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You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5 Okay I have no idea how to review this book appropriately, because it s super entertaining but also full of action and I want to spoil absolutely nothing So I ll do my best, yeah Great.Rosalyn, when we meet her, is kind of a mess She s got an alcohol addiction, nearly getting herself fired from her job as a space janitor, cleaning up actual corpses from missions gone wrong She li You can find the full review and all the fancy and or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5 Okay I have no idea how to review this book appropriately, because it s super entertaining but also full of action and I want to spoil absolutely nothing So I ll do my best, yeah Great.Rosalyn, when we meet her, is kind of a mess She s got an alcohol addiction, nearly getting herself fired from her job as a space janitor, cleaning up actual corpses from missions gone wrong She likes the job because she was able to basically run away from her problems, so she s not keen on losing it She agrees to take on a job on the Brigantine, which ends up being far less janitorial in nature than she expected.Because the Brigantine crew happens to be alive Well, mostly, anyway They seem to be infected by some mysterious cause, and now Rosalyn is trapped with them, no way of communicating her need to escape without infecting the whole universe The stakes, quite literally, couldn t be higher.It reminds me a little of The Expanse at times, which is a very good thing indeed Rosalyn is smart, funny, and struggling to remain alcohol free even in this direst of situations While I would have liked for the book to have addressed it a bit , I did like that the author didn t just abandon this addiction the second the shit hit the fan.The characters were all really well developed, even as this parasite attempts to take over I was quite impressed at how the author managed to make me care so deeply for characters who weren t even themselves half the time, but she did I think that was the key, too As dark and exciting as the story is, it goes from good to great because of how invested I was in its outcome Bottom Line Exciting, thrilling, and full of characters whose fates impacted me greatly, Salvaged was unputdownable OK to be fair this is not my usual genre dark sci fi horror But I have to admit I was thoroughly entertained by the story Occasionally grossed out, but entertained nonetheless I do not see working as a space janitor in my future Roslyn is trying to escape her wealthy family Leaves the family business and takes a job cleaning up space messes When she takes on a job to clean up a dark ship where there is believed to be no survivors she is faced with the unexpected What transpires is a te OK to be fair this is not my usual genre dark sci fi horror But I have to admit I was thoroughly entertained by the story Occasionally grossed out, but entertained nonetheless I do not see working as a space janitor in my future Roslyn is trying to escape her wealthy family Leaves the family business and takes a job cleaning up space messes When she takes on a job to clean up a dark ship where there is believed to be no survivors she is faced with the unexpected What transpires is a tense, claustrophobic, gruesome survival story If you like books set in space with a dark edgy vibe and a little gore this is the book for you This book in emojis Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book @Free Kindle î Salvaged Ø A WOMAN ON THE RUN A CAPTAIN ADRIFT IN SPACE ONE OF THEM IS INFECTED WITH AN ALIEN PARASITE In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a futureRosalyn 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 deadBut 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 onslaughtor it may take over the entire human race Full disclosure I received a copy of this book to be reading for a potential blurbed.Readers, I blurbed it And I don t blurb a lot of books I won t rehash plot details, as that s not how I review books First, I ll provide the quote I sent Salvaged is riveting and brutal, a study in scars The masterful writing and bittersweet beauty of these characters will haunt you long after you finish reading TW violence, sexual assault off page, backstory I devoured the first half of this book in a Full disclosure I received a copy of this book to be reading for a potential blurbed.Readers, I blurbed it And I don t blurb a lot of books I won t rehash plot details, as that s not how I review books First, I ll provide the quote I sent Salvaged is riveting and brutal, a study in scars The masterful writing and bittersweet beauty of these characters will haunt you long after you finish reading TW violence, sexual assault off page, backstory I devoured the first half of this book in a single sitting It was so good, so compelling, with layers to unravel The world Madeleine Roux has created is hauntingly real, so real that I felt as if I was inhabiting the skins of those I read about, and it wasn t comfortable, but the book grabbed me by the throat and wouldn t let go When I took a break from this book, it was because I had to It was just too intense I went back to the book on the plane to Toronto Things had gotten so dark that I was viscerally afraid for all the characters, and without spoilers, I ll say I was satisfied with the ending