EARTH GIRL available now from Pyr
2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an “ape,” a “throwback,” but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.
Jarra makes up a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they’ve been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn’t expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.
Hardback (ISBN 9781616147655)
Also available on Kindle and Nook. Other ebook formats following.
The second book in the trilogy, EARTH STAR, will be published by Pyr early in 2014.
Earth Girl Reviews
“Action, rich archaeological detail and respectfully levelheaded disability portrayal, refreshingly free from symbolism and magical cures, make this stand out.” —Kirkus starred review
“Tired of bitter, angst-ridden heroines and their associated dark dystopias? Look
no further than Edwards’ refreshing debut, set in the darn-near-utopian universe of 2788 and starring a confident, motormouthed, giggly 18-year-old named Jarra.” —Booklist starred review
“With a dash of action, sprinkling of romance, some teenage angst and a couple of collapsing skyscrapers, this novel contains everything you could possibly want to grab a teenage reader and keep them utterly enthralled.” —Starburst Magazine
“Earth Girl delivers a shiny future you’ll actually want to live in—perhaps the first true utopian YA. Refreshingly original with big ideas and even bigger surprises, this thrilling novel is firmly grounded in complex and compelling characters. Edwards deftly guides us through a universe rich with history and inventive technology, while always reminding us to respect the past, other cultures, and, most of all, ourselves.” —E. C. Myers Author of Quantum Coin
‘Vastly entertaining and immensely enjoyable.’ —ShatteredRavings
‘In her debut novel, Janet Edwards has created an authentic futuristic world with enough history and adventure to keep readers captivated’— Amazon.co.uk Editors’ Pick – Young Adult Book of the Month August 2012