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Posted April 19, 2013
Earth Girl had so much promise. Not only was the synopsis and th
Earth Girl had so much promise. Not only was the synopsis and the cover appealing, but the first 50 pages of the novel had me so excited to dig deeper into the story. Unfortunately, as soon as Jarra made it to the Norm school, it felt like the author hit the break on the book and we got stuck in horrible rush hour traffic, moving inch by inch, meaning barely getting any development in the plot whatsoever. I am really sad to say this but Earth Girl is officially my biggest disappointment of 2013. I have read many good reviews of it and I was expecting to really like it. However I did not enjoy the writing style with the weird terminologies such as Snaz! and Nuke!, I did not enjoy how most of the novel was spent following Jarra at school doing the same thing every single day, going to dig sites, showing off how smart she is, then going to bed. The plot stayed like that for more than 100 pages.. I kept on wondering if we were EVER going to get any development because I honestly don't see the point in continuing to read it.
THEN, Jarra finally reconnects with her parents and I sit up straighter and wait for some character and plot development. Something big happens a little while after that but you know how Jarra takes it? in one tiny paragraph we read how pissed and heartbroken she is.. then the next chapter? it is like nothing happened. She is back to being her happy go lucky self to the point that she forgot who she is. Jarra is an handicapped, an ape, meaning someone who can't travel to different worlds like the Norms. Of course no one at her norm school knows about this. One day after the big event she disregarded, the school has to evacuate from earth to go to another planet, do you know what Jarra did? she went to PACK and get READY to go. I was like "umm, aren't you a handicapped? won't you go into anaphylactic shock as soon as you portal? WHERE IS YOUR MIND WOMAN?!" I felt that the author threw us out of Jarra's mind as soon as the big event happened. I couldn't understand what was going on and was so confused throughout the rest of the novel.
I expected there to be action, to be some thrilling plot and great characters. I expected to be at least not let down by the romance but I was wrong. The love interest? I knew nothing about other than his sudden desire to marry Jarra and his fetish of being thrown over the shoulder by Jarra... please tell me it is as weird as I thought? the romance fell flat; one second Jarra didn't even care about the guy but the next second she is in love with him. I got so frustrated with this novel, I wanted to drop it many times but stuck around with it.I honestly wouldn't recommend it to anyone but again, I know people who have read it and loved it, I seem to be in the minority with my rating but that's my final verdict after reading Earth Girl.
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Posted March 5, 2013
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¿They were magicians,¿ I said. ¿Think of the glorious cities the
“They were magicians,” I said. “Think of the glorious cities they built. New York, New Tokyo, London, Moscow, Paris Coeur, Berlin, Eden…Now it’s all in ruins, and we’re scavenging for scraps of their knowledge.” -Janet Edwards, Earth Girl
Imagine a world where you would be considered a “Handicapped” person because of your immune system. Jarra is one of the thousands of people in a post-apocalyptic world that is confined to Earth.
Jarra dreams of going off world, but she has been told all of her life that she could not survive on another planet. Her parents abandoned her to live alone on Earth while they continued to live off world with all the other “Normals.”
Jarra has had enough. She does not believe she should be classified as “Handicapped”, she can do everything that a “Normal” can do. Jarra hatches a plan…she makes a fake military background for herself and joins a group of “Normals” excavating the ruins of old cities. She wants to prove to them that she is just like them.
Earth Girl is a true “portal” science fiction story that weaves a story about the world hundreds of years from now. Janet Edwards creates a realistic world that will give you goosebumps about what our future holds. Through detailed descriptions and character development, the reader can really related to the hardships and emotional roller coaster that the characters face.
Earth Girl will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for Jarra on her quest for equality. Janet Edwards well thought out plot is masterful, imaginative, and consuming. Jarra is an inspirational heroine who is strong of heart, and of mind. You will not want to put this book down until you turn that last page!
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Posted February 25, 2013
The description for Earth Girl just SOUNDS so cool and science f
The description for Earth Girl just SOUNDS so cool and science fiction-y. I love cool sci fi and I had heard a little buzz for this one so I was excited and decided to give it a try. When I finally did pick it up, I was curious enough and in the perfect mood for a good futuristic read but I wasn’t really sure what to expect either. It sounds a bit odd, right? I found the idea of the futuristic “handicapped” living on Earth to be interesting, but unfamiliar. So I was completely surprised when I was reading Earth Girl.
