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The Worst of All Possible Worlds

(The Salvagers #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  48 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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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!
Delaney Felix
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
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.
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
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
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My breath was held the whole freaking time. It's pretty damned amazing that this series has been such a thrill ride but also just a lovely group of characters to hang out with. The humanity and the love and the warmth is here but so is exciting fights and action. A real balancing act that was incredibly successful.

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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
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
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
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
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed the trilogy, and highly recommend reading all three within a (relatively) short time span (especially since they're all out), since it's basically a single story arc. Especially noteworthy for the character development and interactions: you enjoy hanging with these folks.

My only quibble is the one I made in previous reviews: I just don't feel like there's enough physical scene-setting in the action set pieces. Bits of detail keep jerking me out of the scenes, as I took them in
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great way to end one of my favourite modern science fiction series. The crew of the capricious are still working toward vanquishing their enemies with immense world-ending powers, find a possible hope in the legend of Origin and finding the initial colony ship sent out from it as it may contain a way to save humanity. It's a great ending to the series, with lots of action, heart, and a fantastic galaxy hopping story. Much like its tag-line, it is the closest thing to a firefly-like story that ...more
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Part three of a trilogy. This is not stand alone. You must read parts 1 and 2 for this to make any sense.

An exciting conclusion. I am not always a fan of supernatural magic in a storyline, but every now and then it is something in the presentation that seems to click for me. This is one of those times.

I had some difficulty getting back into the storyline. It was likely due to the break between when I read book #2 and waiting for the release of #3. That is the big reason I prefer to binge read a
Christian Freed
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one got a little more complex than the first two. A little too magicky for me but still enjoyed the storyline. One thing I always find interesting is the way an author (and I might guilty of this as well) takes an almost invincible bad guy and lets them get beaten just because the good guys team up to work together. If the baddie is that powerful don't you think he or she would have just wiped out the opposition? Anyway, this concludes the Salvager series and they were entertaining, packed ...more
A strong finish. This books builds on the others in the series. It has little references that serve as reminders. However, these are not recap paragraphs but instead the kind of references that people would make, and they fit in smoothly. People have consequences for what they have done before and do now. Sometimes people make DUMB decisions but dumb in character ones. It's great and wonderful. Found family, queer content, incredible fight scenes, character development, and more. It really ties ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to one of my favorite recent series! This one gets even more into magic and fantasy than the prior two, which are primarily in the "magic as an alternative to science and electricity" camp. I would love some appendices or supplemental material about how magic works in this world.

Other than a painfully embarrassing Flashdance scene meant to serve as catharsis about halfway through this final instalment, and a few concerns about disability representation, The Salvagers is all in
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-books-i-own
4.25⭐ This was a great conclusion to a series I really enjoyed overall! However, as I've become a more character driven reader since starting this series, I found myself not connected with the the characters on that deeper level I now crave. This was not due to a lack of complexity, but more just not enough time spent with them/in their heads to feel super invested, along with the fast paced plot taking the focus. I did love the combination of sci-fi and fantasy elements here though and would lo ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Don't let the fact that I took a month to finish this book fool you - that was due to gearing up to teach students in multiple locations at the same time and then starting the process; my brain couldn't keep up with much reading. This third book in the trilogy earns all of its moments, based on the work White did in the previous two volumes. Obviously, you shouldn't start here. Go back to the first book and you won't be sorry reading this whole series.
Richard Paugh
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know why I'm writing a review because if you've read the first two books then you know this one is going to be good and will read it regardless of any review. And it is. All the adventure, heart, and great characters come together again to finish the trilogy strong. The only bad thing about this book is that it's the end of a trilogy. I could read ten more of these books if Alex wrote them.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book on vacation, which is the perfect way to read this book series. This is a great hanging out in a comfy chair backyard / poolside / beach magical sci-fi read. I think this series was really nicely even throughout, the characters were all fun and played well off each other. Overall, just really enjoyed every one of these books that came out and definitely have become a fan of the author's.

I really hate to do reviews like "if you love this book series, you'll love this too!", so I
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.4 stars. A fun, action-packed enjoyable romp with just enough dark notes to make it interesting. Not all that complex, but good sci fi junk food. Some of the Wlw content borders on leer / creeper for me, but maybe that isn’t fair. I still appreciate a functional wlw couple and a gender fluid person portrayed as desirable. Recommended.
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Still enormously entertaining and wonderfully diverse in a way I look for in my SF, but I don't think it quite sticks the landing set up in the first two books. A bit too long, a bit too RPG-ish, could have just been a bit more precise and satisfying. Still recommend this series, but sadly best was not saved for last.
Frank Burns
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The quality is maintained and the series ends well. There isn't much more to say about these books that I haven't already said. Hollywood style, great fun reads that just speed along. Definite recommend for all 3.
Alex Dahl

Unlike previous entries in the series this one feels far more cliche. The whole ending is a bit of a letdown but if you've read the series so far it's probably worth finishing. Just don't be surprised if you're disappointed. Or bored.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Gets a little weird at the very end, but up to there a righteous, violent close to a righteous, violent saga. The only SF I know that has hot AI cars (motorcycles, tanks, body armor) as well as hot spaceships.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recent Reads: The Worst Of All Possible Worlds. Alex R White wraps up their Salvagers space opera. Those who would be gods are running, but the fight isn't over. With government backing the crew of the Capricious continues to clean up. It's a dangerous trail, back to the Origin.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer, space
I was looking forward to this book for months and then put off reading it for a few weeks because I didn't want the series to end. I still don't want it to end but I love the way it did and the crew happy fuzzy moments in between all the saving the universe stuff. I love this crew.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
dang, what a way to close out a trilogy! this was great. balancing a lot of disparate tones, seamlessly. light, rich, intricate, fast, funny, heartbreaking. also, a satisfying amount of attention to the resolution & unanswered questions. definitely looking forward to white's next project. ...more
Robert Underwood
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
Absolutely full throttle from the first page. Exceptional finale to one of the best science fiction trilogies written. How there isn't a bidding war between HBO, Netflix, and Amazon to bring this series to screen is a true mystery to me.
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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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