A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (The Salvagers #2)
The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious are rich enough to retire in comfort for the rest of their days, but none of it matters if the galaxy is still in danger. Nilah and Boots, the ship's newest crew-members hear the word of a mysterious cult that may have links back to an ancient and all-powerful magic. To find it, hot-headed Nilah will have to go undercover and find the source of their power without revealing her true identity. Meanwhile, Boots is forced to confront the one person she'd hoped never to see again: her old, turn-coat treasure-hunting partner. The Salvagers A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy The Worst of All Possible Worlds

A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (The Salvagers #2) Details

TitleA Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (The Salvagers #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Space, Space Opera

A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy (The Salvagers #2) Review

  • Jes Reads
    January 1, 1970
    There is absolutely no way that I could give this book any less than five stars. If you're an avid watcher of my Youtube channel you got to watch me experience and fall head over heels in love with A big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (the first volume to this series) by author Alex White. There is so much I want to say about this book, but I'll try to stick to non-spoiler things, because everyone needs to read these books.Firstly this volume picks up seamlessly from where A Big Ship leaves of There is absolutely no way that I could give this book any less than five stars. If you're an avid watcher of my Youtube channel you got to watch me experience and fall head over heels in love with A big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (the first volume to this series) by author Alex White. There is so much I want to say about this book, but I'll try to stick to non-spoiler things, because everyone needs to read these books.Firstly this volume picks up seamlessly from where A Big Ship leaves off. Often when I read the second book I feel a bit disconnected and need time to adjust back into the story which usually takes up about the first 50-60 pages. I didn't experience that with this book. In the end of the first book our crew go their separate ways because they've saved the galaxy from certain death, what else could they possible have to deal with? But boy did they think wrong. I loved how the plot from this edition ties so well into the first one.Our villain in A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy may actually be the most terrifying entity I have ever experienced. Vraba is a splendid, brutal mix of both shadow and electronics. Inescapable and powerful I think they add such a depth to the story. This is one of my very favorite things about Alex's writings. They're able to make your skin crawl in fear with just a few simple words. I was terrified by Mother in the first book, but nothing has ever scared me as much as Vraba did. My favorite parts about these books will always be our characters. I have read a lot of books in my reading career, but none of the characters I have ever read about before feel more like home than these characters in this series. Firstly this book does an amazing job of truly making them feel a lot like family. While you're reading you get a good feel for each nuance of the types of people they truly are. You come to care so much about them. I was so glad to see how much each relationship developed in this book and especially the LGBT rep! If you're looking for a great f/f relationship look no further.Aside from the incredibly interesting plot, heists, bad ass protective robots, great relationships, and all of my other favorite things there is wonderful pronoun rep in this book. I love that our characters take their time to ask what other characters would prefer for their pronouns. It doesn't feel forced, it feels just like it should in our real world. This book may be set in space and be completely fictional, but I think our world could learn a few things from their world.Alex once again solidifies in my mind why they are one of my very favorite authors. They craft beautiful characters, villains, and in-depth stories. They never cease to amaze me.
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  • The Nerd Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Alright 4.5. I almost gave this book a 4* because it suffers from being the 2nd book in a series where the first book is one of my favorite books of the year. The book starts off a bit slow and unfortunately follows the traditional path of explaining the back story as the novel unfolds. This is one of my pet peeves these days and I prefer a quick recap chapter and then being dropped into the story. Once I got away from that though the book is just so damned entertaining and action packed that I Alright 4.5. I almost gave this book a 4* because it suffers from being the 2nd book in a series where the first book is one of my favorite books of the year. The book starts off a bit slow and unfortunately follows the traditional path of explaining the back story as the novel unfolds. This is one of my pet peeves these days and I prefer a quick recap chapter and then being dropped into the story. Once I got away from that though the book is just so damned entertaining and action packed that I really enjoyed the entire novel. Alex does such a great job of giving us a fun and entertaining story that is once again on the right side of being a “popcorn read”. Boots and Nilah return as POV’s and they continue to be favorites for me. Boots gets to confront some demons from her past and Nilah and Orna’s relationship is carried over from book 1. It’s not a fairytale relationship but it wasn’t just a fling from book 1 and in some ways this made the book for me. I had hoped we would still see them together. The crew of the Capricious felt like a collection of real people to me and I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
