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.
— from Goodreads.com
Why I picked it up: SCIENCE FICTION! Sci-fi is the thing now – think Guardians of the Galaxy, Ender’s Game, and even Divergent – but this was a take I hadn’t heard before. Humans spread out across the galaxy, colonizing planets, but not an alien in sight? Hmmm…
Why I finished it: Edwards packs a lot of action and fun without the depressing darkness that so many dystopian and apocalypse novels seem to need. Jarra faces some hardships, but she is pretty easy-going and everything turns out really well. I’ll put it this way: no one DIES, especially not her love interest.
I’d give it to: Anyone who had a good time watching Guardians of the Galaxy and who wants to dip a toe into the sci-fi waters of the book world for an easy, fun read.
I’d give it: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Cecily (Davis Library)