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Salvation Day

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,315 ratings  ·  296 reviews
A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.

They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Berkley
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Eric Means Note also he took his mother's last name and his father's was completely different. A couple of hundred years in the future maybe the rules are a litt…moreNote also he took his mother's last name and his father's was completely different. A couple of hundred years in the future maybe the rules are a little more flexible.(less)

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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Instead of writing a full review, I'm going to make gif-review because my depression and OCD are being b*tchy. Sooo...

On the first page:

When I met the characters:

When they entered the spaceship:

When sh*t started happening:

(Like seriously, every night I read this before bed, it was hard to fall asleep because of was buzzing with the thrill of a food book)

When all was revealed:

That's all I have. to be honest, I'm truly a
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to be completely honest here... I was ambivalent about this one when I accepted the ARC. I put off reading it, fiddlefarted around, avoiding it. But I'm so glad I finally picked it up! Once I got sucked in, I couldn't put it down! I read huge chunks every sitting!

It's an almost-horror sci-fi thriller novel, set in space, on an abandoned spacecraft... haunted in a science fictio
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 star at The BiblioSanctum

After reading the description for Salvation Day, I thought I had a good idea of what I was in for: a futuristic sci-fi horror, with an outbreak scenario, maybe even possibly some crossover into zombie territory. I think I was picturing something like Dead Space in my mind. Well, what the book actually turned out to be was something quite different, though the story still ended up being a thrilling and cinematic experience.

Jun 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, scifi
When a person dies there are seconds when the heart still squeezes, not yet knowing it is time to stop. Human bodies are messy, imperfect things, a tangle of crossed signals and incomplete messages. Blood pumped into microgravity behaves oddly, like a living thing, unbound and restless, drifting, cooling. Never falling.

Project TBR can't knock it out of the park every time. Shallow Graves remains one of my favourite books (though I'm due a reread), but Salvation Day just didn't hit me at the same
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Salvation Day starts with a bang, with a small group of outlaws abducting a passenger transport vehicle that is delivering students to their internships on the moon.  Their goal is to use the students as hostages to buy them time to hack their way past the security net of a derelict ship called House of Wisdom, steal the ship, and sail off into the galaxy to find a new home where the Council's rule does not reach.

The problem?  House of Wisdom is derelict because an unknown virus killed every las
Jul 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Now that I am done, I can finally go read friends reviews because I am not sure myself what I think about this book.

Like Shrek and onions, there were layers to Salvation Day. It starts out as almost a heist story. A group of people are capturing a shuttle for a somewhat unknown purpose. The story continues with sudden reveals adding more and more.....layers (seriously need to find another word).

Salvation Day is a mix of mystery, horror and sci-fi with some well developed and believable character
Michelle Morrell
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-read-2019, i-own
After purchasing my tickets for Comicon, I got an email. Would I be interested in a free book, and would I agree to come to a Book Club meeting at the con? Ummm, would I like to breathe oxygen? Heck yeah!

I waited, "patiently," and two weeks before con, it arrived! A happy little package with this book and some assorted materials:

I was deep in the middle of a PKD nominee, but I cracked this open and looked up again four hours later. So, readable? Definitely.

While this book deals with two opposing
Alexander Peterhans
A horror story that never really gets horrific enough, I never really connected with the book.

The virus/threat feels underplayed, and things roll out pretty much as you'd expect.

I appreciated the political colouring, but didn't need the last chapter that really hammered it home.
The Captain
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I have been meaning to read some of Kali Wallace’s work for quite some time but always seem to forget to do so. Then I was reminded of this book’s existence from Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum’s awesome review which led me to this fun read. She said:

the way the story is presented is also very cinematic, and there were certain scenes that made me feel like I was watching a movie. Periodically, bits and pieces of conversation and reports from the House of Wisdom passengers’ last mo
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Salvation Day is yet another book whose good idea/premise is hampered by its poor execution. As the title suggest, much of this novel takes place in one day...this timeline alone makes for a rather restrictive narrative. The story and its characters too are hindered by the fact that most of the events narrated by our respective protagonist take place on the same day. Because of this the scope of this book is quite limited and what had the potential to be an interes
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

This was such a high energy, eerie adventure through space. Our main characters, Zahra and Jaswinder, had incredibly differing motivations for everything that happened, and it was easy to relate to both of their stances, though as the reader, it's clear to see that Zahra is being manipulated. Zahra is a member of what basically amounts to a cult which operates under the guise of "helpin
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

It pains me to give this book a 2.5 star rating (2 recorded) but when measuring my thoughts against recent 3 star reads it doesn't match up. I really wanted to like this book and be lost in this future world. It j
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
set aside @ 23%

I really want to read this soon, buuuut I've been at 23% for over a month so I'm setting it aside for now.
A group of young.. for lack of a better word ..terrorists, hijack a student shuttle in an attempt to take hostage of a VIP student as a means to gain access to a huge starship for their family to create a home in.
Right off the bat we have so many names, and spaceship names and political party names that I was almost put off trying to keep everything straight in my head. I stuck with it and I am glad I did, this was an exciting sci-fi horror, with lots going on.
Our main pseudo terrorist is Zahra
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Are we sure this wasn’t ya? If a love triangle was thrown in it would be.

