Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: April 1, 2014
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Salvage is a 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. This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, and it explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family. 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. This is a sweeping and harrowing novel about a girl who can't read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change? Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick.
Salvage is one of those books that has so much promise, and yet is an epic fail when it comes to the delivery. When I saw that Salvage was about a girl who lived on a spaceship ruled by men, I immediately requested it. It was supposed to be about this girl breaking free and escaping those who rule over her, and about her discovering that there is more to life than serving those with the Y chromosome.