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Earth Girl (Earth Girl #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  4,182 Ratings  ·  673 Reviews
Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at
Paperback, 358 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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Abi There is romance between the main character and another character. It's not too serious, there's no sex.
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 16, 2015 Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Jilly

This dystopian novel “grazzed” as in surprised me (the language is very amusing) in terms of its totally awesome world building and completely impressive premise. Imagine Earth being the last planet a person would want to inhabit after the “Exodus” (during which Earthlings hastily portalled all the way to all these more civilized other planets) leaving on Earth the Handicapped aka the “apes” *rolls eyes* or those immune system is not pliable (because of their “throwback genes”, LMAO!) for the li
Khanh (the Grinch)
Actual rating: 4.5

I started reading this book with less than stellar (I am completely incapable of writing a review without at least one bad pun) expectations.

Really? I mean Earth Girl as a title? I know, prejudice against the title...Khanh, you stupid, immature little girl. I have my reasons, though. There have been few pieces of YA sci-fi fiction based on interplanetary plots that have been worth the time they took to read. The other reason was because the title brought to mind the kitschy mov
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

When I think about Young Adult books from Pyr, words that spring immediately to mind are “distinct”, “unconventional” and “unique”. I guess that’s why I’ve been counting on this book to lift me out of my YA slump. I’ve been feeling rather burned out by the love triangles, broody heroes, and paranormal/fantasy settings in this category lately, and Earth Girl looked like the perfect cure to this particular malaise.

My insti
Experiment BL626
The heroine’s character development was superb, but the world building was subpar.

+ the world building

The world building failed to respect the book’s central theme of history and ultimately its setting as an alternative reality. No explanation was offered for how all nations united as one civilization. Neither was an explanation offered for how people suddenly stopped being religious despite the brief but incredibly jarring sentence about how physicists found proof for creationism simply just to
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
May 06, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Kayla Beck
Honestly, I'd sort of dismissed this book, because I saw the pretty cover and then never heard another thing about it. Only when my friend Kayla tweeted me about how good this book was and how much she thought I would like it did I look into it again. That was when I realized why I'd heard so little buzz about it: the cover I was familiar with was for the UK edition, and it's only just now publishing in the US. So, basically, Kayla knows me well and this book is stellar (see what I did there?); ...more
Janet Edwards has created a beautiful world where it only takes seconds to go from planet to planet, there's no hunger, no poverty and from what it looks like no crime. There has also been a giant exodus of people to different planets, so now the Earth is somewhat sparsely populated. Can you imagine? An Earth with few people would be a stunning place, teaming with nature and life. I want to live there!

Eighteen-year-old Jarra doesn’t quite see it that way though, and nor does she describe it as s
Nov 22, 2012 Ilyda rated it liked it
All right, firstly, this was a decent book. It had an interesting premise - the world was solid, and the idea was a unique spin on a way-overused setting.

My problem was the way it was written and how the events were played out. The premise might have been good, but the 'problem' of the story - Jarra's Handicap, or whatever, was resolved with boring acceptance that was barely even elaborated on. Janet Edwards simply skimmed past the resolvement of the issue, gushing on about how Jarra has done su
Jun 24, 2016 Glory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
После рассказа-приквела о Плейдоне прям приспичило перечитать трилогию. Покайфовала. Удивительно продуманный мир. Археология будущего. Стеб над предрассудками. И умильно позитивная наивность. Эх...
Уже взялась перечитывать вторую книгу, за ней будет третья.
Когда там у автора уже новинка выйдет)))
Apr 13, 2012 Annabelle rated it it was amazing
Earth Girl is one of those rare gems which you come across by luck, then when you read it, it completely blows you mind. It is a stunning debut novel which keeps the reader wanting more. Even when I'd finished this book it was still at the front of my mind. This doesn't happen to me often but when it does it really shows how good a book is. The story and plot were still reeling in my mind, I was analysing the events like I was there, it was brilliant. I can easily say that I loved this book. I w ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Matt marked it as maybe-read
There better be a:

