This is true science fiction – not just dystopian, paranormal, or fantasy masquerading as sci-fi. The plot may be character-driven, but the world-building and futuristic-archaeological setting keeps the pages turning.
The Australian edition of Janet Edwards’ Earth Girl has a summary so short and vague that it fails to mention the awesome, fascinating, jaw-dropping climax that kicks in with 100 pages of the book to go. I shan’t spoil it for you, but it’s been a long time since I’ve come across something that transfixing. Wow. Take a bow, Janet Edwards!
Earth Girl has one major flaw: its titular character. Jarra’s initial motivation is to prove to the non-Handicapped that the Handicapped are just as intelligent and capable. But she judges them more than they judge her. Hypocrisy and double-standards in action here, readers. And Jarra doesn’t acknowledge it. What I thought to be a plot-hole, Jarra self-diagnoses as her psyche protecting her from harm, yet she doesn’t admit to basic bitchiness? And she rips on psychologists? Pain in the arse! She’s good at everything and far too heroic, and she just grinds my gears. Shut up, Jarra; I’d rather hang out with Dalmora, Amalie, and the Betas.