Summary: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?
Salvage was one of my more anticipated novels of 2014, and it’s a shame that it didn’t work for me as much as I wanted / expected it to.
Ava lives on the spaceship Parastrata, where women have limited rights and not much freedom. When Ava meets a fellow passenger, Luck, the unexpected happens and she falls in love. Enraged by the fact that she’s fallen in love before she’s been married, Ava is banished to a fragile Earth; where her only choice for survival is to travel to a Mumbai and find her aunt.
I think the writing was my main problem with Salvage. The writing is over-descriptive, making the story and the plot constantly drag.
On top of the book’s wordiness, Duncan also invents a new lingo used by the ship passengers. Unfortunately, this lingo is never explained, leaving me in a perpetual state of confusion.
The world-building is another weak spot in the story, and, even after finishing, I was still left with so many unanswered questions about the world that Duncan created.
- Why – originally – did these people even go on a ship anyway?
- How was it technologically possible for people to build ships that stay in space long-term…and are suitable for living?
- Why is Earth failing during this time? (Global warming is inferred, but besides that, that question is never really discussed in detail.)
To top it all off, there is both instalove and a love triangle.
- On page 10, Ava meets Luck. Two pages later, she declares she’s in love with him.
- On page thirty, they have sex together, despite the fact that the following day Ava is Ava’s wedding day.
- Once Ava is banished to Earth, she meets another guy, who she also claims she “loves.”
Unfortunately, while the premise was amazing, the execution wasn’t nearly as strong. In the end, Salvage just wasn’t for me.