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Since the Day of Wonder, when all the electric lights stopped working, there have been rumors of unrest in the neighboring domains—and no one has seen any of the Elite, the ruthless technocrat class that have ruled Urba for centuries. What most of the inhabitants don't realize is that their world of Urba is actually a giant spacecraft, an ark built more than a thousand yeaSince the Day of Wonder, when all the electric lights stopped working, there have been rumors of unrest in the neighboring domains—and no one has seen any of the Elite, the ruthless technocrat class that have ruled Urba for centuries. What most of the inhabitants don't realize is that their world of Urba is actually a giant spacecraft, an ark built more than a thousand years ago to save as much of the Earth's population as possible before the sun went nova. The Elite were originally the ship's crew, but as the centuries passed, they became decadent, corrupt, and cruel, and the truth about Urba became hidden. And now Jad and the courageous Prince are about to find out what happened to the Elite—and what's happening to the people of Urba....

Title : Mothership
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ISBN : 9780575074927
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Mothership Reviews

  • Carlex
    2019-05-16 22:15

    2 1/2 stars

  • David
    2019-04-26 22:05

    i discovered this book in the cheap section in BW, and what a book was very funny and thought provoking, i looked into the author only to discover he died in the UK in the 80's and was orginaly from Perth Western Australia....

  • Kristina
    2019-05-05 02:18

    A lot of unnecessary swearing; a cliche plot line; absolutely no resolution at the end. Pretty disappointing.

  • Hugh
    2019-05-15 00:13

    good fun

  • Roddy Williams
    2019-05-09 00:00

    ‘What is left of humanity is being transported to a new world on board the Mothership Urba. Over the centuries, most of Urba’s inhabitants have forgotten where they come from and where they are going; they aren’t even aware they’re on a spaceship. the loss of group memory is no disease, but a carefully engineered social experiment devised and implemented by the cruel, tyrannical Elite, the technocrats who rule the Mothership. Prince Kender is the son of one of Urba’s greatest war lords; Jad is his boyhood friend and unwilling sidekick: a failed jester who wants nothing more than to snuggle up with a warm kitchen maid and a cool beer and forget about the cares of the world. But Kender wants adventure and the perfect opportunity presents itself when the Elite suddenly lose their powers and Urba’s downtrodden populace rise up against their now-impotent leaders. Against all of Jad’s screaming instincts he agrees – at blackmail point – to accompany Kender on a mission to find out what happened to the Elite. What no one bargained for is that the Elite have been replaced by a new threat: a threat from deep space itself….’Blurb from the 2005 Gollancz paperback editionPrince Kender, known fondly as Ken, heir to the rule of a small kingdom, is sent on a mission to discover what has happened to the Elite (the ruling technocracy which maintains order between the various kingdoms) since ‘The Day of Wonder’ when all the electric power went off throughout the world of Urba. He takes with him the unwilling King’s jester (and Ken’s best friend) Jad.Along the way the pair rescue a woman, Alucia, from a band of mercenaries and Jad begins to realise that the world he lives in is a vast cylindrical spaceship which has been travelling through space for centuries.Also, it now appears that humans are not alone in space, and that aliens are in the process of invading their world.Brosnan employs a fast-paced and witty style, managing to get a surprising amount of comic mileage out of the fact that the protagonists’ entire culture was designed in order to provide a stable civilisation during the time that the ship was flying between stars.Even dragons exist here in this ‘artificial’ culture, put there by a designer who was a big ‘Lord of The Rings’ fan. There are also many references for genre fans, such as when Alucia saves her companions from a rogue dragon by shouting ‘Klaatu Barada Nicto’ at it. It turns out that this is one of the safety phrases used when training and controlling dragons.Brosnan deftly balances the fantasy medieval with the hi-tech and succeeds (to a moderate degree) in putting a new spin (no pun intended) on the traditional generation ship story.

  • Andrew McClarnon
    2019-04-28 19:00

    An unusual combination, perhaps a little like an episode of Dr Who - we have 'funny' dialogue, simple characters, a sci-fi setting, and an adventure story thrown together. It was a quick read, just let the plot pull you along and don't get too hung up on its simplicities. I read it because it was leant to me, I don't think I'd have come this way otherwise, but after 900 pages of Neal Stephenson this was just fine to relax with.

  • Riti B
    2019-05-12 01:16

    The plot was going to be very interesting. But then I kept reading, and the writing just killed it all. It was entertaining at times, but some of the scenes were just plain weird and gross. I wouldn't recommend this to the young and curious.

  • Robert Walker
    2019-05-07 21:18

    better at the start. interesting throughout, but less funny and a little ungratifying. lots of theories drive the story along, never are really proved first hand, just taken as "that's what's happening." easy and light hearted, so if you want a quick fun read its worth it.

  • Frank
    2019-05-22 01:17

    This was pretty disappointing. As a generational ship type story, it was just campy, and didn't fulfill the promise of interesting cross species conflict. You'd be better off with Clark's Rendezvous with Rama.

  • Sorcha
    2019-05-17 19:12

    I liked it! Daft, funny, ridiculously stupid in places. Good if you can take it in the manner I hope it was written in.

  • Mark Harding
    2019-05-03 21:08

    Picaresque comic novel of the medieval society on a spaceship sub genre. Very like a cream bun. No nutritional value, probably bad for you: but once you have it in your hand you have to consume it.

  • Twerking To Beethoven
    2019-05-12 22:19

    Easily one of the funniest books I've ever stumbled upon.