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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 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.


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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 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Schwab

    Thoroughly enjoyed this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Eames

    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 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 book is full of'em. It's part of a series (yay!) but works perfectly well as a standalone story. Give it a shot! If you enjoy it even half as much as I did, you won't regret it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 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, overall I just thought it was fine - I didn't love it. I can see how other people might though, so if it sounds interesting, I would say to give it a try. Although it is first in a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone as it concludes nicely. I'm not sure yet, but I might check out the next book, A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy, to see how the crew of the Capricious make out in their next adventure.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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 this time she got 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 Mother murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah has only one lead: the killer also hunts 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." I am so thankful that I was sent this book for review because I have to admit it didn't seem like something I was sure I would love. But god was I wrong. This is a science fiction space opera and I could spend a year telling you all the reasons why I think that you should read this. Firstly I'll talk about all the things I genuinely loved about this book. The magic system So most people in this world are able to use Glyphs which are symbols they draw in the air in front of them that allows them to use certain types of magic. Our main character Nilah is a machinist. So she is able to use her ability to control or hack most machines. But aside from all the powers I really enjoyed that Boots is actually one of the few people in this society that does not actually have powers. I love that our two main characters are so different. The characters Probably my most favorite part of this entire book is definitely the characters and the relationships they develop. I thoroughly enjoyed how far all of the characters come from the beginning to the end of this book. Firstly Nilah grows from a spoiled rotten brat to this wonderfully badass chick by the end that while I found her slightly annoying in the beginning to one of my very favorite characters. Boots is pretty sassy and amazing from the beginning but her struggle and experiences are so interesting to follow. The World Like I mentioned this is a space opera so obviously it takes place in...you guessed it....space! But we do spend quite a bit of time on other planets. I love that Alex is able to change the setting and make each new place so different from the last. Even being aboard the space ships was interesting. I never thought I would want to live aboard a ship hurtling through space but here we are! The villains I have NEVER been so terrified of a villain in my life. Not only is there a central villain, our perfectly named Mother, but there's also a secret society that spans so much of the worlds history and heartbreaks. I loved that the villains are every changing as well. When it comes to things I didn't like honestly, 100%, I could not think of one thing. I can't wait to read the second one ASAP. If you're interested in this book it releases June 26th! You might like this book if You like sci-fi or space operas You enjoy a strong female lead. You were a fan of Firefly the T.V. show (there's definitely some similarities) You love complex villains. You might not like this book if You don't like space operas. You have trouble reading books with gore in them. You are sensitive to sexual content (there isn't a lot in this book, but there is some). Seriously go and pick up this book when it's available so we can talk about it! I have so many thoughts and feelings about this and I need someone to talk to about it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Swiffer

    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 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 there were a few plot holes that required some mental gymnastics to bypass, this book was a pleasure to read and provided an excellent escape into a fresh and inventive universe. My favorite aspect of this story are the characters. The book switches off chapters between two main points-of-view, though a couple of key supporting characters get nearly just as much narrative focus throughout the story. Nilah Brio is a young and brash race car driver, determined to break all circuit records utilizing her massive talent in the field. She is a bit of a spoiled brat, living a sheltered life in the rich upper crust of the galaxy, but she is easily likeable due to her extreme dedication to her craft and her well-honed physical and mental prowess. Like everyone else in the galaxy, she has a specialized magical talent. As a mechanist, she can “talk” to machines, which comes in handy while racing hyper-speed vehicles running on magical eidolon crystals for a living. But during her latest race, tragedy befalls a fellow racer, and Nilah is framed by an extremely powerful, time-stopping assassin named Mother. Suddenly Nilah’s fame and fortune become inconsequential as she’s hunted by malevolent forces on all sides. She has to clear her name but her situation worsens each day. Elizabeth “Boots” Elsworth is a veteran pilot who has fallen from grace, two decades past a Famine War that saw the destruction of her home planet. She earned a flash of fame hosting a successful television show that focused on her finding lost treasure across the universe, but now makes a living selling fake maps to salvagers while barely keeping herself solvent. Boots is quite literally one-in-a-million; while everyone else in the galaxy has their own special glyph magic, Boots was born without the ability to cast. As if things couldn’t get any worse for her, she discovers that her old nemesis has tracked her down, and someone wants her dead. It isn’t long before Boots and Nilah’s paths converge, and the plot’s many twists and turns links them up with a renegade space crew and launches them through a series of conspiratorial mysteries and lively set pieces. There is one memorable escape scene that spans three chapters (!) and spotlights White’s ability to write his way through chaotic atmospheres with style. Since the story takes place over 850 years into the future, White takes full advantage of the space fantasy setting with a heavy dose of technical wonders and magic-infused battle scenes. He a confident writer, deftly weaving through his conjured language of tech-speak like he’s giving a TED talk: comfortable and informative. I found it to be a nice balance of science fiction with fantastical elements that doesn’t lean too heavily into hard science, though certain realistic elements of energy and space travel do come into play. White is skilled at creating protagonists that are easy to root for (especially Orna, a scarred mechanist warrior with an AI battle suit that follows her like a dog) and some truly vile enemies that are responsible for some unspeakable horrors. I enjoyed how each cast member is given their time to shine, and our few main characters progress along their story arcs in meaningful ways. It cannot be said that all characters have purposeful journeys; the antagonists felt rather one-note, but perhaps that will be fixed in future volumes. Overall, I recommend this book to those who might be looking for a fun popcorn science-fantasy adventure that feels like a female-led Mission Impossible movie in space, with lots of fun action, warm romance, and some cool magic and tech concepts that keep the pages flying by. The sequel is out this December and I’m looking forward to spending some more time with Boots, Nilah and the gang. 7.0 / 10

