Ever-Expanding Universe, #1

Mothership, by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal, is a book I checked out on a whim. I’ve never been particularly interested in aliens, so when this book was brought to my attention I had to really think about it. After hearing some positive feedback, I said ‘to heck with it’ and checked it out.

The main idea of Mothership is basically what the title implies. Teenage girls, who are pregnant, are sent to live on a spaceship. The concept is far, far, out there but executed in a fun and often hilarious manner. The book told from Elvie’s point-of-view is the real power that moves this story along. Right from the first page I could tell Elvie was a bag of emotions. She’s sarcastic, funny, and real.

The only problem I had with this book is some confusion with switching from past to present. In order to understand Elvie’s story, Leicht and Neal wrote in flashbacks, but sometimes it was hard to differentiate when the story was in the past and when it was in the present. It took me a while to catch on.

Overall, Mothership is a really fun book. It’s such an odd story, yet it was told with humor, sarcasm, and heart. One character I thought was as equally great as Elvie is Cole. He’s the baby-daddy, dumb-as-dirt, but so sweet and mighty fine to look at. Between him and Elvie, they are going to make a cute family. Or are they? I liked how Mothership ended with a cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be looking out for the sequel.

Book Blurb for Mothership

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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 4.00