Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
- World building
- Character development
- New unnescessary terminology- e.g. amaz for amazing.
- Resolution- typical conclusion, no cliffhanger
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 has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.
Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.
A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.
I cannot express how good this book was! The plot, the world-building, the characters all stood out for me.
Though the beginning of this debut novel by Janet Edwards was a bit slow, by the time I got past the first 50 pages, I was hooked and no one could stop me from devouring it.
The world-building of Earth, in 2788, was really solid. I could pretty much imagine Earth as how Edwards described it to be, as well as New York Fringe and Main. There was a history behind how Earth had become so deserted and left alone, only for the 'apes'. It wasn't just a thing that could happen overnight.
The character development in Earth Girl was just phenomenal. It wasn't only Jarra, the main character that evolved, but also the rest of the characters, like Krath and Playdon. Jarra initially turned me off with how much anger she had towards the exos, but gradually, I grew to like her, as her anger dwindled down more and more. Krath is another example of excellent character development. He changes so much from how he originally was at the start of the novel.
Like any good book, there were flaws in Earth Girl. But they were extremely minor, and it's only because I'm nitpicky, that I noticed them. For one thing, I did get a bit irritated by the new slang being thrown around, like 'amaz' for 'amazing'. When I found out that Earth Girl was the first book of a series, I then also thought that the ending was too tied-up for the ending of a first book. A first book, for me, usually has to have a few loopholes left, to egg me to read the next book.
Earth Girl is a book that reminds people of their love of reading. It made me realise how much of a reading slump I have been in for the past year! It is a book I am currently recommending to all my friends who love dystopias. A 4-star book, it really revived reading back for me.
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