Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

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.

My Review:

First off, this cover is gorgeous! I want this book soooo badly in physical form! I'm super upset that this is the paperback copy and not the hardback. Cover changes... *sigh*

Teenage soon-to-be-moms is a cute idea in itself, but putting them in space with aliens is even better! Elvie was sarcastic and witty and she kind of reminded me of Evie from the Paranormalcy trilogy, simply because she's strong and resourceful and she has enough one-liners to make even Spider-Man jealous. I loved Ducky and Cole (although he had to grow on me a little). I got a little frustrated with the other girls on the ship, but so did Elvie, so that's probably the point.

The entire plot was an amazing idea that could have been done so well. Don't get me wrong, it definitely wasn't bad, it just felt like it was missing something. Everything was so fast paced and just needed to be slowed down, however there were other parts that seemed to go on forever and ever and ever. There were also some inconveniently placed flashbacks that had me very angry. The two at the beginning really threw me off.  As I got further into the story though, I actually started to enjoy the flashbacks. It just took some getting used to. Also, the descriptions of the ship were a little hard to follow, but that didn't have a huge impact on the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light-hearted, funny sci-fi. And remember, the sequel comes out this Tuesday!

*Note: I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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