Authors: Martin Leicht & Islan Neal
Reading Level: Older Young Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 308 pages
Date Published: July 10, 2012
Description (Taken from Big Honcho Media):
Pregnant. In space. Yeah, things are really looking up.
It’s 2074 and Elvie’s unplanned pregnancy (with Cole Archer, who bolted out of town half a millisecond after hearing the news, not that Elvie’s bitter about it or anything) forces her to leave her best bud back on Earth and spend her junior year aboard a corny old space cruiser with forty-five other hormonal teen girls (one of whom just happens to be her arch-nemesis). 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.
Mothership is the first installment in a new trilogy from Martin Leicht and Isla Neal that has been described as Juno meets Pretty In Pink…but in space.
Elvie Nara is certainly a new kind of heroine for readers to cheer for. And the authors are pro at keeping the girl on her toes and likable. She’s a spitfire with quite the attitude, but a brain to back it up. Despite the fact that she’s living on a ship of pregnant teens, and despite the fact that her baby daddy left her, and despite the fact that he shows up all gung-ho and gun-wielding with lots of fighting and death, Elvie is pretty bomb.
She’s my kind of girl because she’s quick-witted and sarcastic. Oh the sarcasm!! It made my sarcastic little heart go all pitter patter. Mothership is beautifully sarcastic, but it’s also wonderfully funny. Sure, if cracking jokes about pregnant teens isn’t your thing, then I understand that, but I loved it. Seriously loved it. The sci-fi-ness was also a nice touch, as the alien races were well-explained and kind of made sense in the grand scheme of things. And hello, they’re in space! So awesomeness is sure to abound.
So there are a lot of dumb. preggo girls running around? So what. They help make the book awesome. And I totes enjoyed the flashbacks to pre-pregnant days with Elvie and her best friend Ducky and her cluelessly awesome and has a drawer full of ‘in case of crisis’ folders, dad. Even Cole – the not-so-boyfriend who took off at the mention of pregnancy – makes for a good character.
So yeah, Mothership is pretty flipping cool, yo! Elvie and the Goober baby, and the alien races up to who knows what is beyond entertaining. Fans of slightly inappropriate humor will eat this up, but I have a feeling so many others will love this book, if they give it a shot. I know I did!
Opening line: As far as scientists have been able to determine, the primary function of the human coccyx, or tailbone, is to remind us that once upon a time we were all monkeys or something. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines/passages: Honestly, part of me feels sorry for Cole. The guy looks like he wants to drop a smoke bomb and ninja vanish. ~ pg. 82 (Freakin’ Ninja Turtles reference FTW!!!!!!)
And some foul language, but I love it anyway:Man, this shit just got ominous. ~ pg. 113
4.5 all the way baby! ALL. THE. WAY.
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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