Earth Star (Hardcover)
Pyr, 9781616148973, 287pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Eighteen-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military's highest honors for her role in a daring rescue attempt, she 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, she 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 center of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?
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Praise For Earth Star…
"Action, rich archaeological detail and respectfully levelheaded disability portrayal, refreshingly free from symbolism and magical cures, make [Earth Girl] stand out."
- Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW
"Tired of bitter, angst-ridden heroines and their associated dark dystopias? Look no further than [this] refreshing debut." - 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
"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." - E. C. Myers, author of Quantum Coin