Goodreads Synopsis: A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author. Jarra is stuck on Earth while the rest of humanity portals around the universe. But can she prove to the norms that she’s more than just an Earth Girl?
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.
My Review: Imagine what the earth would be like in almost 800 years. Although I didn’t expect it to be like this book, I love how it turned out. Humans have populated other planets, and now the only people on earth are what they call “apes”, which means people who are “handicapped” and can’t portal off world. They have an extreme allergic reaction, and usually have to be hospitalized after. Sure, it sucks, but for Jarra, it’s the best thing she could think of. After turning 18 and starting university, Jarra’s life changes drastically. Although she’s done this all before, she joins a team and starts her classes and goes out to dig sites to uncover pieces of history that no one has seen before. Doesn’t that sound exciting? All the time, though, she’s keeping her secret hidden, and everything’s working out great for her. She’s got a boyfriend, she’s making friends, and her old friends are keeping in touch. She’s going to meet her real parents for the first time, and life is good. And then it happens. Everything changes. Suddenly, the world as she knows it, is in chaos. Ships are crash landing, and lives need to be saved. There’s a Carrington Event happening, the sky is lit up with auroras, and one of the teams is missing a tag leader and a tag support. Who better to help than Jarra and Fian? It’s hard work, and the book moves a lot faster at this point, but I really liked the end, aside from the last paragraph or so. It wasn’t written like a diary throughout the whole book, so why start at the very ending? That’s about it for what I didn’t like about this book, aside from what happened to her parents. There just wasn’t really a point for that. The world seemed really thought out, the characters were interesting and kept the story interesting with their back stories, I loved the concept that humans had spread to other planets and thrived, because I really hope that happens in the near future, and that the stories had changed throughout generations. It’s really cool that the characters were digging up pieces of history, I mean, wouldn’t that be exciting? Fian and Jarra are adorable together, and they seem good together. They work through their problems. I like how everyone on the team was becoming like a little family. Although it was just a class, they seemed really close at some points. I also liked that the places from now still exist, just as ruins. That’s really cool. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Definitely check it out if you get the chance, I’m sure you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading.