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Book Review: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe.

Title: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

Author: Lauren James

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: July 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Young Adult Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Action & Adventure

Synopsis:

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….

Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had a bit of a hard time taking the story seriously for a bit in the first chapter because the writing style reminded me of the writing I would see in a cliché wattpad story, but once I got over that it was an amazing read.

I was so glad to see how anxiety was portrayed in the story. I could see the similarities between my train of thought and Romy’s and I really felt seen.

There was a big shift in the genre of this story. It could be seen as an unexpected shift or a surprising shift, but there are some littles clues placed in the story leading up to the story that will hint at the shift. But these same clues that hint to the reader that there will be a shift in the genre, would’ve also hinted to Romy that something is wrong and something is coming up. But, she didn’t notice until it was too late and even after the action started she still didn’t notice when things were off, which made me very upset.

The reasoning for the antagonists actions seems a little silly to be but it isn’t outlandish so it didn’t impact my reading experience.

Romy is a great MC, she is easy to connect to. Even if you don’t connect to her, she is a great character to read about, with real struggles, believable thoughts and actions as well as an interesting story. Romy is also relatable in another way, we are never given any real physical description of her so persons of all races, shapes and sizes can imagine themselves in her place.

A lot of descriptions in this story is glossed over, we aren’t really sure what the Infinity looks like other than the fact that it doesn’t have mint green wall which we know because that fact was used to contrast the interior of the Infinity to the Eternity. Where description is included it is often just a few details and then nothing else is really described until a some scenes later.

When the shift happened, I was constantly on the edge of my seat. The action scenes were really engaging and well-written and even when there was no action happening, there was always an air of unease until the very end.

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is a great story with an intriguing premise which didn’t fall flat due to delivery. I look forward to reading any further installments.

That’s All I Got, Danielle.

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