Salvation Day

Salvation Day

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...

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Title:Salvation Day
Author:Kali Wallace
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Salvation Day Reviews

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 star at The BiblioSanctum

    After reading the description for Salvation Day, I thought I had a good idea of what I was in for: a futuristic sci-fi horror, with an outbreak scenario, maybe even possibly some crossover into zombie territory. I think I was picturing something like Dead Space in my mind. Well, what the book actually turned out to be was something quite different, though the story still ended up being a thrilling and cinematic experience.

    4 of 5 star at The BiblioSanctum

    After reading the description for Salvation Day, I thought I had a good idea of what I was in for: a futuristic sci-fi horror, with an outbreak scenario, maybe even possibly some crossover into zombie territory. I think I was picturing something like Dead Space in my mind. Well, what the book actually turned out to be was something quite different, though the story still ended up being a thrilling and cinematic experience.

    Around a decade ago, the space exploration vessel House of Wisdom became abandoned after a deadly infectious virus was released on board, killing everyone on the ship. The sole survivor was a boy, Jaswinder Bhattacharya, the son of a very prominent family in the political and scientific community. Subsequently adopted by his aunt, Jas spent the next ten years pretending he could not remember what happened on the House of Wisdom and has tried to keep a low profile ever since. Meanwhile, the spaceship, which has become massive tomb, is left drifting in space guarded by drone missiles that would destroy anything that dared approach.

    Now older, Jas is about to embark on his first journey back into space since the incident, along with a small group of his friends and fellow students. But unbeknownst to him, he is the key to a plan hatched up by a cult who want to use his genetic signature to bypass the security measures guarding House of Wisdom, which they mean to transform into a new home for their people. Zahra is one of the members of this cult, acting upon the orders of their leader Adam. She and her team were supposed to hijack Jas’ shuttle and kidnap the young man, forcing him to help them access the ship. No one was supposed to get hurt, or at least that was Zahra’s original understanding. But not long after they took over of the shuttle, everything started going wrong. Not surprisingly, when they reach the House of Wisdom, they also find bodies. However, what Zahra finds disturbing is not the presence of the dead, but the way that they died, which does not appear consistent with what was reported by the government. She and her team had been inoculated against the virus that supposedly killed everyone, but the threat they are faced with is something else entirely.

    The story is told via two main perspectives—Zahra and Jas. Kali Wallace does a fantastic job balancing their POVs, giving readers enough background into her characters’ lives so we can sympathize with them and understand what drives them. Despite them being very different and having conflicting motives, I felt connected to both protagonists. It’s hard to say whose chapters I enjoyed following more, as I thought their lives were equally fascinating to read about. And once Zahra and Jas realized that they would be better off working together to survive, that’s when the character development and relationship dynamics grew even more intriguing.

    As I said before, the way the story is presented is also very cinematic, and there were certain scenes that made me feel like I was watching a movie. Periodically, bits and pieces of conversation and reports from the House of Wisdom passengers’ last moments are also injected into the narrative, heightening the tensions and spooky atmosphere aboard the derelict ship. In addition, the world-building helps set Salvation Day apart from other sci-fi offerings that feature similar themes. The politics of this world are complex, involving a complete restructuring of the society following an apocalyptic event. Spawned in the aftermath of the collapse are a number of different government factions, resistance organizations, displaced refugees and other outsider groups like cults and extremist movements. All these opposing forces have created uncertain conditions and unique challenges in people’s lives.

    Then there are the more pressing, immediate threats facing our characters once they make it aboard the House of Wisdom. Hidden agendas, betrayals, and secrets help keep the plot engaging, as if the dangers around them and the possibility of being infected with a deadly parasite weren’t enough. I honestly didn’t expect much from this book beyond the virus angle, but as the story gradually expanded in scope, I was drawn into a plot that was way more nuanced than I had originally thought, and I ended up being quite satisfied with the crux and conclusion.

    At the end of the day, I would recommend Salvation Day if you enjoy sci-fi thrillers with a touch of horror, and I thought Kali Wallace did an especially good job at the creating an atmosphere of suspense and claustrophobia! Glad I took the chance on this one.

