Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Title: Mothership
Author: Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Series: Ever- Expanding Universe
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Pages: 310
My Rating: 4.5/5

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.

Hmmm.....I honestly am quite confused about this book. Part of me LOVED it. Part of me was confused. Part of me didn't like it at all. Yet, there was something that kept drawing me back to the book...

In the beginning I was a tad bit skeptical about the whole teenage-girl-gets-pregnant-with-alien-baby idea, but it was actually amusing. I enjoyed the kind of androgynous feel about the book, because of the dual author writing style. The girly girl side of the protagonist, Elvie, and the pregnancy insight was a clear product of Isla Neal, whereas I'm guessing the action figure and space aspect was Martin Leicht's.

The style of the book was odd to me...In the beginning I was a bit confused by the flashbacks in random order, but as the story went on, it became easier to follow. Although, the should-be "major" events were skipped over way too quickly and lightly for me. A major event could take place just over the span of half a page.

The main character, Elvan Nara, was extremely impressive, in my opinion. Not only was she HILARIOUS, but she was strong, smart, fast-acting, and didn't take any nonsense. As an eight months pregnant battle leader, she was very impressive.

Oh, the boys. Her dad was hilarious and wacky, even if his calm reaction to the news of his sixteen year old daughter's pregnancy was unrealistic. Ducky was probably my favourite character, or maybe just favourite male character. He was just so cute!! *fangirls* I think he belongs with Elvie in the way Jacob belonged to Bella before Edward arrived, or Simon belonged with Clary before Jace took over...I suppose there's always the element of the underdog, so hopefully he will get a chance in the next two books in the trilogy..? And finally, Cole. I didn't like him too much, he was a bit stupid and I didn't really understand the attraction, honestly.

Overall, I will definitely not regret reading this book whatsoever. If you're looking for a book that is a bit out there, not the normal vampire book, get this immediately! I'm looking forward to the sequel...hopefully I don't shrivel up in the process of waiting.

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