Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publication Date: September 7th 2017
Length: 290 pages
Description from Goodreads:
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 amongst the stars. 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 with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. 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 . . .
This book was so different than what I was expecting. This tweet from Lauren James showing the notebook where she wrote her original idea down is what made me want to read this book.
I found my early notebook from writing The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. I first wrote down the idea in 2013, exactly five years ago this month. The rest of the notebook is…..mainly maths calculations about the spaceships, tbh. pic.twitter.com/zyzKhO9Lrb
— Lauren James (@Lauren_E_James) August 20, 2018
The initial premise was a girl traveling alone in space for so long that her way of speech eventually becomes tumblr-like because her only form of communication is text. The book is much different than that original premise, but as soon as I saw that, I immediately added it to my TBR list.
I loved the main character, Romy. She’s born into a position of being responsible for this spaceship that’s headed to Earth II after having been conceived and born on a space mission her parents were on. After an accident, she’s the only surviving member of the ship, and the responsibility of continuing our species on another planet is placed entirely her.
For someone who has no say in this decision, she takes it like a champ and steps up as a commander with ease.
Her days are mostly filled with watching reruns of her favorite TV show Loch & Ness, which she also writes fanfiction of. She’s just a super lovable character. I felt so connected to her, and that’s really a testament to James’ excellent writing.
The only communication she has is with her therapist on Earth and then eventually J, who is manning a ship that will connect up with hers to accelerate the time it takes to get to Earth II.
She begins talking to him and the two develop a friendship. Besides Molly, this is really the only human connection she has made in her life, and it’s so interesting to watch that unfold.
Throughout the book, Romy eludes to the incident that killed her parents and everyone on board, but the details of what actually happened remain a mystery for much of the story.
The mystery of what happened to Romy’s parents mixed with the anticipation of her first meeting with J kept me so invested in this book, and I only put it down when I had to.
Overall, I thought this book was incredibly well written. It was interesting at all times, while still giving some room to breathe between the action. If you’ve read it, let me know, because I definitely need to rave about this book to someone.