Give this book a shot if you love gritty SF 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum s hard for me to write this review, because Salvaged wasn t a bad book but I did feel like I was sold one thing at the beginning, only to receive something completely different by the end To elaborate, I thought I was walking into a chilling edge of your seat horror, and the way the first few chapters presented themselves certainly gave substance to those hopes But that said, as the story progressed, it slowly, gradua 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum s hard for me to write this review, because Salvaged wasn t a bad book but I did feel like I was sold one thing at the beginning, only to receive something completely different by the end To elaborate, I thought I was walking into a chilling edge of your seat horror, and the way the first few chapters presented themselves certainly gave substance to those hopes But that said, as the story progressed, it slowly, gradually began spooling out, losing all of its thriller edges, eventually becoming well, quite tame.Like I said though, the book started out promisingly enough The story introduces us to Rosalyn Devar, whose life is a bit of a mess Coming from a wealthy background and well educated, our protagonist is nonetheless working as a custodian for a company that specializes in space clean up, which often involves the retrieval of the dead from space disasters or missions gone wrong not exactly a career that a gifted bio engineering graduate like her would have chosen But at the moment, Rosalyn needs the money and a place to lie low from her father after fleeing her past life, even if the daily horrors of the job are exacerbating her drinking problem Also, as unpleasant as the work may be, it has to be done, and Rosalyn takes solace in the fact that she can help bring closure to the dead and their families.Then one day, she is called to the boss s office her coworkers had reported her drinking on the job and her performance has been slipping But Rosalyn manages to convince the company to give her onechance, and so she is assigned a salvaging job on the Brigantine, a research ship that had recently gone dark, with everyone aboard believed to have perished Upon arrival at the dead ship, however, Rosalyn and her pilot discover that it is anything but While readings from the Brigantine show that nothing could have survived its inhospitable, oxygen starved conditions, the crew members that Rosalyn encounters inside the ship are clearly alive, if not entirely human.I mean, is this not an incredible premise Does thinking about it not send shivers down your spine I know it did for me, and I credit the powerfully effective intro that Madeleine Roux has written and the absolutely superb character development Everyone likes a bit of intrigue, and the prospect of a ghost ship especially given what our protagonist does for a living has a way of making you sit up and pay attention Even from the onset, I was practically salivating at the potential of the concept and prepared myself for a creepy ride.Sadly though, that high was short lived In my opinion, the author made a couple of significant mistakes early in the book that threw off the entire tone of the story, from which it was never able to recover The first was revealing the truth too soon, clearing up many of the questions that surrounded the Brigantine and what happened to its crew Since a lot of the premise s appeal relied in the fact that so much of it was shrouded in mystery, removing it this early on in the game didn t make much sense to me And second and just a warning, mild spoilerish details to follow was what I felt was the premature demise of certain character Although this particular character was kind of boorish and not very likeable, I still found myself enjoying their interactions with the protagonist and was actually looking forward to the possible development of a meaningful partnership Well, so much for that.Instead, what followed was the introduction of a bunch of other characters, none of whom were really all that interesting because they each fell into a bland predictable mold and pattern There was the romantic interest for Rosalyn, who s also the compulsory good guy The sweet earnest kid whom the group has adopted as their mascot The wise, old grandmotherly woman who guides our protagonist And finally, the mean nasty villain, and of course the author never passes up a chance to tell us just how bad he is.On another level, I also think the problem with Salvaged is that it seemed confused as to what it wanted to be Its genre tag says horror, but with the exception of the first handful of chapters which were mildly unsettling, this wasn t a very scary book at all The beginning was hands down the strongest part, and I m sad to say that by the time it s over, the story ends up being this jumbled mess of half formed ideas and too many POVs It came to have a lot of things a little bit of drama, romance, mystery, thrills and action but was definitely short on frights.It s a shame, because I really wish this one had continued building as a horror novel, but if that had been the case, I guess the story would have been drastically changed and we d be discussing a different book entirely To be fair, Salvaged was pretty good taken at face value, but if you are hoping forthrills and chills, this probably won