Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Earth Girl (Earth Girl, #1)” as Want to Read:
Earth Girl (Earth Girl, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Earth Girl

(Earth Girl #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,338 ratings  ·  781 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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Earth Girl, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Abi There is romance between the main character and another character. It's not too serious, there's no sex.…moreThere is romance between the main character and another character. It's not too serious, there's no sex.(less)
αλήθεια i'm not clear on what you're asking...but on the first dig Jarra was made :tag leader"…morei'm not clear on what you're asking...but on the first dig Jarra was made :tag leader"(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.82  · 
Rating details
 ·  5,338 ratings  ·  781 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Earth Girl (Earth Girl, #1)
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies by: Faye, la Patata
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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 16, 2015 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
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
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
YA SF that explores a believable extrapolation of a future based on portal technology, a passion for archeology and bigotry.

Jarra is Handicapped, one of the few people that can't travel through off-planet portals without going into anaphylactic shock seconds after emerging. Handicapped children can be born to anyone and the usual result is that the baby gets shipped off to Earth to be raised while the parents split amid the shame of giving birth to an "ape" (or "throwback", or "nean). Exposure t
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
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
3.5 stars

This was a really sweet and enjoyable book with a nice feel-good vibe to it.

There isn't any contrived plotting or angst thrust upon the characters, just Jarra trying to work out for herself what she is going to do in the situation she has got herself into, and coming to terms with who and what she is. YA SF doesn't often take the path of exploring people trying to live a relatively good life in an upbeat manner and focus just on the characters, so that made for a refreshing change of p
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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
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
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
3 stars. First thing - this was not a bad book. It had an interesting premise, the world-building was solid, and the idea was a unique spin on a way-overused setting.

My problem was with 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 - 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 d
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
Dichotomy Girl
review from 3rd Reading:
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.

Apr 08, 2012 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
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
Mar 24, 2013 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
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
Nov 17, 2015 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
Jun 14, 2012 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
Nov 23, 2013 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
4.5 stars

So, an update now that I have just read it a second time--I still think this is worth 4.5 stars. The writing is good, the characters are well developed, the pacing is excellent, the future world building solid and consistent and the story full of adventure, action, a bit of romance, character growth and dealing with differences between people. The review I wrote in 2017 includes a bit about what the story is actually about. Why someone else originally shelved this as extraterrestrials
Nov 17, 2013 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
Aug 15, 2013 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 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
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a fun and imaginative story about a teen girl in the future of Earth. I became interested in it because of the theme of a handicapped girl dealing with the stigma of her situation and trying to overcome it. The story does address the issue in a sensitive way that both adults and teens will understand. The world created in the story and the characters seem to jump off the page. The pace is fast most of the time which is something I enjoyed. However, there were some parts which seeme ...more
Neil (or bleed)
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2014 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
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Contains minor spoilers, nothing major but some people like knowing nothing at all, so you've been warned.

This was a surprisingly fun start to the series. I've owned this book for around 2 years, never picked it up as it never called to me. Then I made a tbr jar for 2017 and it was the first book I pulled out. It gave me the incentive to read it and I'm so glad I did!

Jarra was a really cool protagonist. I did get a bit confused by the "lost memory" part. It seemed a bit out of the blue, but I
Feb 04, 2015 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
Kara Babcock
I was not expecting to fall for this book quite as hard as I did. If you asked me how Earth Girl ended up on my to-read list, I could not tell you. But my library had a copy (I love my library!). The description is lacklustre and didn’t make me too excited, but within a few pages I was on Jarra’s side, and within about 3 chapters I was loving this book. It made me giddy, at points … I think that might have been how much this book was a needed, escapist story right now.

Jarra is turning 18 and has
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
Looks dumb, is great fun.

One of the jacket reviews calls it "utopian YA" and indeed it's a refreshing shift from the usual misery: conflict and drama ARE possible without everything being horrible all the time! The character voice of course makes a huge difference, and Jarra's is a delight; the world-creation is brilliantly dense and well-thought-out; the infodumps are delivered believably in-story. Even the invented language feels completely natural. It hits all the YA sci fi tropes - hyper-com
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
I tried hard to get into this book, I really did, but I just couldn’t do it. This wasn’t bad, it was just boring. The pacing was incredibly slow, and I made it 145 pages in without there being a clear plot. Yes, the book is about Jarra pretending to be a “norm” instead of a handicapped earth girl, but once we reach the setting of the pretense, the only thing leading the reader on was when the others would find out, and that is not enough to create an interesting narrative. I couldn’t see what wo ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Stray (Touchstone, #1)
  • Firebreak
  • Gratuitous Epilogue (Touchstone, #4)
  • Fragile Remedy
  • Angel Fever (Angel, #3)
  • Death's Handmaiden
  • Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy, #1)
  • The Last Girl on Earth
  • Coaching for Equity: Conversations That Change Practice
  • So Far from the Bamboo Grove
  • Caszandra (Touchstone, #3)
  • Kurtisanen
  • Agnetas bok (Prästdöttrarna, #5)
  • Thurgood Marshall: The Making of America #6
  • Karin Månsdotter : Hans majestäts nådiga frilla
  • Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker's Daughter (Philippa Fisher, #2)
  • Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister (Philippa Fisher, #1)
  • Philippa Fisher and the Fairy's Promise (Philippa Fisher, #3)
See similar books…
See top shelves…

Janet's latest release is EARTH PRIME (The Earth Girl Aftermath Stories 1). Please visit Janet's website to get more information, and sign up for her newsletter if you'd like to be kept informed of future releases.


Before the Earth Girl Trilogy
EARTH 2788: The Earth Girl Short Stories


Other books in the series

Earth Girl (3 books)
  • Earth Star (Earth Girl, #2)
  • Earth Flight (Earth Girl, #3)

Related Articles

  Author C.L. Clark is no newcomer to the sci-fi and fantasy scene. Though she just published her first novel, The Unbroken, earlier this year,...
107 likes · 8 comments