Thursday, August 01, 2013
Review: Earth Girl
Author: Janet Edwards
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Borrowed (G+T)
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Earth Girl is about a Handicapped "ape" girl who can't go through the portals to anywhere but Earth. Everyone hates the apes, even though, of course, it's not their fault.
Jarra hasn't got the same issues as any "normal" disabled people in our world: she can walk, she can talk, she doesn't have to use crutches- those are some things a disabled person might have to deal with. All that the apes have, however, is a different immune system, so they can't travel in the portals.
Earth Girl shows us how prejudiced people are towards disabled people, whether it's to do with their mind or body. Having family with disabilities in both aspects, I fully respect disabled people; nothing is different about them! Many people in our world aren't like that. They snear, swear at them, don't bother to help when they are in difficulty.
Jarra goes to a university with the "norms" and pretends she is instead from the Military sector (there are different sectors, all with different laws etc). She remakes herself into JMK (Jarra the Military Kid). She's top of the class and everyone loves her.
The romance between her and Fian was sweet, but a bit undeveloped. One minute, friends; the next, they were Twoing- which was another thing I didn't quite understand. It said it was a contract tying you together; but then it talks about marriage, as well. These bits are the parts that could've been better.
But, the book isn't a romance; it's a Sci-Fi Dystopia. And in that respect, it's really good! All the scientific bits are accurate or explained well. I particularly liked the parts where we get to know Jarra properly; in all the university parts, she is JMK and stays that way. Most of her character is the same, but parts of it aren't, and where she is just Jarra we learn about her history and true self.
So, if you like Dystopia with little bits of romance, and you like sci-fi, it's probably a great book for you. Even if you're not keen on sci-fi, like me, it's still a really good book! Personally, I loved it. If the romance between Jarra and Fian has been slightly more developed, it would have been perfect.
P.S I just found out there is a sequel!! Yay!