Series: Earth Girl #1
Published by Pyr on 3/5/2013
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult
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.
Earth Girl (Earth Girl #1)
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