The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
by Lauren James
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…
Wow, I love this book so much and everyone should put it on their TBR immediately! The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a sci-fi romantic thriller set in the year 2067 and our main character Romy is the first and only human born outside of Earth. After a terrible accident that led to the death of her parents she’s also the only person onboard a spaceship travelling outside our star system to “Earth II”, a planet with a 99.999% probability of being habitable for the human species. The only contact she has from Earth is with the employees of NASA but those messages take two years to arrive since she’s so far away. She has never known any other life than the one on her confined spaceship bound for the new world and she’s the loneliest girl in the universe.
Our story begins when Molly, her NASA assigned therapist, gives Romy the unbelievable news that there is another ship far more advanced coming to connect with Romy. Partnered with this other ship they’ll be at their destination in a mere five years compared to her previously estimated twenty or more years so she’s rightly beyond thrilled about it. Romy can’t wait to meet someone new, someone she’s not related to and so happy that she won’t be facing another twenty years in lone space travel. The Eternity is a dream come true. It seems like the best thing in the universe for Romy Silvers from first impressions but she has no idea what is really coming for her.
Romy was an impressive main character because I’ve literally never read anything like this before and it was wonderful to still be able to relate to a girl in a situation I could never possibly be in myself. I appreciated those moments when she broke down in complete fear and stress because it’s totally realistic. I can’t ever imagine being stuck in a small spaceship so far away from anyone else and being alone every single day in the deep darkness of space, that would be terrifying based on that situation alone. Romy Silvers may be totally scared of out her mind at times but she’s a badass she carries on anyway! If you love similar characters like Kady and Hanna from the Illuminae series then you’ll love Romy too because she has that same wit and strength.
I’m actually really sad that I just read it all in one sitting because I enjoyed it so much and I want to experience the feeling of reading this thrilling book again. I feel like I could actually just turn back to the first page and read it again right now and love it just as much as the first time. I love sci-fi stories where a single person or group is tracked down and terrorized in space because it’s so gripping when there’s no escape when you’re stuck light years away from civilisation or even a barren planet, where can you run?! Although, this book was far more impressive than any other thriller book I’ve read or sci-fi movie I’ve seen though because it’s a combination of the science fiction, the psychological thrills and on top of that some adorable romance and cute fanfiction from our main character. I wish this book was just a little bit longer or there was a prequel or sequel or anything else because I need more of this! The Loneliest Girl in the Universe takes the lone survivor in space and carves out a unique masterpiece with fantastic twists and shocking revelations to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
(Thank you to Walker Books Australia for a copy of this book for review. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe will be released on the 1st of September, 2017!)
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