The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James.
Release date: September 7th
Goodreads synopsis: 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. 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 is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. 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…
I picked this book up at YALC this year, as I knew it was going to be released early at the event. I literally ran for it, to make sure I could get a copy, later on, I also met Lauren at her signing and she was SO lovely.
I read Laurens debut novel The Next Beginning a few months ago and absolutely loved it, this book was no different. From the two novels I’ve read from this author, if I was to sum up my feelings on them in one word, it would be everything is just so clever. From the writing, the way the story unfolds to reveal information slowly and the emotional connection I felt. Something I also really liked was the use of emails, I think its always interesting to see how people express their emotions whilst typing, it was another great way to learn what’s going on in a character’s mind.
The short chapters kept everything flowing nicely, what I loved most especially in the early chapters is the connection you get to Romy, it’s explained in detail about what she gets up to day to day, from waiting on emails, watching her favourite TV series that she gets sent to her and writing her own fan fiction based on those TV characters. you really feel how lonely she is and how she is trying to cope with it.
I really loved the setting, it was interesting throughout the story how different areas of the spaceship opened up and we got to see certain memories that Romy has attached to them, getting to go back in time and watch as she reminisces, especially with moments with her parents.
The story was so different than what I expected, it has a much darker premise, but I liked that. This book had so many twists, I couldn’t stop reading, I pretty much devoured this and can’t wait to read more from Lauren in the future.