Earth Girl

Earth Girl

Book - 2013
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A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author!

Just because she's confined to the planet, doesn't mean she can't reach for the stars.

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-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 makes up a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they've been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn't expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.
Publisher: Amherst, NY :, Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books,, c2013
ISBN: 9781616147655
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Edw
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 23 cm

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scifiandscary
Jan 12, 2016

Earth Girl has realistic characters, decent pacing, and enough action versus internal monologues to keep you happy. Jarra (and all the other characters) are excellently fleshed out. Nothing any of the characters do makes you sit up and go “Yeah, right, like that’d happen.” There are no love triangles. No one acts tons more mature than they should be for their age. The pacing is fantastic. None of the tech (bar the portals) used is completely unbelievable. In fact, it seems for lots of it like we’re already on our way to developing it. I mean, we have versions of impact suits now.

I’ve seen reviews that talked about the ‘subpar’ world development. I have to say that the world development in this novel did not bother me at all. I like it when the author forces the reader to use their imagination. I never, at any point, felt like I wasn’t given enough information to see things through.

As usual with me and stories, I would have ended the book a bit before it actually ended, but in this case really just the last bit where its really tying up (after a certain salute). I feel like the book overall would have left a stronger final impression if it had ended on a strong note, instead of how it did.

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Dixie16
Jul 23, 2015

A great book. Jarra is a strong, intelligent heroine; the plot is engaging and exciting. I'm definitely planning to read the sequel!

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megaskier
Jul 17, 2014

It is a science fiction book set in the future, where most humans live on other planets, and Earth is practically deserted. Some people, however, have a genetic mutation that does not allow them to travel to other planets. Deemed ‘apes’ and ‘throwbacks’ by the rest of humanity, they are secluded and looked down upon. But Jarra, an ‘ape’, wants to prove to the ‘norms’ that apes are just as good as them. She goes undercover in a history class that is excavating ruins on Earth, planning to reveal herself at the right moment and laugh in their faces. What she does not plan is to make friends, learn more than she could have ever dreamed of, and possibly even fall in love….
Read if you like science fiction, books set in the future, strong female characters, Uglies, Divergent, etc

innocentsmom Mar 03, 2014

What a wonderful story. I couldn't wait and bought the next book from England. It's not available here yet. This story brings about a society that is believable and relatable. The handicap that traps her on Earth is her salvation. Loved it.

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ElizabethHartnett
Jan 16, 2014

This book is by far the best futuristic novel that I have ever read.

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WilliamFVRL
Dec 23, 2013

Well-paced and with heaps of ingenuity and a nearly spotless internal continuity, Earth Girl manages to be both enjoyable and believable while avoiding many of the common plot elements that both SF&F and YA books are prone to. Probably my favorite YA book to date and definitely worth a read.

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mkastar
Feb 24, 2014

mkastar thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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