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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing sci-fi tale tackles misogyny, sexual liberation.

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SALVAGE is a challenging read, both in terms of the writing style and the book's nuanced treatment of sexual themes, but it will richly reward teens who make the effort. Ava is almost unlikable at the story's start. Once her defenses are brutally torn down, she's like any young teen on the cusp of womanhood, though in extraordinary circumstances. Debut author Alexandra Duncan's heroine is a welcome addition to the male-dominated sci-fi genre.

The strong feminist narrative may strike some readers as polemical. But the strength, kindness, and respect Ava discovers in Rushil outshines the crass men who prowl through the pages and leads to a more hopeful outlook. The sexual content is thoughtfully and sensitively treated. It may be a lot for some readers to handle, especially young teens who aren't yet fully aware of sexism and gender-related violence. Still, the book's a terrific launching pad for far-ranging conversations on sexuality, sexism, religion, culture, and more. Parents might want to prepare by reading up on gender stereotypes and media.

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