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly (The Grimdragon)

    "This whole treasure hunt had been one weird thing after another--gods and prophets, culture arks and secret bases, mutineers and secret branches of the Taitutian military. And of course, there were the racetrack glyphs, too." A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe opens strong. It quite literally begins with a race. A race across a massive spaceship. In sorcery-powered race cars. Yes. SORCERY-POWERED RACE CARS! Then there is a crushing scene that puts all of the proverbial pieces on the board &a "This whole treasure hunt had been one weird thing after another--gods and prophets, culture arks and secret bases, mutineers and secret branches of the Taitutian military. And of course, there were the racetrack glyphs, too." A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe opens strong. It quite literally begins with a race. A race across a massive spaceship. In sorcery-powered race cars. Yes. SORCERY-POWERED RACE CARS! Then there is a crushing scene that puts all of the proverbial pieces on the board & we see that SHIT IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN! This book begins at a frenetic pace & rarely slows down from there! A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe gave me whiplash with all of the badassery happening! A galaxy-spanning race with space pirates, a treasure hunt, boss ass bitches, interstellar combat, gory gore. PLUS IT'S QUEER AS FUCK! ::pumps fist into the air:: The world-building is just incredible. I could hear the whizzing & whirring of the race cars on the track; the distorted sounds vibrating through my ears when Nilah is attacked; the crunching & grunting & breathing of battle. I was able to visualize Capricious & the misfit crew that inhabits it; the way certain people use their magic; Mother in her bonkers exoskeleton who will FUCK YOU UP. It's all just so vibrant! Not to mention how brilliant the magic system is! I feel like White is just barely scraping the surface of what is to come.  I loved everything about this book, but it's the characters that truly captivated me. This may be one of those divisive opinions because the two main POV's could be seen as unlikable, but goddamn. I loved them from the minute I met them! Especially Boots. She is such a rad character. One of an extremely limited in the universe that was born without the ability to cast magic, Boots is known as "dull-fingers." I found it utterly fascinating how she grew throughout the book, dealing with her lack of magic & oh.. THE DESTRUCTION OF HER PLANET YEARS BEFORE. Life has not been kind to Boots & it shows. But that's why I fucking adore her so damn much! Alex White writes such deliciously engrossing action sequences .. but the more human moments stand out just as much. For all the grittiness & bloodshed, there are these tender, raw, genuinely beautiful interactions between characters as well. This book has such a tangle of emotions, which speaks volumes about the kind of writer White is. I am locked in & wanting more! To say I love stories about people on spaceships is an understatement. Throw in magic IN SPACE & diverse characters & insane battles? This is like if Firefly had a three-way with Farscape & Killjoys & somehow this was born. I'm smitten! A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe completely blew me away! It is most certainly on my favorite books of 2018 list. I couldn't love it more! (Thank you Orbit Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Esmerelda Weatherwax

