Saturday, January 6, 2018
Earth Star by Janet Edwards
Sequel to Earth Girl.
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?
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I read Earth Girl several years ago when it first came out in the U.K. and loved it. I mean, how could I not, with one of the main characters having the same last name as me. Even though I loved it, for whatever reason I never continued with the series. Recently, I was going through my unfinished series shelf on Goodreads, and saw that the rest of the series was still on there, so I decided to pick up the second book, Earth Star. I'm so glad I did. It was absolute perfection.
Even though it had been a while since I had read Earth Girl, I was able to jump into Earth Star right away without having to re-read Earth Girl, or being lost. There were very mini recaps throughout the book on what had happened in the first book, which I really enjoyed. It made the book easier to read, and helped to fill in some of the details. In no time, I remembered everything that happened, and was able to immerse myself back into the world again, which was exciting for me because it's one of my favorite settings/worlds out of all of the books I've read. Janet Edwards has a way of writing worlds that makes the reader so immersed in the book, they feel like they are right there with Jarra, going through the dig sites and other challenges she has to face on Earth.
Speaking of Jarra, I love how much she matured in Earth Star. She had a lot thrust onto her plate. I enjoyed how she dealt with her new status, and was able to figure out how to deal with the perks and disadvantages that came with it. No matter what anyone said or did, she always held her head up high, and didn't let it get to her. I also enjoyed watching her relationships with those around her change and evolve. It was great to see her interact with her dig site teammates, and to watch them go from being teammates to friends. I love the dynamic between her and Fian. I hope it continues onto the next book. I can't wait to see their relationship go to the next level.
I thought Earth Star was the perfect sequel to Earth Girl. It had everything I wanted in the sequel, and more. I'm excited to read the final book in the series, and see where the storyline continues. I can't wait to experience more of Jarra and the rest of the crew's adventures, and see them all mature together. I also want to read more of Janet Edwards other books. I have a feeling once I finish the Earth Girl trilogy, she's going to become an automatic one-click author.
I give Earth Star: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.