Author: Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science fiction
Age Rating: Readers above the age of 13 due to teen pregnancy
My Opinion: 7/10
Are you tired of reading the endless list of Young Adult novels about vampires, werewolves, and wizards? Well, I have found the perfect sci-fi book for you! Mothership, by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal, is a refreshingly light and comical read that, despite a few flaws, made me laugh out loud.
|Mothership's alternate cover|
Leicht and Neal include a plethora of one-liners and funny statements throughout the novel. For example, when Elvie hears about a childcare class requiring students to care for flour sacks, she claims that, "If anyone can ever find a way to explain to me how carrying around a sack of flour with a diaper on it is supposed to prepare you for motherhood, I will personally bake that person a chocolate cake with my practice baby's insides." Elvie's sarcasm and unique point of view make reading about her adventures similar to reading a personal journal.
My absolute favorite part of the novel would have to be the ending. The authors throw in such a dramatic twist at the end of the book that I am desperately awaiting the sequel's publication this November. The ending is so perfect that I never saw it coming, yet it makes sense and pertains to the original story line.
|Book 2, A Stranger Thing|
Overall, I enjoyed reading Mothership and will read its sequel, A Stranger Thing. I liked Elvie's personality and wanted her to stay safe for her baby's sake. Although the novel has some imperfections, it has a fresh and spunky attitude. It is definitely unlike anything that I have ever read in the past.