    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 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 woman ensnares her car in a time-spell and kills her co-pilot over information regarding a map. The attack itself was surreal and trippy, while stuck in a time spell Nihla feels like she can’t breathe or move, the air feels thick and almost like molasses, sounds are distorted and colors are wrong – they’re either faded to black and white or hyper-exaggerated. It created a very creepy and memorable scene. The map supposedly locates the legendary warship known as The Harrow, it’s rumored to have been powerful enough to destroy cities or countries but many don’t believe that never existed. Mother believes it exists though, and she came after Nihla’s friend and crushed his skull – Nihla barely escapes with her life and hunts down a name she heard her friend say before he died – Elizabeth “Boots”. Boots is a washed up celebrity of sorts, she made it big a number of years ago with a show called “Finding Hana”. She was a treasure hunter and still is, but she’s long since fallen out of the public’s favor. She’s a “dull” or a “none”, meaning that she’s completely without magical abilities. It’s a rare condition and those afflicted with it have a lot of difficulties fitting into society. She’s older now and sells maps and star charts that supposedly lead to treasures of different sorts. However, her merchandise is starting to lack in quality, many people are going on adventures and coming up empty-handed after expensive expeditions out to the middle of nowhere. The two POV’s collide around 10% in, so it’s obvious from very early on how these two will be connected in the story. Nihla tracks down Boots, right as Boot’s debtors find her and they both end up captured and on a spaceship called the Capricious – once upon a time Boots used to serve on this spaceship and these captors used to be peers. It makes for an interesting dynamic and things start getting tense when Mother finds them and attacks the ship with multiple cruisers. The crew of the Capricious, willing or not, are now on their way to try and track down The Harrow before Mother can get her hands on it. The world building in this was really unique, there are lots of different types of magic, healing magic, mechanical magic, data magic, life magic etc. Each person is typically born able to tap into one of these sorts of magic and sometimes people take on physical attributes that give away what kind of magic they use. I really love that things like crystal balls exist in the same world as holograms and spaceships – it creates a very fresh and unique atmosphere. Nihla’s magic is based around machinery, she has the Mechanist’s Mark and she’s able to almost meld with her car, she can feel the gears shifting, the tires heating up and wearing down, the pistons in her engine etc. There are tattoo’s that change color based on your emotions and a lot of other really neat stuff I haven’t seen done very often – big points for this book on originality. I liked one of the characters, but I never entirely warmed to the other. Not surprising given my tastes though, I tend to prefer older characters and worn down characters so Boots appealed to me much more than Nihla. Nihla has grown up sort of pampered, she has enough money to own a small colony, and she’s sort of emotionally distant. She’s pretty self-centered and is absolutely obsessed with her racing which made it hard for me to identify with because I’ve never liked racing of any kind, not even really in video games. One exception being Mario Kart. So when Nihla was being chased by Mother with two battle cruisers trying to kill her, and all she could think about was the race she was going to miss, I sort of fell out of the moment. I did start to sympathize with her when she was being demonized in the media and her friends were turning against her, thinking she was capable of killing her co-pilot. Boots was much more my style, she has a lot of experience under her belt, she understands the situation they’re in and she’s capable of taking command and getting them out of bad situations. This was very fast paced, there was something going on in every chapter almost from beginning to end. That’s to be expected I guess when the storyline is about racing, warships, and a crazy woman named Mother. There was a lot of humor in this, although it didn’t always land for me this would definitely qualify as a funny book for some. The humor was often juxtaposed with darker events including character deaths, so maybe it was a tone thing that didn’t work for me, I’m not sure, honestly. There was also a very distinct writing style, words like “holy cats, beat feet, heater” were used a lot and I didn’t totally connect with it. Overall, I’m really torn on this one, there were parts I really liked and others that just didn’t work for me. I would suggest trying it out and seeing if it’s for you, the world building certainly was fun and it was very original and fresh. Audience: Science Fantasy Lots of magic lots of tech space battles multi pov female pov fast paced Ratings: Plot: 11/15 Characters: 10/15 World Building: 10/15 Writing: 11.5/15 Pacing: 12.5/15 Originality: 13.5/15 Personal Enjoyment: 6.75/10 Final Score: 76.25/100

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    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 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 no aliens, but the facts that there's magic makes up for it! I pictured Boots' Midgnight Runner as Spike's Swordfish II (Cowboy Bebop) because it's a super cool red fighter 👌 Also couldn't help but imagine them doing those Naruto hand gestures when doing their spells and glyphs 🙈 (I'm in an anime mood lately, can you tell?) Content warnings: genocide, death, blood

  10. 5 out of 5

    Queen

    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 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 each fierce in their own way. It was deeply enjoyable to follow their arcs, growth, and relationships. Besides the characters, the action was also so much fun. Fast and furious, we get space battles, planet battles, magic battles, fisticuffs, and more. I devoured all the breakneck action scenes. Another note of interest is that this book mixes a sci-fi space setting with a cool magic system, and it does so brilliantly. Overall, this book is kickass and full of heart.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margit