Earth Girls is noteworthy for its unique and moving storyline, a well-developed world full of its own history and culture that stands out, and a character so different from any others I’ve read before.
Reasons to Read:
1. Jarra is this daring, geeky sort of girl:
And because of that she’s totally relatable. She dares to try and move past her biological and societal limits – she challenges them and isn’t afraid too afraid to fail that it holds her back. She’s bitter at first, but understandably so. And that is a huge part of her transformation throughout the book. And I loved how geeky she was when it came to history! I feel the same way and have my own little geeky quirks when it comes to interests I am PASSIONATE about! (Like books! And politics! And the law! And history!)
2. Suspenseful moments that’ll have your heart pounding:
These aren’t your typical sort of suspenseful moments with the good characters running from the bad guys. It’s done in the semi-mundane practice of research and archeology. And that made it better in a sense, because it made you aware of just how brave and passionate you have to be to do the type of work Jarra hopes to do as a historian. There’s nothing boring about this – it feels very real and exciting. And there is some crazy weather going on, which is scary but exciting in the way some of our real weather can be. And people die in familiar ways too. So for a world set so far in the distant future (hundreds of years past beyond us) it feels remarkably familiar.
3. A real sense and thoughtful consideration of the importance of treating others well:
The very idea that only those “handicapped” live on Earth sounds weird. It’s a special immune system that means Jarra and her friends will literally die on any other planet – and this is in a world where that’s what everyone else is able to do. You get a very thoughtful insider’s perspective of what it means to be different from the norm, and treated inferior in many instances. I’ve never had any kind of a disability that held me back in any way, but I know what it feels like to stand out from the crowd and be unique. It isn’t always easy, and the way people act towards you can be extremely painful. And Earth Girl totally made me rethink how I perceive disabilities or unique traits (in a good way). I had to seriously reconsider whether that is such a bad thing, or whether it’s just different from me.
4. A heartbreaking, moving tale:
I was rooting so hard for Jarra, and I desperately wanted the situation to be different. There are some incredible, life-changing discoveries made during the story and some of it works out well and some of it just falls apart. That pain Jarra felt was described so well that it was raw and truly resonated with me as a reader. I was in awe of how touching Jarra’s story was, and for this reason alone I’d recommend it to many, many readers.
Jarra’s development is remarkable, but at one point it struck me as very odd. I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ll just say that it was the one part of the book that didn’t work for me because of how it was presented. It felt a little too out of left field and bizarre, not that she would act in such a way, but the way it was written and included in the story failed to persuade me and suspend my disbelief. I love reading imaginary, creative stories but the authors needs to be able to convince me that they’re real within the book. Jarra’s actions towards the latter half of the novel stood out to me from the rest of it because it didn't mesh as well with her character or the plot as everything else did. And it was such a pivotal moment that I can’t brush it off or ignore it.
But in light of the book as a whole, it is fairly minor and didn’t overly detract from my experience reading it. Earth Girl is still one of the most remarkable YA books I’ve read, and I thought it was very well done.
ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
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Posted November 7, 2013
Earth Girl is the first book in the Earth Girl trilogy by Ja
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Earth Girl is the first book in the Earth Girl trilogy by Janet Edwards.
I liked this book so much, the concept sounded so appealing being set in the future, add in the intriguing characters and great dialogue and you end up with this fabulous story.
It's 2788 and Earth is a planet only inhabited by the handicapped (or apes as civilians from other planets refer to them as), people who as babies who can't with their immune system tolerate the atmosphere anywhere but Earth and can't portal to other worlds, and so most are abandoned by their families with the belief system that it's an embarrassment to have a child with this problem.
Jarra is one of these kids, angry and bitter at the way she and all handicapped are treated she enrols herself at a school for the norms who will be spending the next year on Earth at a dig site to find artifacts and lost pieces of history that were abandoned in the haste to leave Earth.
