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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Romy Silvers has had an unusual upbringing. She was born on the spaceship Infinity, bound for a new planet, brought up by her parents until the age of eleven. And then she was alone. The sole surviving crew member with only ghosts and memories for companions. Until she receives word that a second ship has been launched from Earth, scheduled to rendezvous with the Infinity in only twelve short months. The commander of the new ship is a boy named J.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a Y/A science fiction story positively brooding with tension and suspense. Romy and J begin communicating via 32601841-_uy630_sr1200630_.jpgemail as Romy discovers that all is not well on Earth. He is her only link to the human race, and she finds herself drawn to him, despite the months it takes for their transmissions to cross between the two ships. Romy comes to depend on J’s emails for emotional support as her situation on board the Infinity becomes more and more precarious, and she finds herself falling in love with the voice at the end of the emails. All that is keeping her going is the thought of J’s arrival.

James creates a vivid and believable world on the Infinity, and expertly builds the tension throughout the novel to the explosive conclusion. She creates suspense and intrigue by dripping in Romy’s backstory, as well as dropping in small clues as to what is to come. Romy’s is an authentic and believable voice, which evokes empathy and support in the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it not only to science fiction fans but any young adult and adult readers who love suspense.

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