The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Paperback – 7 Sep 2017
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"Gripping psychological thriller with a very relatable heroine." * The Bookseller * "The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is shocking and brutal and has the best twist I've ever read. The sinister realism of Romy's situation is as terrifying as it is gripping, and I was rooting for her from beginning to end." * Alice Oseman * "Romy's plight resonates on a deeply primal, unsettling level [...] Lauren James is a genius at building tension [...] A fantastic slow-build drama." * SFX magazine, 5 star review * "She's [Romy] strong, clever, logical and a fantastic role model for young adults; inspiring them to be strong and independent but to be unafraid of anxiety and having flaws. [...] This book draws you into a false sense of security and warmth and then rips the floor out from under your feet when you least expect it. The story is compelling and I became completely absorbed in it as I flipped through the pages at warp speed on my various tube journeys over two days. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe should definitely be on the top of you TBR and I'm sure you'll race through it in no time. [...] I'd definitely recommend this book. It's layered and emotional and the perfect read to get you out of a slump!" * Liv's Bookish Life * "It's genuinely beautiful to read, the writing is of such high quality. The characters are incredibly well imagined and rise from the pages as fully-formed, interesting people dealing with seismic events and problems. Both worlds - that of reality and that of fantasy - are deep, rich and vivid. As noted, parts of The Dollmaker of Krakow are hard to read, even hurt to read, but the pay-off is worth it. One for middle grade readers of open hearts, clear minds and a love of beautiful writing." * The Book Bag *
About the Author
Lauren James was born in 1992, and graduated from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2014, where she studied chemistry and physics. Her first novel, The Next Together, a YA reincarnation romance, has been translated into five languages worldwide. It was also longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to recognize an outstanding novel by a first-time writer. Lauren is also an Arts Council grant recipient. She lives in the West Midlands. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or her website laurenejames.co.uk.
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Romy’s situation is one that I would completely and utterly hate to find myself in. She is a teenager alone in space after the death of her parents and in charge of commanding The Infinity, a space ship destined for Earth II. I would be completely terrified to be so isolated but as Romy has never stepped foot on Earth, having been born in Space, it doesn’t affect her in quite the same way as it does my imagination.
This book is incredible in so many ways. I adored the writing style because I was immediately able to conjure up the scenes in my head but I didn’t feel that there were reams and reams of description either. The Science-y aspects were understandable and did not baffle my brain, they were simplified enough to be understandable but I was also still in awe of it all and how intelligent Romy is.
The plot of this book is so exhilarating and creepy at the same time. After making contact with The Eternity, Romy is excited at the prospect of meeting another human, J, and making a life together. That is until she loses contact with Earth and things take a much more sinister turn than even I had been imagining. There was a portion of this book towards the end where I could feel my own skin crawling and couldn’t help but hold my own breath as I eagerly read on to see what would happen next for Romy. It is incredibly action-packed and one of the few books that I would actually LOVE to see brought to life on film as I think the plot would lend itself perfectly to the big screen. I can’t even begin to imagine how gorgeous it would look!
I LOVED Romy. She has so many layers and that is always something I look for in my favourite fictional characters. As well as being incredibly intelligent, independent, resilient and sassy, she has a much deeper emotional side and her anxiety was well-written and very relatable for me. I loved some of those more tender moments we saw of her, especially when talking about her grief and particularly when remembering times with her Dad. One of my favourite Romy moments has to be when she experiences her first hangover because James perfectly sums it up: why do we do this to ourselves? It is not a pleasant feeling!
This book also has one of the CREEPIEST villains I have read in a long time. I don’t want to give things away so I’m not going to say much more other than I actually had goosebumps on my skin and felt so on edge during certain parts of the book. I could imagine the voice, the cold laugh, the villain was almost Voldemort-esque in the way they made me feel!
This book is truly incredible. It is not what you expect it to be, but it is so much more. Underneath a stunning, sparkly cover is a tense, exhilarating journey through Space with fantastic characters and beautiful writing. YA Science-Fiction at its best!
OMG this book!
I’ve been hearing so much buzz about it for months (if you’re into YA and haven’t heard of it then where have you been?!) and it was definitely one of the books I most wanted to get my hands on to review. So I am super grateful to Walker Books for the copy (also check that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous?!)
Romy Silvers was born in space and is now the only survivor on a ship travelling to a new planet. It’s a lonely life, but all that changes when a new ship is launched to aid her mission, with a boy a similar age to her the only passenger. Although their messages take months to reach each other, she finds herself falling for the mysterious J. But as he draws closer and she receives some strange messages from Earth, she begins to question who he really is.
I really loved this book. I’ve been pretty slow on the reading front lately but I couldn’t put this one down. I loved the whole idea of it: one lonely girl, drifting through space her whole life, exchanging messages with someone her own age for the first time. Of course she’s going to fall for him. When you’re that lonely, of course you’re going to jump on the first slightest chance at friendship/romance that comes your way. And as this is a thriller and not a romance, of course it’s not going to work out right!
Romy is an amazing character. She’s smart and creative and anxious and gullible and is just a perfect protagonist. There were so many little I could relate to her, just from being a girl/a teenager: it didn’t matter that our lives are completely different.
As well as the mystery of who J is and what’s going on down on Earth, there’s also intrigue around what happened to the rest of the crew of Romy’s ship, including her parents. This information is leaked out bit by bit, through nightmares about ‘the astronauts’ and little throwaway comments from Romy. It was another thing that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.
I don’t want to say too much about the ending as I don’t want to ruin it, but I was completely hooked all the way to the tense climax. I couldn’t read fast enough, I just had to find out what the real deal was with J and the mysterious messages Romy received from Earth. Without giving anything away, I thought the whole thing was pretty grim and twisted and made it my skin crawl.
There’s not much else that needs to be said about this book. It ticks all the boxes: space, romance, mystery, fear and a heart stopping finale. I loved it. I really hope you will too.
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I read this book in one sitting because I literally couldn't put it down. It's completely addictive and so tense all the way through.Read more
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