Earth Girl is an excellent debut novel by Janet Edwards, an author that shows that for some authors, a story idea takes time to ripen into excellence. This is one of those.
The main character is a believably written 18 year old girl that is dealing with the usual late teen issues as well as some pretty serious abandonment and anger issues. But, if you grew up, knowing that you were one of the unlucky percentage that could never leave Earth, knowing you had been left in infancy and that the rest of the worlds looked at you with mingled pity and disgust, referring to you and your friends as “apes”, you might have a few issues, too.
So, like a good plucky young person that want’s to prove to all the worlds that they are wrong about “apes” and she (and her friends) are just as good as everyone else, she concocts a scheme that will let her fit in. This, of course, involves coming up with a background that ends up becoming more truth than what she had realized. She also, finally, tries to make contact with her birth parents. Happily they are some of the very few willing to accept their handicapped daughter, just unable to take her with them. For Jarra, then, unexpectedly, her world ends.
This is a book about growing up, finding yourself and learning that you are not limited by what other people think. Or even what you believe to be true. There is so much more to tell you, but this is a very enjoyable, well written book that is appropriate for teens and adults. Also, good news, the second book in the series, “Earth Star” will be available in the UK and Commonwealth in August of this year.
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.