Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
My Rating: 3 stars
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this book; I learned from reading reviews that a lot of people went into this book thinking it was going to be one thing and realizing it was something completely different. I would suggest that you don’t read too many reviews before you start this book, and go into as blind as you can. I accidentally picked up a couple of hints from reading some reviews that made it super easy for me to predict what was going to happen in the story.
“Earth could have blown itself up, destroying every single life form on the planet, and we would have no idea. Even if we did, there’s nothing that we could do about it. We would just have to … keep going.”
The delay in communication from Earth to the ship Romy is on adds a great aspect to the story. When the messages coming from Earth start to take a negative turn, I kept thinking about how everything that happened on Earth already took place, and how it can’t be changed since it’s something that occured in the past. Disaster could have struck, but Romy wouldn’t know about it until at least a year later. Nothing can be done to try and change the outcome of something that’s already happened or a decision that’s already been made, and Romy has to be content to take the news as it comes.
“I keep catching myself gazing into nothing, hands loose at my sides. I’ve got a horrible feeling that I’m falling into a trap, but I can’t work out what kind of trap it could possibly be. I’m sure it’s just paranoia. My brain is playing tricks on me, in the same way it always does whenever I see a flicker of light and become certain that there’s someone just around the corner, watching me.”
The chapters are short and many of them are filled with email correspondence, so it’s easy to fly through them. If this book was longer and harder to get through I probably would have been upset that it was a waste of time, but I think how quickly I was able to finish the book helped me enjoy it, even when I was able to predict all of the major things that happened. There was also some great tension along the way, and that kept the pace of the story moving along quickly. I don’t want to give anything away, but the terror was intense and some events totally gave me the creeps. Overall: super quick read with enough plot to keep me interested, was very predictable but still entertaining enough to make it worth picking up.