  • The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys! I have been meaning to read some of Kali Wallace’s work for quite some time but always seem to forget to do so. Then I was reminded of this book’s existence from

    Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum’s awesome review which led me to this fun read. She said:

    Ahoy there me mateys! I have been meaning to read some of Kali Wallace’s work for quite some time but always seem to forget to do so. Then I was reminded of this book’s existence from

    Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum’s awesome review which led me to this fun read. She said:

    Aye, ye heard it correctly, an abandoned derelict ship filled with dead bodies . . . in space! This read was certainly spooky. The book starts with a group from a fringe colony taking a passenger vessel hostage with the goal of stealing a massive abandoned generation ship. The generation ship’s crew was previously killed in a viral outbreak where there was only one survivor. But when the kidnappers get to the ship, the dead bodies’ cause of death doesn’t seem to match the official story.

    Of course that be all ye get from me because of spoilers. The story is told from the perspective of two people, the original virus survivor, Jas, and one of the kidnappers, Zahara. I actually thought the back-and-forth between the two helped add to the suspense and mystery of the plot. With each shift, the reader is given new pieces of the current puzzle and also insight into the past. And there is no romance here. Hooray!

    The world-building is what sets this apart from other sci-fi tales. The story is nuanced with conflicting politics from multiple factions, problems with intrapersonal relationships, and atmospheric ship details. This was a quick read that I devoured in one sitting. The couple chapters of what happened politically at the very end weren’t completely to me taste but overall this was a fantastic read that I highly recommend. Arrrr!

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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

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    This was such a high energy, eerie adventure through space. Our main characters, Zahra and Jaswinder, had incredibly differing motivations for everything that happened, and it was easy to relate to both of their stances, though as the reader, it's clear to see that Zahra is being manipulated. Zahra is a member of what basically amounts to a cult which operates under the guise of

    .

    This was such a high energy, eerie adventure through space. Our main characters, Zahra and Jaswinder, had incredibly differing motivations for everything that happened, and it was easy to relate to both of their stances, though as the reader, it's clear to see that Zahra is being manipulated. Zahra is a member of what basically amounts to a cult which operates under the guise of "helping/saving" (don't they all?) Jas has absolutely no plans to throw himself into any sort of conflict, but when your ship is taken hostage... well, we do what we must to survive.

    And that is the crux of it: these people are all trying to survive, but there is so much that they don't know. Obviously a good portion of the book is devoted to uncovering the myriad of things that have been shoved under the rug, things that neither character was ever aware of. And ultimately, there are a lot of questions about who they can and can't trust.

    It's such an action-packed book (it would make an incredible movie, by the way, someone should get on that) that you definitely won't be bored as you try to figure out what our main characters will discover next. The entire vibe of the book really nails an eerie, creepy ambiance that fits perfectly with the world the author created. My one qualm was that I didn't feel as much of a connection with the characters as I would have liked too. The side characters especially felt a bit disposable. But overall, the plot and the unfurling secrets and discoveries were intense enough to keep me well entertained!

    Bottom Line: Definitely a plot driven novel, the action and mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. 

  • Tucker

    Instead of writing a full review, I'm going to make gif-review because my depression and OCD are being b*tchy. Sooo...

    On the first page:

    When I met the characters:

    When they entered the spaceship:

    When sh*t started happening:

    (Like seriously, every night I read this before bed, it was hard to fall asleep because of was buzzing with the thrill of a food book)

    When all was revealed:

    That's all I have. to be honest, I'm truly

    Instead of writing a full review, I'm going to make gif-review because my depression and OCD are being b*tchy. Sooo...

    On the first page:

    When I met the characters:

    When they entered the spaceship:

    When sh*t started happening:

    (Like seriously, every night I read this before bed, it was hard to fall asleep because of was buzzing with the thrill of a food book)

    When all was revealed:

    That's all I have. to be honest, I'm truly ashamed of how awful this review is and I feel near tears. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to do what I love because of mental illness. As always, all I can do is push though. I apologize and thank you guys for your understanding. ❤

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  • Michelle Morrell

    After purchasing my tickets for Comicon, I got an email. Would I be interested in a free book, and would I agree to come to a Book Club meeting at the con? Ummm, would I like to breathe oxygen? Heck yeah!

