by Ray Star
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Pub Date 12 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 1 Aug 2022
Peridot has lived a sheltered life, raised by an overprotective mother on a remote island, the ways of the world remain a mystery, until the arrival of a young boy Euan, and she finally learns the truth.
Peridot and her family are magick-born.
Not magic from stories and fables, but real magick from the days of old. The ability to control earth, air, fire, water, and spirit.
Leaving the safety of her home, Peridot discovers a world unlike any she could have fathomed possible. Humanity is enslaved, a cruel dictator rules the land, and an uprising is on the horizon.
Peridot’s magick may be the helping hand needed to save humanity from their doomed fate if she can only learn how to control her gifts in time.
Within Peridot’s grasp is the chance to save the world, and earth knows, the world needs saving.
A Note From the Publisher
Earthlings is printed on recycled paper where possible, and Ray is planting 1 tree per book sale. #ReadGreen
"Earthlings is a coming-of-age novel set in a world turned upside-down, a magickal and absolute joy to read"
- WATERSTONES BOOKSELLER
"Coming-of-age, hard-hitting fantasy fiction."
"An Enid Blyton of the social media age"
- THE HECKINGTON POST
"Earthlings is a stunning and unputdownable debut from Ray Star"
"Earthlings grabbed me right from the start and it didn't let go, absolutely brilliant!"
- BETTY'S BOOK SHOP
*** AWARDS ***
''Book of the Year Award 2021"
- BETTY'S BOOKSTORE
"Environmental Achievement Award 2021"
- Essex Business Awards
"Environmental Excellence Award 2021" (Runner up)
- Harlow Business Awards
Average rating from 16 members
What a gorgeous cover does this book have? I love it! A story that I couldn't put down, animals that can talk, such as angry chickens in the prologue, set me up for this brilliant story. There are numerous great things along with sad things that happen along the way to the characters that one moment I could be chuckling and the next feel rather bad for them. This is the sign of a great book, the fact I connected with the characters.
It is part one of a trilogy and I for one am so looking forward to the next book.
Earthlings was a dystopian world I was not expecting - from talking animals to elemental magick systems and unexpected ancient embodiments. It's rare that I read a story and have no idea where the plot is leading but this book achieved just that. The sub-plot of humans experiencing life as animals in our own world do now added relatable depth and made the story more than your average YA Fantasy. A fantastic read.
I was not expecting the roller coaster of emotions I felt reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I felt really, really sad (the children at the A.I station?! I was in bits!), and at the end, I was devastated that the ride was over. I have to know what happens to Peridot and Euan!! The use of elemental magic was used perfectly for me, every time Peridot unleashed her power I had goose-pimples and her mum (who I'm sorry but I think is a major b*tch!) drove me crazy until that end scene, where you get an insight into her motivation and almost understand her infuriating overprotectiveness of her daughter.
This was everything I wanted from a YA Fantasy but with a hard-hitting message to it, that I'll admit I was NOT prepared for, even after seeing so many reviews on Instagram about it. I'm not vegan. I'm not even vegetarian. But after reading this, I want to know how my food is made, And I want to know what happens next in the story. The elemental magic side of the story is what has me hooked but the narrative is what has me thinking about the story after I finished reading it - in so many ways.
Earthlings is one of those stories that will stay with me and I can't wait to see what happens next.
I am way past being in the T&YA age group but do like to dip into the genre when a synopsis catches my imagination and Earthlings certainly did that.
Interestingly most of the books that I have read from this grouping tend to be entertaining, this book is an exception because it also offers a salutary warning about the way far too many people are living whilst completely disregarding their environment and the world at large. There is more than a passing comparison to be made with Orwell's Animal Farm.
Overall, I found the interplay between animals and humans and the "forces of nature" to work extremely well and I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Ray Star has put the whole story together. I am very much looking forward to the arrival of the rest of the trilogy and, in particular, the prequel which will explain exactly how the animal versus human world of Earthlings erupted.
This book is more than a little different from the majority of this genre and well worth your time whatever your age because it has so much to offer.
Peri lives an idyllic life on an isolated island. Her life is forever changed when she finds that her view of the world is an illusion. She is an elemental with powers she needs to control facing a dystopian world where humans are livestock. Original story with vivid characters. I never thought chickens could be so evil.
I really enjoyed this book - read it in two sittings!
Peri has lived a reclusive life protected by her mother from the realities of life outside their island. At 13 she is made aware of her heritage as an Elemental and her powers. Prior to her birthday she meets Euan and learns a little about his life - he disappears and after her 16th birthday she sets out on a quest to find him aided by Phoenix.
She then learns about the world ruled by animals where humans are kept for their milk and meat. She joins the Resistance - feared by the humans as a witch - and aims to find Euan - she time she gets close she is thwarted.
The book ends on the edge leaving me wanting more!
A dystopian tale with a twist.
Excellent. Absolutely Excellent. This is everything my vegan heart needed in a book and I got it. I cannot recommend this enough.
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