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“Juno meets Spaceballs. Witty writing style and great idea for the plot. Half way through the plot started getting too over the top for me and lost momentum, but this is probably a good selection for a high school library. Because of the content and language this story is probably more appropriate for high school. I can't see this book going over well at the average Middle School library and most parents of tweens would probably not be okay with it. ”BookLicious wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely different...”Mrs. Branham, CHS Library Media Specialist wrote this review Wednesday, March 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's so unique and hilarious and also the action keeps you at the edge of your seat.”Maria wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mothership came highly recommended from a number of highly trustworthy sources, but, I have to admit, I had a healthy dose of skepticism about me ever being able to appreciate it. I mean, it's a book about pregnant teens. I'm not a big fan of anything about pregnancy, let alone with a focus on teenagers. However, Leicht and Neal manage to craft a hilarious, albeit occasionally really gross, story out of the premise of pregnant teens in space.
Though I try not to go too crazy comparing books to other books, since it doesn't tend to reflect well on either of them, I ust have to here. Mothership reminds me heavily of Libba Bray's Beauty Queens in the style of the humor, only, instead of beauty queens stuck on an island, we have pregnant teens on a spaceship. I didn't like this one quite so well, but I think that if you liked Beauty Queens, you will definitely appreciate this and vice versa.
The best part of the book is definitely the humor, which Leicht and Neal keep up throughout. Elvie, the MC, has plenty of sarcasm and makes lots of hilarious observations. On top of that, the whole situation, and Elvie herself, are patently ridiculous, adding additional layers of laughs. There will definitely be a few moments that will make all but the most determinedly grim chuckle out loud. There's a wide variety of comedic styles, varying from potty humor to nerd jokes to irony, so Mothership is pretty much bound to tickle your funny bone one way or another.
The whole pregnancy angle is handled quite well, I think. Though it's obviously a main theme and they do not gloss over it, there isn't so much focus on pregnancy that I couldn't handle it. I mean, there's discussion of birthing and the consideration of the baby bump, but the humor and Elvie's wandering mind keeps things from getting to bogged down in baby drama. Also, just because the girls are pregnant doesn't mean they're completely useless, which was nice.
The reason I didn't like this book more than I did is the characters. They're funny and highly entertaining, sure, but I really don't like any of them. Elvie's probably the best of the lot, in that she's the only one to really have any depth of character, in that, despite the fact that she talks and acts like an airhead most of the time, she's really quite bright. Ducky and Ramona were my favorites, but they, like everyone else, really don't ever emerge from stereotype status. Britta was the worst by far, always remaining the classic mean girl airhead, and never showing the slightest glimmer of uniqueness. Cole, too, is completely unlikable to me, but he's not treated as such by the author, which is frustrating. This doesn't detract from the entertainment of the novel, but kept me from loving it.
The ending sets up the next book nicely, but I do think it was a bit ridiculous, even within the context of this universe. While I cannot explain in detail because of spoilers, I think one of the twists at the end, regarding Elvie's baby, does not make any sense plotwise. There is absolutely no reason for things to have gone down the way they did, except to make things happier.
If you're looking for a book to make you laugh, a nice break from dark contemporaries and dystopian drama, then Mothership is a perfect choice. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, because you can always use more laughter in your life.
“Irreverent and LOL funny. A sci-fi romp with Earth girls seduced by hunky ETs - and the ensuing action when the Mothership is attacked by evil alien forces determined to spread their own DNA (so to speak). Raises questions about abortion, choice, and consequences - with more fantasy than reality about the difficult issues. A light, funny lark with plenty of adventure and alien battles - and a very determined heroine.”Renee B wrote this review Saturday, January 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay, stop me if you've heard this one. Good girl falls for hot, dumb jock--who just happens to be the main squeeze of the school's queen bee/mean girl, gets pregnant, guy skips town...and the girl gets shipped off to a school for pregnant girls...on a spaceship circling the Earth in low orbit. Bummer. But, wait! It gets better! The school is attacked by invaders, one of whom just happens to be the baby-daddy! Turns out the school was run by aliens, and the girls were in danger, and we are off on the most fun galactic romp/adventure since "Spaceballs". This is a laugh out loud read--even the chapter titles are a hoot. And boy, does this read like a screenplay, I could definitely see the movie playing out in my head. But, the book isn't all fun and froth. There is plenty of blood spilled during the daring rescue and the book raises several ethical issues. Informed consent before someone alters your body irrevocably, for one. And abortion is discussed pretty frankly. Both early in Elvie's pregnancy and late-term. But, my only real issue with the book was its resolution. I know it's fiction--and science fiction at that. But while I wouldn't want any young lady in Elvie's position to think her life was over, neither would I want the young ladies who read this book to think that it's okay to have a baby so young, because--"Hey! I'll still be able to achieve all my dreams."”Dolores S wrote this review Monday, October 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Things were going great for Elvie Nara. She got along with her dad, she had a fantastic best friend, and she had her future all planned out. She never expected to get involved with the gorgeous but totally dumb Cole Archer—and she most certainly never expected to get pregnant. But that’s what happened, and that’s why Elvie finds herself in outer space (okay, low Earth orbit) at the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers. Dealing with her arch-nemesis and fellow baby mama Britta is bad enough, but things are about to go from bad to worse once the ship is invaded by a bunch of seriously hot commandos—including, to Elvie’s great surprise, her baby daddy Cole. Now, with a limited supply of oxygen due to a hull breach, a slow descent into Earth’s gravity, and some evil aliens on the way—because, oh yeah, all the teachers at Hanover were evil aliens and they’ve called for backup—things really aren’t looking so good. But Elvie’s got a ray gun and a plan, and she’s determined to kick some serious alien butt and make it back to Earth in one piece.
I’ve never been too big a fan of aliens when it comes to science fiction, but the hilarity and awesomeness of Mothership may have just changed my mind. Leicht and Neal have done a fantastic job of combining the more ordinary (though not by much) drama of Elvie’s pregnancy with the added excitement of futuristic technology and literally alien species, ensuring a thoroughly engaging plot. For me, though, what makes Mothership truly great is Elvie’s distinctive voice. She’s undeniably smart and applies sarcasm to any topic without discrimination, but underneath it all, she’s really just a teenage girl, and a pregnant one at that. Seeing this story through Elvie’s eyes makes it even more entertaining, and her running commentary is priceless. This is a story full of giggles, action, danger, and also a lot of depth, and its cliffhanger ending just makes me more impatient for the next installment in this out-of-this-world (sorry, I couldn’t help it!) trilogy.
Readers who liked Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and really anyone in need of a good laugh will not want to miss Mothership.
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“I have this thing about descriptions. Most of the time they give away important parts of the story. So I did not read the description for Mothership, and as a result was confused by the cover and had no idea it was about teen pregnancy in space until I read a few pages in. Then I realized what a fantastic premise teen pregnancy in space makes! There was conflict. Drama. Ice cream. And aliens.
Oh yes! This is not your grandmother's teen pregnancy book. Mothership combines the to-keep-or-not-to-keep questions teen mothers struggle with, and aliens, evil plots, and a smart, snarky, computer-savvy heroine! This book was an enjoyable surprise. And that ENDING! I cannot wait for the second book!”