most serious character-building obstacle after an accident leaves her with a phobia that could derail her education. Serious themes are lurking beneath the confident world building—prejudice, the idea of preemptive military action, the concept of acceptable human losses—but Edwards’ light hand is what continues to make this series so smart and breezy. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

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 was awarded a starred review for exceptional merit by Kirkus, and a starred review for being outstanding in its genre by Booklist. Both EARTH GIRL (2013 from Pyr) and the sequel EARTH STAR (2014 from Pyr), are now available in the USA.

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Just the amount of detail that is put into building up every aspect of the setting is incredible.
Nara Lee
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Earth Star ever since I finished Earth Girl, and I enjoyed this second book of the series just as much as the first.
I really enjoyed the first book and was a little worried as so often sequels can be a disappointment, but this book was even better than the first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Scott Baker on May 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing a YA title that I predict will soon be as big as THE HUNGER GAMES. This book, EARTH GIRL, is one of the best books I read in 2013, and I have been eagerly awaiting the sequel. Well, the fine folks at Pyr have recently released the second book in this series, and I have to say my expectations were not only met, they were exceeded exponentially. EARTH STAR is an excellent follow-up, and I am dubbing it a Must Read for 2014.

I simply cannot put into words how much I love this series. It is original and inventive, a far cry from the slush-filled world of YA books that seems overburdened with rehashed ideas. Author Janet Edwards proves there are still unique concepts out there that are begging to be explored.

Like its predecessor, EARTH STAR is written very well and flows at a perfect pace. Edwards focuses more on story and less on lengthy prose, which in turn gives a more enjoyable and fast-paced reading experience. Her writing style is fresh and clean, with a distinct voice that readers of any age will enjoy.

The continuation of Jarra’s story is great, with several unexpected twists and turns. Personally, I love the character she shows when dealing with adversity, as her actions usually have unexpected (and sometimes rewarding) results. Jarra is a nice role-model for young adults, and I am thrilled that my own daughter is a fan of this series (and Jarra) as well.

If I were forced to find a flaw with EARTH STAR, I don’t think I could. It’s too well written and too fleshed out to see anything wrong. The ending has me salivating for the third book, however…I hope I can wait another year to get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nara Lee on September 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I do have to start by saying that this series is not for everyone. It's a tad on the heavy side of science fiction (well, young adult sci-fi anyway, it's not really that heavily focused on sci-fi), and there's a particular style to the writing which may not suit everyone. BUT basically what I'd like is for everyone to give the book a try. Because I do think it's one of those books you're either going to hate or absolutely love, and how are you going to know which category you fit under unless you give it a try?

I personally think that the Earth Girl series is a series that deserves a lot more hype. It's incredibly original and unique and I don't think I've read any young adult books even remotely similar. The world building is. Absolutely. Zan. Totally, totally zan. Just the amount of detail that is put into building up every aspect of the setting is incredible. And the ideas are so interesting! Impact suits and tagging and vid bees and portals! On another note, I am very curious as to what cheese fluffle tastes like.

I know a lot of people seem to hate it when authors make up words, but personally, I think it's actually a really nice way of adding another layer of richness to the story. Earth Girl is set waaaay into the future, so I think it's rather reasonable to have a few new words here and there, because of course the English language isn't going to be exactly the same! So that being said, if there is a word in this review that you don't understand, or that you thought was a typo or something, it's because I'm attempting (and probably failing) to be clever and using the language in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pili at In Love With Handmade on September 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Earth Star is the sequel to Earth Girl and it starts right where Earth Girl left us: Jarra has received the Earth Star & the Artemis medals from the military, everyone knows she's a Handicapped (or an "ape" to use the pejorative term) and she has to face her classmates after lying to them. She's got Fian supporting her even without the approval of his family and she's got her love for History and archeology.

Once they're trying to get back to the routine of classes after moving to a different site dig called Eden in Africa, for Jarra with some unpleasant surprises in the shape of bullying from some of her classmates, there are some news that throw everything they think they know for a loop! Jarra and Fian are called up by the military under the utmost secrecy to be part of the Alien Contact program that has been activated.

What does that mean? Well, it's a military protocol established for the moment when humanity in their reach for the stars happen onto intelligent & civilized alien life... except that they haven't found it out there... alien civilization has come to Earth in the shape of an unmanned sphere!

This is at the same time thrilling and scary and Jarra once again finds herself in the thick of it! She's even made part of the military along with Fian and she finds herself providing key information and getting thrown into a command position in the madness of it all.

Jarra is still adjusting to being ok with who she is and appreciating the fact that she's good at what she does and that her being an "ape" still doesn't give others the right to judge her. She's gone from being angry at the world to not wanting to make a fuss about other people's disrespect and clear hatred of her just for having a different immune system.
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