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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  99 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
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
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
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
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
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'ssuper 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
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
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
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 on. Not really alive, but sort of zombies controlled by an alien intelligence.

Pretty good. Some tension, and a good portrayal of claustrophobia.
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 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, fiction, bt-e-book
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.
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
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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 ...more
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 greed
Lisa Mandina
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
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
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Apr 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
This. Sounds. Amazing ...more
The Book Dad
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Talk about eerie feels, Salvaged gave me the creeps. This was definitely one of the better science fiction novels I’ve read. ALL HAIL THE CLUSTER! There’s nothing like mind-altering parasitic aliens to give a person the hee bee jee bees. Madeleine Roux provides a slow and steady creep that strips away all forms of comfort. Sci-fi is a tricky genre in a lot of ways, I find the plot gets sacrificed for world-building and so I applaud the author for sticking to the story. I wasn’t a big fan of the ...more
Laura (crofteereader)
{Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review}

The first 30% hooked me hard. We start out with someone vacuuming up liquified human remains like it's just another day's work? Plus we get some interesting hints to deeper secrets and a dark past? Yes please. The first act had solid pacing and Rosalyn was a character that intrigued me (reminded me a lot of Ren from Planetfall: brilliant but also terribly alone and broken). Also, yay for diversity!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is exactly what I wanted from a sci-fi. Deep space, deadly fungus, crazy or crazed I should say characters, isolation, a bit of gore, and a lot of deep psychological thoughts.

This wasn't a really an adventure through space, more of psychological torture in a ship. A salvager, Rosalyn is sent on her last chance trip to a ship that supposedly dead. She's told to look for secrets, and try and figure out what happened, or why. What she finds is not a really dead ship, but a fungus that's
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-r-c, dnf
*this arc was given to me by netgalley in exchange for a honest review*

I don’t think that sci-fi is for me. There are a few books in the genre that I have really come to love, but others are just fine with me. When I first found out that Roux was coming out with a sci-fi novel, I was really excited to give it a try. I’m a huge fan of her House of Furies series and was really interested to see her take on this genre, plus to read her writing an adult novel.

I can honestly say this certain was
Karen M
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a book with sexy aliens or space cowboys, boy have you got the wrong book! This is pure classic science fiction as in outer-space, evil parasites and how the heck are we going to get out of this mess. I loved it!

This book pulled me in and held me down and entertained me from beginning to end with it well-drawn characters and it’s unusual storyline. Our humans are completely screwed up one way or another but they still manage to persevere and some of them even survive.

Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!
The story follows Rosalyn, a salvager (aka corporate sponsored space janitor). Past events brought her to edges of space to a job she is technically overqualified for, but is on the brink of losing because she can't stop trying to drink bad memories away. Her "second chance" mission is to clean up a ship called The Brigantine where the crew has perished under bizarre circumstances. What she finds on that ship is horrifying and catapults her into a desperate journey of
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
An out of control parasite vs. a janitor

It is the year 2269 and the people of Earth have conquered space travel.

Bioengineer Rosalyn Devar leaves her rich father's company after being attacked and not believed and ends up as a crew and ship salvaging job - basically a space janitor.

She get back from cleaning up the remains of two ship's crews and is sent out right away to a third ship that has broadcast that all the crew are dead.

Things go wrong from the beginning and Rosalyn soon finds herself
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
"Rosalyn had endured disappointing birthdays before, but never one in ankle-deep corpse sludge."

I can't say I wasn't warned, as the book opens with the protagonist standing in ankle-deep corpse sludge, but this book reads like a B horror movie. I wouldn't mind the gore if the intrigue was top notch but I found plot elements so far fetched. The action is written fairly well, but the over arching story elements had me eye rolling all over the place. I just frankly did not care for this book, and
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even Space needs a janitor once and awhile. In Salvaged, Rosalyn Devar, is on the job with liquid courage. On her last forensic cleanup things didn't go so well and she only has one more opportunity to prove herself. When the latest call comes in for science spaceship the Brigantine, she is eager and sober. Once aboard things erupt with blue intensity as the science experiment has become self-aware, invades and corrals the remaining crew in a hive-like mind in service to the Mother. Rosalyn is ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a solid read. I wasn't left with any gaping plotholes or huge questions. It was suspenseful and I loved the characters. There were some great moments that made me real uncomfortable (but in a consensual I-kept-reading kind of way).

But the story wasn't quite what I expected? It's on me, completely, 100%. I expected zombies and the novel wasn't quite zombies. I expected running around a ship in terror and this was more of an internalized humans-are-scary terror. I wanted plausible science
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is, at its heart, about a flawed woman/human finding her true strength and brilliance, then embracing it. That is a theme I can get behind. The setting is dark and gritty. The characters are fully realized and compelling. The story is familiar, but has a twist all its own. Roux certainly knows how to write a cinematic story. It's worth a read
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars for this outer-space tale of an alien fungus taking over people's mind on a spaceship. A small bit horror and a larger bit thriller, with a cool narrator and an interesting backstory and even a small bit of romance (obviously a hostile alien takeover is the BEST time to meet people!).
Nicole Alycia
4.5/5 stars
It loses that half a star because I thought the ending was a tad predictable.
Otherwise I thought this was a great read! I love books that take place in outer space and this was an action packed thriller with a space disease! I enjoyed the characters and the overall story. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt but for a standalone it gave you what you needed.
I’m looking forward to Madeleine Roux’s next adventure!
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New York Times Bestselling Author of the ASYLUM series, Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, Sadie Walker Is Stranded and the upcoming House of Furies series.

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
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