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Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  784 ratings  ·  240 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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I didn't want to read Mothership. I mean, I might be on a sci-fi kick and all, but a book about pregnant teens? No thanks.

I am notoriously weak-willed when it comes to books.

And fine, it might bother some people that this is a book about pregnant teenagers, some of whom die in kind of gruesome ways. Some of the details of the premise/plot might be a little problematic or bothersome. And to some extent, (view spoiler)...more
I wanted to read MOTHERSHIP because all the reviews said it was absolutely hilarious and the title is a pun. I can never resist a good pun. Plus I thought the bright, retro cover was super fun. (It's even cooler in person. The computer screen doesn't show how much the pink pops against the purple.)

The reviewers were right: MOTHERSHIP is hilarious. Sixteen-year-old Elvie Nara's snarky, clever voice carries the novel. She's three months away from her due date when commandos invade the Hanover Scho...more
Lenore Appelhans
This was such a nice surprise - a very funny sci-fi black comedy (I say black because there is a lot of death). Though Elvie's voice is sometimes a tad too snarky teen, I do have to admit she has some great one-liners. I love how smart and resourceful Elvie is no knocked-up damsel in distress here. I also love the clever plot and great twists. And what a well executed cliffhanger! Looking forward to the next book for sure.
Jul 29, 2012 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I can already tell that Mothership is going to be one of those seriously underrated books. Before getting a copy for review I had heard nothing about it and honestly I probably wouldn’t have purchased a copy at the bookstore just based on the summary and cover. Boy am I glad I gave this one a chance though. Mothership is a laugh-out-loud look at teen pregnancy in space. With aliens. Seriously, where could you go wrong?

Elvie is one very unhappy pregnant teenager. When her dad found out she was pr...more
Jenny Q
Did you read the back cover? Sounds kind of crazy, right? Well, it is!

What a treat! Wildly imaginative and inventive, with a smart, no-nonsense heroine with a wise-ass sense of humor. I grinned and chuckled through the whole thing. The story is super original and Elvie's voice is fresh and real. I was hooked from page one and blew through this in a day. This story takes a few teen cliches and dumps them on their ears. (And a few alien cliches, too!) The plot is tight and full of twists, and to t...more
I was not expecting to love this book as wholly, as passionately, as scream-from-rooftops ecstatically, as I do. I went in thinking it would just be a cute, goofy Teen Mom in space kinda adventure. Yes, it is all up in the teen-mom-in-space premise for the first 15 pages or so, until THE SPACESHIP IS INVADED BY HUNKY ALIENS. And it doesn't end there. There are multiple species of hunky aliens, potential alien-baby-daddies, at odds with each other, disparate groups of girls banding together and t...more
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
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I’ll be totally honest, when I started this novel I didn’t have a clue what it was about beyond the vague notion that it would involve aliens. I never read the synopsis. The thought process was simple, I just finished Second Chance Summer and while it was good, it was a bit of a downer and I wanted to read something uplifting and funny. I saw this little novel up on PulseIt and vaguely remember reading various reviews proclaiming...more
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jan 07, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Bekka (Pretty Deadly Reviews)
Mothership came highly recommended from a number of highly trustworthy sources, but, I have to admit, I had a healthy dose of skepticism about me ever being able to appreciate it. I mean, it's a book about pregnant teens. I'm not a big fan of anything about pregnancy, let alone with a focus on teenagers. However, Leicht and Neal manage to craft a hilarious, albeit occasionally really gross, story out of the premise of pregnant teens in space.

Though I try not to go too crazy comparing books to ot...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
MOTHERSHIP is a fresh and hilarious debut that is full of fun times, crazy experiences, and aliens galore! If the teen pregnancy story line makes you hesitant about it, let me tell you, there is so much more to the book than that.The science fiction aspect is engaging and readers will be fascinated by the concepts the authors introduce. So don't balk when you see pregnancy in the synopsis! Take a chance and I know you'll find yourself surprised by how much you love it.

