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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  196 reviews

In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future.

Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she's come to hate, and her messed-up life. She's run all the way to outer space, where she'
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Ace
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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Berkley Publishing Group
I appear to be in the minority here, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one! It seems that this book is more mature and darker thematically than most early readers expected, but that was definitely a plus for me. My only concern is my questions surrounding the ending, and whether or not this will be extended into a series, or if it's just intending to be ambiguous and mysterious? Either way, I highly recommend this one to fans of horror sci-fi!


*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review cop
Ann Aguirre
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, amazeballs
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book to be reading for a potential blurbed.

Readers, I blurbed it. And I don't blurb a lot of books.

I won't rehash plot details, as that's not how I review books. First, I'll provide the quote I sent:

"Salvaged is riveting and brutal, a study in scars. The masterful writing and bittersweet beauty of these characters will haunt you long after you finish reading."

TW: violence, sexual assault (off-page, backstory)

I devoured the first half of this book in a
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
I was drawn to this novel's edgy and timeless cover design since I laid my eyes on it. It didn't even take a whole chapter to suck me into the story. It had me pretty much on page one.

Rosalyn Devar doesn't have all her shit together. How do you go from being a bio-engineer with a brilliant career opportunity ahead to the workforce of space janitor, cleaning up decomposed bodies in a hazmat suit knee-deep in soupy sludge of human decay? Well, first off, the relationship with her parents is very
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
"'Ikke gi opp,' she told him, butchering the Norwegian. But she smiled and adjusted her sleeve, the door in front of them hissing open. It was time. 'Fight back.'"

Wow, I was not expecting to enjoy this so much and not for the reason I did.

So, what's this book about?

Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she's come to hate, and her messed-up life. She'
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
OK to be fair this is not my usual genre dark sci fi horror. But I have to admit I was thoroughly entertained by the story. Occasionally grossed out, but entertained nonetheless. I do not see working as a space janitor in my future. Roslyn is trying to escape her wealthy family. Leaves the family business and takes a job cleaning up space messes. When she takes on a job to clean up a “dark“ ship where there is believed to be no survivors she is faced with the unexpected. What transpires is a te ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s hard for me to write this review, because Salvaged wasn’t a bad book—but I did feel like I was sold one thing at the beginning, only to receive something completely different by the end. To elaborate, I thought I was walking into a chilling edge-of-your-seat horror, and the way the first few chapters presented themselves certainly gave substance to those hopes. But that said, as the story progressed, it slowly, gradua
I love Roux’s work. I got to 60 % in this book. Life stuff happened and I had to give the book back to the library. I’m not done yet! It was some fantabulous sci-fi, and I plan to go back to it.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF 44%

Salvaged feels like a mashup of John Carpenter's "The Thing" (with a spreading alien/human identity crisis), the desolate ship from "Event Horizon," and the protomolecule from "The Expanse."

Sounds amazing! So why didn't I like it? A few reasons.

Rosalyn wasn't a great protagonist. We get snippets of her horrible past, but we didn't get to know her personality. Instead the author focuses primarily on her current battles with alcholism and referencing the trauma she is dealing with from bein
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
"The thick, strange tentacles bursting through the office door sagged, leaving a gap wide enough to see through, wide enough to show the field of rigid, waiting obstacles in their path. It was like they had thrown a matchstick into a beehive, and now all the riled, furious insects wanted to act, wanted to sting."

Salvaged is a book that caught my attention when it was first announced. It sounded like a modern, more diverse Alien with a twist. And you know how much I fucking adore the Alien franch
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


Okay I have no idea how to review this book appropriately, because it's super entertaining but also full of action and I want to spoil absolutely nothing. So I'll do my best, yeah? Great.

Rosalyn, when we meet her, is kind of a mess. She's got an alcohol addiction, nearly getting herself fired from her job as a space janitor, cleaning up actual corpses from missions gone wrong. She li
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Rosalyn Devar is close to rock-bottom. Working a terrible bio-cleanup/salvaging job that has her dealing with human remains and dealing with a substance abuse problem. On her last chance with the salvage company she encounters the Brigantine, a research ship with a crew that's been an infected with a horrible fungus that's slowly taking them over. Rosalyn has serious demons from her past that have led to her current state, but she needs to overcome them to survive the very real danger of the fun ...more
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
The Good
– Cool concept
– Realistic and inclusive cast
– Strong beginning
– Genuinely creepy moments

The Bad
– Suffering from a bit of an identity crisis
– Roux mishandles some of her elements
– Overly wordy
– Hits Peak Creepy at 25%

Salvaged has all the right piecesit's just a good editor short of untangling them into something cohesive and effective.

Salvaged opens with Rosalyn hoovering up corpse goop.

It's a strong note to start on. Rosalyn's birthday, and she's half-drunk on the job vacuuming up
I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to. It's a claustrophobic tale aboard a spaceship, with a biological contaminant and the resulting horror, with a protagonist running from her family and some traumatic incident in her past. It's not a deep story, and it wasn't as tense or riveting as I expected it to be (I figured out the connection between the contaminant and Rosalyn very early on in the story), but I enjoyed it for what it was, and as a break between other, more challenging books.
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

An enjoyable enough read although honestly not really enough action to keep my attention entirely. I was hoping for something like The Thing meets Alien, and while that is certainly a part of the story it does seem to focus more on Rosalyn's personal issues like alcoholism, family drama, and other trauma she is currently trying to get over / run away from. I'm sure this will be a great book for people who are looking for that kind of thing, but I
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
3 Stars. I think. I mean, I liked it. But didn’t love it. I wasn’t completely invested in the characters, but did want to see how it was going to end.