    I waited, "patiently," and two weeks before con, it arrived! A happy little package with this book and some assorted materials:

    I was deep in the middle of a PKD nominee, but I cracked this open and looked up again four hours later. So, readable? Definitely.

    While this book deals with two opposing

    After purchasing my tickets for Comicon, I got an email. Would I be interested in a free book, and would I agree to come to a Book Club meeting at the con? Ummm, would I like to breathe oxygen? Heck yeah!

    I waited, "patiently," and two weeks before con, it arrived! A happy little package with this book and some assorted materials:

    I was deep in the middle of a PKD nominee, but I cracked this open and looked up again four hours later. So, readable? Definitely.

    While this book deals with two opposing groups, it boils down to two main characters, united by a tragedy from their childhood: the mysterious and bad deaths of a space craft full of people. The ship, abandoned and untouched, now a mass grave and always a mystery, soon becomes more. To some, it's hope. To others, it's terror.

    At first I felt there were a LOT of similarities to the first Expanse book, to say why would be spoilers. And while I think there were definitely influences, the plot and characters moved beyond and became fully its own story. We have the female lead: terrorist? someone bucking the system just trying to find freedom for her people? broken daughter trying to clear her father's name? And the male: brilliant hero trying to save HIS people? traumatized son trying to find answers? the only person who knows what truly happened up there? They both ended up more by the time it was done. And extra special points for them NOT hooking up. This is not a YA book, for sure.

    I liked the blending of horror and science fiction, and the characters (for the most part) seemed very fleshed out in their actions and motivations. The only part that seemed a miss was the portrayal of the cult leader. 1) TRIGGERED from my very conservative upbringing, there's no way any sane person would buy that megalomaniac crap, right? 2) by the time we meet him, sh!t is going down and we get a very maniacal one-dimensional character which made me wonder how he got so many people to follow him.

    Anyway, it ended up being a lot better than I anticipated, and listening to everyone discuss at the Book Club was super fun. Also fun? The bag of swag I got at the end, woot!

  • Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I'm going to be completely honest here... I was ambivalent about this one when I accepted the ARC. I put off reading it, fiddlefarted around, avoiding it. But I'm so glad I finally picked it up! Once I got sucked in, I couldn't put it down! I read huge chunks every sitting!

    It's an almost-horror sci-fi thriller novel, set in space, on an abandoned spacecraft... haunted in a science

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

    I'm going to be completely honest here... I was ambivalent about this one when I accepted the ARC. I put off reading it, fiddlefarted around, avoiding it. But I'm so glad I finally picked it up! Once I got sucked in, I couldn't put it down! I read huge chunks every sitting!

    It's an almost-horror sci-fi thriller novel, set in space, on an abandoned spacecraft... haunted in a science fiction technical kinda way. The pacing is fast, but not so fast that it blows past the story. You get depth and developed characters, but it never sits down or goes so slow that you get bored.

    I won't say more about the plot, because spoilers, but I definitely recommend this book to readers of sci-fi/space thrillers who like a little bit of potential horror mixed in. It wasn't really horror, but horror-adjacent, as I never found any of it SCARY. But it was on the cusp of being something terrifying, so that added stress really set a darker, higher stakes tone for the book.

    Overall, I really liked it. 4 stars!

  • Sarah

    Salvation Day starts with a bang, with a small group of outlaws abducting a passenger transport vehicle that is delivering students to their internships on the moon. Their goal is to use the students as hostages to buy them time to hack their way past the security net of a derelict ship called House of Wisdom, steal the ship, and sail off into the galaxy to find a new home where the Council's rule does not reach.

    The problem? House of Wisdom is derelict because an unknown virus killed every last

    Salvation Day starts with a bang, with a small group of outlaws abducting a passenger transport vehicle that is delivering students to their internships on the moon.  Their goal is to use the students as hostages to buy them time to hack their way past the security net of a derelict ship called House of Wisdom, steal the ship, and sail off into the galaxy to find a new home where the Council's rule does not reach.

    The problem?  House of Wisdom is derelict because an unknown virus killed every last crew member 10 years ago.

