Please join us for a reading and signing with author Alexandra Duncan featuring her newly released YA novel, SALVAGE. The book focuses on a girl who has been explicitly raised on a space merchant ship until she is banished from their ranks, and forced to survive on her own on Earth that is now encompassed by an unstable climate.
“Epic in scope and intimate in execution, Salvage is an astonishing debut. Duncan expertly crafts a story of the journey to claim oneself across the infinite expanses of both space and the human heart.”
—Kiersten White, author of the New York Times best-selling Paranormalcy trilogy
Sixteen-year-old Ava has spent her whole life aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, where polygamy, hard labor, and illiteracy are the norm. When Ava receives the news that she is to be married, she holds out hope that her childhood friend, Luck, will be her future husband. However, a passionate encounter causes Ava’s people to turn against her.
In SALVAGE, Ava is faced with betrayal, banishment, and her own death. With no other recourse, she runs for her life. With help from a surprising source, Ava buys her way onto a delivery ship and escapes to Earth, where climate change has ravaged the land. She soon finds herself in the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean, at a disadvantage and weakened by her life in deep space. She’s unable to read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity.
With nothing for certain in this strange and hard existence on Earth, can Ava find a way to survive? Will she ever see Luck or her childhood home again? How will she build a future when her own past may have been built on lies?
SALVAGE is a sweeping and harrowing literary science fiction novel. Surprising and thought-provoking, with a feminist twist, its exploration of choice and consequences, rebellion, family, and finding a place for oneself in the world will appeal to fans of Across the Universe, by Beth Revis, and The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
Alexandra Duncan is a science fiction and fantasy writer. Salvage is her first novel. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty – pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You may visit her online at www.alexandra-duncan.com.
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death.