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Book Review: MOTHERSHIP by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

I've heard Mothership pitched as "Juno in space" a few times, and I have to say, that description is completely accurate. Believe me, that's a compliment. Juno is one of my all-time favorite movies, featuring one of my all-time favorite characters.  So whenever a book is compared to the film, I tend to find myself very intrigued, followed by a feeling of disappointment.  That, however, was not the case with Mothership. It delivered exactly what I hoped for and more.

The story has a lot of plot, but it's Elvie's voice that really carries it. She's sarcastic and witty without ever feeling mean or bitter. She's the kind of character who handles everything with a little bit of humor, and it's her commentary that makes some of the heavier moments bearable. It's nearly impossible not to love Elvie, because she captures you from the very first page and pulls you along on her crazy story. And believe me, you'll want to tag along.

Then there's Cole, the love interest. Oh, Cole.  He's not swoon-worthy at all, in my opinion. Actually, he's pretty dopey.  Which, in some ways, was rather refreshing. Because Cole is not the boy you see in most YA novels. He's not a sexy badboy. He's just a kid who does some stupid things but ultimately means well. Sometimes I wanted to hit him. Sometimes I wanted to hug him. All in all, he wasn't the boy I would drool over, but he was pretty realistic. 

As for the plot, I have to say it surprised me. I didn't see any of it coming, which isn't normal for me (I am the twist spotter! Muahaha!) There was plenty of action, interspersed nicely with Elvie's backstory. The pacing was excellent, and the balance between light and dark (yes, people die) was, in my opinion, pretty perfect.  

This book is totally unique, unlike anything I've read in YA before, and I highly recommend it to fans of great, funny voice and/or sci-fi. An excellent back to school read for those looking for something a little different!
Kody Keplilnger

Kody is the NYT bestselling author of The DUFF, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare, all from Little Brown/Poppy, as well as Lying Out Loud, Run, and the middle grade novel The Swift Boys and Me, from Scholastic. Born and raised in Kentucky, she now lives in NYC.

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  1. I can't wait to read this book, thanks for a great review!

  2. Thanks for the review! This sounds like a good story.


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Item Reviewed: Book Review: MOTHERSHIP by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kody Keplinger