Salvage by Alexandra Duncan ebook, 520 pages Published April 1st 2014 by Greenwillow ARC from Edelweiss Goodreads | Amazon| B & N | TBD
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated 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, in this thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to read this book in the first place since I did not particularly enjoy Beth Revis; Across the Universe and Margaret Atwood's; The Handmaid's Tale. Maybe I was willing to give this the benefit of doubt and although Beth Revis first book in the series was so boring, I gave the third book in the series; Shadows of Earth a glowing review. But Salvage was kind of hard to digest even from the get go. Ava, the captain's daughter of the merchant ship Parastrata was forced to marry someone from Aether; a bigger much grander ship. Ava was under the impression that she was betrothed to Luck ; Aether's future captain but apparently she was promised to Luck's father. She was later caught in an uncompromising situation with Luck and both of them was severely punished for it to the point that she was forced to flee her ship or face death. This could have turned out very exciting but I'm sad to say that it consists of a long winded journey which did not interest me at all. More than once did I set the book aside because of that slow..slow pacing where nothing much happens. The world building was kind of confusing, the writing style was also hard to enjoy and Ava herself is not a character that I can connect with. To sum it up, this book was not the exciting sci-fi it promised to be.