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 . . .
The book cover was what drew me to this book in the first place. It’s simple, but definitely works for a title that says, “Loneliest in the Universe.” I like the colors as well.
I picked up the book after checking out the cover and the title seemed intriguing too. When I read the back blurb I wasn’t quite sure, but it sounded good enough, so I decided to give it a try.
Romy is stuck on The Infinity, a rocket ship that blasted from Earth years and years ago. She’s 16-years-old and has never stepped food on solid ground, she has no idea what Earth is like, nor does she know any human contact other than from her parents, who are now dead. She’s on her own, waiting to get to Earth II to start a new world there. NASA is sending The Eternity with another human on board to keep her company and to make it to Earth II faster. But things aren’t going too well on Earth. The Infinity is old and falling apart. Romy is going stir-crazy.
This is science fiction, so I’m entirely sure how accurate any of this rocket ship and NASA talk is. I’m also not sure how realistic this would all be – though, like I said, it’s fiction. Still, it’s not a bad plot. It’s all easy to read and it definitely keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. I enjoyed it.
Romy and J were great characters. I also really liked Molly, Romy’s therapist from Earth. I’ll admit, Romy did get annoying here and there, though given her circumstances, I couldn’t blame her.
She started to develop a crush on J which I wasn’t sure was needed. I couldn’t tell if it was there for the sake of a romantic subplot or if it was because Romy had read and seen a TV show with relationships in it and she was wondering too much what it felt like.
This book was a quick read and certainly easy to follow. The chapters were short and they were broken up into days counting down until when the Eternity would arrive. Most of it was Romy trying to keep herself entertained or letters between her and J that took months to reach each other.
That was the one thing that confused me with this book – the time. Time is different in space but I sometimes felt it wasn’t going in order or it wasn’t matching up with the chapter headings.
Overall, this was a fun read. I found the plot and characters to be interesting and it was uniquely written. It was something a little different than what I typically read and I’d for sure look up more books by this author.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James gets… 4 out of 5 cups
“It’s hard to focus on the future when the past is so distracting.” -Lauren James, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Evie is safe home, but her heart remains in e.scape. She’s desperate to return, but the app that transports her has corrupted in the great reboot.
When besotted geek, Lionel, offers to help, he doesn’t just restore the gateway as she had planned. He opens up a series of revelations that calls into question everything Evie treasures in life. With a momentous discovery to be unearthed in the virtual realm, and an e.scape fugitive on the loose in reality, can our sidelined schoolgirl save not one world but two?
The cover intrigues me (both the front and the back) because it shows off the main characters and even shows off how the story will go, though you don’t realize it until you read the book.
I read Username: Evie a while ago and enjoyed it. So I was interested in continuing with the series.
I have to be honest. There’s a lot of build up to the plot and then not much happens. Evie manages to get back into e.scape and meets up with some old friends along with some new ones. When some people from e.scape end up reality, they mistakenly hunt for one of their own so he doesn’t destroy reality.
This isn’t a bad plot and it had a lot of potential, but it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. There was a lot of build up to bring tense moments and then those moments ended up be pretty anti-climactic.
I didn’t mind the characters. Evie was a little bland this time around as was her estranged mother. I think Mallory, Evie’s cousin, was my favorite character. She’s a pain but, in a way, she ended up being the real hero. The hero that no one else seems to recognize.
The coded characters from e.scape were good as well, but I felt as though I was expected to care about them by the end and there just wasn’t enough time for me to develop feelings for me.
As a graphic novel, a lot of the story is told through the pictures. The art was my favorite part. I love the style. I wish I could say more about it, but I don’t know too much about art to sound sophisticated about it.
The dialogue is just as good too. The characters told the story well. My only nit-pick was that a lot of the characters had thought bubbles, usually with a sarcastic quip. I felt as though that was thrown in just for a chuckle, but it didn’t do anything to me. I didn’t care to be inside every character’s heads for no reason – especially when the pictures say it all with their facial expressions.
This was still an enjoyable read though it didn’t live up to the first book. I definitely wanted to see more action and feel more tension. However, if you read the first book or if this sounds intriguing to you at all, feel free to give it a shot.
Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg gets… 3 out of 5 cups
“A crush can be fun, until it becomes a monster.” –Joe Sugg, Username: Regenerated
Title: Keepers (The Eden East #1) Author: Sacha de Black
Published: November 17, 2017 Genre: Young adult, science fiction How I got the book: I received a free digital review copy in exchange for an honest review
Eden’s life is balanced…
…until her soul is bound to her enemy.
When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.
As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.
Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.
I have been following Sacha on her blog and social media for some time now. I’ve read and followed her through every update this book and I can’t believe the time has finally come – it is out in the world. Sacha approached me to advance read this book and I was more than happy to accept.
Keepers has the most unique plot I’ve seen in a while. The world is fleshed out to the max and the characters are super important in their own way.
We follow Eden East as she tries to do right in her world, Trutinor. Everything changes when her parents are murdered, her soul is bound to not one, but two boys. One of those boys being her enemy and neither of them being the man she truly loves. Then it’s a race against time to fix their binding and Balance their souls once more.
