The Loneliest Girl In The Universe


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. 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 is via email and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. 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…

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The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is the third novel by Lauren James. It is a psychological thriller set in space and is out now with Walker Books in the UK and Australia. It will be published in the US by Harperteen in July 2018 and Harpercollins Brasil in 2018. You can add it on Goodreads or subscribe to my mailing list for updates.

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“Gripping psychological thriller with a very relatable heroine” – The Bookseller

“Black Mirror-esque. A fantastic slow-build drama.” – SFX

“A tense psychological thriller that will suck you into the claustrophobic interior of Romy’s ship and leave you gasping for air.” – The Scotsman

“Impossible to stop turning the pages” – Irish Times

“A satisfying sci-fi psychological thriller with a scary twist” – NZ Herald

“Moves at full throttle from beginning to end. Lauren James isn’t just headed for the stars – she’s already there.” – Samantha Shannon

“The Loneliest Girl is a page-turning science fiction thriller with some terrific twists.” – Philip Reeve

My tumblr posts about The Loneliest Girl In The Universe are all collected here. Here are some links to get you started:

DNp4rgDWkAYo8CHRomy in the stacks by Alice Oseman


Aesthetics for the book


My calculations spreadsheet for the space travel

Moodboard by abookin6pictures


Romy inspired candle by @bookwormcandles (buy here)


Moodboard by simonlevvis


Moodboard by neverlandvicki


Moodboard by abookeduplife


Art by dorodotee

Art by virtually_read


Moodboard by YA Bookers