May Reads - The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

I really struggled with reading this month. I think the hot weather and a pile of things to do meant that reading was put on the back burner. Reading 4 books might seem like a lot to some, but I can normally do double that if I try. I also ended up reading some books that were majorly disappointing. I did surprise myself however and read two books out of my comfort zone of crime and contemporary YA!

This month, my favourite was a book that was completely out of my comfort zone. The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James is a science fiction based YA novel. I tend to steer clear from science fiction, mainly because I can't seem to get my head around alternate universes, magical powers or the supernatural. I blame it on reading on the go and having a child that distracts me on every other page.

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is based on a girl called Romy who is the only survivor on a space ship headed to a new planet Earth. She soon finds out that due to advancement in technology, another person is headed out to join her. A boy called J, who she soon sparks a relationship of sorts with via email communication. But is J all that he seems, I mean you can't really know someone that you have never met before.

I honestly enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I've read some of Lauren's other stuff and really enjoyed it so hoped this would be just as good. And it probably exceeded expectations. I feel like the blurb is really deceptive and the story is a lot darker than what you would imagine. I know it's a bit of a marketing gimmick, but the darkness was the part that kept me hooked the most and it will tear you apart in ways you never thought a book would.

I can truly say that I loved this voyage into the genre of science fiction. I don't think I would read much more, mainly because this has enough realism in it that I could follow it easily. I also loved that fact that Romy was so headstrong. It was refreshing to read about a girl in a STEM career (not by choice) that was strong and assertive.

It's definitely a book for YA fans, romance fans, science fiction fans and fans that just want to get a punch in the gut three quarters of the way through a book. Thanks Lauren!

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