    Our two MCs are Zahra and Jas.  Zahra is a member of the outlaw group.  Jas is one of the hostages, and the only surviving member of the House of Wisdom incident.  I liked the contrast between the two characters and how the author tied them together.  They are on two opposing sides and yet have shared many of the same struggles and pains for many similar reasons.  I won't spoil Zahra's back story, but she has ties to House of Wisdom too, and while she is there to help her people, she has personal reasons for being there also.

    The setting is very well done.  It reminded me a lot of The Last Astronaut, and the movie Sphere.  It's not surprising at all, but it's such an important element to stories like this.  It sets the tone for the whole book.  Imagine dark spaces, dead gardens, freezing cold, low-level red emergency lights.  Wallace doesn't waste pages and paragraphs writing about it (the book is only about 300 pages long) but gives the reader just enough to take the image and run.

    Despite the initial fast pace, I did feel like the pacing continuously winds down as we near the end of the book.  There came a point where I understood almost exactly how the book would end, and some of the tension was lost.  Compounding the problem, what you see is sort of what you get. There were some opportunities to layer in outside threats over the internal threat of the virus, and I never really had the sense of impending doom coming down on the MCs from all sides like I wanted.

    That being said, I think Wallace's characterization was very well done.  These aren't the sort of characters I'll look back on with fondness- I don't feel any personal sort of connection to them.  Regardless of how innocent or guilty they were, I cared about them.  Their arcs were wonderful and each went through sufficient development, changing as the story progressed.  I do think it was the characters more than the action that drove me forward, which isn't exactly what I'd expect from a sci-fi thriller.

    I also sincerely appreciated how in that final chapter, Wallace managed to make the story so very relevant to today's political climate.  Some of those final paragraphs really got me thinking about how, for all our progress, no matter how much things change, some things really just stay the same.  That level of thoughtfulness wasn't what I expected in this type of book, and I loved it.

    I did have one issue with the ending, and I'm going to choose my words very carefully here so as not to put others off.  It's not vague and it's not a non-ending, but I was really annoyed when the author posed a question in the last 20 pages that she then proceeded not to answer.

    It wasn't as if this particular question was overly complex.  It doesn't seem a large enough question to be setting up a sequel.  I wouldn't call this ending bad- it just felt lazy.  An epilogue could have fixed it, and in fairness to the book, the copy I read was an ARC (won in a giveaway, thank you Berkley!) so maybe the epilogue was added to the final version.  You know how most fairy tales close with a "And they all lived happily ever after"?  I don't need all my books to end happily ever after, I just need them to end.  Wallace gave us enough food for thought to keep me thinking about the book after it ended without needing to leave me wondering about post-book events.

    Overall, this is a quick little read that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys the genre.

  • Anna Luce

    2 stars

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    ★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

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    and not in control of their circumstances.

    The story also takes its time to define its setting, that is of providing a solid world-building. Although I am certainly not a fan of 'info-dumps',

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    Perhaps those who haven't read much speculative fiction might be able to enjoy this more than I did.

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  • Theresa

    In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

    It pains me to give this book a 2.5 star rating (2 recorded) but when measuring my thoughts against recent 3 star reads it doesn't match up. I really wanted to like this book and be lost in this future world. It

    In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

    It pains me to give this book a 2.5 star rating (2 recorded) but when measuring my thoughts against recent 3 star reads it doesn't match up. I really wanted to like this book and be lost in this future world. It just didn't happen! The writing was not the issue entirely. Somewhere though it just went of course for me. I think the book was entirely too long for the story the author tried to tell. She probably could have wrapped it up in under 200 pages. There was too much filler and unfortunately that filler was not overly interesting or vital to the story. I also had no feelings whatsoever for any of the characters, good of bad. They were just there, nothing else. I also disliked the constant use of f-bombs throughout and coming from every character and for any reason. I'm certainly no prude and have been known to swear like a sailor in the very, very rare occasion when circumstances warrant. However, the use in this book felt off and not authentic. Bottom line it did nothing to add to building characters or plot forwarding so it was a detractor at best and a total turn off of the story at worst.

    2*(2.5)/4.04*

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I really want to read this soon, buuuut I've been at 23% for over a month so I'm setting it aside for now.

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