THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE
Written by Lauren James
Published by Harper Teen, July 3, 2018
My star rating: 4.5 stars
The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on theInfinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.
Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.
Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of theEternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone…. Find it on Goodreads
Holy hell! This was a mind bending book! Since it was released already in the UK, I’ve actually had the chance to read quite a few reviews. It was through those reviews, the synopsis, AND the cover, that made me interested. Then, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Harper (Thank you! And this does NOT influence my review in any way), and couldn’t wait to see what at the hype was about! But here’s the thing – I went into it expecting something. And when that didn’t happen, I was a little worried. Then the plot took a turn and had my world spinning out of control – and I couldn’t stop reading!!! This book was possibly the most unexpected read of 2018!!!
Like I said, I went into this expecting something. I thought that this would be a love story. A girl, isolated in space, who finally gets someone to talk to. I imagined them connecting on many levels and living a happy life within the stars……….. I’ve never been so wrong! In fact, if anything, I would also label this book as a thriller. I wish I could tell you why but I refuse to spoil this book for anyone! The surprise elements of this book got me completely – and that’s rare! I can usually spot things happening but not here!
The character of Romy was great. In the beginning I struggled a little to connect with her. But as the story goes along you get a real sense of her loneliness, desperation, and complete isolation from society. She was incredibly smart, both in the ways of book smarts and common sense. She had great instinct as well! But she’s still young and made to be even younger as she’s had to raise herself alone in space.
She did have parents, but something happened. And there was just so much kept in the dark about that. We immediately know that her parents are dead and she’s been alone on this ship for quite some time. But because the information about her parents was left a secret for so long, it made it hard to immerse myself in the story. I kept thinking that the information about what happened would be in the next chapter, and when it never came, I was getting frustrated. We do get answers a little later, but the suspense about this issue kept me in the dark for a little too long. That being said, this is probably the books only downfall!
What I loved most about the writing was the suspense and desperation – in more than one way! There was suspense and desperation created for Romy. Her only way of human contact are the emails and videos sent to her from Earth. The problem is, since she’s so far out in space, it takes literally months for these things to get to her. Suddenly there are indications that there’s something wrong on earth and her communications stop. The hint of unrest on earth and how she handles the loss of communication was so well done. It was a slow and steady build up. Then there’s also the other ship that’s coming out to meet her. Everything was added piece by piece and given layers.
All in all this was a VERY well done book! There was never a slow point. The pace was steady and even. There were layers added that built up the characters, the plot, and the suspense and it was just SO well done!! Suspense isn’t really my thing. I feel like I’m kept in the dark for way too long. But this is the case were, instead of having information kept hidden, we were given bits of information which only helped the feelings build in my mind. I VERY much look forward to more from this author. This book was such an incredible surprise!!! I recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction and even a thriller/mystery!
Until next time, happy reading!