Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the UniverseThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

View all my reviews

 

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Well what can I say. This book was AMAZING. I picked it up at YALC and I read it on the way back home and couldn’t put it down. Don’t worry, I’m going to keep this review spoiler free.

Overview

This book takes place on board The Infinity, a spaceship manned by Romi Silvers, a lone teenage girl. It follows her journey as she faces challenges of a mental and physical nature. This book is not what you were expecting, I can tell you that. I’m usually quite astute at figuring out what’s going on, and where I was right with some of my inklings, I was definitely shocked at the end. OH THE END. It just keeps getting better and better.

Characterisation

I absolutely loved Romi. Her feelings and emotions were believable of a girl her age – so much so I felt childish relating to her. Romi has been alone for so many years, with no one but Molly, a NASA employee on Earth, for company via audio recordings with a couple of years delay. I really loved the idea of Molly, someone who was helping Romi with her Maths and her general well being after being left alone in space, having never set foot on Earth or having met anyone she wasn’t related to. It was refreshing to hear of her struggles and how she overcame them using fan fiction, of all things.

I will talk more about the intriguing J, the passenger of the Eternity, the other spaceship launched from Earth, in a more spoilery review in the future. I have SO MUCH to say about this fellow.

Structure

Romy communicates with Earth and The Eternity via a huge delay in sending and receiving the messages, which I found fascinating to think about. Could you imagine getting letters from someone and replying, knowing they weren’t going to receive it for years? Or reading what they had written and knowing they had written it years ago? I couldn’t imagine it before. It’s very well done.

The short chapters keep you going and going and going until you’ve finished the book and had no sleep!

I loved the interjections of Fan Fic where Romi used her writing to explore her feelings. It felt so raw and real, and I could really relate it to my teenage years.

The book takes a serious twist which I won’t delve too much into here but it is AMAZING. The last few chapters or so just keep on giving and honestly, it was amazing.

I 100% recommend this book, a more in depth review to follow when the book is released.

If you’re interested in winning a signed copy of the book, please subscribe to my blog as I will be announcing a competition soon!

 

Advertisements

23 thoughts on “Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

  1. I love the concept of this book, since I’ve not read a book with this kind of premise, I will definitely check it out and your review is convincing, it’s a light read though right?

    • Aw thank you! It’s amazing to hear that you’re interested in the book from the review.
      A light read in what way? It’s not a large book and is a quick read, but it takes some seriously dark turns suddenly which is gripping!

      • Then it’s not a light read, if it takes a serious dark turn, light reads for me are books that are easy to read and not so heavy emotionally.

  2. Pingback: Monday Mentions: August TBR list - boundtowriting

  3. Pingback: YALC 2017 – Round Up, Tips and Tricks | Jenniely

  4. I added this book to my TBR some time ago and am so looking forward to reading it. Honestly, I never was quite into anything sci-fi-related, but then Illuminae happened and ever since.. Well, let’s just say I’m rediscovering this genre with an open mind, ha!

    My Twitter is @booksandmunches, btw!

    So jealous you got to go to YALC though. I found out about it too late and didn’t really want to spend over 200 euros on train tickets (yay Belgium); but will definitely be there next year!

    • It is a lovely book, I was hooked all the way through!
      I love sci-fi, but I find a lot of adult sci fi sometimes is a bit too – heavy – you know what I mean? Whereas this and YA sci fi has just enough science and drama etc 😁

      Followed you on twitter!

      YALC is amazing. Tiring but amazing. I hope you make it next year!

      • Sounds like a good combination for someone who only just rediscovered the genre, haha!

        Yay!

        Oh, I’m doing anything I can to make sure I’ll be there. Even have an old piggy that I’m filling up with my YALC budget already, ha! Nobody’s stopping me next year. :p

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s