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The World Forgot (The Ever-Expanding Universe) Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2016
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“Fans of science fiction and zany comedy should both be satisfied. Pure fun.” --Kirkus on Mothership
“The fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, and memorable characters [are a] a whole lot of fun.” --Publishers Weekly on Mothership
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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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Personally, for the whole series, it would have been nice to have more vivid character physical descriptions. We get tidbits here and there but nothing major. In The World Forgot, we learn that Elvie is part Japanese, as evidenced by her eyes, something not mentioned in the other two books. Beyond descriptions of Cole Archer (the deuteragonist), we are only given a few descriptions for other major characters, like Ducky and Mr. Nara.
This fun sci-fi series does not disappoint and manages to suck the reader in. All three books have a part that is so suspenseful you almost have to walk away from the book because it is too much to read, yet it draws you in. All three books have great humor and accurate imagery, especially with regards to the evolving subject matter. My finally nitpick has to do with a few established characters not returning. It would have been nice to see two in particular reappear, especially when they were teased to the reader. Though beyond that, I have nothing else to say, these are just wonderful books and I will gleefully reread them when I can.
Maybe Elvie Nara isn’t living the traditional sci-fi adventure, what, with being a teen mom and all, but she’s still travelling Earth in hi-tech ships and battling aliens bent on taking over her home planet, she just has to deal with her infant daughter along the way. It helps that Elvie and her team—which includes one full-blooded alien, one part alien, one best friend, and one eccentric father—has a wide repertoire of sarcasm under their belts. Thus, the seriousness of being a mother to a little girl is made into a fun, adventurous comedy.
The world itself is light and fluffy, despite the heavy action scenes that make sure no scene is dull. Everything just rolls from one punch to the next. However, this heavy action in such a short-length package does have its drawbacks. One being that the answers to all the science-y questions are a little convoluted or vague at times. Elvie and her gang of misfit toys may understand the jumps in logic, but the average reader may have a hard time understanding the reasoning.
The light-hearted writing also detracts a little bit from the seriousness of the situation and could impact a reader’s connection to the main characters and their decisions. It’s just hard to get to know a character when he or she is being sarcastic all the time.
This doesn’t impede the fun behind the story though, because this trilogy is a lot of fun. Good jokes abound and goofy characters await. So, for those interested in a book that brings the smiles, you don’t have to look very far. Just start with the first book, Mothership, and work your way down to this one. The giggles this series provides are out of this world.
*Note: I borrowed a copy of this book to review via the Book Review Board of Missouri.