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A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (The Salvagers #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  106 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but this time she might have stumbled on something real–the story of the Harrow, a famous warship, capable of untold destruction.

Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation an
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Published June 26th 2018 by Orbit
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Victoria Schwab
Thoroughly enjoyed this one!
Nicholas Eames
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. The story was fantastic, the pacing was break-neck, and everything about the setting--from the sorcery-powered race cars, to the spaceships, and starfighters, to the badass murderous exoskeleton named Ranger--was incredible. Best of all, however, are the characters. Between the copious action scenes are so many beautiful, perfectly-written moments as the cast conflicts, copulates, and tries their best to coexist with one another. I love a well-crafted heart-to-heart, and this ...more
Jes Reads
Thank you to Orbit books for sending me this book free of charge for my honest review

"Furious and fun, the first book in this bold, new science fiction adventure series follows a ragtag group of adventurers as they try to find a legendary ship that just might be the key to clearing their name and saving the universe.

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she's washed up. She makes her meager living faking salvage legends and selling them to the highest bidder, but
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Justine
This was reasonably entertaining. I loved the diverse cast of characters who, for the most part, were nicely fleshed out. The dialogue was good with bits of humour sprinkled in. The world created was interesting, providing a neat SF setting where almost everyone is a magic user.

The story moves along well and mostly the pacing is pretty good. A few parts could have been written a bit more clearly, but generally I thought it was solid. That said, although there were a lot of positive elements, ov
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Crini
Take A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, replace the alien crew members by humans (but keep it diverse and queer AF) and add lots and lots of action AND ALSO MAGIC and you've got A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

This found-family/anti-hero squad of space witches takes you on one hell of a ride, FEELS and sexual tension galore included.
Swiffer
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you combine futuristic car racing, intergalactic treasure hunting, evil government conspiracies, renegade space pirates, and universe-spanning glyph magic? You get Alex White’s incredibly fun and engaging A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, the first book of the “Salvagers” series. This is a solid pick for a summer beach read, an action-heavy adventure with a nearly all-female cast of kickass protagonists that feels ready-made for a blockbuster film treatment. Although t ...more
Esmerelda Weatherwax
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I got this from NetGalley/Orbit and I was really excited but I’m late for my review – sorry I got way behind schedule there for a little bit.

I didn’t know what to expect from this, I didn’t even read the blurb before opening it so when the first scene was about racing futuristic sci-fi cars with wings that run on magic I was sort of taken aback. It was fast paced and fun but took a sharp turn when one of the main characters, Nihla, is on the track and gets attacked. A creepy animalistic type wom
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Princess
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It's like a cross between "Firefly" and "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet." We have an antihero found family who are hunting a famous warship to salvage and are being hunted by a terrifying killer called Mother. Our main characters are Boots (a washed up treasure hunter and veteran of a war that wiped out her planet's population) and Nilah (the darling top car racer of the galaxy who's been framed for a high-spectacle murder). These women are very different, but they're eac ...more
Margit
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, sff2018
Magic in space

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Space opera with magic. Battles galore. Good guys always win. Bad guys always lose.
Lucille
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haaa this was really great!! ✨

The middle was a rollercoaster of emotions, but one that always go up and up, maybe more like a rocket of emotions then! I didn't think I'd end up liking this so much, during the first 20% I didn't know what to think but then I was quickly won over by the characters and everything going on

A big ship at the end of the universe made me think of a mix between The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (I mean even the title!), Fortune's Pawn and Revenger. Though there are
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Felicia Allen
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!

I normally don't like science fiction because the author goes into too much detail about the setting. The way all of the details are woven into this make it exciting and easy to follow. The characters are funny, sarcastic and believable. I can't wait for book 2.
FanFiAddict
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, I want to thank the publisher and the author for an ARC of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. Receiving this ARC, in no way, shape, or form, determined my overall opinions or review.

When I received this book in the mail a few weeks ago, I was already interested based off of the stunning design on the cover. It is absolutely breathtaking.
The second thing I noticed were the blurbs. Nicholas Eames, author of my #1 Read of 2017, Kings of the Wyld, has TWO blurbs. Yes, you read that r
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Suz
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
4.5+

I started out thinking that there was nobody likeable in the entire book. It took a while for me to warm up to this crew, but I most certainly did. The story is excellent, the 'verse is just the right mix of horrifying and beautiful, and the crew is quite human in all the best and worst ways.

I'm very much looking forward to the next, which will be out later this year if the date at the end of this book is accurate. Win!
Andrew
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review at The Quill to Live: http://thequilltolive.com/2018/06/05...

