Earth Flight by Janet Edwards
Series: Earth Girl #3
Genre: Science Fiction
Setting: Earth and various areas in space
Published by Harper Voyager UK, 2014
Purchased UK edition, paper book, (from Book Depository)
Synopsis: It’s time to risk it all! The thrilling conclusion to Janet Edward’s sensational debut YA sci-fi trilogy.
Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portalling to other planets.
Except now she’s the most famous Earth girl in the universe – but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra’s actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity’s worlds.
On top of everything, the first alien artefact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth – or else the alien artefact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars – but never to reach them?
“I promise I won’t fight your battles for you again, but I’d like to fight your battles beside you. There’s a big difference.”
I grinned with relief. “Fighting battles together is fine.”
He grinned back at me. “You’re still a nardle for not taking your meds though.”
- I love this series! The book have been such fun to read. I’m sorry to see the trilogy end, but this is a good ending to it. And I’m glad there are some novellas and short stories to look forward to.
- I continue to love the slang used in the books–amaz, grazzed, zan, nardle, frizz, blizz. We even get some information about some of the slang–“Nowadays, only historians like me knew the origin of the word blizz, and that you usually said pure blizz because impure blizz killed its users.”
- We learn a little more about Playdon in this book and I like that since he’s one of my favorite characters in the books.
- There’s a lot of action and adventure as the rest of the humans who aren’t handicapped and left Earth generations ago have to come to terms with their feelings about the “handicapped” (aka Apes, Neanderthals, throwbacks) left on Earth. And many don’t want to.
- Jarra becomes a target when she shows that just because the people on Earth can’t leave the planet doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent.
- Some of those people don’t want Jarra to be a symbol for the “normality” of Earth humans. They would rather forget the people of Earth exist.
- Because she has a relationship with Fian, he’s also a target for those who hate Earthlings even though he’s a “norm.” They both have to have a bodyguard. They dislike the necessity and loss of privacy, but realize they must put up with it.
- There’s also lots of action because of the alien artifact found on Earth at the end of the last book. The military is busy searching for the home world of the aliens. Jarra and Fian are left out of that because of the humans who want no part of the handicapped.
- Political unrest between sectors of the human worlds threatens to tear apart a fragile peace.
- Even though this is the end of the trilogy the end of the book shows there could be future books in this world. I hope so.
- I miss the archaeology that set the first two books apart from other science fiction. There was a little, but I would have liked more.
And a few thoughts . . .
- This week–on September 8–the U.S. edition of this book came out. I had already bought the book from the Book Depository last January. I bought it because I felt I couldn’t wait to read it. And then I didn’t read it until last week . . . a little earlier than I would have been able to read it if I had waited–but only a little! This was my first time using the Book Depository. The price wasn’t bad and they ship worldwide for free!
- I love these books and there’s a prequel e-book of short stories out–Earth 2788. Also a prequel novella–“Earth and Fire.” It sounds like these stories would work for either new readers to the series or anyone who has finished the series. From a newsletter Janet Edwards sent out I found out she has more novellas planned. Yay. And I hope more novels, too.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
- Janet Edwards grew up in prosaic England, but also shared the lives of amazing people in fantastic worlds. She explored the past, the future, the paranormal, the alternate Earths, and the worlds beyond the fields we know or hidden in the shadows of our own reality. Her guides were books, some written by authors still famous and others by authors already forgotten. Those authors have hundreds of individual names, but they have one title in common. They were all Expert Dreamers.
- Her website has free stories and she also offers a newsletter letting her readers know about upcoming stories and books.
- 2015 Goodreads Challenge
- TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog