One of the things that I love the most about YALC is discovering authors and books that I’ve not heard of before. This year there was enormous buzz around a book called The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James, which was being pre-sold over a month before release at the event. Of course, despite knowing nothing about the book or author, I bought it – and needless to say, devoured it, for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author: Lauren James
Category: #58 A book set in space
“Love takes so much energy, and it just leads to pain. I think it’s probably best for people to be self-sufficient. If I was strong enough to be independent, then I wouldn’t be so desperately lonely, I’m sure of it.”
Romy was born in space. Her parents died when she was little. She is alone on a spaceship bound for a new planet. With her only contact with Earth coming via daily emails from her psychologist, Molly, when the connection mysteriously stops, Romy is left abandoned: she truly is The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. But when she receives an unexpected message from J, suddenly Romy is holding out hope for a very different future.
This novel explores solitude, friendship, and the basic human instinct of survival. It is fast-paced and contains one of the very best, more unexpected, plot twists.
This book really did take my breath away. It was shocking, suspenseful, and addressed a number of taboos rarely discussed in YA literature. The characterisation of Romy and J was incredible, and the plot was expertly executed: I can’t wait to dive into Lauren James’ The Next Together series soon.
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