Author: Lauren James
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: YA science fiction
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was incredible. I read it in less than twenty-four hours and finished it in one sitting. The content of the novel is quite different from the blurb, once you get down to the nitty gritty of the plot, and I mean that in the best possible way. I don’t want to spoil anything in this review, so I’ll just say that although I did guess a certain element of the plot twist, I didn’t predict how exactly it would pan out and all of the complex details involved that made this book so unique. I was still absolutely blown away by the story.
I also loved Romy as a character. She’s intelligent and capable, yet she has flaws and hang-ups, and things that haunt her. Despite the fact that she’s alone on a spaceship for the majority of the story, her character really comes to life in so many ways: she’s geeky, she’s a bit anxious, she worries a lot, she daydreams about romance, she’s lonely. I felt so connected to her; she was very relatable. I also loved that she wrote fan fiction; some of her short fics are inserted into the narrative and I found it to be such a refreshing element, especially within the sci-fi setting.
The writing and pacing was spot on, which explains why I couldn’t put this book down. Everything is so vivid. The action sequences, and Romy’s fears and emotions, in particular, were so well written that I literally couldn’t stop turning the pages and may have neglected cooking dinner for a good few hours.
Finally, the psychological aspect of this novel has to be one of my favourite things about it; I love a good psychological thriller, and this certainly felt like a thriller in space. Without giving too much away, the exploration of emotions and psychology, and the ways people react in certain situations, was explored in-depth via different characters, and this created some incredible tension within the story.
Overall, I loved this and I’d say it’s one of my new favourites. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of Lauren James’s other books.