by Janet Edwards
August July 27, 2012
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: 2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-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 invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going.
A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter
The Good Stuff
- Unusual storyline
- Fast paced
- Author is a gifted storyteller, I was sucked in by the story almost immediately. It made it very hard to put down
- A strong character who admits her faults and tries to do better
- Reminded me a little of Serenity at times -- One of the planets was Miranda and a couple of other little comments, author obviously a fan
- Nice moral messages imparted
- One of the only books I have ever read that had made up terms that didn't irritate the hell out of me. They actually work in this story
- Nice light moments of humour
- The science actually makes sense, you could see this happening
- Characters emotions are believable for her age and her background
- Liked the love story, it was sweet and fun and not all over angsty for older readers
- Jarra got over things and plot points were solved a little too neatly and quickly
- She was also too perfect at times
"I really and truly hate to admit I'm wrong but sometimes I have to. Dalmora Rostha, the gifted daughter of Ventrak Rostha, born to be adored Alphan vid personality of the future, and a living embodiment of everything I envied, was nice. I'd fought the idea for as long as I could, but she really was. It was truly sickening that someone so perfect should actually be nice as well but..."
"Amelia glared at him. "Being polite isn't on Miranda's planetary development plan until next year."
"It took me a while to get it all sorted out, get past the pain of my parent's death, and realize what I had done."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- I would say a mature 10 - 11 yr old girl could also enjoy as well as the recommended age. There isn't too much violence and sex is hinted at but very subtly
- Fans of scify, Dystopian and Post Apocolyptic will enjoy
I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review