Here we have another of Orbit Publishing’s summer debuts, which they graciously sent me in exchange for an unbiased review. A Big Ship At The Edge Of The Universe, by Alex White, is the first book in his Salvagers series. I will tell you right off the bat that I think this is going to be one of the most divisive books I have read and a lot of people are going to love it and a lot of people are going to feel its not their t
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Kathy
“You’re going to get killed.”
She looked across at him, stars in her eyes. “But what a grand way to die.”


A Big Ship At the Edge of the Universe had first caught my eye with its fantastic premise--a space opera featuring a treasure hunt, two women on the run, and a F/F romance. What's not to like? And I'm pleased to say that the story lives up to my expectations. It combines high-octane action and charming characters to create a summer scifi that's perfect for fans of Firefly and the Borderlands
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John Majerle
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story is an interesting mix of magic and science fiction. I wasn't sure I was going to like the genre mashup but after a couple of chapters White's universe grew on me. Lots of action and plot twists. I enjoyed his use of two main characters instead of focusing on just one. Although there is a sequel in progress I felt like the story concluded to a reasonable ending. I'm looking forward to book #2.
k
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
guys this was delightful!!! the world-building was wonderful, the characters were great, loved the whole cast of them, and the plot was this riproaring ride from start to finish. everyone go read this so i can talk about it with other people thanks goodbye
Jon Adams
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5
I'll probably write a review later.
Michael
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was one hell of a fun book to read. It blends Space Opera, magic, racing and treasure hunting into a book I just couldn't put down. LOVED IT!!
Nicole
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Erlebnisse: erlebnisseweb.wordpress.com/2018/06/2...

Page 214.

If you’ve been following Erlebnisse for a while now, you might have noticed a trend in some of these reviews; reviews in which pages numbers pop up, usually without context, never revealing fully why these page numbers are so significant, only that they are. My review of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. Tyler Whitesides’s The Thousand Deaths of Arbor Benn. And now, a new member joins these esteemed ra
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Lissa {rabidreadings}
Honestly.. I’m not even going to bother with a proper review for this, as it was the first physical book I picked up and actually read from start to finish without starting something else in between.

I was generously sent A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe from an incredibly kind, lovely woman. After seeing a YouTube video she did hauling it, and later a reading vlog all about this book I expressed how excited I was to read it myself. Only to later receive a message on Twitter saying she want
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James Murphy
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd read good things about Alex White's "A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe" and, having just finished the book, I can see why. This is space opera at its best: a crew of likable characters facing off against an evil conspiracy in a galaxy powered in equal parts by science and magic. The book gets off to a high-octane start when Nilah Brio, a renowned race car driver, witnesses the murder of a rival driver during a race and finds herself framed as the prime suspect. At the same time, Elizabe ...more
Sveltesylph
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly magnificent! I love how Alex manages to mix magic and sci-fi with such dexterity and pulls together a tightly woven plot, compelling characters with well crafted character arcs each and a very fast paced action packed story with such finesse.

There were times when I exclaimed out loud "Nilah noooooooooooooooooooo!!!" or "Nilah, what the fuck", I laughed at Boots and Cordell's banter, admired Orna's strength and resilience and loved gentle Malik, Aisha and Didier.

The plot reveal is quite
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Kathleen
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Browncoats & long-haul marauders
Definitely a 4.5! I saw pre-views of this and knew I had to read it asap. It has been hailed as akin to Firefly/Serenity, and I can see what they mean. There's a crew with a history, a past war that was lost. These folks feel the need to right wrongs and there's quite the variety of characters. Oh, and magic (because everything's better with magic)! There's racing too, and drinking... and family. In many ways it reminds me more of Becky Chambers' "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet" - I can se ...more
Dylan Northrup
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tremendous book. If you like Space Opera with a dash of magic, awesome female lead characters, and amazing chapters that would put the pulp serials to shame with how action-packed they are, this is the book for you.
Steve Bender
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. It was a fast paced SF thriller with some nasty twists. There evidently is a sequel coming, as all thwe bad guys have not been taken care of. Some military and psi talent in book.
Darrell Martin
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So well done. A great read, although it took a few chapters to get started. But once it did - wow. I enjoyed this WAY more than I thought I would. It's well-written, has good world building, and the characters are well done. I can hardly wait for the next one.
Carol Ann
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great time hanging out with the crew of the Capricious! A suspenseful and edge-of-your-seat space swashbuckler. The cast of characters really are out of this world.
I’m all in with this new series.
4.5 intergalactic stars.
John Worpenberg
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completed the story, didn't leave the reader hanging waiting for the next book. Thank you.Makes it a 4.5

Alan
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a complementary copy of the book via #GoodreadsGiveaway
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