t be too satisfying I love Roux s work I got to 60 % in this book Life stuff happened and I had to give the book back to the library I m not done yet It was some fantabulous sci fi, and I plan to go back to it. DNF 44%Salvaged feels like a mashup of John Carpenter s The Thing with a spreading alien human identity crisis , the desolate ship from Event Horizon, and the protomolecule from The Expanse Sounds amazing So why didn t I like it A few reasons.Rosalyn wasn t a great protagonist We get snippets of her horrible past, but we didn t get to know her personality Instead the author focuses primarily on her current battles with alcholism and referencing the trauma she is dealing with from bein DNF 44%Salvaged feels like a mashup of John Carpenter s The Thing with a spreading alien human identity crisis , the desolate ship from Event Horizon, and the protomolecule from The Expanse Sounds amazing So why didn t I like it A few reasons.Rosalyn wasn t a great protagonist We get snippets of her horrible past, but we didn t get to know her personality Instead the author focuses primarily on her current battles with alcholism and referencing the trauma she is dealing with from being an assault victim Those are extremely difficult issues to deal with, but there s not much else to Rosalyn other than her outright determination to survive this ordeal The twists were projected without subtlety, and the reveals didn t come as much of a surprise I found myself less and less stimluated as the book went on, which is the opposite direction I want to feel as I go deeper into the story.The changing POV between the various characters on the ship started out cool, but then got old quick I wish they had been usedsparingly so they would have had greater effect on the reader 5.0 10 The thick, strange tentacles bursting through the office door sagged, leaving a gap wide enough to see through, wide enough to show the field of rigid, waiting obstacles in their path It was like they had thrown a matchstick into a beehive, and now all the riled, furious insects wanted to act, wanted to sting Salvaged is a book that caught my attention when it was first announced It sounded like a modern,diverse Alien with a twist And you know how much I fucking adore the Alien franch The thick, strange tentacles bursting through the office door sagged, leaving a gap wide enough to see through, wide enough to show the field of rigid, waiting obstacles in their path It was like they had thrown a matchstick into a beehive, and now all the riled, furious insects wanted to act, wanted to sting Salvaged is a book that caught my attention when it was first announced It sounded like a modern,diverse Alien with a twist And you know how much I fucking adore the Alien franchise Plus that cover and subsequent animation that was shared by Madeleine Roux on her Twitter completely won me over I ve searched for the cover artist and couldn t find any information, sadly HELP A CHICK OUT This is the first full length novel of Roux s that I ve read Previously, the only experience I had was with her Eclipse short story in From a Certain Point of View, the fucking brilliant Star Wars anthology From what I ve gathered, Roux normally writes YA This is her adult science fiction debut and it s pretty radical Rosalyn is a xenobiologist who takes a job as a salvager, which is essentially a janitor that cleans up space research expeditions gone wrong She s also an alcoholic And on the run from her famous family As you do.One day she is caught drinking on the job and almost gets fired She is given onechance an assignment on the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark The entire crew is thought to be dead.They aren t.Nor are they quite human any Fight back I m utter trash for science fiction horror It s such an unholy matrimony of genres With Salvaged, Roux leans heavily into familiar science fiction elements, but then twists them into something new and exciting and fucking awesome There are tense action scenes that left me gasping for air, but then there are a handful of quiet moments that touched me with real sincerity There s a genuine thoughtfulness and affection in Roux s telling of a recovering alcoholic who is battling with trauma from her past.Diverse characters trapped in space, bonkers parasitic aliens, corporate secrets, PTSD, delightful gore andthan a few gut punches Salvaged is a brutal, intelligent, entertaining readThanks to Ace Books for sending me a copy The quotes above were taken from an ARC are subject to change upon publication I was drawn to this novel s edgy and timeless cover design since I laid my eyes on it It didn t even take a whole chapter to suck me into the story It had me pretty much on page one Rosalyn Devar doesn t have all her shit together How do you go from being a bio engineer with a brilliant career opportunity ahead to the workforce of space janitor, cleaning up decomposed bodies in a hazmat suit knee deep in soupy sludge of human decay Well, first off, the relationship with her parents is very I was drawn to this novel s edgy and timeless cover design since I laid my eyes on it It didn t even take a whole chapter to suck me into the story It had me pretty much on page one Rosalyn Devar doesn t have all her shit together How do you go from being a bio engineer with a brilliant career opportunity ahead to the workforce of space janitor, cleaning