Book Review: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Summary: The year is 2788 and humanity has long been reliant on portal technology, living on any other planet than their own home, effortlessly exploring and colonizing the universe. Well, all of humanity except for those that cannot survive any other atmosphere than Earth’s—they’re separated from their more mobile families at birth, raised as wards of the government, and treated like outcasts by the rest of humanity. Jarra is one of these outsiders. With an interest in history and a chip on her shoulder, she joins a foundational history course (under a false identity) that’s filled with “exos,” those who live off-planet, in an attempt to teach them all a lesson about the worth of an “ape,” Jarra’s kind that are seen as less than human. But Jarra gets much more than she bargained for as she finds herself putting her life on the line as the group’s leader, delving into her family’s history, and learning more about her own mind and the prejudices that she herself holds.
TL;DR Summary: In this YA novel set in the distant future, a strong heroine engages in deception, saves lives, and smashes prejudices— those of others and her own.
Review: I was really skeptical about this book. The title sounds pretty lame, and the description sounds campy. I’m not sure why I still gave it a chance, but I’m glad I did!! It takes a little bit to get into the groove of this book— the author uses a lot of “futuristic” slang, which makes sense but can be distracting at first. But you get used to it (or I did, at least). Overall, I found this book funny, exciting, and a good read. I read it very quickly, the writing is really transparent and frank like Jarra’s just talking to you. I’m pumped about the sequel!! As far as characters, I think the author did pretty well over all. I really like Jarra a lot! The other characters a good too, a lot of them with hidden depths. The romance was cute, the universe was interesting, and the action left me breathless. Give this book a chance, you might like it (:
Bottom Line: Fun and surprisingly / subtly deep futuristic YA novel. Recommended, 3.5/4 stars.