Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: As far as scientists have been able to determine, the primary function of the human coccyx, or tailbone, is to remind us that once upon a time we were all monkeys or something.
The Ever-Expanding Universe Series Order
Book 1: Mothership
Book 2: A Stranger Thing (12 Nov 2013)
Book 3: Untitled (assuming ~2014)
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Mothership by Martin Leight and Isla Neal but knew it was one of those books that would be really good or epically bad. After all its about pregnant teen moms battling aliens…in space. The whole thing just has cheesy sci-fi movie written all over it. Only it wasn’t cheesy. Or at least not terribly so. There were also some darker undertones to this book that I wasn’t expecting. Yes, there are lots of laughs but there is also just as much death. But its not gory or overly descriptive and not going to give anyone nightmares…unlike some tv movie previews that I’ve seen of late.
Elvie was a wonderfully snarky and feisty heroine and she told her story in this dry sarcastic tone that often had me cracking up. I loved all of the characters though my favorite was Elvie’s Dad. He was just so quirky and endearing and I adored his crisis plan filing cabinet. He was such a bright spark in this novel as well as a near mythological creature in YA that. That is Elvie’s dad was a caring and present parent in the story. Often in books today parents are absent, horrible or something along those lines. So I love to see a good, caring parent in a book as there are so many good, caring parents in the real world. I also liked how this book had a girl with a good upbringing (good home, solid middle class) and that she made a mistake and had to deal with the consequences. It made a crazy out there book seem just a little more real.
Elvie, her endearing (pretty yet stupid) baby daddy, and all the other side characters are really what make this book. But a great character filled book without a decent plot can still fall flat so its a good thing that this book had a good plot. This story is told in two parts there is the here and now section that takes place mostly over the course of a day. Then woven into that are flashbacks of how Elvie ended up at the Hanover School for Expectant Teen Mothers. Mothership was funny and sad and every emotion in between. The plot was really fast paced and once I started I didn’t want to put it down.
I devoured this book and pretty much read it in a single sitting. Following a new trend in my reading of late this is a book that leaves me dying for the sequel. I am loving how there are all these bright lights being published that are helping to cure my series fatigue. If Mothership is a book that you have been on the fence about or one that you may have sneered at because of the premise (because at face value it is utterly ridiculous) know that the surface is misleading and that underneath this story was fantastic. Mothership is a book that I think is a must read as its a book that will appeal to so many different people. I also think that boys might like it, even with the MC being a pregnant teens, as there is lots of fighting and aliens and crazy male sidekicks. Though the bright pink & purple cover might turn them off I know its a bit much for me and yet its also really perfect at the same time.
In case you haven’t noticed, Mothership is a book that I loved. Its a hidden gem book that is just sitting on a shelf somewhere waiting for you to discover the wonders it contains. Pick it up, bring it home, and give it a shot. I don’t think you’ll regret it.