The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James ($21.99, HarperTeen, Epic Reads) ended differently then I thought it would – and that is a really great thing.

Set in 2067 in the far reaches of space, Romy Silvers, who was born to two astronauts on The Infinity spaceship sent from Earth to set up a new colony on a distant planet, is completely alone after the deaths of her parents. Her only form of communications is from Molly, who sends her email messages, which arrive two years after transmission. Then one day, Romy learns that another ship, a faster and newer ship, The Eternity, will be joining her and she is no longer alone. Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the commander on the ship. “But as The Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission the she could have imagined.”

The book was a really quick read. You don’t learn about what happens to Romy’s parents until quite far into the book, nor do understand why Romy has terrifying dreams about astronauts. James does a great job about keeping you guessing about what happened.

I thought the author also did a great job about showing just how lonely it would be for Romy. I couldn’t image choosing to go on a lifelong mission into the deepest parts of space. And then I couldn’t even imagine doing it alone. Romy has never seen Earth, never felt solid ground beneath her feet, feel the wind moving the trees or simple go to the movies with friends. I feel James captured that emotion and that loss really well.

The book could have gone in a number of directions. I am glad it went in the one it did.

A copy of this book was provided by HarperTeen for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

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