I didn’t care a fig about the characters. The world building was non existent.

But space! And twists.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those who like to journey into the future to the stars and beyond, Kali Wallace has a science fiction tale filled with mystery, intrigue and the possible final demise of humanity, SALVATION DAY.

After almost completely destroying Earth’s ability to maintain life, ships were sent out to explore other avenues of survival, but one exploration vessel became a tomb for its inhabitants, killed by a deadly virus, now condemned to space as so much flotsam. Now one group will discover the truth about
Liz Busby
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
**received an ARC for the Penguin Reader Panel at ECCC 2019**

I could see that this book could be really good to a certain kind of reader. It's really not in my wheelhouse, so I enjoyed it, but don't think it's anything amazing.

The plot of this book was enjoyable with lots of twists and turns. Very satisfying resolution.
Fast paced. I actually got through this really quickly, which is hard for me lately.
The writing is very cinematic. This is the kind of book that would make a great mo
2+ stars. SciFi/horror. People doing Really Stupid Things on a creepy-ish deserted spaceship. It's the kind of story where it's fun to guess who will die next. Some gore, but I wouldn't call it stomach-churning.

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Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible Sci-Fi/Horror that fans of Aliens and Event Horizon should greatly enjoy. In a dystopian future, after a great cataclysm Earth has rebuilt, but many live among the stars and planets while half of the planet remains home to lesser castes. Over 10 years ago, the largest space craft designed in the modern era fell prey to a disaster killing all aboard except for one. Now, n cult-like enclave from the wastelands plans to kidnap that lone survivor and take control of the great ...more
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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cw // death of a loved one, death of a parent, blood, violence, gore, description of injuries, terrorism

In the past few months, I’ve been obsessed with horror books, so after reading the synopsis of this one, I had to give it a chance.

I think we can all agree that being in a hostage situation where nobody can help you is scary in itself, but having a mysterious virus (that you thought was over years ago) sudd
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Sci-Fi Horror? Oh yes, please! It’s also written by a woman? Just gimme, now! When one of my fellow reviewers turned me on to Salvation Day, I requested it from Netgalley pretty much immediately. I’m always on the lookout for some sci-fi horror and this looked like it would fit the bill.

Unfortunately, for just over half the book, Salvation Day and I did not get along. It isn’t that the book is badly written – because it’s not – but I didn’t like the most of the characters introduced early on, I
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of speculative science fiction
It's probably not a surprise that a plan embarked upon by members of a cult goes irrevocably wrong almost from the start but there was a lot more here than that. The ship House of Wisdom has been under armed quarantine for ten years and she has many stories to tell and secrets to reveal. Additionally, there's information on how humanity has fared and organized itself after some near-extinction level calamity and being charitable, results have been mixed. Salvation Day lays out the collision cour ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great thriller of a group of people uncovering a heavily covered up secret. There's government coverups, cults, terrorist organizations, obnoxiously smart teens, and a deadly alien parasite that can take over a human's basic functions. It's scary, thrilling, and fantastic. The best part? It's in space.

The story follows two different perspectives: a member of a cult, and a student in the group kidnapped by the cult. They each have fascinating motives that you'll both sympathize and be a
Melissa Bennett
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was like a sci-fi/mystery thriller. Lots of little twists and turns. Was enjoyable for most part and had a very rewarding ending. The biggest issue I had with the book was the constant back and forth arguing. It tended to wear on me a bit but once you get past that, it was a good story.
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not a bad book. Very fast-moving combo of horror and science fiction. Some nice stuff here. I wish the cultists had been characterized a bit more, especially their leader (who was a rather generic weirdo in the Charles Manson/Jim Jones mode). But not a bad first novel. I'll be looking for more from this author. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Premise had promise ... But in the end couldn't care less for the characters due to the writing ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was very suspenseful and quite creepy. A ghost ship in space in which everyone was killed by some unknown pathogen? Yes, please! The story went in a bit of a different direction than I was expecting but in a good way. I ended up really liking both of the main characters and appreciated seeing their differing perspectives of the same events. I don't want to reveal anything more and spoil it so I'll just say that they both felt justified in their actions and humans are often just as scary as ...more
There are a lot of things I'm not reading right now, including anything involving plagues or pandemics, apocalypse stories, post-apocalypse stories, and things that are scary. There's a time and place for all of that, and this is definitely not the time and my brain is definitely not the place.

Salvation Day contains everything I just listed. I couldn't read it at night if I wanted a chance at sleeping. The entire story revolves around a disease. The world it is set in has survived one apocalyps
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thriling surprise!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley.

Salvation Day is a sci-fi adventure story that focuses on a derelict starship. It takes place in what seems to be pretty far in the future, after humanity nearly failed in "The Collapse", but was able to pull itself together and eventually get back into space. Just what happened during The Collapse is only hinted at. It's one of those things that you wish you'd get more details on, but is largely left to the imagination. Seems to be a com
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Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and She is the author of the dark, fantastical teen novels Shallow Graves (2016) and The Memory Trees (2017), as well as the middle grade fantasy adventure C ...more

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