I thought it’d be a clear cut ending but I’m not even sure if this is a stand alone or possibly going to be a dual book, or what??

Also, the ending felt kinda abrupt. So much to the meat of the story yet the very end felt abrupt and kinda flimsy.

Not necessarily a bad thing to leave the end of hold to let the reader come up with their own theories.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of sci-fi I love. Smart, nuanced, diverse, and an alien parasite of unknown origins messing with the main character's shit. Taking this journey with Rosalyn was not only empowering but also humbling. I identified with her hardcore, due in part to the well-written mental health rep, and because she isn't some cocky hero. This salvaging job is her last chance to change her life, and damn it if she doesn't try when the odds want to kill her.

Besides the horror elements (scary parasi
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A young woman, from a rich family rebels and becomes a crime scene cleaner on spaceships. There's a mysterious disease that causes human bodies to disintegrate, and the authorities don't want it to get out. She is sent to clean up a ship, but there are still people aboard. Not really alive, but sort of zombies controlled by an alien intelligence.

Pretty good. Some tension, and a good portrayal of claustrophobia.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, bt-e-book, fiction, 2019
Read this review and others on my blog:

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux is a science fiction adventure that takes you to outer space.

Rosalyn Devar is a woman of many talents. Daughter of a famous business-owner, Rosalyn is a bioengineer who’s on the run from her current life. She takes up a job as a salvager, which is essentially a janitor for dead bodies in space. It’s mindless work but it allows her freedom from her life on earth.

Dead bodies here. Dead bodies there. Ev
Lisa Mandina
Dec 10, 2019 marked it as dnf
I tried, this just wasn’t interesting enough to keep forcing myself through it. I won this from the publisher, I think through a Shelf Awareness newsletter giveaway. I really enjoyed other books I'd read by the author, and this one started out okay. But it soon devolved and got boring, and I just kind of gave up waiting for anything major to happen. I could totally see it as a movie, and I might still go see it since that would hopefully have some good special effects. But I just couldn't force ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie, when I first started the book, I had my doubts that I was going to like this one, much less make it to the end of it before giving up. As someone who mostly cares about characters and sees plot as secondary, I had a hard time with this one at the very beginning. I just didn’t like Rosalyn at first (even though I could guess why she fled from her family and why she became an alcoholic) and to get to know other characters through her. Their descriptions through her eyes and t ...more
Roux is an author I enjoy a lot, even though (until Salvaged) she is a YA author. Young Adult novels aren’t really my thing, but I find them much more tolerable when there is less romance and more horror. I have been reading Roux’s Asylum series, which I find very fun. When I first heard she was working on a new novel for adults, I was very intrigued. When I finally got a plot description of said book, I was basically already hooked! I’m not a huge sci-fi fan either, but I LOVE sci-fi horror and ...more
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
This is a DNF unfortunately.

It's decent enough science fiction but I was here for the scares and there didn't really seem to be, after 150 pages or so, a sense of tension building or anything truly horrific going on. Things should not be compared to Alien lightly and perhaps I had the wrong impression going in but alien spores that take over ones mind are not as scary as aliens. I don't want to be told something is monstrous, I want to read about it and be so disgusted I get there organically.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, scfi
It's been awhile since I've read what I consider a 'pure' science fiction book - and was ready for one. this was pretty darn good and hard to put down. I really like the main character (Rosalyn) a lot. I was a bit worried, from the book blurbs, that this would be similar to Alien (the movie), but other than a cracking good female lead and sublead (Misato) -I was glad that it was a different story. ... or is it?
Nova Syzygy
Jan 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
I swear I've seen this summary at least three times before...I guess standard sci-fi plots are all the same.
Jessica Strider
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pros: great characters, interesting story


On the run from her past, Rosalyn Devar took a job with Merchantia, cleaning up ships when missions go bad. Excessive drinking means this next mission is her last chance. But the Brigantine’s not the dead, drifting ship the company believes. To survive, she’ll have to face her past and a new alien threat.

If you like the claustrophobia of Alien and the mysterious alien element from The Expanse, you’ll love this book. My only complaint was that the
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
There are so many reasons that I should I loved this book. As someone who loves science fiction and horror, I normally love books that blend the two genres together. This was still a decent science fiction thriller, but simply not the five star read that I hoped that it could be.

Even though Roux normally published young adult novels, this one certainly felt like an adult novel. The writing was quite strong with a good balance between dialogue, description and action. The characters were
Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
Review copy was received from NetGalley, Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I like science fiction and Salvaged seemed like it might have the first phase of an apocalyptic change.  What I didn't consider in advance was the world-building and character aspects.  The world is one with space travel, and other advanced technologies such as bioengineering.  It is also a world with politics and gre
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you’re like me and finished Becky Chambers’s Wayfarer series wishing it was grittier, more violent, and more grounded in human suffering and redemption, have I got a novel for you!

Salvaged is sci-fi horror thriller that reads a bit like a cross between Dead Space and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: take a young woman on the run from her past and her father’s company and drop her onto a ship, and then require her to gain the trust of the ship’s captain and crew. But instead of a gentle
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
This. Sounds. Amazing 😍
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m underwhelmed.

This gave me vibes of Viscera Cleanup Detail, Alien, and the Illuminae files, with maybe a bit of The Last of Us thrown in. Basically the premise was great - trapped on a spaceship with an alien fungal parasite that makes the host go crazy! - but the execution was sorely lacking.

For one, the multiple narrators were very confusing. They all sounded virtually identical and it was hard to keep track of who was narrating. Going along with that, the jumps in time were hard to follo
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MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly af

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