The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
- Format: UK Paperback, 290 pages.
- Publisher: Walker Books.
- Release Date: 7th September 2017
- Links: Goodreads.
- Rating: 5 Stars!
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 . . .
About a week ago the mail came as it normally does on a Friday and there were a few packages which was just university books I had order but I also found this gem in one of the packages! Now I have no idea who sent this to me, as I know of only finished copies being sold at YALC which I wasn’t able to attend, so whoever got this and sent it to me I just want to say a huge thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! But honestly if you sent it please let me know because I love to thank you again.
Since Arcs began to be distributed I’ve heard nothing but raving reviews for this book and was planning on getting it before I started Uni again. And I have to say it has definitely lived up to its hype! For one its a YA book set entirely in space! What is not to love about that! I was already to sold but the suspense, the story telling, and writing I just don’t know what to say. This was the first Lauren James book which I’ve read and since reading The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, I’ve already purchased The Next Together and can’t wait to read that either. (Though I have to read Uni required reading first of all!)
When I first picked it up I thought it was going to be a cheesy romance in space typical YA, but I was so wrong! This book is beyond any atypical YA novel, I was completely gripped from start to finish and when I finished I had no idea what to do with myself. I read it over two evenings because I couldn’t read it during the day. But I did completely adored it and since finishing shoved it into my best friend’s hands the moment I saw her next because I know she’d love it!
The story is told from the point of view of Romy, she’s been alone on the spaceship which is taking her to a new planet which is meant to be the new colony world for humans. Romy, I honestly loved her character. She felt so real and as the novel progressed you began to feel like she was a real person. Romy is emotional and expresses herself through her writing fan fiction of her favourite TV series of Loch&Ness which I found I was able to relate to, because it’s something I know nearly everyone does. Primarily Romy is the only character which we actually meet as we are only introduced to her parents and Molly (NASA Agent on Earth) through memories or messages.
For me I found that The Loneliest Girl in the Universe focused on so many themes without pushing it to become obvious. Over the 300 pages we see Romy begin to develop in her emotional maturity, dealing with her grief along with having to deal with the mission which she must complete. Along with dealing with her developing feeling of J, the guy on another spaceship who is messaging her months apart. Honestly I loved the whole development! And the story itself was just so gripping, its definitely a constant page turner!
Romy has become one of my favourite YA characters of all time as well as The Loneliest Girl in the Universe becoming one of my favourite books. It was so intense that it kept me going and at the end I just wanted more! This book blew any expectations I had completely out of the water!
If you have a chance to read this book then jump at the chance because you won’t be disappointed! That I can promise you!
If you’ve read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe please let me know what you thought of it because I need to talk to people about my love for this book! I hope you enjoyed and will talk soon. xx