NOTE: I’m joining in on the Mothership blog tour today. The authors are here today to share a time capsule for their main character, Elvie…who just happens to be from the year 2074. — Anna
By Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 320 pages
Pregnant. In space. Yeah, things are really looking up.
It’s 2074 and Elvie’s unplanned pregnancy (with Cole Archer, who bolted out of town half a millisecond after hearing the news, not that Elvie’s bitter about it or anything) forces her to leave her best bud back on Earth and spend her junior year aboard a corny old space cruiser with forty-five other hormonal teen girls (one of whom just happens to be her arch-nemesis). 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.
Mothership is the first installment in a new trilogy from Martin Leicht and Isla Neal that has been described as Juno meets Pretty In Pink…but in space.
Life will undoubtedly be very different for Elvie Nara in the year 2074. It’s fun to imagine all of the crazy technology and food and entertainment people will be exposed to sixty years from now. But sometimes it’s just as hilarious to look to the past and mock their conventions. So, in that vein, we were asked to think of some contemporary objects that we would put in a time capsule for Elvie to discover. She’d probably make fun of a lot of it—after all, these are things that would have been “cool” for her grandparents! Still, we think she’ll get a kick out of seeing what we were watching, wearing, eating, and more.
Now, writers are not known for being particularly fashionable as a species, and we are probably two of the least fashionable among them. But no time capsule would be complete without a glimpse of what the folks from that time period were wearing, so here we’ve wandered blindly into the wild to find some examples of what fashion trends will leave their mark on our time, for better or for worse.
Australia gave us cuddly cute koala bears, Crocodile Dundee, and this weird trend that just won’t die. The official slogan of UGG boots? “Wear them with jean shorts, a track suit, or your boho-flowy peasant skirt . . . and they still look sorta UGGly.” Nonetheless, they are certainly representative of our era, as highlighted smartly in this (obviously fake) Onion news clip.
Unhealthy love of mustaches? Check. Thick-rimmed glasses you may not actually need? Check and check. There are many ways to tell if you’re a hipster, but the dead giveaway is the skinny jean. Ladies wear ’em, dudes wear ’em, Russell Brand wears ’em, and we just sit back and think, “Huh??” (Or maybe we’re just jealous because at a certain point, wearing skinny jeans goes from hip and ironic to just being sad. Please pinch us if we ever end up looking like this:)
Did we care about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s bajillion dollar wedding in April 2011? Not a whole lot. Did we even know that a person named Princess Beatrice existed? Uh, not so much. But then we saw this hat, and our lives would never be the same. We’ve put this in the time capsule, so that future generations can learn from this era’s grave mistakes.
Elvie will look at these fashion trends . . . and despair. But then again, Elvie would be just as likely to roll her eyes at one of her arch-nemesis Britta McVicker’s ensembles. Fashion is in the eye of the beholder, whether it’s the 1960s, 2010s, or 2070s, and Elvie is a true individual, both on the inside and out.
TOMs shoes; inspirational silicone bracelets; and anything Juicy Couture.
Watch the trailer below, and be sure to check out my friend Lenore’s blog, Presenting Lenore, on Monday for the next tour stop.