By Cynthia Bujnicki
Rosalyn has left her past behind after a horrible incident at her father’s company with an ex-boyfriend. Now a “space janitor,” she cleans up ill-fated space expeditions. This includes the Brigantine, which went dead in space. Except it has not. Roslin discovers that an alien parasite has infected the crew. With the few remaining conscious crew members, Roslin devises a plan that will either destroy the parasite or humanity.
Salvaged is the perfect novel for fans of The Expanse. Following a deeply flawed character, the novel has an evenly paced story, albeit a slow beginning. It is not clear the direction of the novel as it begins by drawing allusions to the character’s past in brief snippets. While slow, the snippets do allow the reader to connect to Roslin. Her biggest flaw is her alcoholism, which is the catalyst for why she is on this salvage mission. It is her last chance to prove to her employer that she can get clean and do the job. What she does not expect is to get caught up in a power struggle between humans and an alien parasite.
Once the direction of the novel becomes clear, the pacing of the story and the tension rise, this leads to an engaging narrative and intriguing character dynamics. Roslin may be the main protagonist, but her perspective is not the only one explored. By giving insight into other perspectives, the author creates a well rounded and diverse cast. The author ensures that these characters resonate off the pages. She makes it easy to follow the progression of the story through the eyes of these characters.
As a Sci-Fi adventure, the novel is quite successful. It has not only incredible tension but also has superb character development. Salvaged is exceptionally paced and thoroughly engaging. (★★★★☆)