Sunday, 23 March 2014

Earth Star (Earth Girl #2) by Janet Edwards

Earth Star (Earth Girl, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sequel to Earth Girl.

18-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honours for her role in a daring rescue attempt, Jarra finds herself – and her Ape status – in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an ‘ape’ – a ‘throwback’ – by the rest of the universe, Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery – and specialist knowledge – will once again be at the centre of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?

Earth Star by Janet Edwards

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Earth Star (Earth Girl, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harper Fiction, Harper Voyager, and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the ‘Earth Girl’ series, and picks up a short time after the end of book 1 ‘Earth Girl.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Earth Girl’.**
It’s been a short time since the end of the first book, and Jarra and Fian are back to being history students.
Then they both receive calls from the military. The Alien Contact Programme has been activated, and the military need Jarra and Fian’s help. Both initiated into the military, and elevated to Major status, Jarra and Fian are on the front line to help earth deal with an alien invasion.
What can Jarra do to help? Are the Aliens peaceful? Or is humanity threatened?

I had hoped that this book would have more pace and excitement than the first. Unfortunately I was wholly disappointed.

Jarra was once again a very stilted character. We were once again TOLD how much she liked history, and she once again was standoffish with regards to Fian, and didn’t seem as invested in the relationship as he was. She would then come out with the occasional comment to make you think that she liked him, but I just didn’t feel the relationship. I didn’t feel like she loved Fian, I didn’t really feel anything from her, she came across as very wooden to me, and I just could not work her out.

As for the storyline, I didn’t find it plausible that the military would call on two 18-year-old kids because they’d detected aliens. Surely they would have more experienced personnel than a couple of teenagers with a superiority complex? What exactly did the military think Jarra and Fian would be able to help with? They obviously had this ‘Alien Contact Programme’ all mapped out, so why on earth would they need Jarra and Fian. This really did boggle me.

I was also in two minds about the fact that the aliens came to earth as well. While the characters in the story had assumed that when they came across aliens it would be on another planet, and were then to some extent surprised when the aliens came to them, for the reader, a storyline of aliens invading earth has been done so many times it is certainly not all that original any more.

I once again felt like there was too much info dumping in this book. I thought that after the amount of info we got in the first book, the second would not suffer from this, but unfortunately not. We once again had whole sections of text devoted to the workings of certain equipment, and procedural stuff that just dragged and dragged.
We once again had Jarra injured during a dig (she obviously learned nothing from book 1), and again with the romantic proposals at the most ridiculous moments, and I really didn’t feel like the author had really improved at all between the two books, they are both extremely similar.

The ending of this one also annoyed me. After sitting through another stilted story, with lots of info that didn’t move the story on, I at least expected to find out what the Alien’s had to say for themselves! But no, Super-woman Jarra somehow gets credit for saving the day, whilst actually doing very little, a non-existent threat is eliminated, and everyone celebrates that the Aliens just wanted to talk, without having a clue what the Alien’s actually had to say. Quite ridiculous. I will most definitely not be sitting through another instalment of this. Thanks to Harper Voyager, but I’ll sit the next one out.
Overall; a less than captivating second instalment, I won’t be reading the third.
4.5 out of 10.

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