Mothership (Ever Expanding Universe #1) by Martin
Leicht & Isla Neal
Published by Saga Press
Publication Date : January 26th, 2016
Available as Mass Market Paperback – 336 Pages
Source : Purchased!
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.
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. It felt like I was reading a high schooler’s inner monologue which I was. Just because that student happened to be pregnant and in a floating ‘pregnancy school’ spaceship didn’t stop her from acting like a junior in high school. Strangely this worked. Our protagonist is snappy and sassy, and yet she was apologetic and goal oriented. Her pregnancy is totally on accident and she’s in the floating school to have her child, give it up for adoption, and go on in life to travel and reach her goals. All at the same time she’s definitely still a high school student.
This story took the things I expected it to do, it did them, and then it did something different. I don’t want to give anything in the plot away but let’s just say it flies through the plot, things move and move. Throughout it all Elvie stays positive and smart, trying to keep it together and somehow ‘growing a moral backbone’. I wasn’t totally sold on all the other characters, because of our narrative we couldn’t get much depth to them which was a shame. I also was not a fan of her main romantic lead, that was somewhat disappointing (I really wanted her to go with someone else, but ah well, there are two more books).
Ultimately my husband asked me what I thought and I just collapsed into giggles. I can’t even explain why I enjoyed this so much, perhaps the absurdity of it? It’ll keep you reading, it’s a quick and easy one.
This is one when you just want an off the wall crazy adventure that you can suspend disbelief for.