1.) Narnia world.
2.) Terabithia world.
3.) A world for every single Disney movie,
4.) I don't know where this list is going
Faye, la Patata
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 ...more
Dichotomy Girl
So I'd been wanting to read Earth Star for awhile, but felt like I didn't really remember enough about Earth Girl for it to be enjoyable. So I waited until I had some time free for a reread. I was really surprised by how much I loved it. Especially considering my review below and my original 3 star review. This time around, I thought the world building brilliant and fascinating, and felt much more a connection to Jarra. And I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

New Rating: 4.5 Stars

3rd Rea
Amanda Liston
Apr 16, 2013 Amanda Liston rated it it was ok
I had really high hopes for this book but was simply not impressed. The idea for the book is creative enough but I felt the writing was unbalanced: things that I wish had been pages and pages were only a paragraph, and things that were pages and pages could've been a single sentence. Instead of expanding upon the situations that really could've let the main character's personality shine she truncated them to almost nothing and then spent multiple pages on different types of land-roving vehicles. ...more
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Nearly 800 years in the future, Earth and the rest of the universe is a very different place. Thanks to scientist Thaddeus Wallam-Crane, humanity is no longer limited by accelerated particle engines, or the restrictive harness of speed-of-light travel - Wallam-Crane's invention of "portals" mean that humanity can conquer the most distant stars, unrestrained by space and time.

Well, that's true for 99.9% of humanity. That remaining fraction, that niggling
Dec 31, 2013 Figgy rated it really liked it
I wanted so badly for this to be a five star read.

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down, and when I finished reading it last night (up past my bedtime) and went to sleep, I dreamt about this world and the people in it, though more surreal and dream like, of course. My dream back log is often two weeks long, which means something that happens in the real world won't show up in Dreamland for about fourteen days. This jumped the subconscious queue.

There were a couple of consistency and other
Aug 24, 2014 Nafiza rated it it was ok
This novel has a fantastic premise. A girl who is trapped on earth while the rest of humanity travels through the universe, living on newly discovered planets and just being cooler. Then she decides to go to a foreign (as in a different planet) university that holds its mandatory history course (program?) on earth (which makes sense since they’re studying human history). Apparently, in the future, archaeology is a pretty darn big deal because earth is reverting to natural status and human beings ...more
Nazia Zennia
This 1 star rating was only for one reason and this reason was big enough to eclipse all the good things that was happening in this book.

Let’s start with the good. The world building was great. Descriptions were vivid and although I had no idea how the portals and the multiple planets worked it didn't matter because the story was mostly taking place on earth. The idea was also great and seemed unique with a fresh look in a used setting.

Now for the bad. I didn't like the writing. Although I coul
Jun 25, 2015 Maree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was absolutely enthralled with Jarra and her story. Now that Earth has portalling tech to instantly travel from world to world, they've explored and settled on many. But there are still those babies that are born and can't survive on worlds other than Earth. They have to be sent back immediately, and anyone who has one automatically assumes their partner has old ancient genes. These children are raised by the hospitals on Earth with every benefit, but they can never leave the planet. Everyone ...more
Andy Angel
Apr 10, 2012 Andy Angel rated it it was amazing
First things first, this review is from an uncorrected proof copy - the book will be available to buy in the shops on August 16th.
The year is 2788 and thanks to the use of portals mankind has now moved out to the stars.
Unfortunately, due to a problem with the immune system, a small percentage of humans are only able to survive on Earth. Portalling off planet would mean death unless they can be sent straight back to Earth and hospitalised. These people, know as "handicapped or apes" (amongst
Neil (or bleed)
This book caught my interest without seeking my permission. The whole concept of the book, for me, is ingenious and engrossing.

The setting is, of course, futuristic, post-apocalyptic; being Earth as not the only planet that mankind can live. Yes, many planets, became the habitats of the people. And Earth was just a home for the Handicapped, an ape. This kind of setting intrigued me.