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  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars~"It swung a claw at her, arms extending like a bullwhip crack, and Nilah leapt off one of the shelves to get clear. Her calf muscle seared with pain as knifelike claws grazed her skin, tearing her pant leg. She landed hard, but soundly, and dashed off after Boots and Aisha.The song positively cooed with bloodlust."If you read my review for A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, you'll know that it was one of my favorite reads this year. I mean.. I flailed hard over it. Wicked hard! It 4.5 stars~"It swung a claw at her, arms extending like a bullwhip crack, and Nilah leapt off one of the shelves to get clear. Her calf muscle seared with pain as knifelike claws grazed her skin, tearing her pant leg. She landed hard, but soundly, and dashed off after Boots and Aisha.The song positively cooed with bloodlust."If you read my review for A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, you'll know that it was one of my favorite reads this year. I mean.. I flailed hard over it. Wicked hard! It's one of those books that I cannot stop recommending to people. I'm all but shoving the book directly into their eye holes. It's just so fucking good!White throws you into the middle of the action right away! A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy continues on a year after the events of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe. Boots (who I L-O-V-E) has retired, but the gang wants her to join them for One More Job. It's never as easy as it sounds and of course the crew on the Capricious run into many, many obstacles along the way. After all, you can't be big damn heroes without encountering some villains!This series contains phenomenal action sequences, a brilliant assortment of characters and an immersive backdrop of space-opera but with magic.. SPACE MAGIC! That juxtaposition when done right is fucking glorious!Like this series.So bloody fun!Readers can't help but make the Firefly comparisons with this, because it does have some of those qualities. As a pretty hardcore Browncoat, I've been wanting a Firefly novel forever (Big Damn Hero was finally just released.. excited to get to that in the new year!) Firefly means so damn much to me. Truly. This isn't Firefly.. even with those slight undertones. But it *is* still wholly unique in it's own way. It helps to fill the void that was left.. that ache that hasn't gone away in over 15 years. I would love if Alex wrote a Firefly novel. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW EPIC THAT WOULD BE?! Oof. I loved their take on the Alien franchise, another favorite of mine. So I mean.. let's do this! JUST TAKE MY GODDAMN MONEY ALREADY!! "The crowd writhed and swayed, bodies in motion to a blistering-hot beat. Wisps of arcane fireworks drifted overhead--glimmering wireframe dragons and murmurations of cormorants spraying cool flakes of magic as they passed."My one issue with A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy was that it felt a little *too* chaotic at times. Personally, I love the in-between moments just as much as the raging action. I would have liked a few more quiet instances for the characters to just.. breathe. Otherwise, this was a brilliant sequel!It's brutal and gut-punchy and funny and atmospheric as fuck! There's just something so genuine about White's writing. One of the most unique voices right now, bringing a necessary freshness to the sci-fi world.I am incredibly invested in the crew of the Capricious and cannot wait to see where their galaxy-spanning journey takes them next! (Endless thanks to Orbit Books for sending me a copy!)
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    More “Firefly” meets Jack Vance’s “Demon Princes” series, with nonstop action and wow, a LOT of explosions and gruesome injuries. One character says it all: “With all the stupid crap we do, it’s amazing we made it this far.” I do wish that the author would stop killing off cast members...still, I can’t wait for the next episode. Here’s what some other characters say:“I’m not putting love handles on my killbot.” All of her plans came to: Step one—the crew arrives; step two—explosions happen; step More “Firefly” meets Jack Vance’s “Demon Princes” series, with nonstop action and wow, a LOT of explosions and gruesome injuries. One character says it all: “With all the stupid crap we do, it’s amazing we made it this far.” I do wish that the author would stop killing off cast members...still, I can’t wait for the next episode. Here’s what some other characters say:“I’m not putting love handles on my killbot.” All of her plans came to: Step one—the crew arrives; step two—explosions happen; step three … step three goes here.“Zero hour,” said the captain, clapping Nilah on the shoulder. “If this plan isn’t going to work, now is your last chance to back out.”
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  • Jon Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent follow-up and I can't wait for the next one.
