A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (The Salvagers #1)
By: Alex White
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she might have stumbled on something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.
Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses the murder of a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah only has one lead: the killer also hunts a woman named Boots.
On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.
In the midst of figuring out which books in my summer to-read queue I should read next, I decided to start reading this book. Figured I was in a sci-fi kind of mood 🙂
I wanted to like this book. It reminded me of Firefly at times–which I think I remember reading it pitched that way somewhere–and there were a lot of interesting elements in this novel, like the mix of technology and magic. But the story never really piqued my interest: moving from point A to point B in the story felt like it went on forever, characters were antagonistic for a good chunk of the novel (it was wearying after a few chapters), didn’t find myself rooting for the characters per se to be invested enough to really care. I’m not sure how I managed to read through it, maybe because the only thing that really interested me in the book (and why it got a second star from me) was Boots and Cordell’s scenes. There’s a lot of history and tenuous issues there from the war that I wouldn’t mind exploring a book about.
Otherwise…Yeah, I don’t know how I got to the end of the book but sadly I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would’ve.