Character development for the MC is zan! Totally zan! Jarra, the MC, wants to prove herself to the 'exos' that she
Apr 11, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
That was totally amaz!(I think the 2788 language is catching ;) )

I had my doubts about this book, Earth Girl? Not exactly the best title. But WOW was this book amazing! The storyline was brilliant and incredibly developed, Jarras character development was brilliant and there were definatley some surprises I was not expecting!
At times the whole Exodus and other planets and portals was slightly confusing but honestly that didn't matter because that isn't the books main focus, but is focussed on Ja
Apr 02, 2015 -RadioActiveBookWorm- rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis: A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author. Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she h
Aug 30, 2012 Marie-Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sie kommt von der Erde. Ihr Schicksal steht in den Sternen. Jarra ist ein «Earth Girl». Während sich der Rest der Menschheit aufmacht, fremde Galaxien zu entdecken, ist Jarra zu einem Leben auf dem alten Heimatplaneten verdammt: Aufgrund eines Gendefekts kann sie nicht teleportieren. Sie gehört zu den Ausgestoßenen, den Wertlosen. Aber Jarra hat einen Traum: Sie will normal sein, will wie alle anderen studieren. Ihre Leidenschaft ist die Frühgeschichte – der faszinierende Zeitraum vor Erfindung ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Love this! Can't get this slang out of my head, but it's so good. Jarra was a little too perfect but whatever. I still like her as a heroine. Full review to come.


Originally posted over on my blog

I had never come across this book until about a month or so ago, on another blog. After browsing my library’s ebooks, I decided to go ahead and read it. So glad that I did, because it is truly a great story! I have the second book on hold, so hopefully I will be getting that soon.

Earth Girl is n
Jul 03, 2013 Krystle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite what the premise sounds like, this book is definitely not any sort of dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel that's all the rage these days in YA fiction. It's straight up science-fiction, with a more lighter, humorous twist.

I was pretty skeptical about this going in, especially when I first opened the book and found that the font was the smallest thing ever! I mean, whose bright idea was to make the font that damn tiny!? Do they want to kill our eyesight?! One look is enough to put off ma
Jules Welker
Sep 03, 2015 Jules Welker rated it really liked it
Raise your hand if, after reading the book's description, you thought this might be a survival story. You’re wrong! ...kind of. They do wear suits similar to the following picture, and there are major scenes involving mass destruction. How I imagined the story matched many things in the picture below.

However, this is the jist.

Focus - Jarra, abandoned to earth when born. Subject - Discrimination against her kind. Neans like her can only survive on Earth. What does she do in the face of this intol
Jun 06, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, purrfection
I really loved this book; it was exactly the kind of story I am looking for. It is soft scifi and the fate of the world is not in the balance. This is the story of how a girl deals with her "disability" and the prejudice against her in a futuristic world.

Story The story is essentially a boarding school story in the future. Girl is considered a second-rate citizen since she cannot travel to space like most of the now spacefaring future human race. Girl fakes another identity to prove herself
Nov 24, 2015 Penguin_factory rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
I didn't finish this book-- in fact I didn't even get close-- so I can't speak to how well or not it handles its central premise. I will say that I'm immediately leery of a piece of genre fiction that creates a new oppressed class, transposes a lot of the mindset and language (including a name which, if I'm not mistaken, is often seen as derogatory) that applies to a real-life group of people onto them and then spins a story out of it. Is that justified? I don't know, but alarm bells were going ...more
This was a sweet book with a true kick-ass heroine and an intriguing premise. I thought it was interesting that the book presented humans as advanced enough to have portal technology but having lost much too when so many people left Earth and allowed parts to go to ruin. And so they express surprise at the sight of high-rises (there's no need to build dense when there are other worlds to settle) and the idea that people could have traveled across land as fast as they did (as in auto racing; in t ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Jilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
There are twists in a book, and then there are twists! This book had such a crazy twist in the middle of it, and I loved it!

Jarra, the main character, is stuck on Earth while most people are able to travel to other planets, because she is "handicapped," like 1 in every 1,000 people. Her people are looked down upon and she has some major anger issues. Her whole goal, in the beginning of the book, is to get revenge on all of those whom have looked down upon her by enrolling in a college that is at
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Janet is the author of the EARTH GIRL trilogy set in the Portal Future - EARTH GIRL, EARTH STAR, EARTH FLIGHT - and the extra shorter stories in the series - FRONTIER, EARTH AND FIRE, EARTH 2788, and HERA 2781. Her newest books are TELEPATH, set in the Hive Future, and REAPER, set in the Game Future.

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