Our heroine Elvie will have...more
Stacey B.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: The book didn't pull me in as much as I wanted it to. I really like the idea of the story, as there aren't many YA books about aliens out on the market, but I had a hard time connecting with the plot and the characters. There is a little bit of humor added throughout the book which lightens the mood a little bit and the chapter titles are pretty entertaining.

The ending -- AHH! I immedieatly checked online to see if/when the sequel is coming out. Good news -- there is a sequa...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is the most fun read I have had in a long time. Mothership is listed as YA but it is really for all ages. It is book One of the Ever Expanding Universe but what is expanding the most is the baby bumps each of the girls are sporting. So we have a Science Fiction book about pregnant teenagers. This should be a serious topic but the twist the authors put on why and how they ended up where they are is what is so unusual.
There are serious moments and a lot of danger in the story. Elvie Nara is t...more
When Elvie Nora finds herself knocked up at sixteen with an absent baby daddy she had a big decision to to make. Set in a futuristic America where girls who are sixteen and pregnant don't end up on MTV, instead they have the option of a attending a special school that is rotating the plant on a space cruse lined that is no longer being used. While orbiting the planet with forty-some-odd other pregnant teens, the school is raided by helmeted commandos and the teachers start trying to drown the gi...more
Nicole Chase
Oh the feelings I have about this book...
TW (book & review): teen pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, discussion of abortion, ableism, (view spoiler) (I'm really not sure this should be YA, actually.)

Starting with the positive! Elvie was, for the most part, an enjoyable main character. She is smart and kicks butt at some things without being a complete Mary Sue. The concept - a space yacht full of pregnant teenagers turns out to be run by al...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
The Goober is still kicking me like the kid's trying to place in the Olympic freestyle, so I wrap my right arm as tight around my belly as I can, until I'm, like, choke-holding my own stomach, and I tell the thing, "When you get out of there, bub, the two of us are going to have words."


This book is a super fun, light read about the future, pregnancy and aliens. It has the concept of a contemporary with the feel of a science-fiction adventure. While this is definitely not something I woul...more
I wanted to like this more than I actually did. The beginning had me thinking it would be awesome, but alas. Let me break it down:

The Good -
The voice is very strong and fun. Even at its most serious moments, this book doesn't fail to bring a smile to your face. The main character is smart, independent and likable. Also, Ducky, her best friend, is pretty awesome.

The Bad -
So many plot holes. I think they just thought the fun voice would carry it, and that they wouldn't need to fix some of the e...more
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I was looking for something light-hearted and amusing when I decided to read this book. I’d just finished reading an intense dystopian and needed something to lighten my mood. I was a bit leery at first since “Mothership” is about a group of pregnant teenagers sent to live in a decommissioned space cruiser that’s been turned into a high school for expectant mothers. Despite my initial reservations, I decided to hold back all judgements until I actually read the book.

Well, I’m glad to announce “...more
Sometimes you just need a cross between Juno and Starship Troopers. This book somehow manages to be light and fluffy even though it kills off a ton of (inconsequential) characters, has TONS of action, and involves teen pregnancy. It's nice to read a book about teen pregnancy that isn't all doom and gloom and depressing.

There's nothing really WRONG with this book that brings it down from four stars -- it's just not really the kind of book I gravitate towards? I can think of tons of teens I'd giv...more
When I first started Mothership the heavy use of slang and the outrageous plot gave me a little difficulty. It's weird and silly and the whole teen pregnancy/alien invasion idea was hard to take without raising an eyebrow. I eventually just let myself see this as a goofy read and I found myself actually liking the main character as she lugged her pregnant self around, fighting off aliens and being a smart ass.
Did Not Finish.

I thought I would like this book. YA, humor, sci-fi--sounds perfect. Sadly, it wasn't. I felt the authors were trying too hard. What was meant to be light-hearted and fun came across as forced.

