Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James


Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Series: - | Published: September 7th 2017 by Walker Books
Pages: 304 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Status: read on January 26, 2018
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“Early yesterday morning, NASA successfully launched the first ever manned spacecraft destined to travel to a different star system.”


This was a surprise. I'm glad I went into The Loneliest Girl in the Universe without expectations and minimal clue about the plot. I knew it was about a girl, alone in space. That's basically it.

I kind of liked the mystery of the countdown to the arrival of the other ship and J. Although it was tiresome to just wait for something big like that to happen, it added to the mystification. I love a mystery, especially in sci-fi/space novels.

Romy, the main character, was fine. I didn't love her, and I didn't dislike her. She was OK, and interesting enough in the means that she was born in space and had never set foot on Earth. I found it a tiny bit annoying in the first half of the book when Romy kept thinking about her parents and the crew, without it being mentioned what happened to them. It was revealed in the end, but by then I wasn't as excited to know.

The novel was short and fast-paced, and if you like mystery and sci-fi, this book might be one that you'll like.

What is it about?

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. 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 is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. 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...

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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