“Okay, so I picked up this book because I love the cover, read the inside front cover and knew it was a book that I would most likely like. And I do. In fact, I like it a lot. I like the spunky main character, Jarra, who is angry and wanting to make a statement but learns through experience that...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Really nice! I wish that the author would have developed a couple of the characters in more depth. The only character with any real depth was the protagonist. Still very, very goo!”Owen M wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Some science fiction fans who aren't in the young adult demographic might enjoy this debut novel because of the interesting and original setting. ”Jennilyn P wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, so I picked up this book because I love the cover, read the inside front cover and knew it was a book that I would most likely like. And I do. In fact, I like it a lot. I like the spunky main character, Jarra, who is angry and wanting to make a statement but learns through experience that she doesn't need to. Yes, Jarra is extraordinary however there are explanations for all of her abilities, it's not magic or instant. I like Fian who helps Jarra learn to trust people. I really liked the world building, Janet Edwards put lots of imagination and creativity to work in that area and it worked for me. I can hardly wait for the sequel Earth Star.”Susie V wrote this review Saturday, July 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved Jarra!!! Amazing futuristic world yet I wish there had been more explanation on how the future changed but oh well! Great characters and plot^_^”Ana wrote this review Tuesday, June 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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?); pay attention to Earth Girl.
The world building in Earth Girl is astounding. Seriously, there's so much going on in here, and with so much of it well-explained. Though the Earth and surrounding solar system are nothing like they are now, I always felt completely grounded in Edwards' world. At no point did I feel like there was clunky infodumping or that I was at a loss, confused about why something was happening. There are some infodumps, but they're done in the guise of a classroom lesson, so they work perfectly. I'm not going to try to explain all of it to you, because there's too much and I would make it really complicated; if you're curious, trust in Janet Edwards.
The biggest theme tackled in Earth Girl is that of racial tensions. Well, I'm not sure if racial is precisely the right world, but the strain between people from different planets and cultures. Although all originally from Earth, the humans who still live there are seen as neans (a shortening of neanderthals) or apes. No one would live on Earth at all anymore, since other planets have been located with far better conditions, but some people are unable to survive anywhere else because of a rare condition. Even among those not dwelling on Earth, there are stereotypes pertaining to every planet, like the idea that all Betans are promiscuous.
Jarra is one of my new favorite heroines. She does not let people mess with her one bit, sarcastic and no-nonsense. Who doesn't love a heroine who throws a guy who tries to get fresh across the room? Well, probably lots of people, but I, for one, think that's awesome. Handicapped, the term used to describe those unable to survive off of Earth, Jarra resents the way her kind are viewed, and decides to do something drastic to prove a point. She enrolls in a history degree for a college on another planet, since the first year is taught on Earth. If no one notices that she's an "ape," then obviously the stereotypes are wrong. At the end, she plans to revenge herself on these narrow-minded exos (a slur for those who don't live on Earth) by revealing the truth. Over time, though, it becomes clear that there is more to every person than stereotypes, a lesson that's always important to remember.
Though it's not the main focus of the story, Earth Girl does have one heck of an adorable romance. Jarra, in spite of herself, is highly attracted to Fian, a guy who just happens to rather resemble her favorite vid star. They develop a really natural bond by working to gether and playing together. I really love the way they swap episodes of their favorite shows, secretly pointing out their crushes on one another. These two have some great banter and I am a big fan.
Though Earth Girl is nigh perfect for me, I do think it might be tricky for those with a bit less patience for science fiction. There are a lot of pages of description about the methods by which historians research pre-historic Earth (in this case, New York City). These might bore some readers, though I found them incredibly exciting. The closest comparison I can make would be to the various lessons in Ender's Game, as they play the battle simulation game. There were also a couple of spots that lagged a bit, but far more that made me laugh out loud or want to fistbump Jarra for being so damn cool.
Science fiction fans, you're going to want to get yourself a copy of Earth Girl ASAP. I'm pretty sure I'm going to need to order the UK version of book two, just so I can have a shorter wait.”
“This is true science fiction - not just dystopian, paranormal, or fantasy masquerading as sci-fi. The plot may be character-driven, but the world-building and futuristic-archaeological setting keeps the pages turning.
The Australian edition of Janet Edwards' Earth Girl has a summary so short and vague that it fails to mention the awesome, fascinating, jaw-dropping climax that kicks in with 100 pages of the book to go. I shan't spoil it for you, but it's been a long time since I've come across something that transfixing. Wow. Take a bow, Janet Edwards!
Earth Girl has one major flaw: its titular character. Jarra's initial motivation is to prove to the non-Handicapped that the Handicapped are just as intelligent and capable. But she judges them more than they judge her. Hypocrisy and double-standards in action here, readers. And Jarra doesn't acknowledge it. What I thought to be a plot-hole, Jarra self-diagnoses as her psyche protecting her from harm, yet she doesn't admit to basic bitchiness? And she rips on psychologists? Pain in the arse! She's good at everything and far too heroic, and she just grinds my gears. Shut up, Jarra; I'd rather hang out with Dalmora, Amalie, and the Betas.”