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A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe

(The Salvagers #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  860 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to clearing their name and saving the universe.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she's washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and s
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Orbit
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Victoria Schwab
Thoroughly enjoyed this one!
Nicholas Eames
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. The story was fantastic, the pacing was break-neck, and everything about the setting--from the sorcery-powered race cars, to the spaceships, and starfighters, to the badass murderous exoskeleton named Ranger--was incredible. Best of all, however, are the characters. Between the copious action scenes are so many beautiful, perfectly-written moments as the cast conflicts, copulates, and tries their best to coexist with one another. I love a well-crafted heart-to-heart, and this ...more
Jes Reads
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Orbit books for sending me this book free of charge for my honest review

"Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to clearing their name and saving the universe.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she's washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but
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Justine
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This was reasonably entertaining. I loved the diverse cast of characters who, for the most part, were nicely fleshed out. The dialogue was good with bits of humour sprinkled in. The world created was interesting, providing a neat SF setting where almost everyone is a magic user.

The story moves along well and mostly the pacing is pretty good. A few parts could have been written a bit more clearly, but generally I thought it was solid. That said, although there were a lot of positive elements, ov
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Esmerelda Weatherwax
I got this from NetGalley/Orbit and I was really excited but I’m late for my review – sorry I got way behind schedule there for a little bit.

I didn’t know what to expect from this, I didn’t even read the blurb before opening it so when the first scene was about racing futuristic sci-fi cars with wings that run on magic I was sort of taken aback. It was fast paced and fun but took a sharp turn when one of the main characters, Nihla, is on the track and gets attacked. A creepy animalistic type wom
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Crini
Take A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, replace the alien crew members by humans (but keep it diverse and queer AF) and add lots and lots of action AND ALSO MAGIC and you've got A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

This found-family/anti-hero squad of space witches takes you on one hell of a ride, FEELS and sexual tension galore included.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"This whole treasure hunt had been one weird thing after another--gods and prophets, culture arks and secret bases, mutineers and secret branches of the Taitutian military. And of course, there were the racetrack glyphs, too."

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe opens strong. It quite literally begins with a race. A race across a massive spaceship. In sorcery-powered race cars. Yes. SORCERY-POWERED RACE CARS! Then there is a crushing scene that puts all of the proverbial pieces on the board &a
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine
One of the best sci fi space junkie books I’ve read in ages. It’s got some wonderful characters that end up feeling like family, breath taking action sequences, massive galaxy encompassing stakes and also captures the spirit of some of my other favourite books and movies. The plot unfolds at a frenetic pace and gives the reader no time at all before they and the characters are thrown in the deep end. The writing is never slow or bogged down with too much information, the magic system is undefine ...more
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Space is a pretty big place and sometimes you need a map to find the real treasures out there. Lizzie "Boots" Elsworth is a washed up treasure hunter who sells fake treasure maps for a quick buck. When she sells a fake map to an old crew of hers but Little did she know that she would soon be with that old crew again looking for the legend of a ship, The Harrow.

Nilah Brio is a famous Race care driver and when she is framed for the murder of a
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Swiffer
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you combine futuristic car racing, intergalactic treasure hunting, evil government conspiracies, renegade space pirates, and universe-spanning glyph magic? You get Alex White’s incredibly fun and engaging A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, the first book of the “Salvagers” series. This is a solid pick for a summer beach read, an action-heavy adventure with a nearly all-female cast of kickass protagonists that feels ready-made for a blockbuster film treatment. Although t ...more
Lindsay
A fun science fiction adventure story with magic thrown in, but extremely derivative of popular SF.

In a far future humanity has spread throughout the galaxy and also has access to magical powers through a new part of the brain. Nilah Brio is a race car driver and mechanist (magic that allows her to mentally join with and control technology). As she's leading her current race, a powerful magic user appears and assassinates another driver after briefly interrogating him. The murdered driver mentio
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Mili
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
I've been hyped to read this book by many readers on instagram and it did not fail! This is a stunning action packed crazy fast paced space adventure. Holy farts, it's good! The characters are fun and lovable with all their own quirks. The way they are introduced and form a bond is exciting to read. There is also magic in this world, people have all kinds of specific magic that they can wield, a few sadly dont. Right from the beginning things escalate and one of the characters gets chased by a v ...more
Ash
What do you get when you combine an intergalactic treasure hunt, space pirates, magical abilities, and futuristic racing all woven together by an almost all female cast seeking to expose a government conspiracy? You have Alex White's A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, the first book in his brand new Salvagers series.

The story is told through alternate points of view between Nilah Brio, a talented young, spoiled, and dramatic race car driver and Elizabeth "Boots" Elsworth, a veteran pilot tu
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Lucille
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haaa this was really great!! ✨

The middle was a rollercoaster of emotions, but one that always go up and up, maybe more like a rocket of emotions then! I didn't think I'd end up liking this so much, during the first 20% I didn't know what to think but then I was quickly won over by the characters and everything going on

A big ship at the end of the universe made me think of a mix between The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (I mean even the title!), Fortune's Pawn and Revenger. Though there are
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Sana
'He is the only uninjured crew member, though I've expressed concern for his emotional well-being.'

