Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Title: Salvage
Series: Salvage, #1
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Category: Sci-Fi/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: DNF (2 stars out of 5)
Ava is the captain's daughter. This allows her limited freedoms and a certain status in the Parastrata's rigid society-but it doesn't mean she can read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity.

When Ava learns she is to be traded in marriage to another merchant ship, she hopes for the best. After all, she is the captain's daughter.

Betrayal, banishment, and a brush with love and death are her destiny instead, and Ava stows away on a mail sloop bound for Earth in order to escape both her past and her future. The gravity almost kills her.

Gradually recuperating in a stranger's floating cabin on the Gyre, a huge mass of scrap and garbage in the Pacific Ocean, Ava begins to learn the true meaning of family and home and trust-and she begins to nourish her own strength and soul.

This sweeping and harrowing novel explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family and, after a tidal wave destroys the Gyre and all those who live there, ultimately sends its main character on a thrilling journey to Mumbai, the beating heart of Alexandra Duncan's post-climate change Earth.

 My Review

I tried to get into this one, but sadly I just couldn't get lost in the world that Duncan created. Though it is vivid in detail and deep in description with the mix of old and new in this fantasy world, I found the book lacking in action and intense emotion. When I pick up sci-fi books, I look for action that pulls me in and leaves me wanting more and when it comes to romance, I want to feel the intense raw emotions of the characters.  I found neither of those in this one.

I did start out somewhat enjoying the book, but found myself growing a bit bored and then I found myself skimming the book. I ended up reading bits and pieces of the story and I pretty much got the sum of the book that way. I wasn’t surprised by the turn of events or how it ended (I did end up reading the last few chapters in the end and I found I wasn't that lost with how it wrapped up and with what happened).  The pacing was also a bit too slow for me, I felt like it never really picked up.

Now, the reason I still gave the book a two star rating even though I didn’t really read the whole book is because it was still a very unique story. I loved the idea behind it. It also felt very much like the science-fiction show Firefly, in how there is a mix of new and old within the world. And I loved the idea of people living in space while others living on Earth, though in this one there is an animosity between them.  

I hated that I just couldn’t get into this one because I really did try to love, but I definitely encourage others to pick this one up if they enjoy a science-fiction world filled with a mix of new world technology and the grunge of the old. 


  1. Hate that this one wasn't for you. I look for action in a sci-fi too.

  2. Aww boo, this one sounded good so its a shame it didn't work for you. But on to better reads! Great review!

  3. I'm so sorry this one didn't work out for you, Magen :-( It really does sound good -- I love the cover -- but I hate it lacked the action and emotion you wanted. I hope you adore your next read and that it blows you away! Amazing and insightful review *tackle hugs* <3


  4. It's a shame you didn't enjoy this one Magen, especially since the idea behind the book is unique. I'm like you, I need plenty of action and strong emotions within my reads.

  5. Bummer Magen! I've had this one for quite some time now... but I just have very little patience for books that don't engage me right off the bat these days... Who has time for that?

    I LOVE Firefly, so that appeals to me, but I don't think I'll be rushing to get to this one.

  6. So sorry this didn't work out for you -- it really did sound promising! Still, a wonderful review, my friend. Love you!


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