Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Title: Mothership

Series: Ever-Expanding Universe Series
Book #: One
Authors: Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Source: Pulse It
Format: e-book 

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Teen pregnancy is never easy—especially not when extraterrestrials are involved. The first in a new trilogy.

Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole—and now she’s pregnant.

Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship—and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called.

So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother—assuming they get back to Earth in one piece. (taken from
Mothership is one of the quirkiest, most original reads I've ever stumbled upon. Combining teen pregnancy and science fiction? Bravo to whoever came up with that crazy idea. You'd think the story would jump the shark and come off as stupid, but it doesn't. Instead, the authors whip up some surprising plot twists and intense action scenes.

Not only is the premise unique, but the characters are all one of a kind. Elvie, our protagonist, comes across as headstrong and intelligent. While her language is a bit crude, I did admire her ability to handle any situation with a cool head. If a bunch of freaky aliens boarded my spaceship, I'm pretty sure I'd flip out, and I'm not a few short weeks away from delivering a baby. Elvie's best friend, Ducky, is lovable and hilarious. At first I suspected their relationship would become more romantic, but he remains a steadfast best friend and nothing more. It was nice to see a boy/girl friendship with no romantic complications for a change.

I'm not a huge sci-fi fan. Books like Ender's Game have just never been my cup of tea. However, things were different in Mothership. Sure, the story takes place on a spaceship, but that's about as sci-fi as it gets. The book focuses more on the characters than futuristic gadgets or space travel.

As I've said before, I've always had a strange fascintation with novels about teen pregnancy. Of course, this is in no way like any other teen pregnancy novel. Not only is it set in space, but several other surprises make this a bizarre situation for Elvie. I definitely didn't suspect any of the curve balls the authors threw. And the ending? What the heck?! Sequel now, please and thank you.

When I decided to give Mothership a shot, I had no idea what a thrill ride I was in for. This book takes two unexpected plot lines and mashes them together. The product is a hilarious novel filled with remarkable characters and an awesome story. Highly recommended to lovers of comical young adult books! 

Rating: 4 Stars