The Loneliest Girl in the Universe: 4/5
Author: Lauren James
Published by: Walker Books YA
“On good days, which don’t come often, I love my ship and everything it represents. I thrill at the thought of seeing Earth II. There are going to be so many things there that have never been seen by human eyes before.”
This book was sent to me by the publisher. This does not affect my judgement in any way.
This book was not what I expected it would be AT ALL. It surprised me big time, but in a very good way. I can’t say I’ve read a lot of stories set in space, apart from The Martian and Phobos which are both vastly different. Before reading The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, I might have thought this was going to be a cringy love story set in space. Trust me, don’t be fooled like I was by the blurb.
So in The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, we follow Romy Silvers‘ story. She’s never known life outside her spaceship The Infinity, the one she was born on and the one she’s now commander of. The reason Romy is in charge of The Infinity is because she’s the only surviving member of the original crew. All by herself, she must find a way to complete the ship’s mission of establishing a new colony on Earth II.
But after years of loneliness, she finds out that a new spaceship has been launched from earth to help her with the mission. Romy learns that the commander of the new ship is a boy not much older than her, named J. Communication with J is soon realized but since messages have to travel many light years to reach the other end, it’s hard to form an instant connection. However, after some time, Romy starts developing feelings for the mysterious boy on the other ship. At the same time, she starts receiving odd messages from Earth that give her an uneasy feeling. As J creeps closer and messages from Earth keep getting weirder, Romy starts to realize that not everything about the other spaceship might be as it seems.
This book gave me the chills, the feels and the nerves that can only come with living alone on a spaceship thousands of light years away from earth. Even though a similar situation like Romy’s is a far strech for any of us, she is still a very relatable person and you’ll definitely really start rooting for her. A fun addition to this book is the fact that Romy is a fangirl like us lot! She writes fanfiction of her favourite tv show and it’s fun to see the bits she writes incorporated in the story. In the beginning I had a bit of a hard time warming up to her though, but once you start to realize why she does the things she does, it’s hard not to love her.
Lauren James leaves the reader completely in the dark until she decides it’s time for you to know more– and with succes. It wasn’t until it was right in front of me that I figured out what on earth (pun intended) was going on in space. What made me give the book 4 stars is that I wasn’t too fond of the ending, without spoiling anything I can say I thought it was a bit rushed and could have been handled better. Other than that there’s not much for me to add. If you need a quick (slightly creepy) read set in space that will leave you baffled– definitely pick up The Loneliest Girl in the Universe!