Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James


Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Series: na
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.83


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…

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Romy is sixteen years old and alone in space. Her astronaut parents have died, and she’s left alone on a spaceship traveling to an Earth-like planet. She has been alone for years, but NASA has alerted her they are sending another spaceship to join her. Romy and J, the captain of the other spaceship, start exchanging messages. Their friendship grows and Romy starts to feel less alone. As J nears Romy, she learns his mission is not exactly well-intentioned.

Romy is a teen girl trapped on a spaceship. She’s smart and savvy. Her parents trained her well, and she’s competent with the ship. She has been alone for five years, and has her routine to stay busy. She studies, watches her favorite shows, and looks forward to her daily communication from Molly, a psychiatrist with NASA. She’s lonely though. She’s surrounded by darkness and has no escape. Communication exchanges takes years to reach Earth, so she’s truly alone. When she learns that someone is coming to join her, she feels a range of emotions. This story is all about Romy – her thoughts, emotions, and fears.

An entertaining YA sci-fi novel. This novel sounds fairly depressing, but Romy is stronger than most. For one, she was raised in space, so she’s never known anything outside her spaceship. The excitement really picks up later in the book, when Romy realizes J is not everything she imagined.

I don’t remember where I first heard about this book, but I’m glad I picked it up to read. It was an entertaining and well written book. Mysterious, absorbing, and surprising.

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