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Grades 6 - 8Grade 6n/a6.0104032
A sensational YA science fiction debut from an exciting new British author!

Just because she's confined to the planet, doesn't mean she can't reach for the stars.

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 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 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.
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published on March 5, 2013 by Pyr
ISBN-10: 1616147652
ISBN-13: 9781616147655
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  • ajg16
    ajg16Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:43 am55 stars
    I almost didn't read this because it kinda looked "generic" but once again I was wrong. This was a seriously amazing book I highly wish it would be been made into a series. Made a was born in the 1 - 1000 borned to only be able to live on earth. She decides to join a "Norms" class and make a big point about them all falling for her not being a handicapped. But she wasn't expecting to make real friendships, fall in love (!) Or become completely wrapped up in her new life that she almost forgets she isn't a norm. Loved this book I would recommend for 13 and up. Thanks for reading -Ajg15's Reviews
    • Beth WilsonSaturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm
      This book is great. Jarra isn't perfect; the reason that she signs up for a class with Norms is so that she can get some revenge on them for looking down on the Handicapped, and thus, on her. However, she's not so flawed that she's unlikable. Indeed, she's just flawed enough that we can relate with her anger and frustration, but not flawed enough that we dislike her. The world is an interesting one, but, unusually nowadays, not a dystopic one. I like dystopias, but it's refreshing to see a world where the main social conflict is on a personal level instead of being institutionalized. In fact, the government in this book is competent and compassionate, two things sorely missing from most governments in both the real world and in fictional worlds. Individual prejudices still play a part, but at least the government treats the Handicapped well.