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Allen

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    What do you get when you combine an intergalactic treasure hunt, space pirates, magical abilities, and futuristic racing all woven together by an almost all female cast seeking to expose a government conspiracy? You have Alex White's A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, the first book in his brand new Salvagers series. The story is told through alternate points of view between Nilah Brio, a talented young, spoiled, and dramatic race car driver and Elizabeth "Boots" Elsworth, a veteran pilot tu What do you get when you combine an intergalactic treasure hunt, space pirates, magical abilities, and futuristic racing all woven together by an almost all female cast seeking to expose a government conspiracy? You have Alex White's A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, the first book in his brand new Salvagers series. The story is told through alternate points of view between Nilah Brio, a talented young, spoiled, and dramatic race car driver and Elizabeth "Boots" Elsworth, a veteran pilot turned treasure hunter turned wash up. One of my favorite aspects of the book is how diverse the supporting cast of characters were and how they were all equally included within the narrative. It didn't feel that any of them faded into the background. However, the characters were the least memorable. Their personalities and emotional responses felt too forced and over-the-top at times. Sure, they went through transformation from beginning to end, but I didn't connect with their personalities during any phase. That was simply my inability to connect with them, so you may have better luck. I would still recommend reading the book and make that determination for yourself. The primary antagonist is "Mother"and she was well developed. Don't let the name "Mother" fool you though.... "In the frozen world, an inky blob moved at the end of the tunnel. A creature came crawling along the ceiling, its black mass of tattered fabric writhing like tentacles as it skittered across the tiles. It moved easily from one perch to the next, silently capering overhead before dropping down in front of the two frozen cars" I don't want to give away too much with "Mother" so all you need to know is that she does an excellent job at being the villain. She was the most interesting character with some sick magical abilities. "We are everywhere. Even when you think you are untouchable, we can pluck you from this universe.” There is a minimal amount of romance, and I could've done without it. It's purpose didn't affect me. The romantic elements felt like an added piece "just because." Typically when romantic elements are included, it's purpose seems to be a combination of several elements: help form the connections between characters, crank up the emotions within the reader, increase the stakes, support a theme/move the plot forward, etc. The romantic elements in here seemed to serve the purpose of breaking up the action scenes by providing some relief to the characters and highlighting the emotional transformation from beginning to end. There was this one scene that was overly-romanticized and just ignored realism completely. Then, the next scene just left me scratching my head. What was the point? In the Acknowledgements, White writes that through his writing process from beginning to end, he had input on elements that were missing from his story-- I'm not a gambling woman but I would wager my next paycheck that this missing piece was "romance" because it just felt like an afterthought. The magical elements comprised of creating Glyphs, which are symbols that are drawn in the air in front of the person that allows them to use certain types of magic. For example, Nilah was a machinist and was therefore able to control and hack machines. There are other abilities that are described that you'll just have to read to find out! Finally, I don't know about you-- but I love when science fiction and/or space operas include elements of humor and wit to break up the action and murder as, for example, John Scalzi executes quite brilliantly in his book Redshirts. In White's book, there was the perfect amount of humor that created human connection and provided the reader with relief from the space battles and murderous space pirates. “We’re an away team, Didier! Away teams shoot stuff!" Book Two of the Salvagers Series, A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy, has an expected publication date of December 11, 2018 and Book Three, The Worst of All Possible Worlds, is expected to be published in 2019.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    4.5/5

  15. 4 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    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 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 right. DOS. Not only that, but in his review, he absolutely LOVED the novel. Not to say I have anything in common with Nicholas (except maybe our love of the written word), but that automatically moved this book up Mt. TBR. Boots Elsworth (hell of a name) is a washed up treasure hunter selling fake salvage adventures to enjoy a lasting meager existence. When she stumbles upon the story a famous warship known as the Harrow, a ship known for its devastating past, Boots may be in for more than she bargained for. Nilah Brio is one of the top drivers in the PGRF (Pan Galactic Racing Federation) and has quite the following, at least until she witnesses the murder of a fellow driver in the middle of a race. Now the key suspect and forced to go on the run, Nilah has only one person she can turn to: a woman by the name of Boots. When the two women find one another, they are brought on board a smugger’s ship; one that Boots has a past with and one that will lead them to the justice they seek. I really enjoyed this one from start to finish and it will go down as one of my top reads this year. The author’s ability to spin science fiction and fantasy together so seamlessly is quite astounding. What is really going to keep you engaged are the characters. While Nilah and Boots do share some screen-time together, we generally follow them separately on their own missions, each with their individual obstacles and goals but all of which intertwine. Their consistent sarcastic nature with one another and the secondary characters is, for me, reminiscent of Michael R. Fletcher’s ‘Manifest Delusions’ series. You are constantly in the minds of these characters and are able to see just where their loyalties lie, and what their motives truly are. Having said that, I really stayed for all of the action. Space battles, magical duels, and whiplash filled racing keeps this novel going at rick-roaring speed. You really feel like you are in the midst of all of the action and are left bloody and sweating by the time the battles are over. There is also the overarching mysteriousness of the villain, simply named Mother. Who is she, why is she killing everyone, and whose Mother is she? (That last one is a joke and a bit ridiculous, even for me). If you enjoy fast-paced novels chock-full of warring space cruisers, magic infused race cars, and tons of killing, this novel is right up your alley. I for one am excited to see where this story goes as we have two (2) more books to look forward to. Keep an eye out for White as he will become a household name here soon, bank on it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suz

