An Awesome 14-er!

December 18th, 2014 • Kate

Savage CompAnother great two-fer giveaway today! Alexandra Duncan’s debut Salvage was recommended to me by the fabulous Stephanie Perkins, whose blurb called it “kick-ass, brilliant, feminist science fiction.” All that, plus a multi-cultural story that soars from the star-filled galaxy, to the garbage-strewn oceans, to teaming, steamy Mumbai. You can read the first few chapters here, or comment below to win one of two galleys!

Still need convincing that it’s awesome? Check out this review from Publishers Weekly:

Duncan makes an excellent debut with a novel that’s part feminist polemic and part coming-of-age adventure. In a space-faring future, supply ship “crewes” have developed into patriarchal tribes, with strict gender roles and a mythology to justify them: “Women of the air, stay aloft,” the girls of the vessel Parastrata are warned. Ava is considered to be deviant for several reasons: she is of suspect Earthly descent, and she has a knack for both math and mechanical engineering, disciplines that are forbidden to women on her ship. After further transgressing Parastrata’s laws through a romantic encounter, she is cast out into the Void. With a fierce desire to survive and with the help of a female spaceship captain named Perpétue, Ava escapes space for the deadly gravity of Earth, where she eventually discovers emotional, sexual, and intellectual liberation. Duncan’s thoroughly realized setting and subtle control of Ava’s voice result in a powerfully immersive story that uses its far-future SF premise to thoughtfully explore gender politics.

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21 Responses to “An Awesome 14-er!”

  1. Sarah Meral Says:

    You had me at science fience and star-filled galaxy 🙂

  2. DaphneUn Says:

    New Blog Post: An Awesome 14-er!

  3. Emily Says:

    I absolutely adore this book – I’m trying to make everyone I know read it!

  4. Kate Says:

    Congrats! Now you have another copy to loan out! (Will send you an email.)

  5. Jordyn Says:

    Definitely sounds awesome! 🙂

  6. Megan Reyes Says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for MONTHS!!!!!! Seriously, ever since Stephanie Perkins gave it a shout out on her blog. I would seriously LOVE A COPY. It sounds so fantastic!

  7. Sciley Says:

    RT @DaphneUn: New Blog Post: An Awesome 14-er!

  8. Erin Says:

    Sounds wicked good!

  9. Nicole Says:

    Sounds interesting!

  10. Julia Muldoon Says:

    I love Stephanie Perkins. Clearly I must want this too!!!

  11. Kate Says:

    You got it! Will send you an email.

  12. Lauren James Says:

    Omg. I’ve been dying to read this for MONTHS. So excited for this book.

  13. Laura Jennings Says:

    Oooh count me in this sounds AMAZING! <3

  14. DaphneUn Says:

    Fourteenth: the fantastic feminist SALVAGE by @DuncanAlexandra

  15. luxguardians Says:

    RT @DaphneUn: Fourteenth: the fantastic feminist SALVAGE by @DuncanAlexandra

  16. appifanie Says:

    RT @DaphneUn: Fourteenth: the fantastic feminist SALVAGE by @DuncanAlexandra

  17. Tyler Says:


    (really, i’m done. nothing left to say.)

  18. DuncanAlexandra Says:

    RT @DaphneUn: Fourteenth: the fantastic feminist SALVAGE by @DuncanAlexandra

  19. arielleishere Says:

    RT @DaphneUn: Fourteenth: the fantastic feminist SALVAGE by @DuncanAlexandra

  20. Ileana A. Says:

    Kick ass science fiction? Yes, please 😀

  21. Cowmage Says:

    This book has been on my to-read list for a while…