A surprising and gripping sci-fi thriller with a killer twist
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 the Infinity, 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 the Eternity, 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….
Lauren James was born in 1992 and has a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied chemistry and physics. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a physics calculation she was assigned at university. She lives in the West Midlands, UK, and is an Arts Council grant recipient. You can find her at www.laurenejames.co.uk.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe 4 out of 5based on
6 months ago
I loved this. Its compulsively readable. Very enjoyable and Im looking forward to more from this author.
More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the premise of this and was so excited to get to it. Sadly, I was disappointed.
I liked Romy well enough. She’s smart and was more resourceful than I probably would have been. Unfortunately, her inner monologue felt much younger than her 16 year old age and I never really connected to her.
Plot wise, there was so much potential. I sped through this story, waiting for the twisty goodness to happen. The build up was slow, but the reveals were decent...and then it all just went to meh. The reasoning was lackluster and for all of the trickery, I expected a lot more than what I got.
Overall, it was a great idea, but lacked the tension a story like this requires.
**Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
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This review contains spoilers.
Going into this book I was a little skeptical. The summary made it sound amazing, but at the same time it sounded like a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The MC name was Romy and the guy went by J. I thought it was going to be similar to Warm Bodies. Her name was Julie and he went by R.
But the story really makes you believe that there's going to be this romance. I started dreading it tbh. I didn't want to read a cheesy book about Romeo and Juliet set in space. But then things started to not add up. There was a very creepy vibe that started to show up. She had nightmares and then heard scratching noises on the outside of the ships hull. I started getting Alien vibes and I was hoping that this romance plot was just the front for the story.
AND DAMN I'M SO GLAD I WAS RIGHT.
This girl went from fawning over J to fighting for her life. It all happened in like the span of three chapters too. Romy had such a great character arc. I was really hoping for the best throughout the entire story. I wanted her to survive but I was also trying to figure out ways that she could survive. She's light years away from Earth and she's the only one, besides J that could even be of help (but he's trying to kill her).
The writing was great too. At times it was a little bland, but I quickly got over that. I really want a sequel that lets us know what happens to her when she lands the ship on Earth II. The author said that she hopes to write the rest of Romy's story. She has a book coming out next year and it sounds pretty good. I'm looking forward to it.
More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book, thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss, in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinions on the book.)
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Tags: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Thriller
Book Beach Bunny mentioned that some people were expecting The Loneliest Girl In The Universe to be something else. I think I know what they mean now. Were they expecting a space romance? I was, too, and was caught unawares half-way into the book! Hint: it's a thriller.
I don't want to give anything else away, so I won't elaborate on that. What I will say is that I thought I was pretty good at picking up clues but Lauren James managed to pull the wool over my eyes. There were a handful of instances where I questioned things but eventually let go from my conscious thoughts(lesson learnt: trust your instincts).
' ...an end to the pointless existence of waiting for death from the day I was born.'
The first half was slow-going but it gave a good look into life alone in space and Romy's daily routine on board The Infinity. The loneliness was all-consuming and inescapable. I had a couple of questions throughout the book, mainly plot-wise, and they were all answered eventually. The second half kicked things up into higher gears and I was thrilled by the tense and stomach-dropping moments. I appreciated the twist in The Loneliest Girl In The Universe but it's not a new trope. That is possible the reason why, after finishing the story, I didn't feel the zing! you expect after reading a thriller.
'I catch a blurred glimpse of the door as I sprint past, just enough to see that it's still half open, the way it was left all those years ago.'
(I love this quote. It's so hauntingly eerie for such a seemingly ordinary thing.)
Our MC, Romy Silvers, is a believable protagonist. Some say her inner monologues seem younger than her 16 years but I think the protagonists in YA fiction nowadays seem too mature for their age. How many 16 year-olds can save the world?? Too many according to all those books. Bottom-line, she acts her age. Her naiveté is understandable for someone who's never interacted with another person aside from their parents and drew their social knowledge from TV Shows and fan-fiction. I greatly appreciated the mention of periods/menstruation however briefly it was. I always wonder how female MCs never mention how they deal with it while they're trying to save the world, because, hun, that sh*t is real and messy and the cramps are distracting, to say the least.
'Is no life at all better than the constant fear and fight for survival I face every day?'
The Loneliest Girl In The Universe may not be the thriller of the year, but it does have its shining moments.
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