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…
Author: Lauren James
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Rating: 5 stars
When I received a review copy of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James from Pan Macmillan South Africa I will admit that I knew very little about the book and didn’t have much expectations. And then, a couple of days later I received another copy in The Book Case subscription box and took it as a sign. Clearly the literary gods wanted me to read it, so I dove in and consumed its contents in one sitting.
I feel like the blurb doesn’t do the book justice, it makes you think that you’re in for a smutty little teen romance set in space. I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that this wasn’t the case and that I was in for an tantalizing YA thriller that kind of took me back to the first time I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
Romy is the last surviving member of a crew that was sent on a mission to travel to the closest inhabitable planet. When her NASA informs her that another ship has been launched and will be joining her on the mission she is over the moon that she will no longer be alone on this quest to save humanity. Romy and J soon begin to communicate via email and Romy, who has never met another male other than her father, realises that she is developing feelings for J. However, things are not what they seem to be and soon Romy realises that she cannot trust anyone.
I really enjoyed the suspense and mystery. The fact that we cannot trust any of the information we are given only puts you on the edge of your seat as you try to wade through the book and search for some sort of truth.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves YA, especially for readers who would like to get into Science Fiction but are not ready to jump into an epic space opera. Also, if you loved Illuminae as much as I did and would like something to keep you busy until Obsidio is released then The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is for you. I only wish the it was longer and hope that Lauren James will revisit this world with a sequel.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.