It’s hard to explain only because this world was so cleverly crafted and the rules are complicated (but they’re easy to understand within the pages). A lot of worldbuilding went into this book and it certainly shows. The plot revolves around Keepers, Fallons, Shifters, etc., with the occasional human sprinkled in. While I would not want to be in Eden’s shoes, the world of Trutinor seems like an interesting place.
There was a good amount of romance thrown in, as once you’re Bound your soulmates. You may not be Bound to who you love. That called for a perfect opportunity for a love triangle. I’m not a big fan of romance or love triangles, but it was well done in this story and I found rooting for one guy over the other.
I loved each and every character. They all fulfilled a certain role and no talent was wasted.
Eden made a great protagonist. I loved her voice and her strong will. I felt that she had a nice balance of being “tough” and “vulnerable” at the same time.
Victor made a nice antagonist. Though I have to admit, even though we were meant to hate him, I actually liked his character in the beginning… then I hated him.
Trey made a great supporting character as did Bo, Kato, and everyone else in the story. It was a great cast of characters.
This book was written in the third person limited through Eden. I felt that was a good choice for the narrator for this kind of novel.
The pace was smooth, yet it was action-packed. It sped up and slowed down at the right moments. I never got lost in the reading as it was easy to understand and it flowed well.
There’s a lot of learning as you read this novel. It’s a big world with many new terms, but it’s easy enough to stay caught up.
I don’t read a lot of science fiction or even this kind of fantasy for that matter, but I can very easily see myself getting sucked up in this world. The ending had a great twist. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
Keepers (The Eden East #1) by Sacha de Black gets… 5 out of 5 stars
“Scars are memories. They’re real. Moments we shouldn’t forget.” –Sacha de Black, Keepers
Title: Warcross Author: Marie Lu
Published: September 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Genre: Young adult, science fiction How I got the book: I bought it
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
If I remember correctly, this book was recommended to me by Nthato long before the book was released. It intrigued me and I put it on my Goodreads wish eventually forgetting about it. But I saw it in the bookstore the other day and I immediately remembered the book because of the cover. So I grabbed it. And I have to say, I haven’t read a book this fast in a while, it was that good.
Emika Chen is an 18-year-old bounty hunter. She is also an excellent hacker and certainly knows her way around computers and technology. So, when she accidentally hacks into one of the biggest virtual reality games, Warcross, during a live match, she assumes she’s in big trouble.
However, Hideo Tanaka, the 21-year-old creator of Warcross, offers her a job instead.
Emi is hired as a bounty hunter to go undercover in the games and hack into it to find and catch another hacker, only known as Zero. Between her skills and Hideo’s, they work together to catch the unknown man… or woman.
Books about hacking into video games are not uncommon. However, this plot was woven so intricately that it really made it its own. There’s hacking, there’s video game playing, there’s romance (eh), there’s humor, there are dangerous moments… it’s a roller coaster.
While I did figure out who Zero was fairly easily before Zero’s real identity was revealed, there was a twist at the end that I certainly didn’t see coming. And it was the best twist I’ve ever seen in a book.
But I’ll stop talking about the plot now. I could talk about it all day and I know I’ll spoil something…
I found all the characters to be likable in some way or another. Emi was a great protagonist and had a humorous personality. I could relate to her a lot.
Hideo was a great character as well. However, he was just okay for me. He was nice, smart, polite, but I don’t know. Something was off for me, but I did still enjoy him as a character. And I think he was the perfect fit to play the “21-year-old genius.”
The side characters, such as Emi’s Warcross team, Asher, Ren, Roshan, and Hammie, were cool as well. They each had their own unique personalities and contributed in one way or another. It showed their friendship with one another and they each had one goal in mind – to win Warcross. Still, they considered Emi a friend and was willing to help her own in any way they could.
Then there’s Keira. And here’s my only complaint about this book. Keira was Emi’s roommate back in New York, when they were poor and about to get evicted, before Emi accidentally hacked into the game. Once Emi is hired, she flies to Tokyo leaving Keira behind. She’s never heard from again.
I know she was a minor character, but I did like her, and I would assume that she would at least text Emi to see how things were going. Especially since Emi was blasted all over the news a couple of times. There seemed close enough friends that I was hoping they’d keep in touch. If Keira really wasn’t needed, she shouldn’t have been in the book at all.
The book is written in Emi’s first-person point of view. We see everything she sees and knows everything she knows, especially her thoughts. She had a humorous personality which definitely made her a fun character to follow around. It made the narration easier to read.
There was a lot of description in this book mostly of the Warcross game and overall world and all the technology that came with it. It was interesting and it honestly makes me wonder if we’re going to have something similar to that in real life at some point. It reminded me of VR Super Smash Brothers.
But it wasn’t just a came. It was a way people communicated with each other as well. It was very well done.
Can you tell I liked the book? I could gush about it all day if you’d let me. It was well written with a twisty plot and fun characters. I’m looking forward to book two.
Warcross by Marie Lu gets… 5 out of 5 stars
“Death has a terrible habit of cutting straight through every careful line you’ve drawn between your present and your future.” –Marie Lu, Warcross