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Title: Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1)
Author: Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Edition: Hardcover
Cover Judge: Pink, purple, girly, and I like it. 
Quote Choice: Oh Cole, you're not very bright. We'll get into that later.
Source: For Review
Goodreads: Link
Pregnant. In space. Yeah, things are really looking up.

It’s 2074 and Elvie’s unplanned pregnancy (with Cole Archer, who bolted out of town half a millisecond after hearing the news, not that Elvie’s bitter about it or anything) forces her to leave her best bud back on Earth and spend her junior year aboard a corny old space cruiser with forty-five other hormonal teen girls (one of whom just happens to be her arch-nemesis). 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.

Mothership is the first installment in a new trilogy from Martin Leicht and Isla Neal that has been described as Juno meets Pretty In Pink…but in space.


Mothership is a weird book, guys. It's about a girl called Elvie who gets knocked up by a boy called Cole who then proceeds to well, ditch her and disappear of the face of the Earth. So then Elvie ends up getting sent to this school for expecting mothers BUT IT'S IN SPACE. So she's in space you know, chilling, when her school gets hijacked by a group of space highwaymen and one of those highwaymen....is Cole! That's basically the jacket flap summary and I went in expecting some crazy stuff.

The book is fun, plain and simple. It's a fast read (I read it in one sitting) with a witty heroine and a very tongue-in-cheek kind of humor. It's outrageous and it's a book that doesn't take itself too seriously, which is a refreshing change! The futurstic lingo takes a while to get into and fully understand considering Elvie is a grade-A badass but it's nothing you can't handle after getting into the story!

Speaking of Elvie, I want her to be my friend. She's resourceful, smart, witty, sarcastic, and super awesome. But also, she made a mistake. And watching her struggle with that mistake isn't completely overshadowed by the humor because dude, she's faced with some hard decisions throughout the whole thing. The other teenage moms aren't really that well developed: I liked Ramona a lot, Gnat was...spacey? I know she was an artist but she was like off in her own world most of the time so I didn't know what was up with her and now we can talk about Britta oh my god. Guys, she was so annoying. There was no redeeming quality about Britta so I cannot even. She's the "mean girl" so basically, you're not supposed to like her, I get it. But she was seriously SO OBNOXIOUS, I couldn't even handle it. If she's in the sequel showing up all obnoxious and calling Cole "Coley", I might puke.

The world-building isn't really a main thing in this book, so I'm exciting to see them expand on this whole outer space aliens crazy shit that's going down throughout the book. Since the whole thing takes place over the course of one day, I feel we got just enough information to avoid info-dump territory but not enough for me to feel like I know what's going on.

And finally, we have Cole. I think it's best to describe Cole with a quote from the book that's actually about him: "Sweetie, you are very pretty. But you're dumb as a brick." Yup, that's basically it. Cole resembles a puppy in which he's adorable but dude, soooo dumb. Yet the authors somehow manage to make it...endearing? It makes him a realistic teenage boy and his loyalty to Elvie was sweet.

Happy Reading!



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