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The Worst of All Possible Worlds

(The Salvagers #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,335 ratings  ·  147 reviews
The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series.

The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run.

With devastatingly powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, Nilah and Boots struggle to piece together rumors of an ancient technology t
Paperback, 487 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Orbit
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars ⭐️. Enjoyed the hell outta this trilogy!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
This is a solid cross-genre book and trilogy, with a highly modern sense of character relationships and diversity. Though not aways to my taste, the author did a superb job of building a spacefaring crew that many readers can connect with, even if I personally did not develop any attachments to them. As in the prior books, the blistering action scenes are the real highlights, including space fleet battles, freeway chases, hand-to-hand and magical combat. Alex White writes excellent high-octane m ...more
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Epic in scope, non-stop action, mysteries unveiled, this is one exhilarating space-opera spiced with an awesome combination of technology and magic. I think that this is the best book in the entire trilogy. Brilliant pacing, awesome character interactions, and a perfect blend of grimness and humour that shines through big intergalactic battles and politics.

This last book deals with the mysteries of Origin and magic. The revelations were amazing, and some of the descriptions were surreal. I loved
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great ending of the great series. It was good to see my favourtie space crew once again and go with them on another adventure. If you liked previous installments, you will love this one. There's non stop action with a lot of humor, but also many heart-stopping moments. It is hard to read a book if you love characters so much that you want them all to survive to the end. Did they make it? REad it and find out! ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-the-book
This series has everything that I love! Magic, adventure in space, founding family with amazing characters and humor. Going to miss them all so much. It is actionpacked badassery from start to finish, but definitely also with tender moments. This series goes on my reread pile.
Review for The Worst of All Possible Worlds by Alex White

Thank you so much to Orbit for sending me an e-copy of this to read and review! All opinions are my own.

Trigger Warnings (TW): For violence, murder, and fighting, talk of struggling with drinking, smoking.

“The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series.

The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run.

With devasta
Kristin B. Bodreau
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
As delightfully flawed in the last book as it was in the first. The characters are believably human while also being caricatures of themselves. The plot lines are crazy. The magic doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense (particularly since this is primarily a sci-fi book.) The action scenes were improbable. And I loved every single second of it. These people get wrangled into saving the world and they kind of love it, but also definitely hate it. They absolutely love each other, and want to punch ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Worst of All Possible Worlds, the final book in The Salvagers trilogy, and the final piece of my heart shattered knowing it’s over. It’s like losing Firefly all over again, but at least I got an actual ending this time around.

Alex White is a brilliant writer. This magic based science fiction has everything - obviously magic, and space - but we have diverse characters, found family, adventure, excitement, truly unnerving villains. Their writing is engaging and entertaining, and you can’t tur
Timothy Spruill
Apr 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this series, I did not think I was going to like it. Who mixes magic and space stuff? Sounds crazy. The good kind of crazy!! I hope Alex keeps writing stuff like this. Even if they started a new series that was similar but not the same people, like Scalzi does, that would be just fine with me. As far as the story goes, this reminded me a lot of Battlestar Galactica in how it starts off bad, gets worse, and then never lets up. When did it become normal to tear up while reading a bo ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hello. I would like to report a robbery...OF MY HEART. To follow is a disgustingly gushy slash good review of this, the third and final book in The Salvagers series, coming soon once I retrieve all my feelings.

How dare, Alex White. How dare. (And thank you!!!)

Ok. Feelings retrieved.

Well, it's happened. THE WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS has soared to the very top, the apex, the peak of my favorite sci-fi reads of the year, and, as a result, Alex White has permanently stolen my heart. If you see th
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
yeah, found myself drifting while listening to this one. The story was not as engaging as the first 2. Still an interesting story but just not as good as the first.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved the trilogy! I'm not really sure why ,but from the first book I couldn't stop! ...more
Feb 06, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Ashamed to be adding this to my to-read list only now which is also a year after reading book 2, wow
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, read-in-21
I read this in 2019, after a major, mind-fucking, too-good-to-be-true, pinch-me-because-I'm-either-dreaming-or-stoned, conversation via Twitter that has led to a crazy fucking cool friendship with the author.

