Audio Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal

mothershipMothership (The Ever-Expanding Universe #1)
Author: Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Teen
Source: Audible
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

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.


4 out of 5

4 out of 5

My Thoughts

Hold up!  Did I, Quinn (hater of the science fiction) read a science fiction novel?  Did I read a book set in the future, on a freaking spaceship orbiting earth with aliens and ray guns?  Oh yeah, and you know what?  I loved it!  I know, this book does sound a bit out there, especially since it revolved around pregnant teen girls, but trust me, it’s worth a try.  Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal is one of the funniest, most unique books I’ve read this year!

The absolute best part of Mothership is the main character, Elvie Nara.  Elvie is sixteen-years old and pregnant.  Obviously she isn’t really happy about being pregnant at such a young age, and to top it off her baby-daddy has skipped town as soon as Elvie dropped the news.  With few options and with the encouragement of her father and her best friend, Ducky, Elvie decides to enroll in a special high school for pregnant teens – that is on an old spaceship orbiting Earth!  Things aren’t great, especially when Elvie’s arch-enemy and mean girl is also attending the pregnant teen school, but things get a whole lot worse when some guys attempt to hijack the ship.

Elvie’s personality if larger than life, and she is full of snark!  But besides her sense of humor, and her great one-liners, she’s an incredibly smart person, and she does always want to do what’s right.  She’s pretty much an expect at all things mechanical, and soon almost everyone is looking to Elvie to figure out how they are going to escape the baddies.  Mothership is also chock-full of well-developed and hilarious secondary characters.

Leicht & Neal kept the action coming in Mothership, and I never wanted to turn the audiobook off.   However, even though there was so much action, there was also plenty of scenes that developed the characters.  Even though a few parts of the plot didn’t make 100% sense to me (for example why certain people’s plans revolved around teen girls, specifically), the humor and kick ass characters made those small inconsistencies matter little to me.

I did like the narrator, Connie Ventress, of Mothership.  She was able to showcase Elvie’s sense of humor, however at times I felt her voice sounded just a bit older than a sixteen year old’s voice.  But overall I really enjoyed the audiobook.

One of the best things about blogging is trying out books outside my comfort zone.  Science fiction is a genre that I really dislike and the only sci-fi books I’ve read and enjoyed are Cinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  Until now.  From what others said about Mothership, I was pretty sure I would like it, if I could get past the science fiction stuff.  And that’s exactly what happened.  I cannot wait to read the second book!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Audio Review: Mothership by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal

  1. Science Fiction is a funny genre. You have to choose the right books. I never thought that it would be for me because some books read like manuals. I recently tried to read one that had so many explanations for terra-forming and it completely separated me from the story. I don’t like it when it seems as though the author is trying to show off his/her knowledge of a subject. Sometimes I think that they’re trying to show off how smart they are. But there are a lot of sci-fi books out there that are very accessible. Especially the newer ones. I’ve found that many of the ‘classics’ aren’t for me at all.

    This book sounds interesting. I might have to give it a read.

  2. So happy to hear you liked this book and the narrator. I have been trying to get to this book since it came out. I have it on audio, hoping to get to it soon. The main character sounds awsome and its good to see a well done balance of action and charcter building. great review.

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