Monday, January 25, 2016

Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1) by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

(Ever-Expanding Universe #1) 
by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
YA SciFi and Humor
November 2013  
308 pages

Book Jacket Summary
Teen pregnancy is never easy—especially not when extraterrestrials are involved.
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.

My Thoughts
“It's all right, dearheart," Dad assures me. "Folder three, scenario four: going into labor during a high-speed chase with extra-terrestrials.” 

This book is just pure fluff and it is just so much fun! I almost equate it to reading fanfiction because it is just very addicting and a fast read. There are pop culture references but in a clever way because it is set in the future and Elvie references things like James Dean and Star Wars with her best friend. It is very much the way I talk with my bestie with quick retorts and crazy things only we know about. Elvie is a great main character that is smart and can rig many of the computers to give her extra food credits or reroute life support later in the book. I like Elvie and can relate to her love of older movies and ice cream; although her cravings come from pregnancy and I just happen to like sweets.

The Sci-Fi is your trapped on a ship scenario with ray guns and aliens. There are very suspenseful moments were the girls have to dodge debris and have to go through an oxygenless room. There is a love story buried in the book but it takes back seat to the life threatening situations. Elvie also has to think about becoming infertile if she gives birth which is a lot for a teenager to think about in a YA that can be very silly. The book has thinking moments but always undercuts it with a joke. 
At several point I had to stifle my laughter because a friend was taking a nap in the next room. That in itself could be a recommendation. I read the entire trilogy in less than a week and had a great time. It was a great way to get out of a reading slump!    

Book Pairings
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman



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