People who've been around for some years know how absolutely obsessed I became with this series after reading A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. Recommended by a friend who has almost impeccable taste in reading, and has consistently recommended some of my all-time favorites. I went i
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just as enjoyable as the first two, and probably the one with the best pacing and most coherent plot. The Worst of All Possible Worlds wraps up the Salvagers trilogy quite well, retaining the kinetic action and memorable characters from the first two while offering what I felt was the best of the three stories. White's prose reads like it's waiting to be turned into a movie, and I mean that in the best possible way - it's cinematic, compelling, and rarely bogs down. While I saw a certain big eve ...more
Ashley (gotbookcitement)

I did it. I finished a series! Hooray!
I enjoyed this. I wish that I had read all the books in the series more close together, just so I could remember stuff. My own fault. I'm not good at bingeing series. I read book one, wait to read book 2, and then wait even longer to read book 3. I need breaks between the books.
There was a lot that had to happen in this last book, so much so that we didn't get to stay very long in one place. I kind of wished that we could have stayed in
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in The Salvagers series by Alex White. This series is a combination of Space Opera/Fantasy with a mixture of science and magic in a far distant future. A misfit team consisting of a treasure hunter/ex-soldier, a race car driver and the crew of the spaceship Capricious are once again on a mission to save mankind from destruction. This book is the best of the series in my opinion, except for the ending which I was disappointed in. The action is almost non-stop and the charac ...more
Taylor Rickett
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great ensembles don’t always shine in novels, but Alex White really puts together a fun crew throughout this series. It’s a high stakes and fun ride. If you like space travel, paramilitary action, interesting science and exciting, entertaining characters, check out Alex White’s series here. It’s definitely enjoyable.
Mike Reinking
Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Woke science fiction. It's a bummer. Perhaps because I only read this book and not the first two parts of the trilogy, I missed out on connecting with the story. Didn’t care about the characters or their mission. I despair of most current SF. ...more
Derek Rabel
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
Really enjoyed the book, great characters and a fantastic wrap up for the trilogy.
Victoria Hawco
May 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty. Shiny.
Jul 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars really...
Paul Calhoun
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escalates a little hard and then has to backtrack to keep things even. I feel a bit bad for Boots by the end, and I really feel bad for the hamburger truck. I liked the character of Witts as far as we saw him; he's one of the most believable villains I've read in a long time. ...more
Aug 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book, and the trilogy it caps off, was beautiful in so many ways. To get the most basic pieces out of the way, this is a book about adventure, death defying escapes, glory, saving the universe, found family, being true to yourself, and making it up as you go. The characters within these pages are alive and well in so many ways, and they drag you along for a nonstop, mile a minute ride that has no comparisons. If you've ever longed for a touch of magic in your sci-fi, if you're aching for a ...more
Nov 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
5 enthusiastic stars!

I’m going to gush again about this series. Fair warning. It’s seriously just that freaking amazing. It’s got friendship and romance and sacrifice and heroism and betrayal and action and magic and sci fi and somehow it’s all cohesive and so fantastically fun to read.

“Jealousy is for losers that can’t keep a girl happy. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s date night and we’re making custom grenades together.” LOL, I love these weirdos. This quote is from Orna about Nila. They’re su
Katie Allison
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The Worst of All Possible Worlds is an amazing, action-packed ending to an extremely entertaining trilogy. What I loved most about this series and this story is that I had absolutely no clue as to how it was going to end - and it ended in the best of all possible endings. The characters are all so genuine and vibrant, and I absolutely fell in love with them all over again in this book. The setting is a perfect mash-up of sci-fi, tech and magic. The plot is engaging, and the pacing is br ...more
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to this trilogy was kind of perfect?

The entire trilogy depended on the reader completely suspending belief about what was "real" and how often the characters managed to do the impossible and complete tasks that you literally couldn't do. Part of the reason it was so enjoyable and not completely ridiculous is because people died along the way. There was a cost for a majority of the characters to escape from these ridiculous situations. The ending was really no different.

(view spoi
Andy Coleman
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Why the hell is Hollywood remaking movies when there are stories like this that would be perfect for the big screen? This series has gotten bigger and better with each book, and this story was a perfect end for it all.

You've got the same lovable group back together fighting the same "gods" that have been a pain in the universe's ass for the whole series. But, if you can believe it, the stakes have gotten higher and the action more intense. I'm not sure I took a breath while
Daniel Lucas
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 3 comes in strong, but fizzles out a bit for me in the end. Our beloved characters are strong, funny, and endearing just as we saw in books 1 and 2, but unfortunately their plot seems to have been missing some foundation in how to conclude their story.

After waiting and waiting through 3 books to see how things end, I felt a bit cheated with the way the author decided to take things and how they cleanly snipped the story into a package and ribboned it up for us. It wasn't terrible, but felt
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Alex White was born and raised in the American south. They take photos, write music and spend hours on YouTube watching other people blacksmith. They value challenging and subversive writing, but they’ll settle for a good time.

In the shadow of rockets in Huntsville, Alabama, Alex lives and works as an experience designer with their spouse, son, two dogs and a cat named Grim. Favored past times inc

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