The Loneliest Girl in the UniverseBook - 2017
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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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“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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