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Earth Girl by Janet  Edwards
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Jul 09, 2012

really liked it
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Read from July 09 to 12, 2012

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EARTH GIRL by Janet Edwards is a young adult sci-fi adventure which is set hundreds of years in the future, portraying a vision of mankind’s future.

In this world Earth is no longer the main planet for the human population, as humans have migrated to a whole host of other discovered planets, each with their own class systems and rules. For example, there is the prestigious Alpha sector, sexually open Beta, moral Gamma, and a whole host of other planets within these sectors.

The occupants of these planets are referred to as ‘norms’ as they are free to portal to other worlds as they please, and can live on any of the planets available for human inhabitation. Then we have our main character, Jarra, who is ‘Handicapped’ as she is one of the few people whose immune system won’t let her live anywhere other than Earth. As a result of this there is prejudice between the norms and the Handicapped, with the norms thinking they are superior to the ‘apes’ on Earth.

Jarra is a typical victim of this prejudice, whereby her off-world parents had a baby that couldn’t survive on their planet and sent her to Earth. As a result, she has grown up with a certain amount of bitterness against the ‘norms’, determined to prove that she is just as good as they are.

This bitterness, couple with her love of history, leads her to choose a history course at an off-world university, as the first year of all history courses are carried out at dig sites on Earth. She chooses University Asgard, and forms a false identity for herself as a Military child, which will give her an excuse for her background knowledge about dig sites and the Earth environment.

Her plan is to reveal herself as ‘Handicapped’ when she’s proved herself to the ‘norm’ students, as she wants to shock them and change their prejudices about those who live on Earth. However, when she meets the class her perceptions start to change, and is her battle really against the ‘norms’, or against herself?

Jarra was a really great main character, as there is so much going on in her life for the author to delve into, such as her relationship with the ‘norms’ and her feelings regarding her parents. She almost takes on a new life in creating her Military persona, which did get a little frustrating at one point in the book, as the truth being revealed to her classmates is dragged out too long for my liking.

A lot of the drama in this book does come from typical young adult sources, such as finding out the truth about her parents, and suffering a dilemma over whether or not she should become involved with ‘norm’ Fian. I think was written in such a way that older readers shouldn’t be put off, as I quite liked Janet Edwards’ writing style.

However, this book does have its problems, and for me the main problem was the plot, or lack thereof. Although Jarra’s life is detailed in great detail, it feels like the book is always building up to some big event, but nothing big really happens. Less significant scenes, such as the historical digs, are given a wealth of detail, which was good the first couple of times but began to get a little repetitive towards the end. Then there are big life events for Jarra that are described in only a few sentences and feel like a wasted opportunity.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book, as despite the excessive description of history and adolescent dramas the author has built up a very convincing futuristic world, and it is very easy to see through Jarra’s eyes. Her relationship with Fian is built up slowly, and is different to the instantaneous love that seems to be seeping into young adult fiction. I really liked how this was different to current books, and would recommend giving it a read!

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