Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Audiobook Review: Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1) by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal

Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Aliens
Format: Audiobook (Amazon | Audible)
Narrator: Connie Ventress (Audible)
Length: 9 hours & 7 minutes

Teen pregnancy is never easy - especially when extraterrestrials are involved.

Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and a 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.

This was a cute read. However, I don't think I would have stuck it out if Elvie's quick wit wasn't so entertaining. While the premise was unique and intriguing, the plot was only so-so.

The story starts off with sixteen-year-old high school student Elvie getting knocked up by the hottest, albeit dumbest, boy in school. She then finds herself on board a defunct cruise line spaceship turned boarding school for soon-to-be teen moms. Sounds interesting, right? The, the ship is hijacked by space commandos, one of which turns out to be her runaway baby daddy. Just one thing  they're all aliens. Not only that, her ship is run by a different species of aliens who want to their steal their babies... and then his is where it lost me. You learn that the commandos board the ship to rescue the preggo teens from their aliens teachers, who turn out to be evil aliens, and proceed to spend the WHOLE DAMN BOOK ESCAPING THE SHIP! The author three in a flashback here and there but yeah. Not enough story to justify a book.

The lack of character development in the other main characters was pretty astounding. I attributed Cole to a dribbling buffoon who would barely function. His answer to every question, issue or problem was "waaaa"? I honesty couldn't seem like someone as cool as Elvie would like him. Then I thought, if she does maybe she's not so cool. Also while I love the nerdy, Duckie was ruined for me since I LOVE Pretty in Pink. This books version of the sidekick pales in comparison. Not a good comparison.

There's not much else to say. Well besides, what was up with Ramona's chain smoking? Was that really needed to give her "edge"? Ugh.

Big mistake on the narrator casting. Connie Ventress' delivery wasn't horrible, she just had too mature of a voice. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't do it. She didn't understand the age group, or have a good grasp of the slang. Every time she botched the pronunciation of "dafuq ", I groaned. Bottom line, she sounded like more like a mom than a sixteen year old.

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