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

a big ship at the edge
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 480
Release Date: June 26, 2018

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 and the darling of the racing world–until she witnesses the murder of a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah only has one lead: the killer also hunts a woman named Boots.

On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice.

Feeling the void Firefly left in your heart? Need something to fill it? A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe will definitely help.

A Big Ship is action packed. If you’re looking for a thrilling space read, you won’t be disappointed with this one. From the first page until the last, White’s pacing is relentless as the characters are spirited from one disaster to the next in search of the warship. The whole story is exciting and thrilling, but sometimes it’s too much action. There are moments when the character development suffers at the hands of the fast moving scenes that devolve into action sequences. Instead of letting readers simmer in a character moment, something happens to push the plot along too quickly.

What makes A Big Ship stand out as compared to other similar novels is White’s inclusion of a magic system. Yes, you read that correctly, a Magic system in a science fiction novel. White’s magic system is interesting and complex, though it could have been better executed. It’s not as clearly defined as it could be, which feeds into the action sequences negatively making them chaotic and hard to follow.

As with most sci-fi, A Big Ship features a diverse cast of characters. The story mainly follows Boots, an ex-solider and treasure hunter who has gotten herself into a bit of trouble, and Nilah, one of the best race car drivers in the universe but finders herself framed for murder. Boots is my favourite characters in the novel. She’s feisty, hardened, and savvy as she deals with a world not accessible to her with the weight of her past weighing heavily on her.

Overall, A Big Ship is a fun and fast read if you’re looking for a good time in space. With exciting action sequences, compelling characters, and a Firefly like feel, you’ll be glued to the pages and desperate for the sequel after you’ve finished it.


Have you read A Big Ship? What did you think?

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