Hello everyone, today I will be review the Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. This book was originally published only in the UK but it is no being published in the United States. Hopefully you can seen why once you read my review because, damn was this book amazing!
US Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Hardcover page count: 320
My rating: 4/5
The only life that Romy Silvers has ever known is the inside of a massive spaceship tasked with colonizing a new Earth-like planet. Still, when her two astronaut parents are killed, leaving her by herself on the Infinity, she feels utterly alone besides the brief messages from her therapist on Earth as she continues her journey. But that all changes when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity. When Romy begins to exchange messages with it charismatic captain, she thinks nothing could go wrong now that she has this newfound friendship. But as the two of them get closer to meeting, Romy realizes that J’s mission might be one she could never have imagined.
For a book as short as this, it was amazing. The author included so many cool aspects that you would never expect to see in a sci-fi. For one, the plot was full of constant twists despite the fact that Romy is living alone in a giant spaceship. The author was able to accomplish this through email-like messages as well as notifications from the ship itself. It would be revealing too much to say exactly what was transpiring through the messages, but it would not be an understatement to say they added to the overall eerie feeling of the book. This was also assisted by the setting itself, which made the whole book feel mysterious as the ship was riddled with strange malfunctions and breakdowns.
The plot also featured heavy reference to a supernatural TV series that Romy really likes called Loch and Ness. When I first began reading this book, I was surprised with the heavy references to this series as the main character often fangirled about it and even wrote heavy fanfiction! I was shocked because I never believed this sort of aspect can be included in a sci-fi book. And not only was it included, but it was an important plot device that was used throughout the book. But this was not the first part of this book that left me shocked.
In terms of characters, Romy was one that I found to be pretty unique in YA. For one, despite the fact that she has lived her entire life in space, she is pretty much like any other teenage girl. She fangirls, she gets lazy, she has homework sent to her, etc. But she also gets anxiety. This was one of the surprise aspects that I mentioned earlier. Who would expect to read about a character that suffers from panic attacks in a sci-fi book? And not only was it written about, but it was written about well. I loved how authentic the author made Romy’s experience feel. And the author didn’t make it feel like a plot device, nor did she use it like a fun little thing to add. The author wrote about Romy’s anxiety as just another part of her life. Readers who relate to her will be very surprised by the author’s honest portrayal as they gain representation in a genre that doesn’t typically deal with issues like this.
The only negative thing that I have to say about this book it that the antagonist seemed too much like a cookie-cutter type of villain. Despite this, he still provided for great plot advancements and twists that the readers will never see coming.
I recommended this book for sci-fi lovers looking for a new twist on the genre. The author is truly innovative with this book and even readers who don’t typically read sci-fi will enjoy it greatly. This book is great for fans of Honor Among Thieves or Brightly Burning because of the space-ship setting.
I hope you enjoyed my review! I usually don't enjoy books that are this short but I was totally blow away once I read it. I even finished it in a day!
Until next time,
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