    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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    Lots of really cool stuff. Futuristic magical car racing, treasure hunting, space battles, and much more. Action heavy and some good character development in there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Full review at The Quill to Live: https://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 Full review at The Quill to Live: https://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 thing. Which side you fall on is what I will hope to show you with this review. However, if I had to describe this book in an elevator pitch, I would say it is Firefly, meets Fast and Furious, meets National Treasure. Building off that last sentence, Big Ship is a story about an unlikely and eclectic crew, with a penchant for danger and huge ridiculous vehicle stunts, on the hunt for historical treasures. Our protagonists are Boots and Nilah, two complicated women from very different backgrounds who are thrown together by circumstance. Boots is a war veteran from a conflict that had no winner and a scam artist with no scruples. She survived a war that wiped out both sides and now scrapes by selling fake salvage/treasure maps to suckers who come to her. She also has a rare birth defect, she was born with no magic. On the other hand, Nilah is a magic prodigy with a need for speed. Pampered and privileged as the daughter of the elite, Nilah is a race ship driver, spending her time using her mechanical magic to drive a futuristic race car. She is egotistical and spoiled, but none can deny her brilliance with her magic as she’s consistently at the top of the pack when it comes to speed and finesse on the track. The two of them end up on the run when Boots accidentally sells a map that unearths a conspiracy and Nilah witnesses (and is accused of) a murder that was meant to cover it back up. The two of them end up on the ship of Boots’ old commanding officer, someone she detests for his actions in the aforementioned war, and they all quickly realize that the only way they are going to get out of this is to follow Boots’ map to its final mark. Big Ship is a fun, loud, and adventurous book. As you can likely tell from the plot description the story has treasure hunting, racing, lots of combat, and unlikely heroes. It is a tale of space rogues that will appeal on the surface to most with its kick ass magic system that I have only mentioned so far. Big Ship is closer to a fantasy/sci-fi hybrid as the populace of White’s world are all born with specialized magic (called “marks”) that allow them to enhance their tech, or use tech to enhance their magic. For example, Nilah has a mechanist’s mark that allows her to “feel” her vehicles as if they were part of her body and adjust them as if she was an AI. The captain of the ship they all ride on has a mark that allows him to produce shields, and using the ships interface he can project magical auras around it. It’s a really cool and fun magic system that constantly surprised and delighted me. The book is original, fun, and exciting, so you might be wondering why I mentioned it will likely be divisive. Well there are two major reasons, neither of them a flaw, but things that might not align with everyone's tastes. The first reason is that Boots and Nilah are incredibly unlikable (or at least at first). The book has a tremendous amount of character development, but the first chapters surrounding our leads had me wanting to blast them out an airlock. Boots is selfish and self-pitying and hard to feel sympathetic for as she rips off everyone around her. Nilah is arrogant and naive and watching her take her first steps in the “real world” was painful. I grew to love both of them as they became much better people over the course of the book, but if you do not have the patience for the character growth it may be a major turn off. The second reason is that the book is incredibly dramatic. I’m talking borderline soap opera dramatic. Everyone is constantly fighting, everyone is constantly talking about their feelings, and everyone is always pouring their heart and soul out to anyone who will listen. I did not enjoy this, but I want to stress that despite my dislike I still think that it was well-written and well-executed. The prose style was just not my preference and it had me rolling my eyes in many scenes. That being said, I was easily able to move past the moments I didn’t enjoy due to the gripping plot and the books biggest strength: the spectacle and combat. Combat is really hard to write, and White is really good at it. I think this book would make an excellent movie because White’s action scenes were so visceral and present in my mind that I felt I was living them. His attention to detail with sound effects in particular really got my adrenaline pumping, with things like the noises of retractable claws and the whining stress on ship parts bringing scenes to life. This combined with some huge Fast and Furious style action set pieces led to some very memorable scenes that are still vivid in my mind after finishing the book. While A Big Ship At The Edge Of The Universe might lose some people with its dramatic emotions and less than perfect protagonists, those that push on are going to find a new favorite book. The world is incredible, the adventure engrossing, and the combat will have you on the edge of your seat. Big Ship is the strongest debut I have read in 2018 so far and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel as soon as I can. Rating: A Big Ship At The Edge Of The Universe - 8.5/10 -Andrew

