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Earth Flight

Earth Flight

by Janet Edwards

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Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portaling to other planets.

Except now she's the most famous Earth girl in the universe - but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm.


Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portaling to other planets.

Except now she's the most famous Earth girl in the universe - but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra's actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity's worlds.

On top of everything, the first alien artifact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth - or else the alien artifact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars - but never to reach them?

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From the Publisher
“This thrilling finale takes the Earth Girl trilogy to astonishing new heights. Edwards never fails to impress and entertain, expanding her brilliantly imagined SF universe while constantly raising the personal stakes for Jarra. I want more!”
—E. C. Myers, author of the Andre Norton Award–winning Fair Coin and The Silence of Six

Praise for Earth Girl:

"Action, rich archaeological detail and respectfully levelheaded disability portrayal, refreshingly free from symbolism and magical cures, make this stand out." - Kirkus STARRED REVIEW

"Tired of bitter, angst-ridden heroines and their associated dark dystopias? Look no further than Edwards' refreshing debut." - Booklist STARRED REVIEW

"With a dash of action, sprinkling of romance, some teenage angst and a couple of collapsing skyscrapers, this novel contains everything you could possibly want to grab a teenage reader and keep them utterly enthralled." - Starburst

"A break from the norms." - SFX 

VOYA, August 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 3) - Mary Kusluch
If readers love science fiction, then Earth Flight will satisfy their cravings for adventure. There are fantasy worlds with parallels to our own, and even an Earth that still resembles what we know. Jarra is a girl considered to have a handicap, because she cannot travel from world to world. She and her boyfriend work to protect life as they know it from the enemy, human or otherwise. Reviewer: Mary Kusluch, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, August 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 3) - Nancy K. Wallace
Eighteen-year-old, Jarra, has been designated a “Handicap” from birth. Her compromised immune system prevents her from portaling to other planets but she has proven her worth in the Alien Contact program on Earth where she has been promoted to Commander. When a Betan clan offers her membership, it sparks controversy and intense reaction against “Handicaps.” Jarra is attacked and drenched in skunk juice. Her contract with her “twoing” partner, Fian, falls under scrutiny by Betan standards and he must be adopted by a Betan Clan. Protests arise and Jarra must go into hiding after attempts are made on her life. Jarra’s betrothal to Fian is nullified when her age is called into question by an alternate calculating system. Meanwhile, a second alien probe approaches. Jarra willingly puts her own life at risk by undergoing an experimental procedure to correct her flawed immune system, allowing her to portal, saving earth from an impending disaster. This series utilizes convincing and complicated world-building, but readers are advised to read the first two titles first. The characters are well developed and likeable. The designation of “Handicap” takes on chilling implications as people are deemed to be less than human and “ape-like” because of their disabilities. Jarra’s intelligence and courage draws her public recognition and acclaim, proving the value of “Handicaps” in this futuristic society. By undergoing the procedure to correct her immune system, Jarra achieves her goal of being able to travel to the stars. This is a pleasurable and accessible addition to most young adult collections. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
In this far-future trilogy's conclusion, a disabled archaeology student-cum-military hero deciphers an alien probe. In 2789, humanity lives on 1,200 different worlds, everyone teleporting effortlessly among star systems—except the fraction of humans who are born Handicapped, their immune systems viable only on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra's Handicapped, and although she's accomplished great archaeological and military feats (Earth Girl, 2013; Earth Star, 2014), she feels trapped on Earth. As Jarra and her boyfriend, Fian, provide critical assistance to the Military in decoding an alien probe, anti-Handicapped hostility escalates to an acid attack and a bombing. Jarra's and Fian's combined intellects lead to complex realizations (which are exciting though out of the blue; readers are merely along for the ride): there is a danger to humanity that only Jarra can tackle—and only from a distant planet. To that end, she undergoes an extreme and risky physical operation. It cures her disability. (It also places scientifically necessary lights under her skin, coincidentally making her "more beautiful.") This wish-fulfillment ending severely undermines the series' social-justice theme about mistreatment of the Handicapped; moreover, it falls into the literary rut of magical cures, implying that (still-) disabled protagonists and happy endings are a mismatch. Readers captivated by the first two installments' thrilling archaeological excavations will find them absent here. Despite an exciting and complex plot, far less special than the first two. (Science fiction. 11-16)
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
The final book in the “Earth Girl” trilogy contains plenty of action about “the most famous Earth Girl in the universe.” Written in the first person, the plot unfolds as Jarra and her friends decide how best to bring peace between warring factions. Valuable alien artifacts have secrets to explore, but first the main characters have to leave earth in order to preserve the artifact they discovered. Teen readers will step into Edwards’s imagination, where a new world is controlled by the military. Earth Flight asks readers to consider a handicapped person’s potential opportunities to enable them to make a full contribution to their communities. Jarr will compete in the Olympic Arena, to be held in Earth Europe, to win a medal guarded by soldiers. She and her companion have their faces shown on every giant news channel on day 2789. Jarr realizes her previous interest in archaeology has brought her to this strange place and event, and though it is fascinating, her heart longs for the earth she once knew it. No medal or valued piece of architecture can ever change her feelings for her former home. Chapters are short with abundant dialogue, and there is always an emphasis on military discipline and control. After forty chapters have passed, Jarra and her friend, Fian, must decide to leave Earth to help integrate handicapped individuals. Readers who enjoyed the previous two books will enjoy finishing this journey. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 12 up.

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Prometheus Books
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8.40(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Edwards is the author of Earth Girl and Earth Star. As a child in England, she read everything she could get her hands on, including a huge amount of science fiction and fantasy. She studied mathematics at Oxford, and went on to suffer years of writing unbearably complicated technical documents before deciding to write something that was fun for a change. She has a husband, a son, a lot of books, and an aversion to housework.

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