Earth Star by Janet Edwards in the second book in the Earth Girl series and continues Jarra’s adventures in the far future where humans have invented interstellar portals, but one in a thousand babies are born unable to survive on any planet other than Earth. Earth Star picks up shortly after Earth Girl and makes it clear that humankind has much bigger issues than anyone suspected ;-). The awesome messages about acceptance and the horrible pain that discrimination causes continue in Earth Star, but the plot was even better than book one and I literally couldn’t read Earth Star fast enough! I cannot recommend this series enough to fans of sci-fi :D.
Note: I received Earth Star from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Earth Star by Janet Edwards (Earth Girl #2)
Published by Pyr on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 285 pages
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Eighteen-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military's highest honors 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 center of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?
- Earth Star had me gripping the covers with white knuckles and reading as fast as I could. It is full of edge-of-your-seat excitement and tension, even while Jarra is working at an archeological dig site. We know from book one that Jarra is not immune to horrendous injury and death can happen at dig sites, so in combination with the alien mystery sphere showing up in Earth Star, the day to day work adds up to a lot of tension in the best possible way ;-).
- Jarra continues to be her wonderful and snarky self, but in Earth Star the banter with secondary characters has really ramped up. Since Jarra is finally surrounded by actual friends, there are a lot of absolutely hilarious dialogue moments.
- Fian is so freaking adorable and his and Jarra’s relationship gets a lot more depth added to it in Earth Star. Now that the goofy/joyful honeymoon period of their relationship is over, they have to deal with all of the various issues you can imagine would crop up with parents and future planning. I was really happy to see actual responsible relationship discussions between them when they weren’t being adorkable ;-).
- The prejudice and discrimination that Jarra deals with in Earth Star is both similar and different than what she dealt with in Earth Girl. I very much appreciated how these elements were handled, since Jarra now does have a lot of allies, but still wants to stand up for herself. More than anything, I love the painful but important first-person portrayal of fighting against and tolerating bigotry through Jarra.
- So, I really freaking love alien stories when they are done well. I have frequently sat back and tried to logically think through how we might encounter intelligent alien life and how we would react as a world. Therefore, I was ecstatic to see how Earth Star handled a possible alien encounter. I kept worrying that it would get cheesy and it never did; it was blissfully realistic to the very end :D.
- Jarra travels a bit more in Earth Star, so we get a much fuller picture of what Earth looks like in her time and how their history (and therefore our future) played out to lead to Jarra’s time. I especially liked the emphasis on the loss of technology due to the crash of the Internet, so that humankind in Jarra’s time have recovered and surpassed some knowledge, but not even close to all of it.
- There are a couple of times in Earth Star where Jarra is recording information for the public and it is clearly a wonderful opportunity to dump information on the reader. I enjoyed the information, though once I got to the second page of it, I couldn’t help but notice how densely it was conveyed.
- Jarra is telling the story of Earth Star in her typical Jarra style, but she sometimes veers off into introspection that takes away from the pacing of the story while reminding the reader of a previous event.
Earth Star is an amazing sequel to a very fun and fresh sci-fi story. It beautifully combines a moving portrayal of humankind’s tendency to unfounded prejudice with a fast-paced and addicting story of what we might actually do when confronted with a mysterious and alien technology for the first time. Jarra continues to be a spunky, sometimes impulsive, but always clever main character. Her relationships with both Fian and her true friends deepen remarkably in Earth Star, which is probably a good thing given what they have to deal with this time around! I am sorely tempted to order the final book of this trilogy from the UK just so I can read it that much sooner ;-).
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Earth Star by Janet Edwards
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