  19. 4 out of 5

    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 “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 games. Here's the quick rundown: a cocky young woman crosses paths with a mouthy veteran. Both get kidnapped by the veteran's former captain and are thrust into a hunt for a legendary ghost ship. Space battles ensue. Romances are had. Hand-to-hand combat is considered foreplay. And things get very, very dangerous. Nilah is as privileged as they get. A bigshot racer with a rich father and utterly naive when it comes to the wider universe. Then, during one race, she bears witness to the murder of a fellow racer and she soon finds herself on the run with a hefty bounty on her head. Her life thus far has revolved solely around driving and trying to get her name inscribed in the racing history books. So this whole murdering and ship hunting business? Not a fan. At all. In enters Elizabeth "Boots" Elsworth. An older veteran woman who now makes her paltry living as a treasure map maker and seller. Most of her maps are conjectures (i.e. junk), but every so often she happens on the real deal, which, unfortunately, turns out to be the case here. Boots and Nilah are fantastic together. Nilah reminds me of a bratty princess (who can also throw a hell of a right hook), and Boots a world-weary gunslinger with a penchant for sass and sarcasm. We've seen this dynamic plenty of times with male characters in every genre of fiction, so it's exciting to see it played out between two women. Boot's sarcastic quips never failed to make me smile and Nilah's reckless, daredevil spirit is nothing less than infectious. They're both characters you can't help but want to be best friends with. The side characters are also varied and interesting--especially Orna, the hot-tempered quartermaster and Nilah's love interest. Their romance will appeal to fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope; there's enough friction between them to light up an entire city and I loved every bit of it. What's also impressive is the magic system. Yes, there's magic in this story, and though it's strange saying this about a space opera, it's very cool. When most scifi stories try to incorporate magic into their world, they don't call it "magic", they give it scientific-sounding names, a la "Biotics" from Mass Effect. But we all know they're just wizards in space. Here? No such coy winking. Alex White blatantly calls them "wizards" and "mages" and their abilities are literally just spellcasting. I love that. Magic and future tech seamlessly interact in ways that are inventive yet highly plausible, which, for fantasy and scifi lovers, is truly the best of both worlds. What's even more fascinating is that this is a world in which magic is the norm. The majority of people are all born with the ability, and being a non-caster is considered an incredibly rare defect. Thus "non-casters" are often treated with pity and distaste. It's an interesting societal characteristic that I would love to see explored deeper in the sequels. The story isn't without a few problems. I couldn't get a good sense of what some of these planets looked like beyond the basics, which was a little frustrating. And throughout the second half, I found myself craving a bit less action and a bit more character interaction. Nilah and Boots' burgeoning friendship is put on hold in favour of moving the plot forward and we get less scenes of them together. Nilah and Orna's relationship also seems to skip several steps in the middle--moving from "I'm going to bash your head in" to "I love you" a little too quickly for my liking. All in all, though, A Big Ship is a lovable story--full of crazy action scenes, an eclectic cast of characters, and a myth to chase--and I had a ton of fun with it. Book two will be dropping later this year and I very much look forward to seeing what adventures these characters will face next. ~ ARC provided by Orbit in exchange for an honest review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sammi

    This was a super fun, really interesting action packed romp. All of the characters were unique and really fun, the world building was kind of bonkers and really unlike anything I've ever read (maaaaybe similar to Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee, but in a fun, bright way rather than the kind of more thoughtful and speculative way that Lee has) but it was a really clever mix of fantasy and science fiction that was really neat. The only thing I would have liked is a little more breathing spa This was a super fun, really interesting action packed romp. All of the characters were unique and really fun, the world building was kind of bonkers and really unlike anything I've ever read (maaaaybe similar to Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee, but in a fun, bright way rather than the kind of more thoughtful and speculative way that Lee has) but it was a really clever mix of fantasy and science fiction that was really neat. The only thing I would have liked is a little more breathing space in the book; a lot of times I felt like I was reading book 2 in a series, and I'm totally cool with authors dropping you smack dab in the middle of their creation but usually that feeling of being lost goes away as the book progresses. This one never really got to that point; I felt like we were being asked to care a lot about things that we only really had a passing knowledge of. I mean, I totally felt for Boots and her planet, but when the twist came at the end--no spoilers--I didn't really care outside of it affecting her, if that makes sense. And I felt like I should, but I just didn't have enough backstory for it to really affect me. But seriously, the characters were a delight and totally made up for it. Loved it. Honestly I picked this up because 1. Space and 2. the comparisons to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (even the titles are kind of similar) but I wouldn't really say that these two have that much in common besides a unique group of characters. I can definitely see how this book maybe pulled some influence from TLWtaSAP (jeez) but I dunno, I think drawing comparisons between the two might do both of them a disservice. They are both really unique and fun books though, and I guess that's the important part.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nick Forret (what_a_novel_idea)

