Despite what the Salvagers had been informed, the crew on the Brigantine is not dead – but perhaps no longer as human as they once had been.
Salvaged by Madeleine Roux is a scifi horror novel, coming from an author who carved her niche in horror stories. At 368 pages, the book is full of suspense, hopeless situations and effectively creepy imagery. Salvaged was published on October 15th, 2019 by Ace Books. It is available in Paperback, Kindle and Audiobook versions.
Rosalyn Devar makes an unexpected career change in order to leave Earth behind. Her job as a Salvager is to clean up the dead when fatal accidents occur on ships. On one fate altering job, she discovers survivors on a ship that were thought to have been dead, and from some of the physical trauma they had been through, they really should be dead. She discovers the ship has been invaded by an alien fungus and it has infected the entire crew. The fungus has one goal; take control of its host and spread. Rosalyn finds herself stranded on the Brigantine, and heading towards a major space station where the fungus intends to add to it’s army of hosts. Not only is she fighting for her own survival, but for the future of humanity as well.
Praises and Critiques:
I was most impressed with how fleshed out all the characters were. Even Tuva, who died before we are able to meet her, feels like a fully realized creation. Backstories are effortlessly weaved into the plot, and you as a reader, understand all sides. There is a strong theme of survival in the book, the main character having survived an abusive relationship before the start of the book, and that being related back to her current situation. The crew is wonderfully inclusive, with multiple non-white characters (or characters of color) – including the main character and love interest – characters who aren’t straight, and some that are both.
As far as the horror went, the danger of the situation was relayed well. Several plot points ended up being predictable. This isn’t a downside as I found it rewarding to the reader for putting the clues together. And personally, it kept me reading because I wanted to prove myself right (and I was).
I recommend this read to fans of horror and space adventure.
5 out of 5 stars. Effectively creepy. Likeable characters. Well executed