Creating a new background for herself as the daughter of military parents, Jarra ends up being the smartest and most knowledgable student in her class, much to the amazement and chagrin of her teacher who is the only person that's knows of who she really is.
Soon Jarra starts believing her own lies and gets swept up in a romance with Fian a boy in her class - a norm from another planet.
But when a severe solar storm strikes where Jarra is staying she and her fellow students will be helping to save the lives of some of the military, who have crash-landed on Earth and have only hours to live buried under the rubble of a collapsed building.
Join Jarra as she falls in love, discovers the norms aren't as bad as she'd convinced herself they are and helps to save a whole lot of people proving that the handicapped can do just as much as and are as normal as the well - the norms.
I highly recommend this book and I look forward to the next book 'Earth Star'.
An enjoyable story, it had me staying up late reading it. But i
An enjoyable story, it had me staying up late reading it. But it does have its problems, including pacing and glossed over, unresolved, or unexplained issues.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Pros: a unique, fascinating, and rich background. The book has a culture and history of its own, and these details are not only woven into the story but play a key role in it. In addition, the technology in this book is cool, and really lends to the futuristic feel that is so central to the story. Most importantly, there is character development, which is central to a dramatic plot such as this one.
Cons: in the beginning the pacing was perfectly fine, and then midway through it slows painfully to a crawl, which lasts almost until the end, where the story then dashes madly to the finish in an ending more fitting for a race than a book. It was as though the editor read the first half of the book, thought it was fine, and assumed the last half would be just as good; so, of course, the pacing immediately went amok. It also seemed as though the author was pressed for time and had to quickly finish the book. In addition, the science part of science-fiction was painfully lacking: left unexplained and ultimately unbelievable.
The greatest failings happen in the latter part of the book: most of the supporting cast is suddenly, inexplicably side-lined only to be replaced by new characters whom we’ve never met before, the story takes a romantic turn, and the main character loses her mind (in an understanding but confusing way). But perhaps the greatest fault is in what should have been the climax, both emotionally and plot-wise. The story built to one specific point, with the two main themes of the story until then being acceptance and deceit, but instead the plot took a left turn and the climax was replaced by a hurried rescue scene that was more fitting for the falling action than what should have been the peak of the story. In fact, the emotional plot of the story was never fully resolved, and the should-have-been climax becomes a footnote readers never even see, but have to hear about second hand.
While from my review the cons may look as though they outweigh the pros, the story was actually a very good one. It was a thought provoking tale of disability, lies, and ultimate acceptance, and it introduced a setting the likes of which I have never seen in any book. I just wish more thought had gone into the latter part of the book- it would have benefitted from some polishing up.
Posted February 21, 2013
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Earth Girl is a bold and unique novel that is easy to get powere
Earth Girl is a bold and unique novel that is easy to get powered on. From its remarkable cover, touching and thought-provoking, to it's flavorful cast of characters I have no doubt that Janet Edwards will catch a wide variety of readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jarra is a heroine with such a passionate voice, one that makes me sit up and pay attention, especially since she speaks directly to us, the audience. Reading her words as though they were written just for me made me shake my head in amusement, pocket a tissue for tears and focus intently on her hopes and hardships. In short, I've never felt so bonded to a character that I felt every bit of sympathy imaginable for her. It literally took me days to stop talking, or even thinking, about Jarra's story. Under the layer of science-fiction and this highly advanced futuristic society, there's something very realistic about Earth Girl. Jarra has to deal with her being Handicapped and not knowing who her birth parents are. She struggles with making the decision to reach out for the parents who sent her to Earth, a place she's bound to because of her immune system that does not allow her to portal to other worlds. It's this aspect of the story that made Jarra become more than just a fictitious character.
Edwards is a totally zan author who not only goes above and beyond expectations for an entertaining sci-fi novel, but she sets a whole new set of standards. She captures it all: romance, adventure, and intricate subplots that aid in creating a world unlike any I've read before. Even the characters' colloquial speech is lavished with a distinctive style. Earth Girl is a prime example of my gratefulness for the literary convention of a series; Edwards will sure as chaos continue to dazzle and delight with one of the most outstanding heroines of YA literature!
*ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Posted November 7, 2013
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