Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

October 29, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

Martin Leicht and Isla Neal are new authors to me whom I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year!

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Poking my head out just a smidge from the top of the stairwell, I see my helmet-wearing friends are still lurking in the halls. There are five of them, dressed in dark fatigues that are sooo five years ago. If we were on better terms, I’d inform them that they might want to, you know, invest in some plaid or something. But the guns make me think maybe they’re not here to discuss fashion.

by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Series: Ever-Expanding Universe #1
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Adults, 2012
E-book, purchased
308 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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.

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What I like about this book:

  • Elvie’s voice is great.
  • A fun book to read. Read it very quickly.
  • The premise is silly (pregnant girls sent to an orbiting spaceship high school where they will give birth find out all their teachers are aliens)–almost a parody of a space game–but the story has unexpected twists.

What I don’t like:

  • Suspension of belief is necessary.
  • For a 16 year old Elvie is mature beyond her years and surprisingly proficient in everything from a complete knowledge of the ship to tremendous survival skills.
  • In some ways the book kind of has a multiple personality–funny and light one moment, dark and violent the next. It gets more serious as the book goes on.

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My thoughts: 

I bought the book on a whim when I saw it on sale. And I read it right away–unlike a-stranger-thingmany of the books on my Kindle! It was nice to read something so different from what I’ve been reading lately. However, I probably wouldn’t have finished it based on the beginning because it seemed so outlandish and silly and I wanted more than that. But I really like Elvie’s voice! She’s a fun character. I’m very glad I read it. The bottom line is I really enjoyed it…lol

The second book–A Stranger Thing–comes out on November 12. Unfortunately, the e-book costs around $10 on Amazon right now. 🙁  But the first book is still on sale–as of today–(on the U.S. Amazon site at least) for $1.99.

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it.

No Responses to “Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal”

  1. Lisa

    This story seems like the good kind of silly (if that makes any sense). It does sound like a fun read, and I’m find with suspending reality a bit, but I have a hard time with people who are way more knowledgeable and mature than fits with their character. If that is how there character is supposed to be, I get it. But when it doesn’t fit, I just get confused.

    • Jan

      The book was good and I’m glad I read it. Elvie’s expertise was explained to a certain extent: her father was a worrier and he researched everything and then passed it on to Elvie. So he had researched the ship and made her memorize the schematics of the ship! Also Elvie wanted to go into outer space so she was interested in ships. But I still wondered how much a 16 year old would really listen to her father, how much she would have remembered, and how some of the things she did would have worked. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Elvie and the book a lot!