The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

‘I’m reading fanfiction in my pyjamas when I hear a nightmarish sound: the emergency alarm’

1.26 -Loneliest girl in the universe - Sci-fi female protaginist + female author
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. 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…

 

What I thought:

I went into this book without any expectations, I didn’t know the author (although I have now bought her first book on kindle. Plus discovered she’s only a year or so older than me so I low-key hate her) or anything about it. But it was New Year’s Day and I wanted a fun read, something that wasn’t going to tax my brain but something that would excite me. And as I bought this one a couple of days before hand it seemed to fit my very unspecific requirements. It took me two sittings, and I stopped a couple of chapters in to answer the phone and get myself a drink before I returned this world and didn’t leave again until it was over. So really you could say it was one slightly session with well meaning but annoying family members distracting me and forcing a break.
Which is something that Romy doesn’t have in this book. Not just well meaning family members with their ill timed phone calls but literally anyone. OK that’s not true. She has Molly. Molly who works at NASA. Molly who works at NASA who is light years away and it takes about 5 months for messages to be sent and received let alone replied to. So 10 months (ish, I think). 10 months to get a response to your question even though you receive and send emails every day. (Even in space you have to be on email these days). Either way the title is not an exaggeration Remy literally is the loneliest girl in the universe, she was born on the Eternity and the other astronauts died while in stasis.
And how does Remy spend her time? Reading and writing fanfic as well as binge watching her favourite shows even though she’s seen all of them before and has no chance of ever getting any more, this is my kind of girl. (Incidentally the fact that I couldn’t find any fanfic for this book sucked)

The thing that I really enjoyed about this book is it starts out one way and then ends up something very different. While she’s excited about another ship having been sent and the fact she’s going to see people in about a year, Remy also learns that there was a war on Earth and NASA is gone, and so is Molly. The messages she starts getting become very uncomfortable and although she recently ran an upgrade for all the software on the ship things start going very wrong.
It’s weird because up to this point even though it’s on a spaceship it doesn’t feel like a small space but as things start going wrong and it gets more and more intense and claustrophobic. I’m not a visual reader, it often won’t take much in the physical world to pull me away from the book and spoil the atmosphere but with this one it helped that I could look away for a couple of seconds to get my bearings before returning to the book.
I had a rough idea from the synopsis where this was going but how it got there and what actually happened still freaked me out and surprised me.

Why I bought this:

The bookseller in the YA section of Waterstones in Trafalgar square is awesome. It’s really that simple.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It’s not a difficult read but it gets really intense. Remy is a great character who feels real and is completely likable. (And seeing as she’s pretty much the only character that’s kinda important)

Would I recommend it? – Yes, and already have.

Challenges:

PopSugar: About death/grief, About mental health, Set on a different planet (So it’s a spacestation, but it’s heading for a different planet – close enough),

Read Harder: Sci-Fi female Protaginist + Female author. 

 

Please let me know in the comment if you’ve read this book and what you thought.
I know this is early doors but I’d love to eventually get conversations going and people might be coming back to the early books. Maybe. Hopefully.

Anyway, if you’re reading this thank you.
I’m off to bed so I’m awake for work in the morning to buy more books.
Rea *awkward wave*

BYE

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8 thoughts on “The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

  1. Hi Rea,
    This was a really interesting review and has me itching to buy and read the book for myself. The premise is enticing with it sound like a book that you could lose yourself in but also leave and pick back up at a later point. I enjoyed reading your review as I am now considering a book that I may have only given a passing glance at if I passed it in a bookshop. I look forward to reading this book, in addition to reading more of your reviews in future.

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  2. Hi Rea,
    Your review was great, I can’t wait to read this when I go shopping later in the week. The book sounds awesome and I think it would be great for when I have reading time between classes or at work. I can’t wait for more reviews, and I may check out the reading challenges too.

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    1. Hi.
      Please let me know what you thought if you do get the book. The first half you can definitely pick up and put down. Less so the second half as the thriller bit really picks up.
      Thanks for the comment, Rea

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