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Mothership (The Ever-Expanding Universe) Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2016
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“Juno meets aliens, sort of, in this wacky debut novel. Sixteen-year-old Elvie Nara’s wisecracking voice is the perfect vehicle for her description of encounters with threatening aliens. An extremely clever premise that is skillfully carried off by the authors. Lots of humor, snarky teen comments, and earthy language abound. This reviewer cannot wait to see the next installment of Elvie’s alien encounters. Teens who like irreverent humor, as well as fans of science fiction, are going to enjoy spending time with Elvie and her friends.”
“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.”
“Fans of science fiction and zany comedy should both be satisfied. Pure fun.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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“The fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, and memorable characters [are a] a whole lot of fun.” (Publishers Weekly)
“This futuristic romp will delight readers.” (BookPage)
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About the Author
Martin Leicht decided at the age of three that he wanted to spend his life spinning stories, and he went on to receive his MA from the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. He lives in New York City, though his heart will always be in Philadelphia. Martin Leicht and Isla Neal are the authors of The Ever Expanding Universe trilogy, which includes Mothership, A Stranger Thing, and The World Forgot.
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Teenage soon-to-be-moms is a cute idea in itself, but putting them in space with aliens is even better! Elvie was sarcastic and witty and she kind of reminded me of Evie from the Paranormalcy trilogy, simply because she's strong and resourceful and she has enough one-liners to make even Spider-Man jealous. I loved Ducky and Cole (although he had to grow on me a little). I got a little frustrated with the other girls on the ship, but so did Elvie, so that's probably the point.
The entire plot was an amazing idea that could have been done so well. Don't get me wrong, it definitely wasn't bad, it just felt like it was missing something. Everything was so fast paced and just needed to be slowed down, however there were other parts that seemed to go on forever and ever and ever. There were also some inconveniently placed flashbacks that had me very angry. The two at the beginning really threw me off. As I got further into the story though, I actually started to enjoy the flashbacks. It just took some getting used to. Also, the descriptions of the ship were a little hard to follow, but that didn't have a huge impact on the story.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light-hearted, funny sci-fi. And remember, the sequel comes out this Tuesday!
*Note: I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This book also does the important job of setting up the tone and plot background for the following two books. Flipping between the present narrative and Elvie Nara (protagonist) explaining how she got where she did, providing us with plenty of emotional tidbits, it really drives the story.
I am not usually the sort of person who likes to read books about teenage girls who get knocked up by sexy aliens who could very well threaten human life as we know it, and yet I bought this book (and its sequel) quite shortly after reading them both.
It's funny. There are some good one-liners and funny dialogues that are worth the laugh out loud, but there is plenty of situational humor, and excellent quirks to define the characters. Elvie's Dad, for example, is the man with a plan, and even if the plan is ridiculous, it will still save their sorry butts.
It's serious. People die. Earth is in danger. Elvie's baby daddy could very well have some horrible fate thrust upon him, and they could all end up suffocated, or incinerated, or electrocuted, or destroyed. Elvie sees some action. And despite being three weeks from her due date, she gets up and gets it done.
It's a good read. Elvie narrates, and though she has a very unique voice (one of the uniquest voices I can remember right now) she also has an easy style that helps to blast through the book quickly but also enjoy what is being read.
I like quests. I like danger. I like humor. And I LOVED this book. Definitely check it out--it's worth your while.
None of that worked out. The nasty cheerleader girl is pregnant, too. Same guy, of course. And something just smacked into the school ship - a ship full of hunky alien invader guys, including one goofy screwup named Cole. But those are the good aliens. There are bad aliens, too. Good thing Elvie's dad has taught her to be prepared for everything, though even he hadn't quite worked out a plan for something like this.
I truly enjoyed this book and hope to read the sequels.
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