Eden’s classmate Will has died, and in her grief, she learns from his mother that he was part of a project called In Good Company, which helps you to connect with your loved ones after they pass in the form a computer program which the person has worked with to help recreate themselves.
I knew from the start that it would probably be easy to get hooked on this because it doesn’t allow you to grieve properly. A person would be clinging on to this virtual person and never moving on, never going out and experiencing what life has to offer. Eden’s relationship with a fictional Will is unhealthy, and no one in her life stepped in to tell her to stop. I also thought the extent of the virtual Will was too much, virtual kissing? *rolls eyes*
Eden is a weak main character aside from her obsession with Will. We see it through her best friend Lacey, who shows us that she is, in a sense, a crutch for Eden in life. Eden isn’t outgoing, and she needs Lacey to experience any new things in life. This dependence on Lacey is ultimately the cause of their fractured friendship.
The blurb for No One Here is Lonely is what drew me to the book, but I felt there was a lot of potential here that was left untapped. But at the heart of it is that Eden is lonely, she’s scared of life, and she does see some personal growth through this experience, giving hope to a light at the end of the tunnel.