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Salvaged by Madeleine Roux
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Published by Ace, Penguin Audio on October 19, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Suspense
Length: 12 hours, 3 minutes
Format: eARC, Audiobook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future.
Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she's come to hate, and her messed-up life. She's run all the way to outer space, where she's taken a position as a "space janitor," cleaning up ill-fated research expeditions. But no matter how far she goes, Rosalyn can't escape herself. After too many mistakes on the job, she's given one last chance: take care of salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead.
But the Brigantine's crew are very much alive--if not entirely human. Now Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien. The captain, Edison Aries, seems to still maintain some control over himself and the crew, but he won't be able to keep fighting much longer. Rosalyn and Edison must find a way to stop the parasite's onslaught...or it may take over the entire human race.
I like science fiction and Salvaged seemed like it might have the first phase of an apocalyptic change. What I didn’t consider in advance was the world-building and character aspects. The world is one with space travel, and other advanced technologies such as bioengineering. It is also a world with politics and greed with some bad people misusing their power. Rosalyn gets crushed by this with a famous, wealthy family and some of the others in the business.
So Rosalyn runs. No one took her side, or seemed to care about her, so she left. She takes a crappy job, and tries to ignore / forget the past. When even the crappy job is on the line, she pulls herself together and ends up in a terrifying situation. Her character development and careful skills, along with her compassion are the power of Salvaged.
I wasn’t ever really terrified but there was definitely a suspense about who would survive, and how it would happen. In this situation, there are instances where no decision is a good one. Things have to be done to live and protect the world. Sometimes the choice is to only protect others. The story is quite contained with a small number of characters. I found myself in my mind more than lost in emotions. The ending gives us some of the aftermath which I appreciate.
I’m a fan of Emily Woo Zeller and enjoyed her performance here. I was comfortable with all her voices, male and female, which allowed me to just focus on the story itself. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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