    I was especially excited when it came to the comparisons this book was made to Firefly. So of course I was ecstatic to buddy read with my fellow book addict, Holly! Head over to her account to see her review. Seriously, folks, they really hit the nail on the head with this one! It has crazy Firefly vibes and I love it. Now I’m going to keep it spoiler free, so don’t worry. Now I’m not the most avid lover of mixing fantasy and sci-fi (except for my beloved Star Wars. The Wars are life!), but this I was especially excited when it came to the comparisons this book was made to Firefly. So of course I was ecstatic to buddy read with my fellow book addict, Holly! Head over to her account to see her review. Seriously, folks, they really hit the nail on the head with this one! It has crazy Firefly vibes and I love it. Now I’m going to keep it spoiler free, so don’t worry. Now I’m not the most avid lover of mixing fantasy and sci-fi (except for my beloved Star Wars. The Wars are life!), but this is the type of book to convert me. They kept reasonable limitations on the magic system, which by the way is maddeningly awesome! Between that and the space battles, the one on one fights, the Indiana-Jones-style treasure hunting, and the characters that had me legitimately caring for what happened, I can not praise this book enough!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    John Majerle

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    k

    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

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jon Adams

    4.5 I'll probably write a review later.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Davecapp

    Basically this was a fun read. For those who enjoy James Corey and the Expanse or the Firefly series this book will be enjoyable. Character development is pretty well done, you end up liking the whole crew, and the storyline suitably complex that it continually keeps you thinking. Book 2 comes out in December 2018 and while I may not pre-order it, I’ll definitely put it on my list to read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    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!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bunny 36 books in 31 days is not a bad idea shut up