up decomposed bodies in a hazmat suit knee deep in soupy sludge of human decay Well, first off, the relationship with her parents is very difficult and second, she is wanting to escape the fame of her family s name So where do you go Into space The job gotfamiliar but not easier Never easier And this was way beyond skin slippage, this was putrefaction on a level she had never seen before in person Digital images just didn t capture it, really The microscopic bacteria on the bodies were having a field day, turning once soft but decidedly human humans into a soup as dark and hideous as black gut blood, the kind of blood one never wanted to see squirt out of anything But now she had to look at it Now it was her job This is her day to day life Sucking up the sludge of those perished on ill fated research missions and dealing with it the best way she can blasting music and drinking on the job Unfortunately, she has a way of getting herself into trouble and after a while is given a warning with the last chance to clean a special mission ship gone dark and its crew gone cold Should she fail, she will be out of a job and has to go back home As Rosalyn embarks to the vessel, there are signs of life aboard, but she won t be able to make accurate predictions and calculations for rescue unless she figures out how the crew could still be alive with so little oxygen on board after several days of going dark Upon entering the Brigantine, things go haywire and she becomes trapped with the rest of the crew that s infected and mostly controlled by a parasitic alien Edison Aries, the captain seems to have some capabilities to still control his actions and the two of them will try to save what they can and get out Unprepared for an onslaught of biotech warfare, the two of them are fighting an uphill battle with their lives on the line and unveil a corruption that hits close to home and could take out all of humanity as they know it Filled with heaps of blemished characters, this galactic sci fi thriller is edgy enough to satisfy and emotionally charged so it s easily read and relatable The main character, despite her flaws or perhaps because of them, is a kick ass heroine strong character and I liked her from page one The plot offers a myriad of dead ends that will keep you guessing at the resolve while racing through heart pounding action and intrigue A decent mix of AI, microbiology, and backstabbing sabotage will keep you reading into the night and root for Rosalyn This novel didn t hit all the notes in its pacing for me as a lot of action parts were told vs shown and left me behind sometimes, requiring a reorientation in it all by me rereading some lines I personally do better living through the characters actions or emotions then it being told from another angle.This was my first novel to enjoy by Madeleine Roux She has published several other novels in horror fiction and young adult genres including the Asylum , Zombie , and House of Furies series I received an arc of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Thank you kindly Berkley Publishing, AceRocBooks for my review copy Quote is taken from an ARC and not the final book More of my reviews here Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewIkke gi opp, she told him, butchering the Norwegian But she smiled and adjusted her sleeve, the door in front of them hissing open It was time Fight back Wow, I was not expecting to enjoy this so much and not for the reason I did So, what s this book about Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she s come to hate, and her messed up life She Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewIkke gi opp, she told him, butchering the Norwegian But she smiled and adjusted her sleeve, the door in front of them hissing open It was time Fight back Wow, I was not expecting to enjoy this so much and not for the reason I did So, what s this book about 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 onslaughtor it may take over the entire human race.I was expecting to love this book because it would be chillingly terrifying but that didn t end up happening This book was definitely unsettling and fascinating butthan that, it was thrilling and romantic.I loved the Agatha Christie feel this book gave me with the crew descending into further madness This book was basically And Then There Were None but with aliens The tension was built and maintained so well.By the end, I was on the edge of my seat and I honestly was so sure the ending would go a certain way but then it took a sharp left turn and I was pleasantly surprised Overall, this book was thrilling, romantic, and super unexpected.Bottom Line 4.5 starsAge Rating R Content Screening Mild Spoilers Positive Messages 3 5 Never give up, Sacrifice for the greater good, Finding pockets of hope Violence 4 5 Gore, Body Horror, Fights, Death, Weapons, Guns Sex 1 5 Kissing, Sexual Themes Language 2 5 F k, D mn, Sh t Drinking Drugs 3 5 Alcohol consumption, Medicinal Drugs Content and Trigger Warnings Loss of a loved one, Body horror, Terror, Sexual themes, Sexual assaultPublisher Ace Books an imprint of Berkley Publishing Group an imprint of Penguin Random House Publication Date October 15th, 2019Genre Science Fiction Romance Dang that was unexpectedly amazing aliens thriller poc main character this is gonna be awesome Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram