(Walker Books kindly sent me a copy of this book for review. My thoughts on the book haven’t been affected as a result though.)
Lauren James, as you probably know if you know anything about me as a reader, is one of my favourite authors. She wrote The Next Together series, which I’d say is a little like science fiction meets historical fiction – it’s about a couple named Katherine and Matthew who are destined to fall in love with each other over and over again throughout history. I definitely recommend it. When this book was first announced, I was, as you could probably imagine, really excited for it. I expected big things from it.
I did, however, think a lot about it before starting it. This book focuses on Romy, the only person aboard The Infinity, a spaceship bound for Earth II, with the mission to inhabit the Earth. She finds out about another ship that’s been sent along with her, The Eternity, upon which J is aboard. They can only communicate via emails, and slowly she finds herself falling in love with J, despite the fact that they’ve never met one another and they’re light years away.
As a concept, I thought, this book needed to do a lot of things to work. I remember thinking that dialogue was going to be difficult, because there is no one but Romy on the ship. She communicates with all other humans via email that takes ages to get to where it needs to be. The only living characters we know about (at the start at least…) are herself, Molly (on Earth) and J. She’s aboard the ship by herself. Would this story work?
It absolutely did. I almost feel ashamed for ever doubting it if I’m honest!
Firstly, let’s talk about the cover. I remember seeing this for the first time and being surrounded by bloggers at Walker Books, and everyone gasped when they saw it, simply because it’s stunning.
Because there’s only a few characters, you really get to know Romy as a person. There’s a really intrinsic backstory which I won’t get into because it will definitely spoil the entire book for you, but once you start understanding a lot more about the book lots more unravels. It’s a mystery what’s going to happen on the next page.
I love the way that the emails were used as part of the book, and chapters are divided in a more unique way, that I don’t think I should reveal either because of fears of spoiling it, but both are unique touches.
Lauren’s way of writing from her first two books are back, of course, and it’s such a unique story. I think you will absolutely love this story, and I think it’s such an amazing book. Go read it!