Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

June 29, 2018 Book Review, Young Adult 11 ★★★½

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Loneliest Girl in the UniverseThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Published by HarperTeen on July 3rd 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Edelweiss
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A surprising and gripping sci-fi thriller with a killer twist

The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on theInfinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.

Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.

Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of theEternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….

Now nominated as a YALSA Quick Pick!

Science fiction is one of those genres I don’t read a lot of and only when the premise of a book really grabs me. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe stood out to me with a promise of something thrilling and surprising and I was all for it.


So I just watched the movie Passengers a couple weeks ago and parts of this book really reminded me of that – a spaceship traveling to a new planet and a character dealing with the loneliness of such a task after disaster strikes and they find themselves all alone. But with this book, we have a young girl, a teenager, who was born on the spaceship and after a few tragic accidents with her parents and others on the ship, she is the sole survivor and now the captain of said ship. Until a newer and faster ship makes contact and is heading to join up with hers and suddenly Romy has a friend who knows exactly what it is like to be alone.


As you can imagine, much of the book is Romy all on her own, communicating with the boy on the incoming ship. She is quite self sufficient, though she really doesn’t have any choice in the matter. She dreams of love and friendship and adores writing fanfiction for her favorite couple from a tv show. There is a lot to discover about the circumstances leading up to her being on her own and there is also a mystery about the new ship and strange communications from Earth to solve. I thought this would be a slow read because of Romy being alone and all of the communications going back and forth but besides a few moments in the middle where I was anxious for things to get moving, the pacing is pretty good. There is quite a build up to the ending and it does get exciting with reveals and moments I didn’t necessarily expect, but I sort of wish we got more out of it as well because it felt rushed and left me wanting more closure. Perhaps an epilogue would have done wonders here.


Overall, this was a solid sci-fi read that I think many fans will enjoy!



About Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992 and is the British Young Adult author of The Next Together series and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.

She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university.

The Next Together has been translated into five languages worldwide. It was described by The Bookseller as ‘funny, romantic and compulsively readable’ and Kirkus as ‘An ambitious, promising premise . . . James is one to watch’. It was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, a prize given to recognise an outstanding novel by a first time writer.

Her other novels include The Last Beginning, the epic conclusion to The Next Together which was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults by the Independent, who called it ‘ideal for teenagers. The Last Beginning is on the ball’. A short story set in the world of The Next Together series, Another Together, is also available.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature scientists in prominent roles.

She lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.

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11 Responses to “Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James”

  1. Leah

    That’s so wild that you mentioned Passengers; I thought of a scene in Aliens with the tone of this book. I also gave it 3 1/2 stars.

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