October 2, 2012

Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Title: Mothership (Book One of the Ever-Expanding Universe)
Author: Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Ships launched: 945
Pages: 320
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Year published: 2012
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, romance
Synopsis: 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.
    Normally, I wouldn't even read a teen pregnancy book but this one caught my eye. Elvie's life seems normal until she gets pregnant and is shipped of to a school in space. As she races against time to save herself from evil alien teachers, Elvie discovers more about herself.
     Mothership is easily the weirdest book I have ever read. Where do people come up with this stuff? The idea is completely unique and hilarious.The characters are well described and Elvie is very likeable. Cole seems like a great alien guy and albeit unconventional, his and Elvie's relationship is cute. The book is filled with humor that made me laugh yet, it can also be serious about a few issues. 

     Overall, the book is a quirky, fast read packed with action and a little romance. It does deal with sensitive topics (teen pregnancy) but comes of as a fluffy read. Filled with many twists and turns, the ending will surprise many readers.

  + 30- great original plot.
   +7- likeable characters
   +8- Weirdness. The good kind.


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