The Loneliest Girl in the Universe enraptures readers

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Zoё Donovan, Editor-In-Chief

A book with only one protagonist isn’t something that usually draws readers in. If done incorrectly, the plot has a tendency to feel stagnant and lacking character motivation. When done correctly, though, readers get a treat like this book. Not only does Lauren James manage to make a book featuring a single character interesting, but it also creates a sense of unease in the story.

Romy is your typical teenager, she has a favorite TV show, has written fanfiction and talks to her therapist. She’s just a little bit different than your average teenager. That difference is that she is the sole survivor on a generation ship, the Infinity, which headed to Earth II. By the time the book starts, she’s accepted her place as the first colonizer of a new planet. Suddenly, she learns that a new ship, the Eternity has been launched from Earth that will meet up with her own. As she makes contact with this second ship, signals from Earth become more and more sporadic before radio silence from the planet shuts out altogether following an ominous message from Earth indicating a rise in political conflict on the planet. This leaves her to communicate solely with J, the pilot of the Eternity. Things take a turn for the worse as the history of the Infinity and its past inhabitants are slowly revealed to readers and the root of Romy’s nightmares is uncovered.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is an innovative mix of science fiction and thriller that makes the isolation of the character feel even more unbearable. James, keep readers on the edge of their seats and makes them wonder if they’ll follow in Romy’s footsteps with nightmares involving astronaut corpses and the endless expanse of space.

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