Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1)
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 ...more
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)[the whole not-aging-aliens-impregnating-teenage-girls-without-telling-them-any ...more
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
And even though I fell once during my pregnancy, it was once. Not enough to harm my baby. The amount of falls that these girls, particularly our main gal, take makes me q ...more
Elvie is one very unhappy pregnant teenager. When her dad found out she was pr ...more
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’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
Though I try not to go too crazy comparing books to ot ...more
Our heroine Elvie will have ...more
The ending -- AHH! I immedieatly checked online to see if/when the sequel is coming out. Good news -- there is a sequa ...more
There are serious moments and a lot of danger in the story. Elvie Nara is t ...more
TW (book & review): teen pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, discussion of abortion, ableism, (view spoiler)[forced alien impregnation, infertility (hide 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
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 wou ...more
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
Disclosure: I used to be a huge fan of Ancient Aliens (i.e. before I went to law school and had to allocate my TV time appropriately). The show was ridiculous on so many levels it was hilarious. Plus, some of the folklore they talked about was sort of cool. So I'm sort of into reading anything about aliens and boy does Mothership have them.
I really, really liked this book. And admittedly it had some faults, but it brightened ...more
Well, I’m glad to announce “ ...more
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
Mothership: The Ever Expanding Universe
by Martin Leicht
The Story: Elvie Nara, a typical teenager in the year 2074, has a pretty good life. A best friend, good grades, and a bright future working the Ares Project on Mars. Before she knows it though, she falls head over heels for a boy named Cole and winds up pregnant and shipped off to a space station with a bunch of other pregnant teen mothers including her own high school rivals. To add insult to injury, a few weeks before ...more
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
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 also had some issues with the morality of the characters. There are a lot of really questionable things going on, including actions from characters who are supposed to be seen as good. (view spoiler)[Besides the...more