Monday, 19 August 2013

Earth Girl (Earth Girl #1) by Janet Edwards

Earth Girl (Earth Girl, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author. Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-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 invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Earth Girl (Earth Girl, #1)(Source: I won a copy of this book. Thanks to Sandra and Rachel from http://www.jeanzbookreadnreview.blogs... and http://www.rai29bookreadnreview.blogs... )
17-year-old Janna is about to turn 18, and needs to decide on her future vocation. As a person with a handicap (she’s unable to travel through a portal to another world), her options are limited. She either takes history (which she actually loves), or rebels and choses something she doesn’t love just to rebel.

Eventually Janna comes to a decision – she’ll do history, but she’ll apply to an off-planet university, just to ruffle feathers (history is always run on earth anyway because that’s where the history is).

Janna’s plan is to save the revelation that she’s handicapped for a strategic moment, then reveal herself and laugh in the other students faces, but she didn’t plan on becoming emotionally invested, or caring what the other students think.
How long will Janna escape discovery? What will her classmates think when they discover the truth? And where will the lies end?

This was an okay story, but it wasn’t what I was expecting, and I did find it a bit boring in places.

Janna was an okay character, she seemed to want to rebel a bit which I got, and the fact that she loved history was repeated incessantly. I got that she was passionate about it, but I didn’t really feel the passion from her, I just felt like I was continually being TOLD that she liked history.
I did wonder what was going on with Jenna half-way through this book, as she seemed to totally lose the plot, and started believing her own lies, which was a bit confusing, and also made me think that she maybe needed psychiatric help for her delusional thoughts and behaviour.

The storyline in this book was okay, but I felt that too much time was spent recapping history, going through different equipment and procedures that Janna and her crew were using, and just generally detailing things that didn’t really add to the story. Quite a lot of this book was like reading an instruction manual for something, which unfortunately did not make for riveting reading.
There was a bit of excitement towards the end of the story, which was a welcome change to the overall pace. This did come quite late though, and I felt like we could really have benefitted from some excitement before that point of the story. I did think that the ending was slightly better than the rest of the book, but only marginally.

The romance aspect of the storyline was okay, but again, I didn’t really get the heart-pounding rush of excitement that you would expect from a romance, and the romance was all civilised and proper, which ultimately was a little dull unfortunately. I was pleased at the outcome of the romance, but the outcome was also pretty predictable.

After finishing this story, I’m not sure where the next book will take us, but I’m really hoping that there is more adventure, and excitement, and a much quicker pace in the next instalment. There wasn’t really anything majorly wrong with this book, it just lacked pace and excitement, and I hope that this can be remedied when the author maybe isn’t concentrating so much on world-building.
Overall; an okay sci-fi/dystopian, that could have benefited from more excitement.
6 out of 10.


  1. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more it sounded really good though. I also need a good romance in a book.

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  2. Despite is being just okay, the premise really sounds interesting.

  3. I've read this book and I loved it. You're right about the history aspect of it. History played a very important part of their culture. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it more. I really liked your review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)