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In the year 2788, only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-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 videos, 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 makes up a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they’ve been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn’t expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.
“Tired of bitter, angst-ridden heroines and their associated dark dystopias? Look no further than Edwards’ refreshing debut. . . .”
- Booklist starred review
“Action, rich archaeological detail and respectfully levelheaded disability portrayal, refreshingly free from symbolism and magical cures, make this stand out.”
- Kirkus starred review and Best Books of 2013 Pick
“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 space opera is firmly grounded in complex and compelling characters. Edwards deftly guides us through a universe rich with history and inventive technology, while always reminding us to respect the past, other cultures, and most of all, ourselves.”
- E. C. Myers, Author of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin