Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 290

Release Date: September 7th 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 . . .

Review:

OMG this book!

I’ve been hearing so much buzz about it for months (if you’re into YA and haven’t heard of it then where have you been?!) and it was definitely one of the books I most wanted to get my hands on to review. So I am super grateful to Walker Books for the copy (also check that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous?!)

Romy Silvers was born in space and is now the only survivor on a ship travelling to a new planet. It’s a lonely life, but all that changes when a new ship is launched to aid her mission, with a boy a similar age to her the only passenger. Although their messages take months to reach each other, she finds herself falling for the mysterious J. But as he draws closer and she receives some strange messages from Earth, she begins to question who he really is.

I really loved this book. I’ve been pretty slow on the reading front lately but I couldn’t put this one down. I loved the whole idea of it: one lonely girl, drifting through space her whole life, exchanging messages with someone her own age for the first time. Of course she’s going to fall for him. When you’re that lonely, of course you’re going to jump on the first slightest chance at friendship/romance that comes your way. And as this is a thriller and not a romance, of course it’s not going to work out right!

Romy is an amazing character. She’s smart and creative and anxious and gullible and is just a perfect protagonist. There were so many little I could relate to her, just from being a girl/a teenager: it didn’t matter that our lives are completely different.

As well as the mystery of who J is and what’s going on down on Earth, there’s also intrigue around what happened to the rest of the crew of Romy’s ship, including her parents. This information is leaked out bit by bit, through nightmares about ‘the astronauts’ and little throwaway comments from Romy. It was another thing that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.

I don’t want to say too much about the ending as I don’t want to ruin it, but I was completely hooked all the way to the tense climax. I couldn’t read fast enough, I just had to find out what the real deal was with J and the mysterious messages Romy received from Earth. Without giving anything away, I thought the whole thing was pretty grim and twisted and made it my skin crawl.

There’s not much else that needs to be said about this book. It ticks all the boxes: space, romance, mystery, fear and a heart stopping finale. I loved it. I really hope you will too.

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