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Monday, 26 August 2013

REVIEW: Earth Star - Janet Edwards

Earth Star - Janet Edwards
Earth Star (Earth Girl, #2)
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?
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Big thank you to Harper Voyager*

An absolutely brilliant to sequel to what was an amazing first book! This book was even more captivating than Earth Girl, with the characters given even more depth and an introduction to some truly wonderful characters. Everything was so much more intense and there was so much more action in it. I really enjoyed it. It isn't a series that I would usually read, but having read so many raving reviews about the series, I am so glad that I took the plunge.

Earth Star pics up where Earth Girl finished off. Jarra has finally come clean about being a Handicap and we find that there is some friction between her and some of the students. I'm really glad that the book displayed realistic elements. It was nice to read a book which displayed the wrongs in both Jarra's judgement of the 'Norms' but also that these prejudices against the Handicap exist. The majority of the class is accepting but it was nice to read something which wasn't radical either way. There was no radical hatred of Jarra but there was also no 'oh wow it doesn't matter we all still love you' etc. Nice and realistic in a sci-fi setting.

I loved the development between Jarra and Fian. They're Twoing is going really well, but they are also still getting to know each other. It reads as something so fresh and it isn't too full on. I love that Ms. Edwards managers to make the subject of sex entirely hysterical. The fact that most of the characters use the word 'legs' to describe your bum is brilliant. It made me think of how sex is treated as such a taboo subject in a lot of YA literature, and I read it as a mocking of this, although I'm not sure if this is how it was intended.

The inclusion of the military within this novel is great. It adds so much more tension and is described in such a realistic way. It is an easy book to lose yourself in and I love that. What I most enjoy is that, perhaps in the distant future, something like this is possible. Although the novel is science-fiction and deals with a variety of planets, I really didn't see the events within the book as something impossible. It made for a brilliant read and I highly, highly recommend it!

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