  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in Alex White's The Salvagers series lacks a bit of the, well, magic of the first--we already know the characters and the world, so there's less of a sense of discovery in this one--but makes up for it with a tighter plot with a well-defined antagonist who's less nebulous than the mysterious group the heroes were just coming to learn about in the first novel.White's writing continues to be confident, his pacing strong, and his characters compelling. As I said in my review of the The second book in Alex White's The Salvagers series lacks a bit of the, well, magic of the first--we already know the characters and the world, so there's less of a sense of discovery in this one--but makes up for it with a tighter plot with a well-defined antagonist who's less nebulous than the mysterious group the heroes were just coming to learn about in the first novel.White's writing continues to be confident, his pacing strong, and his characters compelling. As I said in my review of the first book, he's clearly comfortable with this world and its rules. Now that he doesn't have to spend as much time introducing his readers to how things work, he can focus a bit more on the intricacies of the plot, the action, and the character development. This makes for a propulsive story that's easy to read but doesn't feel light or simple.There are a few nits one could pick. The romance between two characters feels a bit rushed, in terms of how quickly their relationship has proceeded from fling, to something deeper, to something troubled, to a specific resolution. White has a peculiar reliance on the term "bloodred" (all one word, like that) which I found jarring to repeatedly encounter, but every writer, myself included, has those kind of quirks. The allegory with current US politics is sometimes laid on a little thick. Still, overall these are extremely minor issues and not worth knocking a star off, for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone looking for a fast, fun adventure. If "it's a space opera, except (almost) everyone in the universe is also a mage" sounds up your alley, this is a series you will absolutely enjoy.
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  • Delara
    January 1, 1970
    A thrilling sequel to my favorite sci-fi read of the year. Which makes Bad Deal another favorite sci-fi of the year. I will have more words to add to this later, but for now, all I can say is: READ THIS BOOK!That is all.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic adventure, loved every word.Such a brilliant, colourful universe. Loved the scale of the battles, all great, bring on book 2
  • Janet Slipak
    January 1, 1970
    Out June 2018Description: Book OneBoots 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 Out June 2018Description: Book OneBoots 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.I've previously reviewed book one, so now let's move along to book two.Book TwoOut December 2018Description: Book TwoThe greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series.The crew of the legendary Capricious are rich enough to retire in comfort for the rest of their days, but none of it matters if the galaxy is still in danger.Nilah and Boots, the ship’s newest crew-members hear the word of a mysterious cult that may have links back to an ancient and all-powerful magic. To find it, hot-headed Nilah will have to go undercover and find the source of their power without revealing her true identity. Meanwhile, Boots is forced to confront the one person she’d hoped never to see again: her old, turn-coat treasure-hunting partner.The Salvagers Series:A Big Ship at the Edge of the UniverseA Bad Deal for the Whole GalaxyBook Three Coming Soon!The Worst of All Possible WorldsMY THOUGHTS:I received both these books in exchange for my honest review.Whew! What a ride.So I previously received and read the first book of The Salvagers Series, A Big Ship At The Edge Of The Universe… one big title for a big book.The second book, equally as big a title for as equally a big book.The second book seamlessly continues where the first left off. This fantastic series full of fun, adventure, great character development, excellent fast-paced plot full of amazing twists and turns.The whole world building where the reader feels they can just jump in, and action to keep the reader hanging on to each page in anticipation of what’s going to happen next.What White is becoming well-known for is creating realistic and really liked characters and very intense and alarming villains. This series shows a unique ability to have complexed, layered character growth that develops in such a realistic way, the reader connects with them on a personal level.There’s a real “Firefly” feel to the series. The characters get under your skin and the villains creep the Hell out of you.There’s diversity, legends, exciting characters, secret societies, robots, heists and crazy adventures in space.
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  • Delaney Felix
    January 1, 1970
    This one was a 4.5 for me!A big thank you to Paola from Orbit for sending me a copy to read and review! *All opinions are my own.*I really enjoyed this continuation, almost as much as I enjoyed A Big Ship!We get to see a bit more from all of our favorite characters, and we get to watch their friendships and relationships grow, even through the harder stuff. Alex White knows how to write a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat! They write incredibly entertaining stories that I could e This one was a 4.5 for me!A big thank you to Paola from Orbit for sending me a copy to read and review! *All opinions are my own.*I really enjoyed this continuation, almost as much as I enjoyed A Big Ship!We get to see a bit more from all of our favorite characters, and we get to watch their friendships and relationships grow, even through the harder stuff. Alex White knows how to write a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat! They write incredibly entertaining stories that I could easily see as movies to binge watch!If anything, this one felt more action packed than the first one, if that’s possible. We start out right where book one ended, and if you haven’t read book one, go read 1&2 and then come back and read this review!It flowed seamlessly from the beginning, where the crew is aiming to take out a new “big bad” Vraba, and they go to persuade Boots to help them on one final job to take him down.The reason I gave this one a 4.5 instead of a 5 is that sometimes the action felt like a bit much. I loved seeing how everyone’s friendships grew, and the character development as well, but I also really really enjoy slower parts and found that this book had a few less of these than the first one.Overall I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fast paced book set in space that has some wonderful LGBT+ rep as well as a female-female relationship. Be forewarned that there is some language and a lot of gore.
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