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Earth Flight by Janet Edwards ARC {4 Stars}

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards is the thrilling conclusion to the Earth Girl trilogy, which tells the story of a future where most humans can portal to the stars except a few, and a girl named Jarra who is training to be an archeologist uncovering Earth’s lost technology :D. There are major spoilers below for the first two books, so check out my reviews of Earth Girl (4 stars) and Earth Star (5 stars!) instead to be safe. Before you do that though, know that this is my favorite YA sci-fi trilogy for so so many reasons and you should definitely binge read it asap!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Earth Flight from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards ARC {4 Stars}

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards (Earth Girl #3)
Published by Pyr on Sept. 8th, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 300 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portaling to other planets.

Except now she's the most famous Earth girl in the universe - but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra's actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity's worlds.

On top of everything, the first alien artifact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth - or else the alien artifact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars - but never to reach them?

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • One of my favorite things about this trilogy is how it portrays racism and bigotry in a sci-fi context so that it is separate from our current political climate, but still so heart-wrenchingly true. Jarra continues to struggle with people thinking her a “dumb ape” because she can’t leave Earth, but that doesn’t stop her from convincing more and more people around her that she is just like them. Earth Flight also emphasized the real costs that go along with racism, including physical danger and emotional upheaval. How can you not empathize with others once you see the pain that racism causes them?
  • Earth Star earned a solid 5 stars pretty much because of the aliens (omg I love aliens) and Earth Flight does a great job of continuing to develop that plot thread in very interesting ways. It takes a bit for the alien plot to show up in Earth Flight, but it’s there, just stick with it ;-).
  • Earth Flight continues a sweet and solid romance that is just the right amount of support in the background so that Jarra can go off and be awesome. This is how I want my romance in books!
  • Something that really struck me about Earth Flight is its positive tone despite the tension caused by the plot. Bad things could be happening in the outside world, but Jarra has support close to her so she never has to really be angsty or depressed. I just felt so happy reading Earth Flight and couldn’t put it down.
  • Speaking of couldn’t put it down, I read Earth Flight in one day! Yes, I got three extra hours since I was flying to California, but it was such a perfect travel book. I was completely addicted to the writing, the plot, the characters, everything, so much fun!

Weaknesses:

  • Earth Flight awkwardly has two main plots that don’t interweave all that well. There is a bunch of stuff with Handicapped rights that happens in the first half and then everyone seems to remember that there are aliens to deal with and that is the last third-ish. I really wish that each had been their own book perhaps? It just felt a bit clunky.
  • Despite Earth Flight being the conclusion to the trilogy, the alien plot line is left startlingly open and I wasn’t super satisfied. Spin-off series please???

Summary:

Earth Flight is a solid conclusion to a really stupendous trilogy. I am still astoundingly happy that Tabitha told me I needed to read Earth Girl because damn was she right! If you enjoy unique sci-fi, even if you tend not to like YA, you need to read this trilogy. It is everything that YA sci-fi should be <3.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Earth Flight by Janet Edwards

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Comments

  1. Ok …. I’m adding this series to my “to read” list. Too many books!!!!
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  2. I’ve read both Earth Girl and Earth Star, but liked the first book more than the second (because of the lack of aliens, sadly, hahah) BUT GLAD TO SEE THE ALIENS DO APPEAR!

    Anyways, I will read this as soon as I can find a copy SOMEWHERE. :)
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  3. I’m reading this now. Very happy to be reading the third book of Jarra’s story and finishing this trilogy! I agree, it’s truly wonderful and unique!
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  4. I need to continue on with this series! Earth Girl was such a good story, and I’m glad to hear the series continues to be strong. Great review!
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