    Can we talk about the fact that the literal first chapter of this book is titled "D.N.F."? Please let this have been on purpose, because if I had actually had to DNF this, I would've been absolutely tickled. I have so many feelings. This is Firefly plus Battlestar Galactica plus a metric fuck ton of MAGIC. I want to cry at how Firefly this is, and how much this would've been an amazing season 4 of the show. And when they finally turn this into a movie, or a TV show, Nathan Fillion is the perfect Can we talk about the fact that the literal first chapter of this book is titled "D.N.F."? Please let this have been on purpose, because if I had actually had to DNF this, I would've been absolutely tickled. I have so many feelings. This is Firefly plus Battlestar Galactica plus a metric fuck ton of MAGIC. I want to cry at how Firefly this is, and how much this would've been an amazing season 4 of the show. And when they finally turn this into a movie, or a TV show, Nathan Fillion is the perfect age to play Cordell. I AM JUST SAYING. Seriously, this book is so jam packed full of action, it would be a crime not to turn it into a movie. It could possibly be a TV show, but considering how heavily I am comparing it to Firefly, let's not. Please. I don't even know how to give a fast summary of this. I'm trying, and failing. This is a futuristic world, with space ships and all that sci fi jazz, but magic and technology go hand in hand. Everyone is born with a type of magic, which they wield with 'glyphs', signs they spell out in the air to make things happen. Everything from healing to marksmanship to mechanics. Magic fits so brilliantly into this world, it's a bit unnerving when talking about our main character, Boots. Boots is born without magic. Something so rare, she's basically the only one in the world, so far as we can see. She was a soldier during the war, and when her home died, she left the military and became a treasure hunter, with her own reality show. Since then, she's sold mostly bogus treasure maps and kept one step ahead of everyone who wants to kick her ass once they realize there's no treasure. Other end of the spectrum is Nilah, a character I wanted to punch for maybe 60% of the story. She's the sci fi equivalent of an Indy 500 driver. She's incredibly rich, not from driving but from family money. She's spoiled as fuck, and only cares about her standings in the race. Both of these women get on the wrong side of a massive galactic conspiracy, one which could see them both dead without a second thought. Enter Serenity The Capricious, our space ship, run not by a bunch of spunky underdogs, but by a kind of amazing, tight knit, well run crew. Each with their own special brand of magic, all but one of them with a hell of a grudge against Boots. See above re: bogus treasure map. Nilah gets dragged along against her will, spends most of the time whining and bitching, but eventually gets her shit together after a few bangs to the head. I can think of another book I read recently where a few bangs to the head of a spoiled brat would make the plot entirely more tolerable..... My biggest complaint about the sci fi genre has always been the phlebotinum. We get into these futuristic worlds, and there's so much jargon and technicalities and it's basically impossible to follow on the first run. You have to read them twice to catch everything, and it's already taken so long to get through the first time, why bother? I'm a fast reader, and if I can't read a book fast, it better be DAMN good, and worth my time. This was 100% worth my time. It may have slowed me down, but it was so worth it. So savory, so rich. You get so attached to these characters, even the ones you want to punch in the face (lookin' at you, Orna). You NEED them to survive, you NEED them to win the day and come out victorious and happy. Absolutely happy. Did I mention there is a walking suit of battle armor that acts basically like a pet? Half dog, half mountain lion, all super fucking cool? Team Ranger. I need a Ranger. Seriously, I really recommend this to all of my loves who, like me, are still angry at Fox. And who could potentially get a little weepy when a certain theme song starts up. Not that I do that. If you love Firefly, you will love this. If you love Battlestar Galactica, you will love this. Also, if you love this book, go watch Firefly. Join the rest of us in hating network execs who need Ranger to re-arrange their faces.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    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 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 ranks. Alex White’s A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. What ranks, do you ask? It’s a very esteemed group. Only the most merciless authors make it in. You see, this is the page where my trust was shattered, my entire body stilled (because I rock back and forth when I read; old habit) and my heart skipped at least one beat–most likely two–in disbelief. There’s no way what just happened happened. Surely this is some sort of trick? Some sort of cruel joke, some sort of… Nope. Nope. Page 214. What? you ask. How? you ponder. Read this marvelous novel and you’ll find out exactly what I mean and most likely experience a similar, visceral response. For even having this countdown, knowing the precise moment of when everything you were rooting for gets wiped out from underneath you; even then, I don’t think that’ll fully prepare you. Not for this. You see, you can only have a response this intense from a novel if, during the hours you spent flipping past the pages, you let your heart become ensnared in the process. In A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, there isn’t an element that doesn’t threaten to ensnare you. Even me–someone who doesn’t care at all about racing in real life and who truly enjoys science fiction as a genre, but usually doesn’t understand a lick of the science behind how any of it works. I found myself falling head over heels for Nilah and how her life gets tossed upside down and suddenly, I see sides of her I didn’t think this champion possessed. I was always rooting for Boots, from the moment I met her. Something about that Starbuck personality of hers just made me instantly like her and want her to succeed. And then you add in the rest of the crew of the Capricious, the galaxy-level stakes (and threats), the fantastic, detailed writing, the humor, the wonderful blend of fantasy-like magic into a space setting, AI with personality and kissing (my only complaint: not enough kissing)… I mean, seriously, I’m not surprised that I’d be reading this book and then look down and not even realize almost 100 pages had passed underneath my fingertips without me taking a break to realize the world I was immersed in was in fact not my reality. And that you calibrate in that ending and the synopsis for the sequel (which is supposed to come out THIS DECEMBER?!?) and I’m just over here like… Go check this one out. I promise you, you’re not going to want to miss it. Read on!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Within the first few pages of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, I was hooked. Magic fueled race cars? The way the world is written is absolutely buckwild and original for a space opera. The plot starts quickly with car races and a washed up treasure hunter trying to avoid some people she scammed. The plot doesn’t stop rolling after the first chapter. It is consistently fast and action packed. It feels very much like a fusion of Firefly, Farscape, and Cowboy Bebop. Magic is inherent to the Within the first few pages of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, I was hooked. Magic fueled race cars? The way the world is written is absolutely buckwild and original for a space opera. The plot starts quickly with car races and a washed up treasure hunter trying to avoid some people she scammed. The plot doesn’t stop rolling after the first chapter. It is consistently fast and action packed. It feels very much like a fusion of Firefly, Farscape, and Cowboy Bebop. Magic is inherent to the world and fused with the technology that the world building doesn’t feel disjointed at all. The characters are so fun. Nilah is a star race car driver and rich girl who gets thrown into the mess that follows Boots, a washed up treasure hunter and soldier. I love the snarkiness and prissiness of Nilah and how she eventually learns to get off her high horse from the crew of the Capricious who kidnap her along with Boots. Boots is tired, tough, and stubborn which leads to clashes with Nilah and her former commander, Cordell, the captain of the Capricious. Orna is another character I fell in love with. The quartermaster of the ship, Orna has a temper problem and is deeply attached to her robot armor friend since she’s had to fight since childhood to survive. Each character feels very distinctive and has some sort of growth over the novel. The characters are emotional and feel emotional, not melodramatic. I really liked the main romance in A Big Ship at the Edge of the World since it falls into enemies to lovers with two of the lady characters. It was slow burn in all the best ways on top of it with both characters being stubborn about things and not wanting to admit feelings. Another part of the book that was nice was the treatment of the bisexual character. She is explicit about being into men and women, but doesn’t fall into the negative bisexual stereotypes. She’s written to be flirty and confident in her sexuality. The plot twists are very clever, tying together the at first glance unrelated in a off the wall way. The story itself felt very fresh, fun, and full of energy. I like space operas. I like space operas that aren’t afraid to try something quirky like magic race cars. White takes elements and tropes used in space operas and gives a new spin on them for a fun heist story. Content Warnings: Graphic Death Scenes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janet Slipak

    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 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. Out June 26th, 2018 MY THOUGHTS: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Oh my giddy aunt!  This is my almost most fav book so far. Sci-fi space opera full of fast-paced action, crazy, crazy characters, amazing plotting and story concept full of so many twists and turns and then... yup there's more, there's MAGIC! You want a villain to make you cringe, shudder and fear... this book has that too!  I can't say enough! Treasure hunting, nasty government conspiracies, bad-ass futuristic racing, pirates, mutineers, humor, sarcasm, and did I mention crazy, crazy characters? It never stopped, I never stopped reading, and I WANT MORE!

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