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Salvation Day

Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.

They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya - the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship - a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.

And then they woke it up.

©2019 Kali Wallace (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Kali Wallace, the world needs you - and this book. Salvation Day is a taut thriller, a near-future look at where we're headed next, a mirror reflecting the best and worst of humanity. It is all that, and so much more. I'd follow the rebellious heroine Zahra anywhere - especially into another nail-biter of a story like this." (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author of The Demon Crown)

Salvation Day is a masterful story set at a screaming pace. It had me holding on for dear life all the way through. I loved it.” (Mur Lafferty, Hugo Award-winning author of Six Wakes)
 

"Breakneck pace with real thrills and chills - plus lots of meaty stuff to think about. One of the major science-fiction debuts of 2019. Kali Wallace is a force to be reckoned with." (Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night)

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 08-30-19

What A Story!

I’ll get this out of the way to begin with. This story reminded me of a modern day (actually futuristic) retelling of Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain – which was one of my favorite books growing up and pushed me into my love for Science Fiction, Bio-Thrillers, and a new genre to that time Technothrillers. Salvation Day by Kali Wallace was an excellent combination of all of these genres and will stand up as one of my favorite books in 2019.

So, sitting down and re-reading the synopsis has me quickly realizing that this is going to be a hard review to write without spoiling anything. If I end up going off course, I apologize, and if I’m vague, that’s why.

Salvation Day tells the story of a group of people who have been forgotten. They were either outcast into the wastelands of the deserts in the former United States or they have chosen to live there because of one reason or another. They are seeking a new place to live… a Salvation Day you might say. They set their sites onto a derelict ship that (slight spoiler here) took the lives of every member of the ship except for one (spoiler over). But this ship holds the secrets of its dead crew along with many, many more.

The overall storytelling that jumped back and forth between characters but also between transmissions and other communication was really up my alley. I thought that it jumped around just enough as to not be confusing but to tell stories within stories.

When you finally get towards the end and the entire set up starts to make sense – I hope you’re as shocked as I am. This book had me hook, line, and sinker throughout and still managed to surprise me.

The story itself was excellent and was one that I absolutely flew through. This is aided by the triple narration threat that was Vikas Adam, Kimberly Farr, and Kyla Garcia. These three did a great job making Wallace’s great story into something even better.

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A Wonderful Mashup!

It’s a caper! It’s a haunted house! It’s full of political intrigue and a cult!

“Salvation Day” is all of those things. But most of all, it’s wonderful!