Do you like space? Do you like strong female main characters? Do you like islands made of trash? If you said yes to any of these, then you should definitely check out SALVAGE, by Alexandra Duncan. It's out from Harper in April and thanks to Children's Book World (my most favorite-est of book stores) I was able to grab an ARC of this book.
I have to admit, when I saw the cover I was like:
Because I'm kind of way over the whole girl-in-a-dress thing.
But then I read the back of the book: "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."
and I was like:
So I started reading.
And the world building took a little getting used to, but it was pretty solid. So I felt like:
But I was pretty sure I knew where the story was going. But THEN Duncan through us a curve ball!
And I was all like:
And I just had to keep reading! If anyone tried to interrupt me I gave them this look:
I totally fell in love with the world of SALVAGE. Between the merchant tribes in space, the Gyre, and Mumbai...I just looked around Duncan's world like this:
At the end, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was like this:
But on the other hand, I was like this:
Because it was over! And I wanted more! More Ava! More love interests! (Yes, there are a few!) More merchant tribes in space!
Really, I just want to be part of their world.
Alas, my reading of SALVAGE is over, and I will have to content myself with Internet stalking Alexandra Duncan (who, by everything I can tell from her blog, is adorable) and re-reading SALVAGE. But one of you lucky people can win a copy of SALVAGE, and experience it's awesomeness before it releases on 4/1, just like I got to!