The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

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A romance set in space from the beloved author of The Next Together series. 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. 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 is via email - and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. 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...
Publisher: London : 2017. Walker Books,
ISBN: 9781406375473
Branch Call Number: YF JAME


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LoganLib_Kirra Aug 31, 2017

Romy Silvers, a young woman who is also the only person to ever be born in space, is all alone on a voyage to "Earth II" after an accident that involved her parents a few years ago. She expected another twenty years of solo space travel before she reached her new home until NASA informs... Read More »

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kobrien3 Oct 31, 2018

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a YA psychological sci-fi thriller that had me hooked from the first page. Romy Silvers is the first person to be born in space and the lone passenger on the Infinity, a space ship heading to Earth II to establish the first human colony on another planet. As the story unfolds and pieces of the traumatic and somewhat sinister story of how Romy came to be all alone on the Infinity come together, her world is altered completely by the news that another ship, the Eternity, is fast approaching hers and will not only help her to complete her mission, but also allow her to see another human in person for the first time in five years. As she begins to develop a friendship via email with J, the commander of the Eternity whose messages initially take two years to reach Romy, she also loses contact with her NASA liaison and begins receiving distressing communications about war and political upheaval on Earth. As J and Romy share more and more with one another and issues start arising with the Infinity itself, she begins to suspect that everything is not quite as it seems. The tension and suspense of this story and its intensely spooky moments that play on so many fears (imagine being all alone on a space ship, no one anywhere near able to help you, and you begin to hear strange noises in the dark) made this a page turner I devoured in one sitting. If you're looking for a good spooky read and are into psychological thrillers with sci-fi elements, give this one a shot!

LoganLib_Kirra Aug 31, 2017

Romy Silvers, a young woman who is also the only person to ever be born in space, is all alone on a voyage to "Earth II" after an accident that involved her parents a few years ago. She expected another twenty years of solo space travel before she reached her new home until NASA informs her a faster, more advanced ship is coming to join up with her and cut the travel time to five years at the most. It's fantastic news at first until shortly after she loses all contact with Earth and all she has is long distance communication with a stranger coming to take over her mission.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe takes the lone survivor in space plot and carves out a unique masterpiece with fantastic twists and shocking revelations to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's another fantastic novel by Lauren James and the best sci-fi thriller I've ever read. I was glued to this book from start to finish in just two hours and then once I finished it I was ready to start it all over again.

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Nov 21, 2018

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Mar 07, 2019

“The Loneliest Girl in the Universe” follows a teenage girl, Romy, as she travels through space toward the future of the human race. Even before Romy was born, planet Earth was not going well. So, NASA sent up a team of astronauts. After several months on the vessel, a little surprise arrived. Sixteen or so years later, Romy found herself alone aboard The Infinity. The fate of the world was not supposed to rest on her shoulders, but her parents and their coworkers. Unfortunately, due to a malfunction, Romy was left alone as a pre-teen, so far from another soul that a single message would take a year to arrive. Romy never knew anyone but her parents and her video-chatting therapist, Molly, so when a message arrived from another space vessel, she was over the moon. However, the welcome message comes at the same time the unwelcome news from Earth. The world was taken over by a new union, one who took down NASA. As the story deepens and Romy continues correspondance with J., the commander of The Eternity, the other vessel, more information is revealed about the truth behind the inter-galactic events. The readers find themselves asking several questions. Who is J.? What is happening on Earth? What happened the fateful day Romy was left alone? And, most importantly, will Romy arrive on the new planet and save the human race?
I am a slow reader, and I finished the book in a single weekend. The story was so engaging, I had trouble putting it down. A casual tone, though it threw me off at first, make the entire story more relatable. Though Romy’s situation is extremely improbable and unique, the thoughts and feelings she shares when telling her story in first-person are universal. I rate this novel a nine out of ten. With an interesting and easy-to-follow plot laced with humor, I greatly enjoyed following the story. My only wish is that the story was slightly more drawn-out. I enjoy books with details that help me connect to the character. I connected well with Romy, but was left wanting to know more. The ending left much for speculation that the post-reading processing, though frustrating, was almost as entertaining as the book. Perhaps this was the author’s intention.
I have already recommended this book to a teacher and peer. They were both quite interested. Anyone who enjoys science fiction and can get behind a hint of drama will become engrossed in the novel instantly. It’s relatability spans several genres and can speak to many age groups, though it is geared toward young women. I extend my recommendation to anyone in search of a good read, especially one with a special interest in intergalactic drama.


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