Title: No One Here Is Lonely
Author: Sarah Everett
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Our entire lives are online, but what if the boy you love actually lives there? For fans of Adam Silvera comes a story about the future of relationships.
Eden has always had two loves: her best friend, Lacey, and her crush, Will. And then, almost simultaneously, she loses them both. Will to a car accident and Lacey to the inevitable growing up and growing apart.
Devastated by the holes they have left in her life, Eden finds solace in an unlikely place. Before he died, Will set up an account with In Good Company, a service that uploads voices and emails and creates a digital companion that can be called anytime, day or night. It couldn’t come at a better time because, after losing Lacey–the hardest thing Eden has had to deal with–who else can she confide all her secrets to? Who is Eden without Lacey?
As Eden falls deeper into her relationship with “Will,” she hardly notices as her real life blooms around her. There is a new job, new friends. Then there is Oliver. He’s Lacey’s twin, so has always been off-limits to her, until now. He may be real, but to have him, will Eden be able to say goodbye to Will?
This is a great story with a unique premise.
In this story, there is a service called In Good Company, where people can donate their voice so that loved ones can continue to speak to them after they have died. In one way, it would be nice to still speak to the person who you’ve lost, but at the same time, it isn’t actually the same as the person. It is a computer generated voice, so they do not have the same memories as the person.
So many parts of this story were heartbreaking. Eden had difficult relationships with everyone in the story. She was in turmoil because the boy she had always loved had died. She couldn’t rely on her family or friends for the first time in her life. Unfortunately, she used Will’s voice to cope with this. That turned out to be a bad thing, because he wasn’t the real Will.
Though most of the story was slightly uncomfortable because Eden was speaking to a computer, the ending was full of tension. There were giant reveals in the last few chapters that were shocking. I really liked the ending.
I loved this story!
What to read next:
Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Have you read No One Here Is Lonely? What did you think of it?