Salvage (Hardcover)

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Chris's April 2014 Staff Pick: Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick

Salvage is a great teen sci-fi.
Ava is one of many women aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata. When she finds that she is to be married to another captain, she takes things into her own hands (a first for her) and runs away. She finds herself on Gyre, and floating trash heap in the pacific ocean. Ava now has to learn to stand up for herself. And find away to get of the trash heap.

I really loved this book. I thought Alexandra’s characters are wonderful and you just get sucked into the story.

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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. Internationally bestselling author Stephanie Perkins called it "brilliant, feminist science fiction."

Ava is the captain's daughter. This allows her limited freedom and a certain status in the Parastrata's rigid society--but it doesn't mean she can read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. When Ava learns she is to be traded in marriage to another merchant ship, she hopes for the best. After all, she is the captain's daughter. But instead, betrayal, banishment, and a brush with love and death are her destiny, and Ava stows away on a mail sloop bound for Earth in order to escape both her past and her future. The gravity almost kills her. Gradually recuperating in a stranger's floating cabin on the Gyre, a huge mass of scrap and garbage in the Pacific Ocean, Ava begins to learn the true meaning of family and home and trust--and she begins to nourish her own strength and soul. This sweeping and harrowing novel explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family, and after a tidal wave destroys the Gyre and all those who live there, ultimately sends its main character on a thrilling journey to Mumbai, the beating heart of Alexandra Duncan's post-climate change Earth. An Andre Norton Award nominee.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062220141
ISBN-10: 0062220144
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: Salvage