The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

Nominated for the 2019 Carnegie medal

One of Barnes & Noble’s Top 15 YA Books of 2018

Shortlisted for the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2019, celebrating science in fiction

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…

Word count: 60,000 Ages 13+ Available in Indonesian, Polish and Turkish

“A tightly plotted Agatha Christie mystery thriller in space” – Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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

“Black Mirror-esque. A fantastic slow-build drama. Lauren James is a genius.” – SFX

“Gripping romantic sci-fi thriller.” – Wall Street Journal

“This slow-burning psychological thriller has a killer twist that will make you gasp.” – Bustle

“Suspenseful and clever” – Publishers Weekly

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

“A story of loneliness and heartbreak blended with sci-fi thrills, it’s one of the most surprising books to arrive this year.” – Paste Magazine

“A strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water.” – Entertainment Weekly

“This slow-burn genre-blender has surprising twists and turns, and patient readers will be rewarded by the explosive ending” – Booklist

“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

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

Indonesian edition

“As much psychological thriller as space odyssey” – Kirkus

“Impossible to stop turning the pages” – Irish Times

Meet the characters – Romy, J, Molly; Romy’s dad and mum, Jayden and Lyra
Concept art by Dany Gomez

Romy in the stacks by Alice Oseman


Aesthetics for the book


My calculations spreadsheet for the space travel

Illustrations by learningtoillustrate

Art by kuviraharley

Romy inspired candle by @bookwormcandles

Art by virtually_read

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