The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is out on July 3rd with Harperteen, and they made me a little trailer…. [swoons]
A surprising and gripping sci-fi thriller with a killer twist
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 the Infinity, 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 the Eternity, 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….
Now nominated as a YALSA Quick Pick!
In other news:
The Wall Street Journal reviewed it:
Romy Silvers is 16 years old, haunted by memories and utterly alone. In Lauren James’s gripping romantic sci-fi thriller “The Loneliest Girl in the Universe” (HarperTeen, 303 pages, $17.99), she’s the sole surviving passenger—and now commander—of a spacecraft hurtling toward a remote, habitable planet with the mission of founding a colony.
Born on the ship, Romy has no experience of other people than what she remembers of her parents and what she can see of life on Earth from movies and TV shows stored in the ship’s computer. A tech genius, Romy is also surprisingly normal: She writes fan fiction starring characters from her favorite TV series and corresponds at great intervals (because of her distance from Earth) with her therapist. When Romy learns that another ship is coming, one with superior technology that will allow it to overhaul her before she reaches the planet, she’s thrilled and relieved: She won’t have to settle Earth II on her own. Better still, the commander of the approaching vessel, “J,” is young, charming, communicative—and lonely too. As news comes of catastrophic war on Earth and NASA severs contact with Romy, she finds herself drawn yet more deeply into a relationship of trust and love (and momentary lust) with a compelling stranger who seems to have an uncanny feel for her deeper thoughts and desires.
Warning sirens may not yet be going off in Romy’s spaceship, but they will be blaring in the minds of readers age 13 and older, and rightly so. As a psychological drama, “The Loneliest Girl in the Universe” is a good read with several shocking twists. It’s even sharper as an extended metaphor for certain risky realities of modern adolescence. Teens who feel isolated are often tempted to seek solace in online relationships; they are wise to remember that a stranger who seems warm and genuine may have dark motives and ominous intent.