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Mothership Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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“This science-fiction–comic romp set in a space-based school for pregnant teens hits the funny bone and adds in an alien conflict for good measure. Elvie narrates the adventure, wisecracking the whole time. Leicht and Neal keep the focus mostly on wacky comedy, but it's a creditable adventure as well. Fans of science fiction and zany comedy should both be satisfied. Pure fun.”
“The fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, and memorable characters [are a] a whole lot of fun.”
“This action-packed first volume in the Ever-Expanding Universe series drips with sci-fi kitsch, including ray-gun-toting aliens and 1980s John Hughes nostalgia. There’s something refreshing about these witty, cursing, sarcastic teen mothers in space, led by a sharp, knowledgeable, and vulnerable young heroine.”
“Authors Martin Leicht and Isla Neal balance Elvie’s significant decisions about the future of herself and her baby with plenty of action, humor and interesting characters. This futuristic romp will delight readers and leave them anxiously awaiting the next book in what promises to be a fun, thoughtful trilogy.”
About the Author
Isla Neal grew up in a small mountain town in Southern California and earned her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens at the New School in in New York City, where she currently lives and works.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mothership is a wacky and hilarious novel reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson books...if Rennison had written about teen pregnancy and aliens. Everything about this book, from the characters to the plot, is very quirky, but engagingly so. The humor is intelligent and quick to grab your attention, but not so out there as to lose your attention. Elvie is an excellent narrator; she's plucky, smart, and a little guy crazy, but that doesn't dimish her intelligence. On the surface she may appear to be silly and superficial, but she really is a mature, resourceful character who has a lot of dreams and is struggling to make the best decisions for her baby and herself, and with feeling betrayed by Cole. She definitely doesn't sit around and wait for anyone to save her, and even eight months pregnant, she is kicking butt. The secondary characters are well-developed as well; Elvie's dad is pretty cool, even if he has trouble communicating with her and her best friend Duckie is fun and supportive in the best of ways.Read more ›
Elvie is a heroine in the vein of the award-winning film, Juno. She's sarcastic. She's witty. She's a smart aleck. She's too mature for her age and wise beyond her years...but she's also a pregnant teenager in 2074, when leaps in medicine seem to prevent most teenage pregnancy as well as most diseases and the Space Program is so advanced that you can go to school in space! Circa 2012, Elvie would be that clever outsider in "Glee" club and "nerdy" space club material while still remaining too-cool-for-school.
With the support of a cool, but totally platonic best friend and a wonderful Dad, Elvie decides to spend junior year in space at the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers. She figures that she can use her time in space to try figuring out if she can balance her dreams for her future and being a mother. But at Hanover, where Elvie expects to get her life back on track and avoid general high school drama including any drama surrounding her Baby Daddy, Cole, a dumb, gorgeous classmate, Elvie must face her archnemesis, a typical mean girl type who Cole has also impregnated. That impending catfight alone would make things interesting but Elvie is destined for greater things than she ever imagined.
Because getting her life on track (Elvie dreams of a career working on an innovative Mars project) becomes real complicated for Elvie when her Baby Daddy shows up at the Hanover School along with a bunch of hot commandos who are hijacking the ship.Read more ›
I was intrigued at first. I really liked Elvie's best friend Duckie. If she was an adult she would scoop Duckie up and marry him asap. That is a dream husband right there. But since she is young and fueled by hormones hunky and dumb as a box of rocks Cole is who she wants. Even if he is wrapped up in all this alien drama. I read a ton of YA books and rarely have I seen one that pushed the envelope of YA as much as this one. It was almost off-putting how casually these characters act about being pregnant and the cussing is very blatant and frequent in this book. It seems like there were some weak stabs at attempting to offer a deeper look at the problems that come with teenage sex and pregnancy but the topic were skirted over and presented almost as a parody. In fact the entire book feels like a parody.
I didn't dislike this story though. It was different and that intrigued me. Elvie and the other pregnant girls were portrayed fairly one dimensional but they were still fun to read about. I didn't like reading about all those pregnant teens being drowned and torn apart however.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've known about Mothership ever since it released a couple years ago and always found myself wanting to read it because it sounded SO ridiculous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
"Mothership" is the first book in 'The Ever-Expanding Universe.' A sci-fi book about a group of teenage girls - pregnant juniors in high school - who are hunted by a group... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joel B. Kirk
I guess the third time is the charm. Last year I tried twice at reading this but for some reason I just couldn't get up to the third chapter, it just didn't grab my attention. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paranormal Sisters
My 20-something daughter thinks this is hilarious and wonderfully absurd. I couldn't get past the coarse language of the teens and gave up reading.Published 11 months ago by MC in NM
Mothership: The Ever Expanding Universe
by Martin Leicht
The Story: Elvie Nara, a typical teenager in the year... Read more
Elvie Nara has the kind of voice that draws you in and never lets you go again. She's willed, she's funny, and she's determined to get to the end of the book. Which I did. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Heather
A group of us got together to do this book as a read-along. Basically that means we read it at the same time, and then we had a running commentary on it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Frugalmomma
At first I wasn't sure about reading a book with a pregnant teenager. However I quickly started to enjoy this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shelley
After reading Bailey's review (from IB Book blogging), I had to read this one, and I'm glad I did. Honestly, this one was fun. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Adriane