Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
I have received this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is a very unique book, I have never really read anything like it. It tells the story of Romy Silvers, the sole survivor in a spaceship that is on its way to Earth 2, and will be responsible for getting the new planet ready for other humans to live in it. She’s been completely alone for five years, but one day she gets exciting news: another ship has left Earth to meet with her in one year! But a war has erupted in Earth, and Romy starts receiving mysterious messages from a new power that has taken over the United States and other countries.
This book is so interesting – first of all, it is perfect for audiobook, I think, since it’s mostly Romy narrating it. It starts as a story about a girl who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks from her trauma of watching everyone die – the crew, her mother, her father. The story starts with a regular feeling of reading a YA story, and as we get into Romy’s mind and get to know her. There is an air of mystery on the background of the story, but it mostly reads like a YA. Then it morphs into a romance that is both too fast (but understandably so) and slow-paced. The book gets so slow at times I considered DNF-ing it. There are also elements of horror and thriller especially in the end (the ending is really good!!), but it takes so long to get there that it didn’t change my mind from giving it 3 stars.
I wish the romance had been shorter, I wish there had been more science and technology, more understanding of how a spaceship works and what is needed to maintain it. I wanted to see her actually maneuvering and fixing things and such. But that is just the science nerd in me talking, as I think this books works better as a transition between YA romance & mystery and science fiction than a hard sci-fi book.
So I recommend it if you want to start reading sci-fi but don’t want loads of science and tech in it. If you liked Illuminae, there’s a good chance you’ll like this one too!