November was my young adult book month. I found The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and They Both Die at the End on bookstagram and I couldn’t resist. There is just something about YA which will always make me feel cosy and safe. Plus, they’re never pretentious, instead they’re always real and relatable, even if they’re dystopian. I also added And Then There Were None to my list. I knew the story because of the BBC adaptation (which was awesome) but this was the first Christie I’ve ever read! Anywho, on with reviews.
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
“I’m balanced on the edge of oblivion with only a fragile skin of metal separating me from the void of space.”
I really do have a huge soft spot for YA. This one drew me in because of its sci-fi qualities but also it’s teenage-feelings-and-crap style. The whole concept of this novel felt like a YA version of The Martian – which is a very good thing to be. Essentially, a girl is born on a spaceship heading to a new planet but the other crew and her parents die so she grows up alone.
What I liked most about this novel was the character. Romy, despite being in a situation no one in this world would ever be in right now, felt totally real. I felt her fear, her anxiety, and her determination.
“I’ve spent years living safely to secure a longer life, and look where that’s gotten me. I’m at the finish line but I never ran the race.”
I loved this one. Another YA, this time based in future where we’re called up in the early hours of the morning on the day we’re going to die. In this world, there’s an app called the Last Friend where you can meet up with others who are dying today (or people who volunteer to be your friend on the day you die).
Would I want to know? I don’t think so. You can sense the anxiety the boys have when faced with just crossing the road. It essentially turns your final day in a day of fear. Although they turn it around, I doubt I would have the mental strength. The whole thing is rather heartwrenching.
But there was so much to like in this book. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes YA but also anyone who likes to read a book which makes you think. I confess to placing my bookmark in far too often to share a thought on death with my boyfriend.
“The blessed relief when you know that you’ve done with it all – that you haven’t got to carry the burden any longer. You’ll feel that too someday…”
What can I say which hasn’t already been said about Christie? Particularly this book, probably one of her best or most well-known. What I will say is that she clearly seems to be the master of ‘who-dun-it?’. Even though I knew, I was still questioning myself throughout the novel and trying to work it out. This is why her work is genius, she never leaves you disappointed.
It’s almost in a similar vein to They Both Die at the End. The further into the book, the more the island’s guests realise they’re going to die. How does anyone cope with that situation? We don’t know, but one thing I do know is that we’re programmed to want to survive, so whether you’d ever truly accept it is difficult to say.
This book is a great, easy and enjoyable read – sometimes that’s just the ticket.
Another month gone and three more books on my ‘read’ shelf. Next month will feature Margaret Atwood and kid lit! In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.
Happy reading. 💕📚