The Girl who Fell to Earth
by Patricia Forde
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 30 Oct 2023
Publisher Spotlight, Little Island Books
Written by the newly-appointed Laureate na nÓg (Ireland’s Children’s Literature Laureate)
A gripping high-concept speculative middle-grade novel from the award-winning author of Bumpfizzle, the Best on Planet Earth and The List
Aria lives on a well-ordered planet whose people have eradicated illness and even death. Earth is their ‘shadow planet’ which they populated with humans centuries ago so they could study them and learn from their experiences.
Now the experiment is coming to an end and Aria must go to Earth with her scientist father to set off a train of events which will destroy its people. Brought up to believe that humans are inferior, Aria is shocked to discover that she is herself half human, and amazed to find that Earth-dwellers live life to the full and feel love for each other, even though they are mortal.
But once she understands this, how can she save them, and herself, from destruction?
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 6 members
The premise and the overall plot are interesting enough to hook a middle school reader and the actions of the character are relatable. Aria, Megan and Duke make rash decisions like a group 13-year-olds would, and adult intervention is generally negative. This is a great book for students who enjoy a little science fiction, action, and some drama thrown into the mix.
Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC.
This is a book I would recommend to teachers and librarians teaching specifically the genre of science fiction. It asks the big moral and ethical questions that science fiction traditionally asks of its readers in a story that is accessible to middle grade readers.
This book is such a great concept! I loved everything about it. In fact- I didn't want it to end. I want to know more and have so many questions!
i enjoyed the story when i started until the part where the author says the people of the shadow planet were created in the people of terros' image and likeness, where Bible has the same wordings, i know this is a sci-fi and a fiction and the author has the right to write anything to make the story interesting, but this is not something i would have expected to read.
thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for the arc for my honest review.
The Girl who Fell to Earth is a science fiction/dystopian novel about a girl from another planet that uses Earth as an experimental planet is sent to Earth to help unleash a virus to destroy humanity. The longer she spends on Earth the more she comes to care for humans and realize the things she's been told about Earth are not true. The ending felt rushed to me, but fans of SciFi will likely be satisfied.
This was such a cool middle grade sci-fi! I found it at times a bit simplistic but that would likely play perfectly for its intended audience.
We see a lot of alien stories from the human perspective, and that flips this on our head and shows us what an alien girl who was raised to see humanity as a disposable experiment might be like.
It was really well done!