Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: HarperTeen

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 theInfinity, 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 theEternity, 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....
Review by Nara

Wow okay this book was so much creepier than I expected it to be.

I don't exactly know why, but I thought the book would be "The Martian" style of science based adventure type novel with a touch of romance, and instead we get this psychological mystery/thriller. I really liked the way James pulls back the different layers of the backstory of what happened to Romy's parents, as you get deeper and deeper into the horrific truth.

Despite the novel being focused on a single character in the confined spaces of a single spaceship, I felt that it wasn't filled with lots of "filler" scenes. There are chapters about Romy's struggles with her loneliness, and there are chapters about her mental health, and there are chapter where she writes fanfiction. I definitely really liked the communications between Romy and Earth and the Eternity, despite there being a "delay" in responses.

Overall a very solid novel that I must admit, did not particularly feel very "scifi", but did have a psychological mystery aspect that was quite compelling.

Really liked it
Overall: 7/10
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 3/5