The MC is so many mashed-up cliches, I didn't find her believable. Elvie is a snarky, super-smart, possibly stupid, knocked-up, nerdy, unpopular, beautiful 16 year old. If she's nice to anyone, it didn't happen before I quit reading. We need her to be able to memorize starship schematics to...more
Did not like the main character much. I like that she was smart, but for the majority of the book the way she tried to convey how smart she was basically amounted to calling all the other girls dumb. She was the only female character allowed to be smart and affect the action, also, which I didn't care for. The evil cheerleader nemesis dynamic also annoyed the shit out of me, especially because the main character used it as an excuse to dehumanize the other characters. She literally refers to one...more
Elvie Nara was just a regular teenager living in 2074. Her plans for the future included colonizing Mars, and she is a wizard with computers. Unfortunately, a chance encounter with a mysterious classmate left her pregnant, and she is now attending a space station school for expecting adolescent mothers. When the ship gets invaded, she is quick to defend herself...but she soon discovers that the invasion is led by Cole, the guy who got her pregnant, but is not what he seems to be at all....more
I have to admit, I really didn’t know what to think about this book. It certainly isn’t downplaying teen pregnancy, but neither is it such a serious topic in this book. All the other YA books that I’ve read who’ve tackled this topic make it seem like it’s the end all, be all. And don’t get me wrong, your life is over once you have a baby, but in a way I suppose this book is a case to be made for your pregnancy not defining you. You know, underneath all the aliens and spaceships.

To be blunt, fro...more
Adam Silvera

Wow. Elvie Nara is the funniest lead character I've come across. I'm used to the hilarious characters being either secondary peeps (Weasley twins) or best friends to the protag (Simon Lewis, Ron Weasley), but Elvie was an authentic 16 year old dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. In space.

Full review to come around publication.
Jul 24, 2012 Kaethe marked it as to-read
This one might be for Flannery: "ts the most funny and original and weird (in a good way) book I’ve read in a long time. The main character is pregnant, and not attractive, but brave and spunky and hilarious. She saves the day and rescues even the idiots who make fun of her. Aliens, boyfriends, babies, ray guns, boarding school on a satellite."
Fred Kirchner
Maybe the best title ever, given the plot: It's called Mothership. Sci Fi about an orbiting high school for pregnant teens built out of a refurbished luxury space cruise ship in 2074. Elvie Nara, our knocked-up protagonist, possesses equal bits tech/mech genius, 20th century culture geek, and timeless snark. She's funny, sure of herself, intelligent, and passionate about her interests. She's also preggers. She fell hard for Cole Archer--high school hottie that surfaces in her junior year--and, a...more
I enjoyed every minute of this book. A unique idea and a spunky, snarky teen protagonist. She has goals -- math and science related goals for her future! She has a loving parent that she wants to make proud. She has a great best friend and a great rival that you will probably recognize from your high school.
This will be my first book talk for the school year because it is such a fun read. Don't bother if you take your literature, aliens, pregnant teens, or self too seriously! I can't wait to re...more
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this YA debut - about a spaceship full of pregnant teens, set far in the future - but I loved it! Clever, and snarky, and relatable, teens and adults will enjoy this crazy adventure and beg for more!
Emily Crawford
I found this book very interesting. Elvie is a really cool character, and its nice that she's really able to hold her own through all the battles and stuff even though she's brimming with child. I didn't really like Britta or a lot of the other moms on the ship, and I REAAALLY didn't like Cole. I mean, I did enjoy the fact that there wasn't a love triangle between Elvie, Cole, and Ducky, but come on! Ducky was a much better guy! They had great chemistry, and he was always there for her! Again th...more
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Martin Leicht currently lives in New York City, a fantastic city to be sure, although his heart will always be in Philadelphia, where they properly refer to it as “water ice”. A master’s graduate from the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU, Martin decided at the ripe old age of three that he wanted to spend the rest of his life spinning stories, much to the chagrin of his late grandfat...more
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