Ever-Expanding Universe #1
Authors: Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Science Fiction/Humor
Released: July 10th 2012
Review Source: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Summary: (from goodreads) 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.
Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship—and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called.
So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother—assuming they get back to Earth in one piece.
Mothership is exactly what I expected when I decided to read this book. Its one big old cheeseball of a book. The amount of humor truly helped the plot substantially, if not this book would have been a big flop. I mean how can you not expect this book to make you "LOL", its teen pregnancy, aliens and a spaceship all in one. I wished I would have started reading it earlier in the day, because the amount of laughing that happens while your reading the pages, doesn't help to fall asleep late at night. I think I might have woken up my husband a few times. If I would have had this book in high school, I know it would have been a big hit with its craziness.
So yes teen pregnancy is a forefront, but honestly its not all about that at all. Its needed to flow with the twist and turns in the funky plot. Once you get involved with the character Elvie, she will keep you engaged to the last page. Elvie has some awesome one-liners throughout this book that are keepers. So who is Elvie, she is a teen who gets involved with the school hottie and Oops, she ends up preggo in one shot. Thing is Cole was dating the school cheerleader when this happens and when Elvie confronts him, he disappears. In the year Elvie is from everything is pretty far advance in technology and so on. So when she sees a commercial with her dad and best friend present about a school in outer space for pregnant girls, her dad hops on this idea. He has a emergency plan for everything. So Elvie begins Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers in outer space on a old cruise ship looking vessel. Everything seems to be going well, expect it turns out that cheerleader that was dating Cole that Elvie despises ends up on board to with Cole's future baby too. Elvie never lets her know what happen between her and Cole and who the baby daddy is either. So setting aside that Elvie is preggers, on a spaceship and in her junior year of high school, she is dealing fine. Then one day everything gets turned upside down for Elvie and pretty much anyone on board the vessel. They are under attacked by the teachers and then some commandos hijack the ship and help with the teachers attacking the students. Good right? Well first shocker of course is why were the teachers drowning the student, second shocker is one of the manly commandos is Cole and last but not least turns out they are Aliens!!!! That is what I call a "WTF" moment.
Listen Mothership is perfect for this summer, its a laugh out loud, action-packed crazy book. I recommend it to anyone. I was excited to see it was a series and that will get more of this crazy story. Pick it up today!!!