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 amongst the stars. 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 with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. 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 . . .
Author: Lauren James
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
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Panic Attacks, Violence, Death
When I requested this book, I was expecting a Sci-Fi with some romance and… that’s it? But no. I got so much more. It’s a pretty quick read, which I wasn’t expecting since the Sci-Fi genre tends to drag with all the science being spouted around.
Now, this book did come out last year in the UK, so you could probably pick this up from Book Depository* if you’d like 😉 .
Without spoiling too much: we follow Romy, the last surviving person on the spaceship going to Earth II. It has recently been announced that they are sending another spaceship to keep her company. Which is fine, but ow much does she know about J, her new companion?
We know my issues with limited world building, but this book pulls it off well. I mean, I did have my questions: why did they need to go to Earth II? Romy is the only one on the spaceship, if she made it to Earth II before anyone else, how was she going to repopulate (I mean, I kind of get it…)? I couldn’t fully get the layout of said spaceship, I appreciated the parallel between the lack of space and Romy’s anxiety, especially after learning what she went through to become the only living person on the spaceship.
So because of lack of imagery, this truly is a character focused story. And Romy as a main character surprised me in a good way. Again, she suffers from anxiety, has nightmares and never does it feel inorganic. I can’t say I relate to her, she has been isolated from human interaction for the majority of her life, but I did empathize with her.
The second half of the book was when things really picked up. We meet J and watch as Romy starts to catch feelings… and this is where I become conflicted. Because I didn’t trust him from the moment we met, I couldn’t support Romy’s feelings. There was just something up with him that rubbed me the wrong way. And that led to a whole chunk of the middle of the story being summed up to me saying yikes.
But I in no way would call this a romance. At all. So don’t go into this thinking it is.
Which in turn leads into my biggest issue, Romy towards the end wasn’t making the smartest decisions. And because of her lack of human interaction, I had to cut her some slack for falling for the manipulations and such. But when you tell me she’s some child prodigy who is super smart, I tend to expect her to figure out some things. And a certain characters motivations contradicted them self.
But that ending was nice. Yes, it did kind of wrap up quickly and I wanted more, revelations were proclaimed, tough choices were made and a sequel wouldn’t be unwanted.