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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  73 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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Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tucker by: Berkley Publishing Group

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
Michelle Morrell
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
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
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
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
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
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
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

At this point, it doesn't seem like I'll ever tire of reading space thrillers, and Salvation Day proved to be yet another thrilling one that kept me hooked throughout.

Salvation Day is a fast-paced adventure in space following a disparate group of people with a variety of different motivations at play. The concept of violent, lethal virus existing on a spaceship and becoming a huge threat is not the most original one to exist among thrillers in spac
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
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got to read an advanced copy of this novel as part of the ECCC Penguin Book Club panel. I'm eager to discuss this book at the convention in a month. Until then, I'll just comment that I read it in a day.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a free ARC that was given to a friend of mine at the Penguin/Random House booth at ECCC. I got a couple of my own and so far they've all been at the very least good and a couple of them have been great.

This story includes a lot of familiar sci fi elements and tropes, but the story is fast paced and immersive and the characters aren't standard issue space thriller cliches. The story takes place in a world where, 400 years previously, humanity managed to bring themselves to the brink of
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
Scott Whitmore
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is wholly appropriate that Salvation Day is slated for a July release as it is akin to a Summer Blockbuster popcorn movie: fast-paced with plenty of action, plot twists and surprise reveals. But unlike so many of those movies, author Kali Wallace’s lead characters are fleshed-out and subject to complex feelings and motivations. It was a captivating and wholly enjoyable read.

This review is based on an advance copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley for that purpose. The book will be
Camie Bailey
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for ECCC book club. I will admit, it took me several attempts to get through the first 30 pages, the conversations read more like a screenplay and it took me awhile to warm up to some of the characters. Overall the author was great at keeping the voices of the interwoven stories separate. A few characters and the political history left me wanting to know more. It’s surprising how much was covered in so little pages, I would have loved another 100 or more pages to tie up a few loo ...more
Tanya Procknow
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Netgalley. In a future world a group decides to take over a space exploration vessel that was abandoned after a virus leaves only one survivor. As they attempt to take control of the ship they find the truth is very different. It had some good twists and an ending that caught me by surprise. I enjoyed it and will recommend it to sci-fi/suspense/adventure readers.
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.

Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer - I received an ARC of this book to read prior to a review event at Emerald City Comic Con. I was unable to make the event due to last minute complications and waited till after the con to post this.

Proposed book subtitle - The *one* time a self destruct mechanism would have been helpful.

A while back we nearly rendered Earth uninhabitable. Colony ships were sent out to different interstellar locations the slow way to find a new home while others stayed to clean up our mess. It worke
Depending on what time zone you're in, it's either this book's birthday ... or it isn't ... and I'm OKAY WITH SQUISHY TIME PARADOXES ALRIGHT?

Now that that's out of the way, I thought I ought to celebrate this book the way it deserves to be celebrated, which is a lot, and possibly with a late-night binge-watch of the remaining Stranger Things episodes in my queue. I mean, claustrophobic body horror in space isn't all that different from claustrophobic body horror in a 1980s basement, is it?

This b
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: science-fiction and horror fans
I've read one of Kali Wallace's previous YA books, Shallow Graves, about a teenage girl who wakes up after being murdered and discovers she can see auras around bad people, leading her into a paranormal world she never knew existed. I thought it was great so when I saw that this book was coming out I was totally willing to give it a chance, perhaps even eager.

Salvation Day is Wallace's first adult novel and boy, is it a ride. Set many centuries in Earth's future, it takes a lot of my favourite s
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set hundreds of years into the future, after the world as we know it has returned from a massive collapse, Salvation Day is told from two points of view. First there is Zahra, a young woman, who has spent the last 10 years hiding with her mother and siblings among a cult like group of people on the outskirts of civilization. They have been there since the world blamed her father for releasing a virus in the spaceship House of Wisdom, which left hundreds dead. Zahra knows her father was innocence ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
An abandoned spaceship is haunted by a deadly viral past, but the wide-spread orders for citizens to remain away from it make it seem as if it could be a relatively safe harbor from governmental interference in Kali Wallace's Salvation Day. 

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:

A decade ago, House of Wisdom, a large exploration vessel was abandoned after a deadly outbreak of a virus that infected and killed nearly everyone aboard in a mat
Kelsey Smellsy
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this at a local convention.

In Salvation Day's universe, humanity Really Screwed Up in the past, destroying the Earth to such a degree that leaving felt like the most viable course of action. Ships headed out into space to settle, and those left behind vowed to stabilize the planet and formed the Councils. But not everyone fell under the Council's banner. The plot revolves around two main leads, one from each side of the political-philosophy and (therefore)
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Although I do enjoy science fiction, I haven’t read much of the genre lately. Perhaps that’s why I welcomed the chance to read Salvation Day. I was not disappointed. Told from two alternating perspectives, it’s the story of a small group of hostages and their captors aboard a huge spaceship that had been abandoned ten years prior when everyone, except one little boy, died in a matter of hours from a virus outbreak. As this group slowly awaken the behemoth, they are facing not only what attacked ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Salvation Day is a space opera thriller set in the future.  The story is told in alternating chapters by the two main characters. Zahra and Jas are linked by their past and now in the present.  They have never met really, but some of the same events are key to both their lives.

I had a little of the first book syndrome where I tr
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Future politics and rebellion

Maybe it's because I'm so sick of all politics right now and that colored my opinion of this book but I had a hard time being excited by it.

Earth went through the Collapse four hundred years ago and what's left is the haves and the have-nots - the people living under the umbrella of the United Councils of Earth and then the people not allowed into their elite group who live in the wastelands.

One of the groups, actually a cult, led by an insane zealot somehow gets an
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Salvation Day starts off at a fast pace and doesn’t let up, there isn’t a single slow moment in all 320 pages. The story is told from two points of view. There is Zahra, who is from the Wastelands of North America. She is a member of a cult who are among the outcasts of current civilization, who are looking for a home. And there is Jas, an orphan and the sole survivor of a tragic viral outbreak on a spaceship. He represents the civilization that Zahra’s cult family ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
So I am not sure where to land my rating on this. I don't read science fiction. I enjoy certain science fiction and I really, really dislike most science fiction. My problem being that I'm never sure how to determine which I will like or dislike before I invest my time. I don't enjoy reading when I have to think too hard and sometimes the world building in science fiction is too complicated for me. So, generally, I stay away from it. But when this came available to me (free) I thought I would gi ...more
4/5 stars.

A deeply thoughtful and fantastic story showcasing humanity's limits in expedition, communication, and greed. Zahra's half of the story focuses on the world as viewed through the lens of a young woman drawn into a cult in hopes of saving her family, while Jas' half of the story focuses on living as a ghost of a tragedy.

The way these two stories come together, in the midst of horror, tragedy, and suspense, was fantastic, and the contrasts of their characters were great. I thought the re
Lizzy B
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this as part of the ECCC book club! Super cool idea

Goes at a thrilling pace, the type that makes you think, "When do they go to the bathroom?"

Well-structured plot. I went into reading this thinking it was a debut author and then was like, "wait, this is too good," and checked her bio. The story elements are masterfully woven, especially when at first it seems like there are two/three different stories (nay, genres) going on.

The mystery of the ship virus is clever. I didn't see it comin
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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 adventu ...more
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