Author: Alexandra Duncan Published: April 1st 2014 Publisher: Greenwillow Categories: Fantasy,...
Summary: 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.
Review: I’m torn. On one hand the idea, the other the delivery. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan has many things going on. Good things that will have you interested from the get-go. I, for one, was immediately grabbed by the hunting cover and when I read the blurb I was completely sold. But unfortunately it was buried deep deep down my TBR pile that it took me this long to read it. I didn’t anticipate that it was going to be a long read. As I said earlier, there were many things happening here, some that intrigued me and some sort of left me confused. But overall it wasn’t all that bad. Did it meet my expectations? Not on the mark but what I got was still enough.
Ava followed rules and keep her head down most of the time. One day, she was decreed to be a bride. She knew this day will come but she dreaded that day. But her hopes skyrocketed when she was told that man she was going to marry was most likely will come from Æther. She knew someone there and seemed like luck (literally and figuratively) was on her side but that was short-lived.
I liked the first part. I was caught up with Ava’s tradition. Being a woman there is tough. They were treated secondary to men. It was hard; it was like her every movements was being scrutinized. But I was really confused at some parts though, like I thought Luck was her groom then I was baffled when they were caught making out and was summoned by their fathers like they did something wrong. It turned that they had other plans for her. I was like “what’s really going on?” But I was too hanged up to retrace my reading so I moved along even though I was really confused with what has happening. And just like that, in a snap, I just found out that Ava was in this new place and people have some sort of weird dialect/language/culture that it seems I need to learn—again.
And that was my problem overall. I need to learn so much of so many things about this book. I get the first part about Ava’s place but when I thought I got the gist, I was again shoved to another round of quick study. But it wasn’t quick and it wasn’t easy. But I guess I really like how Ava had matured throughout the course of the story that stopping was not part of my plan. (although I did zone out…a lot)
And that was I think the held me to the end. I admit that it was very big obstacle to conquer. I mean, I’m not huge fan of galaxy theme books. So the fact that it managed to hold my attention regardless of how shaky the reading experience was fascinating in itself. Ava has this quality that I like about protagonist who has no voice at the beginning but as the story progress, you’ll get to see how she gradually and steadily picked up herself; and finally made the decision by herself for herself. Between where she was, all yeses to her father wishes to wanting changes, that’s a lot of improvement.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “What do I want? The Æther under Luck’s captaincy is some freer, true. I can see that. But it’s not changed in all. At least, not so changed as me. Would I ever get to see those worlds, the ones I’ve only hovered above? Would my limbs and lungs grow weak again?, deprived of gravity? Would my mind lose its hard-won sharpness? Would working on Fixes and having Luck’s love make up for that?” — Ava (from Advance Reader’s Proof)