Title: Salvage Author: Alexandra Duncan Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins Release Date: April 1, 2014 Rating: 1/5
Cover Impressions: The cover is pretty...moreTitle: Salvage Author: Alexandra Duncan Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins Release Date: April 1, 2014 Rating: 1/5
Cover Impressions: The cover is pretty, if a little boring. I do appreciate how the dry and dusty print within the color font stands in juxtaposition with the blue background.
The Gist: Ava has spent her entire life aboard a merchant ship. As the head daughter in a polygamous family she spends her days working and overseeing her sisters in the menial day to day tasks. Bound as bride, she is led to a sister ship as the marriage negotiations seal her fate. After a fatal mistake, she is forced to flee for her life or risk being turned out into the void. Ava finds her way to Earth and, for the first time, sees what options may lay before her. Options that she, as a daughter and woman, never dreamed were possible.
Review: Salvage is one of those frustrating books, not because of what it contained, but because of what it didn't. The element that drew me in was the whole Polygamists in space angle. Polygamous families here on Earth are pretty fascinating all on their own. Combine that with a community that tries to cut their children and wives off from the outside world, and things start to get scary.
Picturing that same thing happening on board a ship where it was actually possible to live your entire life without knowing that other people have freedoms that you never even conceived as possible - now that had the possibility of being downright terrifying. This is where my hopes went with Salvage and why I wanted to review it in the first place. In the beginning, that is just what I got. The sexist nature of the family/community on board the Parastrata was disturbing and the thought that it was the only way of life left (as the first few chapters led me to believe) was even more so. However, this quickly changed as Ava was forced to flee.
This formula worked great for the first book, less so for the second but by the third, I just feel like I am being duped. I could not click with the characters at all and got extremely tired of Rachel reminding us of how rich she is while whining about her perfect life. Yes, I get it, she has some serious pressure put on he by her family, but I am willing to bet that if she just spoke to them like a grown up instead of bottling it up like a child - they would listen and respect her for it. I am also willing to bet that this is exactly what will happen by the end of the book. (less)
I quit 70 pages in. I could not, for the life of me, find anything the least bit interesting about the main character. She is whiney and self absorbed...moreI quit 70 pages in. I could not, for the life of me, find anything the least bit interesting about the main character. She is whiney and self absorbed, complaining about her situation and waiting for a man to swoop in and save her.
I became more and more frustrated by her constant struggle with her writing. Clearly, she had seen success in children's stories but was trying to write something more prolific that would pay more. I am not one to bash artistic endeavors, but perhaps in attempting to put a roof over the heads of your children you might deem to lower yourself to write something THAT ACTUALLY SELLS! She spends countless pages moaning about her monetary situation but decides to spend her time attending frivolous parties and walking the streets of New York rather than actually writing anything.
I was also bored and appalled at the characterization of Poe and his wife. They were simplistic characters with little color and nothing to hold one's interest.
With a plot that crawls and characters that make my skin do likewise - I quit. (less)
Cover Impressions: Pretty. Yay, no whitewashing. Natural hair on a woman of color!
The Gist: Summer king gets elected, summer king gets killed - still don't understand why. June is spoiled brat who causes trouble and calls it art.
WARNING: This will be ranty. If you don't like swearing, please move on to another review - this one is not for you.
This book broke me. And not in the "oh my god this is so good nothing will ever compare" kind of way. More in the "reading has become a huge disappointment and I will now spend my time watching reality tv instead" kind of way.
I hated every minute that I spent with this book and, now that I have finally quit, I don't even want to read anything else. I am that annoyed.
I hated this world. It was futuristic and fucked up and nothing made sense. To go along with the nothing making sense was the fact that the author chose not to explain anything. I made it 3/4 of the way through the book and I STILL have no idea why the hell they choose a summer king or why the hell they kill him some years and not others. And you know what? I don't fucking care. That is how little these characters affected me.
The kids were spoiled and entitled. June spent most of her time glorifying a father who committed suicide and blaming her mother for this, despite any evidence that she did anything to cause it. When she wasn't being a heinous daughter, she was pulling pranks making art for some weird ass contest to which no one ever explained the rules. Oh, and did I mention that any other free time she had was spent at lavish parties?
That was the gist of the plot, no danger, no immediate cause to work towards, just an episode of The Hills set against the backdrop of an alternative future.
Despite all these issues, I might have managed to get past it. However, then came the sex. I understand the desire to have sexual situations and language in a young adult novel, I really do. I do not, however, enjoy the way that this author chose to use sex in such a casual manner. June actually told us of how she and her best friend took care of their "virginity problem". We hear of the Summer King sleeping with anything and everything that moves and then, to take the literary cake, June strips off OUTSIDE, masturbates, is revealed to have had an audience to her little show and then acts as if it meant nothing. No. NO NO NO NO NO!
I can't even.
If I gave this book to one of my students, I would end up fired.
Fuck this. I'm out.
Age: 16 and up Gender: Female - I guess. Sex: See review - this shit's fucked up. Violence: Fist fighting. Knifeplay Inappropriate Language: Whore, Shit, Ass, Bastards Substance Use/Abuse: drug use(less)
I am putting this one aside. I hear great things, but there simply is not enough of a plot for me to stay interested right now. Moving on to other thi...moreI am putting this one aside. I hear great things, but there simply is not enough of a plot for me to stay interested right now. Moving on to other things.(less)
This book made me physically angry - I want to punch something, particularly Dave Eggers. I refuse to give it any more of my time and, as such, refuse...moreThis book made me physically angry - I want to punch something, particularly Dave Eggers. I refuse to give it any more of my time and, as such, refuse to write a review. (less)
Blech. Didn't care about the characters, couldn't get past the punk/hipster parents and cringed every time the author described what they were wearing...moreBlech. Didn't care about the characters, couldn't get past the punk/hipster parents and cringed every time the author described what they were wearing. No action. Boring.(less)
40 pages in and all they have done is talk. No answers, no plans just bickering and asking questions to which the only response is "there isn't time f...more40 pages in and all they have done is talk. No answers, no plans just bickering and asking questions to which the only response is "there isn't time for that now". If there isn't time for that then shut the heck up and get on with the story!
Finally decided to just stop reading. Characters were boring, never ending dialogue and no action.(less)
Couldn't finish this one. The characters were bland and unmemorable, the plot was slow going and the storyline was nearly non-existent. Made it to pg...moreCouldn't finish this one. The characters were bland and unmemorable, the plot was slow going and the storyline was nearly non-existent. Made it to pg 100 and couldn't deal with the boredom any longer.(less)