Out Of This World // ARC Review: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

Title: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe
Author: Lauren James
Publication Date: September 7th 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 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 amongst the stars. 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 with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. 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 . . . 

Actua; Rating 4.5 Stars

BOOKS SET IN SPACE ARE THE BEST! Ever since I dove into Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae series last year, I’ve thought that one single thought.

I hadn’t even heard of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe until an ABSOLUTELY beautiful ARC was delivered home from a wonderful bookish fairy at Penguin India and AM I GLAD I GOT THE CHANCE TO READ THIS because it was filled with twists, technology in space, love, family, trust and EVERYTHING AMAZING.

Let’s break it down:


This is my first book by Lauren James and I fell in love with the way she told the story. All told from the point of view of Romy Silvers, a sixteen year old girl born in space and is the sole survivor of an accident that wiped out the rest of the population aboard her spaceship heading towards another planet, light years away from Earth to establish a new civilization. The book was told through emails and Romy’s thoughts and I LOVED IT.


As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew it would be something I loved. A romance across time, space and light years where the messages only reach the other person months or years away. It seemed like something that had never been done before and I was SO SO EXCITED to read it. Plus, how COMPLETELY GORGEOUS is that cover? It’s simple and yet… so pretty?


I’ll be honest, this book started off rather slowly. It was one of the two book I took with me on my college trip and it took me four (albeit very busy and tiring) days to get through it.

My initial struggle was entirely with the fact that Romy was the ONLY character in the book. There were no other personalities in the book which made it a little monotonous but it picked up very soon.
I LOVED ALL THE (SIMPLIFIED) SPACE ASPECTS AND SHIP UPKEEP AND PHYSICS THAT WAS THROWN INTO THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT MADE IT SO COOL. I genuinely felt like I was out these in the vast expanse of space, on The Infinity with Romy living life.

Also, there was somewhere in the middle where this book turned from being a good book to one that TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND. The minute Romy spiraled and things seemed stranger with The Eternity, I knew that I was going to love ALL THE TWISTS that came my way.



I could NOT recommend this book enough. There is nothing else like it out there, and if you’re a Space fan, this should ALREADY BE IN YOUR HANDS.

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe was OUT OF THIS WORLD and you should dive into it ASAP. 4.5 stars.
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.

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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What are some of your favourite books and movies set in Space? I'm always looking for more recommendations. 
If you ever got the opportunity to visit another planet that humans begin to colonize, would you you take it? Or would you stay on Earth? 
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