Review: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

February 27, 2014 5 stars, Book Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult 16 ★★★★★

Review: Earth Girl by Janet EdwardsEarth Girl by Janet Edwards
Series: Earth Girl #1
Published by Pyr on 3/5/2013
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 271
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
My Reviews in this series: Earth Star

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.


​​​​​​Earth Girl wasn’t just an amazing read, it was completely engrossing. Within a few short pages I was so captured by the unique premise, world building and spunky character Jarra that I couldn’t bring myself to put it down until I was finished.

Lately I’ve read a fair number of sci-fi young adult books and this one out-shines the rest. I am not kidding when I say I even teared up while reading it. I have a seriously soft spot for certain things when it comes to anything military, traditions and ceremonies.

Singing its praises:

  • – The main character Jarra! She has some issues but ones I think everyone can sympathize with. Her character depth and growth was so well developed that I became extremely attached to her.
  • – The world building details, I can’t go into them without spoiling the experience. But the basics are that portals were invented that allowed for colonization of new worlds as it made distance travel a non issue. But a small percentage of humanity cannot survive outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Hundreds of years into the future those people are still on Earth and considered to be handicapped. When children are born off world that have the handicap they are immediately portaled to Earth and almost always abandoned by the parents such that these unwanted babies becomes ward’s of Hospital Earth. Jarra was one such baby.
  • Earth Girl tackles issues of prejudice and discrimination as well as abandonment and self worth. Jarra is always struggling internally and I felt the way we witness this through the story and her actions was so well done.
  • – As Jarra is a student, among other student from different planets it allowed for an easily digestible delivery method for information about the world and the history of humanity.
  • – I adored the author’s vision of the military in humanity’s future. One particular honor ceremony really touched me emotionally.
  • – I’ve never loved history, but archeology has always been interesting. So it was really fascinating to see how archaeologists in the future might be doing to uncover things from our present.
  • – Those who like a touch of romance will also enjoy this. It’s there but it in no way overwhelms the main plot of the book.

My only negative thought is not on the content of the book but on the font size of the print version. I recommend the e-book version for those readers that prefer a standard size font. Originally I started out reading the hardcover version and then quickly purchased the e-book instead because the print version has a considerably smaller font than I normally see.

Ultimately, I can’t even explain all the things about Earth Girl that worked for me. I highly recommend it, mostly for Jarra’s personal struggle.

Be sure to read the a guest post from Janet Edwards

Earth Girl (Earth Girl #1)

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16 Responses to “Review: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards”

  1. JennRenee

    This is on my TBR list for the next couple of months. First review I have seen for it. I am so pleased you liked it and I want to move it up on my TBR list now. Great review. I will definitely have to take the font into consideration.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      No, it doesn’t fall into the forbidden love trap. Its really not forbidden just frowned upon by the more prejudice people I guess. I loved this one. And I really don’t think the romantic element was the focus at all.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! I love the archeology aspect of this. I have never been a lover of history but this didn’t really feel like history to me it was a great way to make me interested.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Do IT! I adored this one seriously. It was so nice getting to know this character and the amazing worldbuilding. So excited to see where the author goes with it next.

  2. Mogsy

    I love that cover so much! It’s always nice to see YA that’s a bit different, and a romance that is just right and not overwhelming sounds great to me too. Anyway, 5 stars is definitely high praise from you, so added to my list now!
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Agreed, I have weak eyesight also. I had eye surgery like 10 years ago so now my eyes are going back to being crappy. Right now i have to wear distance glasses again and I’m sure reading glasses aren’t far behind.

      I hope you like this one!

  3. Kelly

    It’s interesting that some books have larger/smaller font than others – you would think that would be standardized at this point, haha.

    I really like the idea of archeology uncovering artifacts from our present, and watching a future society try to figure us out from what we had left behind.

  4. Kristen H.

    Kate loved this one when she read it, but I haven’t had the pleasure yet. Definitely seems like a book I would fall in love with. Off to check out your giveaway and interview!
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