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Salvage is a thrilling, surprising, and thought-provoking debut novel that will appeal to fans of Across the Universe by Beth Revis and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. This is literary science fiction with a feminist twist, and it explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family.

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep-space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. But just because Ava is the daughter of Parastata’s captain doesn’t mean she can read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity. What choices will she make? How will she build a future on an earth ravaged by climate change?

This is a sweeping and harrowing novel that is not to be missed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Alexandra Duncan’s debut illustrates a richly detailed world that vividly shows a possible future of Earth where society has both regressed and progressed, where the struggles of humanity have become more dire, but where love still remains. Everything—from the world to the characters—felt viscerally real. Original and memorable.”

    Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy

  • “With complex characters, dystopian settings that smack of a neglected future brought about by global warming and far-reaching political decisions and indecision, and a galloping good adventure story, this is part science fiction, part horror story, and a less than subtle, but oh-so-effective object lesson for today’s YA readers about their possible futures.”


  • “Haunting, colorful environments distinguish this debut novel about a girl fighting for survival in the far future…Memorable.”

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  • Salvage is the book I’ve been waiting for—kick-ass, brilliant, feminist science fiction. Watch out, world. Alexandra Duncan has arrived.”

    Stephanie Perkins, internationally bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss

  • “Alexandra Duncan is a stunning new voice. Duncan’s magnificently flawed future world exposes humanity…in ways that are ripe for discussion…Ava’s personal journey from oppression to self-actualization—by turns harrowing and heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant—will keep readers glued to the pages. Highly recommended.”

    Rae Carson, author of the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy

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About the Author

Alexandra Duncan grew up in a small town in North Carolina and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is a librarian. This is her first novel.