Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. The description was rather vague, and the reviews for this book were pretty scrambled. I decided to give it a shot though. I can’t tell if it was worth it or not.
Salvage is one of those books where the beginning and the end seem like two completely different books. The characters change, the main character acts differently than in the beginning, and the setting changes. Not to mention, the book was very, very, long. There were several times when I didn’t know if I could finish it or not. It got interesting within the last 100 pages.
I gave Salvage 2.5 stars. I thought that the plot was new and refreshing, but it was just to long and it couldn’t keep my attention. Alexandra Duncan had an amazing idea that she could have done so much more with, but it just fell flat in the end.
- “Are we always our mistakes? Does anything we do heal them?”
- “Perpétue follows my gaze. “They threw you out,” she says. “That doesn’t mean you’re worthless. It only means they didn’t see your worth.”
- “There’s what you’re forced to do, there’s what you choose, and everything else—most things—are a mix. At best, you’ll spend your life trying not to get hurt, but trying not to do the hurting, either. You won’t always come through, but it’s the best anyone can do. It’s the trying I’d call good.”