THIS BOOK HAS NO CHILL AND AS A RESULT, NEITHER DO I. LIKE THIS WAS SO FUCKING GOOD AND NON-STOP AT THAT

I love this sassy crew so damn much and then there's Ranger, the mechanized battle armor/pet and also the real MVP of the book. It's so amazing to see them start out barely able to tolerate each other and then just dive into danger head-on for each other 😭😭

It's also great to see a 40+ (and not pu
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Queen
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It's like a cross between "Firefly" and "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet." We have an antihero found family who are hunting a famous warship to salvage and are being hunted by a terrifying killer called Mother. Our main characters are Boots (a washed up treasure hunter and veteran of a war that wiped out her planet's population) and Nilah (the darling top car racer of the galaxy who's been framed for a high-spectacle murder). These women are very different, but they're eac ...more
Margit
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, sff2018
Magic in space

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Space opera with magic. Battles galore. Good guys always win. Bad guys always lose.
Nick Lechler
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Objectively, Alex White tells an entertaining tale full of thrilling space action and—at least partly—unique characters and ideas ✨
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It suffers (and I remain objectively here) from Sci-Fi clichés, too. The coolest guy aboard the spaceship is—of course!—the cook and a secret base is—of course!—hidden in a desolate mining colony 🙄
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This obviousness and the nonstop-action-approach made it a little difficult for me to appreciate "ABSATEOTU", especially in light of some way more sophisticated S
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David Agranoff
DNF.

You can discount my feelings on this book because I only made it 100 pages in. I don't think this is really that bad just it didn't work for me. The world-building had too many holes. My image of this universe was too vague, the character I just didn't connect to. I just didn't like the mixture of magic and space opera.

I was also off-put by the constant comparisons to Firefly. It is not the author's fault but that set a super high bar for me. The author has plenty of fans, writes pretty goo
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Felicia Allen
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!

I normally don't like science fiction because the author goes into too much detail about the setting. The way all of the details are woven into this make it exciting and easy to follow. The characters are funny, sarcastic and believable. I can't wait for book 2.
Nadine Bergeron
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feeling the void Firefly left in your heart? Need something to fill it? A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe will definitely help.

A Big Ship is action packed. If you’re looking for a thrilling space read, you won’t be disappointed with this one. From the first page until the last, White’s pacing is relentless as the characters are spirited from one disaster to the next in search of the warship. The whole story is exciting and thrilling, but sometimes it’s too much action. There are moments whe
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Roy
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I dont knpw why but this just never really blew me away. It had great characters and action sequences. I liked the dialgoue, and Boots jad some of the best lines. The world building was solid but I wasn't overly fond of the magic/technology fusion. It just seemed weird, not sure why. The plot and pacing were excellent. Id say the reviews and blurb are right, definitely a mix of Firefly and Indiana Jones however maybe throw Fast and the furious in there as well. Its a rock solid start for a debut ...more
Jenna
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
4.5/5
FanFiAddict
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I want to thank the publisher and the author for an ARC of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. Receiving this ARC, in no way, shape, or form, determined my overall opinions or review.

When I received this book in the mail a few weeks ago, I was already interested based off of the stunning design on the cover. It is absolutely breathtaking.
The second thing I noticed were the blurbs. Nicholas Eames, author of my #1 Read of 2017, Kings of the Wyld, has TWO blurbs. Yes, you read that r
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Diana
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5? This is why I don't read books by men. I really wanted to like this and will probably read the next one, expected in December. Unfortunately so much of this is derivative of other (better) books I've already read. I don't particularly care about car racing. The magical element is poorly explained. The male gaze representations of female bisexuality are cringy. And yet...a fun, tense read and a good mystery.
Suz
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
4.5+

I started out thinking that there was nobody likeable in the entire book. It took a while for me to warm up to this crew, but I most certainly did. The story is excellent, the 'verse is just the right mix of horrifying and beautiful, and the crew is quite human in all the best and worst ways.

I'm very much looking forward to the next, which will be out later this year if the date at the end of this book is accurate. Win!
Paul
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some dog fights, some fist fights, and a slew of magic-infused treasure hunting… this ship shouldn’t fly under the radar for long (I know, horrible).

Full review here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/09/15/a-...

All my reviews can be found here: https://paulspicks.blog
Tam
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of really cool stuff. Futuristic magical car racing, treasure hunting, space battles, and much more. Action heavy and some good character development in there.
Rochelle
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: have
I loved this mashup of sci-fi and magic with a break neck pacing and so action packed. There was literally never a dull moment. The characters are a diverse cast and all have a distinctive voice. My favourite was definitely Boots because she still kicked ass without magic.
Merrin
Here’s what I need to do: I need to stop listening when someone tries to sell me on a book by telling me what other books it’s like, because that way lies massive disappointment. Because this book was sold to me as found family/lesbians/space magic/Firefly meets The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and I was down with some of that?

But here’s a thing. Firefly was funny. TLWTASAP was a gloriously loving character sketch.

This . . . . wasn’t either of those things.

And like. I liked it? Mostly. Th
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