Salvaged by Madeleine Roux (Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller)

A Fantastic and Interesting Sci-Fi Read

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve been eyeing this one up for a while – I didn’t read too much about it, I just knew based on the cover that it was something I wanted to check out.  Then when I saw that Emily Woo Zeller was narrating it I was completely sold.  So, having not read anything into it, the book was fascinating to me feeling similar enough to other books I’ve read while also being completely new and unique in its own way.

Salvaged is one of those books that feels like we’ve been here before.  It tells of an ‘alien’ lifeform, but not the type of aliens that we’re expecting. It tells of a takeover but not like any takeover you’re used to reading. Roux wrote an insanely complex and interesting story.  The story of salvage recovery could have been its own story to itself. Throw in the substance abuse and story (that we hear much later in the book) from Rosalyn and that could have been its own story, too.  But then throw in the third and most interesting part of the book – mix it with the two others I mentioned and you have an insanely deep book that covers a lot of ground in 12 hours.

I liked this book a lot.  It was a book that made my skin crawl one moment and the next it was lulling me into a false sense of security.  Roux was able to build up such suspense that by the end I honestly couldn’t have guessed the ending if I’d tried.  Twists and turns throughout really helped bring the suspense home.

Emily Woo Zeller did a fantastic job with this one. Roux wrote such complex characters and an especially unique and interesting main character. I don’t know if a lot of other narrators could have nailed Rosalyn the way that Zeller did.

Overall, a fantastic and interesting sci-fi read. One that’ll intrigue me for days to come.

Book Description:

A woman on the run. A captain adrift in space. One of them is infected with an alien parasite.

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’s taken a position as a “space janitor”, cleaning up ill-fated research expeditions. But no matter how far she goes, Rosalyn can’t escape herself. After too many mistakes on the job, she’s given one last chance: take care of salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead.

But the Brigantine’s crew are very much alive – if not entirely human. Now, Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien. The captain, Edison Aries, seems to still maintain some control over himself and the crew, but he won’t be able to keep fighting much longer. Rosalyn and Edison must find a way to stop the parasite’s onslaught…or it may take over the entire human race.

“Salvaged scared the hell out of me, and I write horror for a living! Madeleine Roux conjures real darkness with a brilliant novel that any fan of ALIEN will simply devour. Brava!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of V-Wars and Rage)

Salvaged by Madeleine Roux
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
Published by Penguin Audio on October 15th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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