Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

About the Book

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Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Author: Lauren James

Publisher: Harper Teen

POV: 1st Person

Genre: YA Scifi

Release Date: 7/3/2018

Page Count: 303 pages

Goodreads


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….


Review

Pros

  • The book portrays feelings of grief, anxiety, fear, and creepiness well!
  • It’s a standalone! (No cliffhanger, though I still wanted a bit more)
  • It’s a fairly quick read, due to the short chapters and email format.
  • Romy actually acts her age (Despite being the protagonist and in a position of power, she still seems like the young 16/17 year old she is)
  • THE TWIST. (I won’t spoil it here, but OMG.)
  • Gripping from the first page

Cons

  • I wish that the conclusion was a bit longer! Felt a bit abrupt.
  • Some outdated references (like mention of a wii fit in 2066? No way!)
  • Most of the major action happens toward the end of the book.
  • Since Romy is only 16/17, sometimes she seems a bit naive/juvenile (but that’s understandable here)

So, I’ll start my review by saying that this review is coming to you a year late. I first read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe a full year ago, but I never got around to writing the review. I figured that quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic would be a great time to revisit this book, and I think I enjoyed it even more during my second reading of it.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a fairly easy and simple read. It only took me a few hours to get through, because many of the chapters are short and some pages consist of email messages.

The start of the book was a bit boring, since, as the title suggest, Romy is all alone. There are moments of action when the ship has issues, but the start and middle of the book are mainly about Romy communicating with J, and the slowly revealed story of why Romy is alone in the first place. The real action and thrill starts toward end of the book, where there are twists and turns galore! I won’t spoil it, but the ending section is what really stuck in my mind between my first read through and the second.

I highly recommend this book for people who like books set in space, thrilling stories, and quick reads! I think that most people could easily get through this book in a day or two! It’s a solid 4.5 read for me!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thanks for reading! I’m glad I was finally able to post this review!


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