Title: Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1)
Author: Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
Pub. Date: July 10, 2012
Summary: 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.
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
So let’s take a second to fawn over that absolutely GORGEOUS cover, okay? It’s beautiful on screen and even more amazing in person. I’m a huge fan of the retro cartoon-y look and the color pop like you wouldn’t believe. So pretty.
Mothership is not my typical read. A bunch of pregnant teenagers is not my idea of a fun, lighthearted book. That said, much to my surprise, I found myself enjoying it.
It’s 2074 and Elvie finds herself pregnant at sixteen after a one-night stand with the head cheerleader’s boyfriend. Elvie is unprepared to be a mother, particularly since her own mother died shortly after Elvie was born and never got to go on all the adventures she had planned.
Elvie’s father and her 100% awesome best friend Ducky try to make the best of the situation (Ducky goes so far as to insist on sharing whatever it is Elvie’s craving, be it fried-pickles-and-peanut-butter or olives-and-yogurt). After hearing about Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers – a repurposed luxury yacht in outer space – Elvie packs and prepares for a school year in space.
What she wasn’t counting on however, was one of her classmates being Britta. AKA Cole Archer’s girlfriend. AKA the girl carrying the stepsibling of her own baby. Throw in 40 other hormonal, pregnant teens and some alien attackers and it’s shaping up to be a long year.
So, um, invaders. That’s new.
The first thing that happens, of course, after processing that our ship is being attacked by dudes toting guns and wearing space helmets, is that I feel an overwhelming desire to crap myself. But I refuse to be captured with soiled Underoos. Dear God, how embarrassing would that be?
Mothership was an interesting book. Like I said, this is so not the kind of book I normally grab. Despite 60+ years of advances in technology this novel felt pretty contemporary. Sure there are cures for cancer, space entertainment, new cars. Overall, though, it didn’t feel very different than if the story had taken place in the present day.
Minus the aliens, of course.
The thing that bothered me was Elvie’s undying love for Cole. I didn’t get it. She sat behind him in class for a few months and had only spoken to him a handful of times before sleeping with him. The day after he found out she was pregnant he skipped down, refusing to answer every single phone call and blink (text). Yet Elvie still loves him (she even called him the love of her life). Even after finding out about his lies she’s still convinced he’s a good guy and that he even loves her in return.
I also wasn’t a fan of Elvie herself. Sure she found herself in a pretty crappy situation, but her constant snarky comments and one-liners in life-or-death situations got old real fast. There are times when sarcasm needs to take a backseat and I’d say finding yourself under attack by aliens in a ship that’s quickly losing oxygen is definitely one of those times.
Despite my attitude toward Elvie and Cole, I enjoyed the other characters. Ducky was phenomenal, Elvie’s dad was funny and super cool, Ramona was great. Even the bad guys were fun.
Even though Mothership wasn’t something I thought I’d enjoy, I had fun with it. It’s a pretty short book (308 pages) and the writing is blindingly fast.
- Ever-Expanding Universe
- A Stranger Thing (2013)