Review: Earth Flight by Janet Edwards

Review: Earth Flight by Janet EdwardsEarth Flight by Janet Edwards
Series: Earth Girl #3
Published by Harper Voyager on August 14, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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?

Another series completed. Though I haven’t ever found the intense love I had with the novel Earth Girl, I’m glad that I read this series, and I’ll definitely be keeping it on my shelves, because these UK covers are gorgeous. Earth Flight is a good ending to the series, consistent in quality with Earth Star. These are great science fiction novels that probably deserve a much larger readership, but I also had some issues with the writing that impacted my enjoyment.

As I mentioned in my review of Earth Star, I cannot even with all of the exclamation points in the first person narration. Exclamation points should be used sparingly! Otherwise, they lose their impact! And just make the character seem stupid! Also, there are a ton of comma splices in this book. I suppose they could be stylistic, but what is the purpose of hurting my brain? These factors, particularly the exclamation points, kept me from connecting. The thing is that I always feel like exclamation points are meant to make the character feel more life-like, but they only highlight the artificiality for me. If the character is well-drawn enough, I’ll know if they’re excited or scared or sarcastic without an exclamation point. Plus, in this case, I frequently couldn’t immediately tell if it was an excited or terrified or shocked or whatever exclamation point.

Another thing that I still don’t like is the frame that each of these books is a novel that Jarra herself wrote. I’m sure it’s not the case for everyone, but I really hate that trope. Again, it’s a technique meant to make the novel more real, but for me it only makes everything feel more fake. Obviously Jarra didn’t write this book. It’s also really not important to the plot for her to have done so. That’s problematic but also helped, because it really only comes up once or twice a book.

However, I do still think that the plotting is good. Though I didn’t love the alien contact element that came in with book two, it resolves really well in Earth Flight. I expected something dramatic like a Hollywood film on aliens and, though I won’t say what happened, it definitely wasn’t that. The outcome wasn’t what I expected and for that I’m grateful.

I also like the resolution of the political status of Earth. Though the futuristic society as a whole isn’t dystopian, the treatment of Earth certainly qualified. Unlike most dystopias, it’s not a revolution, but political maneuverings that change things. Working from within the system was a really different angle. Jarra’s used as a symbol for much of this and it’s pretty cool that she doesn’t really mind that. For her, it’s worth the danger to try to help the other earthbound people.

The romances in the books are well-handled and resist tropes. There are gay and lesbian couples mentioned, as well as triad marriages. That’s one of the things I love most about the series. Though various cultures have different rules about marriage and pre-marital sex, other things scarcely have a stigma anymore. The series also steers clear of stereotypical gender roles in relationships.

I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t fall head over heels with these two like I did with Earth Girl, but I still recommend them for science fiction readers. In fact, I’ll be loaning them to my parents, and I suspect my dad will love Jarra’s adventures.

Favorite Quote:

“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.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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2 responses to “Review: Earth Flight by Janet Edwards”

  1. Rebecca says:

    The Buf GIF pulled me in–again! I do not think there is anything much better than Buffy in GIF form and I plan to take advantage of them this year. Which, hey 2015!
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  2. charlotte says:

    This one isn’t out till Sept. over here in the states….but I am happy to have it sitting on my tbr pile–thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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