Author: Lauren James Series: Standalone Genre: Science Fiction Release Date: July 3, 2018 Book Length: 290 pages Publisher: Walker Books Review: 1/5
*Note, there are a few spoilers in this review.
The cover is super cute – everything else, not so much.
Under the guidance of NASA, Romy, a 16-year-old girl, is travelling on a ship called The Infinity to a new planet called Earth II, where humanity is to establish a second home. Romy is all alone in the universe until one day she receives communication that another ship is coming from Earth to accompany her on the journey to Earth II. On the other ship is a man by the name of J, who Romy keeps in frequent contact with through email –making the loneliest girl in the universe feel a little less lonely.
First of all, the book’s description outlines J as ‘a boy’, which is kind of misleading. I haven’t really seen this talked about in the other reviews I read, but is no one going to talk about the fact that J was actually a grown man flirting with a 16-year-old? At first, he told her he was 22, which is still bad, but then it came out that he is older than that, and it made me feel sick. Regardless of what transpired and how Romy felt about him after meeting him, it still made me uncomfortable.
Although the twist at the end caught me by surprise, I have to admit, I didn’t really like it. You learn that J’s parents died aboard The Infinity, and he became an astronaut to meet Romy and avenge his parent’s deaths, and it’s like… what are the odds. This whole thing felt like it was trying too hard to be some sort of intergalactic version of the TV show Catfish. In addition to that, there was one point where Romy was asked for a 4-digit password to get into J’s ship. FOUR DIGITS? Does NASA not believe in security awareness? The password on some people’s phones are even longer than that!
Anyway, all in all, Romy was just so naïve, and even though I felt bad for her because of all the things she went through, I unfortunately could not bring myself to enjoy the book.