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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
+ 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Eighteen-year-old Jarra doesn’t quite see it that way though, and nor does she describe it as s ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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