Friday, October 19, 2012

Mothership: Book One of the Ever Expanding Universe

By Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
4 / 5 Gnomes
A review in 10 words or less: "Spunky preggo teen battles aliens and series baby-daddy drama." 


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.

~Barnes and Noble Description~

Professionally, reading reviews is kind of a part of my job.  I read a lot, sifting through the hundreds of books publicized each month to find just the right ones for my library.  Often times I'm overwhelmed by trends, retellings, and, well, the same old same old.  But sometimes a book description and review catches my attention and I am totally "Oh My Goodness...I must read that book.".  (Not sure why I started sounding like a Valley Girl for a moment...I, like, so don't talk like that).  Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal was exactly that type of book.

The Awesome

1) The heroine's name is Elvan, which I love, and she is awesomely independent, intelligent, and sarcastic.  She's in love with "old" movies, watches Sixteen Candles instead of going to a school dance, and is wicked under the hood of a car.  She's pretty much everything I would like to be, minus the whole pregnant teenager thing.

2) The chapter titles are hilarious.  These little jewels of foreshadowing get you excited to keep reading, as if the wickedly nerdy plot wasn't enough.

3) Um...let's see...their are spaceships, aliens, ray gun battles, exciting chase scenes.  I shouldn't really need to say more about those, should I?

4) And finally, Mr. Nara, Elvie's dad, might just be my favorite literary dad ever.  Bonnie Kunzel (a VOYA review) called the book "Juno meets aliens, sort of...), and I completely agree.  After the shock of his daughter's predicament, these super guys jump in to total dad mode.  Mr. Nara takes it to a whole new level of course, hurrying to his filing cabinet to pull out an emergency folder on "pregnancy".  The man is always prepared, and his heart is always in the right place.  Love him.

The Not So Awesome

1) This is book one in a series.  Now the wait begins.

2) While I totally love Elvie's bad-ass-ness, sometimes it seems to be a little over the top.  Not only can she lead a gaggle of pregnant teens through an explosion ridden metal tomb in the sky, she also reconfigure computers and apparently fly spaceships.  That's a whole lot of knowledge for a sixteen year old.

But I don't care.  The book, in my humble opinion was really just pure awesome.  Now I understand alien spaceships, ray guns, and uber-techie pregnant teens might not be everyone's first choice, I highly recommend this space,adventure thriller!  It's witty; it's exciting; and it's just pure fun!

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