Nine-year-old Jana Jasper looks out of her bedroom window one night and spots a young boy encased in a glowing green bubble, stuck between the branches of the tree closest to her home. Intrigued and wanting to help, but unable to notify anyone in her family about him because of her muteness, Jana sneaks out of the house to rescue the boy. Safely on the ground, the two began a hesitant friendship. Believing the boy has magic, mute Jana likens him to a genie and makes two wishes, one of which is to be able to finally speak with ease. With a touch and a kiss the boy heals a scrape on Janaís knee and gives her the gift of gab.
Twenty years later, Jana has overcome her muteness and, with her gift of gab, has become a California state senator. Unfortunately, her distinguished political family is being targeted in a smear campaign. On a supermarket run at the end of a long day to pick up some ice cream, Jana is approached by a man dressed like an action figure from the latest futuristic video game. The strange man declares that he, Cavin, is the same boy from the tree and has come to warn Jana of the intergalactic Coalitionís plans to invade Earth. Together Jana and Cavin must work to inform the U.S. government of the Coalitionís plans, figure out who is working to tarnish the Jasper familyís good name, and keep one step ahead of the humanoid REEF assassin. And if they can find the time in between saving the world, they just might fall in love.
This futuristic romance is the first in Susan Grantís new series. While the setting of the book is very much like present day California, Cavin hails from another planet that is more technologically advanced. Despite Grantís technology innovations, the story is straightforward and easy to read. Readers new to the genre wonít have to worry about getting bogged down or confused by fantastical or futuristic language. Beneath the futuristic setting, Your Planet or Mine? is a sweet romance featuring two people who forged a friendship as children and who, though various circumstances have kept them apart, have never forgotten each other.
The sequel to Your Planet or Mine?, My Favorite Earthling, is planned for release in March 2007.