“It’s hard to focus on the future when the past is so distracting.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
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 . . .
Well this was quite the unexpected ride.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually done a book review on here so let’s dive right into it!
What I liked
🚀 Space. I’m pretty hit or miss when it comes to sci-fi books but this actually worked surprisingly well for me. I’m always a little apprehensive to pick up books that have to do with space because when it comes to technical talk about space ships or pages and pages of descriptions on what the ship looks like I could care less. Luckily, this one doesn’t go too far into detail about all of that aside from what you need to know so it worked out fine. I will say though, that when it came to all the talk about light years and how long it takes to get an e-mail from Earth the the space ship I could not for the life of me wrap my head around it. Too much math for me.
🔀 Plot twists. I am shook. I am weak. I did not expect this at all. I remember awhile ago reading someone being horrified by the turn this book took so while I was reading this I was trying to come up with all these wild scenarios of what could have possibly happened. And even though I won’t necessarily say I was horrified (because that would take a lot to happen for me) – it was still a very unexpected turn of events that kept me flying through the last 100 pages of this book. Truly a wild ride and I am here for it. I think being skeptical of everything and everyone made for a fun reading experience so if you haven’t picked this up yet I wouldn’t go digging deep in reviews. The last thing you want is for this to be spoiled for you.
📈Pacing. Overall the pacing of this book definitely made it more of engaging read. The way that the author combines the past, the present, and the hope of the future left me wanting to know more and more. Especially since the story alludes to something very ominous happening on The Infinity years before the story even starts. As the events of the past begin to unfold mixed with a new ship joining The Infinity I found myself getting more and more interested in the story. And then the last 100 or so pages happen and the story just absolutely explodes but in a good way.
What I didn’t like
🙍🏻♀️Romy. When the story first started I actually liked Romy but then we quickly went on a downward slope. While I did find her to be a bit naive it’s not something that I would let sway my rating because technically this is a YA book. But I really didn’t like the fact that she just kind of laid down and did whatever she was told by the new people running the space mission. I also am a very skeptical person of others in real life. It takes A LOT for me to trust people so that fact that even after some pretty big betrayals happened she was willing to overlook things just didn’t sit right with me.
❤️ Insta love-y. Insta love is something that is soooo hit or miss for me. While I do understand why Romy would develop feelings for J pretty quickly – you know considering she’s never interacted with anyone other than her parents and a few astronauts, it still just did not work for me. She went from just talking and getting to know J to all the sudden being so in love with him.*gags* But this also could be again because my brain cannot compute and make sense of light years. Was it quickly? Did it take a long time? My brain will never know.
⁉️ I need closure. After the giant plot twist we start to finally get some answers, however, there’s one final plot twist on the last page that left me with a ton of questions. Hello, a girl needs some closure over here. I truly wouldn’t have minded if the story was a tad bit longer to just give us a smidge more info on the future and what will happen on Earth II.
All in all, if you’re looking for a fast paced, entertaining read with a few plot twists you’ll most likely never see coming definitely check this one out! I buddy read this with Amanda over at Classy x Book Reviews.
Until next time,