Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Teen pregnancy is never easy—especially not when extraterrestrials are involved. The first in a new trilogy.

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.

Mothership by Martin Leicht

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mothership(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Elvan (or Elvie) Nara, is pregnant and attending a school for teen mothers on a cruise liner orbiting the earth. She’s only 3 weeks from her due date, when intruders invade the ship and start shooting her teachers.

The biggest shock for Elvie though is finding out that one of the intruders is her baby’s daddy (Cole), who incidentally is also the nasty cheerleader’s (Britta’s) baby’s daddy too. Cole as it turns out is actually an alien – from a race called ‘Almiri’, who impregnate human women to bear their children, as all Almiri are male.

The intruders claim that the teachers were a different race of aliens, who wanted to harm the Almiri babies (all the pregnant girls on-board are carrying Almiri babies), and that they are here to save them, but there is also a Saboteur on board though, one who has made it impossible for the girls and the invaders to escape.
Now Elvie and the intruders must find a way to save themselves, before the ship plummets to earth and kills them all.

This was a strange book. I was expecting it to be a bit of a comedy, but unfortunately it wasn’t that funny!
Elvie was an interesting character, who was a lot smarter than she was given credit for, but Cole was a bit stupid really. I think even Elvie wondered what she had ever saw in him at times.
Some of the storyline was also a bit weird, especially when it turns out that James Dean is also an alien Almiri, and for a moment they think that the saboteur is a weird kid from the AV club, who as it turns out is from another different race of aliens! I have to say that at times I just sat there and said ‘what?!’

The story also alternated chapter by chapter, between the present – where Elvie was on the spaceship, and the past – how Elvie ended up pregnant in the first place, which actually got a bit annoying. Every time something good was about to happen, we had to sit through a chapter about fixing Cole’s car, and messages in cupcake wrappers!
There were also a number of unanswered questions – are only teenagers impregnated to carry Almiri or are there other women pregnant by Almiri out there? What did the Almiri do in the past when they couldn’t ship off the pregnant teenagers to space? How on earth did a species ever exist that has only males? Are the Almiri children ever raised by humans? How come they all speak English? (I could go on…)

As for the ending I did guess what was going to happen, and I also guessed the twist at the end, so it really wasn’t a surprise. To be honest, you could probably guess how it ends without even reading the book.

Overall; interesting idea, nicely written, but too many unanswered questions, and missing that special something.
6.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Sound like a disappointment. I need much more from a read. :-)