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The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run. With devastatingly powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, Nilah and Boots struggle to piece together rumors of an ancient technology t The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run. With devastatingly powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, Nilah and Boots struggle to piece together rumors of an ancient technology that could lead to victory. Ensnared by the legend of Origin, humanity's birthplace, and a long-dead form of magic, the Capricious takes off on a journey to find the first colony ship...and magic that could bring down gods.


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The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run. With devastatingly powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, Nilah and Boots struggle to piece together rumors of an ancient technology t The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run. With devastatingly powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, Nilah and Boots struggle to piece together rumors of an ancient technology that could lead to victory. Ensnared by the legend of Origin, humanity's birthplace, and a long-dead form of magic, the Capricious takes off on a journey to find the first colony ship...and magic that could bring down gods.

30 review for The Worst of All Possible Worlds

  1. 5 out of 5

    THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)

    Epic in scope, non-stop action, mysteries unveiled, this is one exhilarating space-opera spiced with an awesome combination of technology and magic. I think that this is the best book in the entire trilogy. Brilliant pacing, awesome character interactions, and a perfect blend of grimness and humour that shines through big intergalactic battles and politics. This last book deals with the mysteries of Origin and magic. The revelations were amazing, and some of the descriptions were surreal. I loved Epic in scope, non-stop action, mysteries unveiled, this is one exhilarating space-opera spiced with an awesome combination of technology and magic. I think that this is the best book in the entire trilogy. Brilliant pacing, awesome character interactions, and a perfect blend of grimness and humour that shines through big intergalactic battles and politics. This last book deals with the mysteries of Origin and magic. The revelations were amazing, and some of the descriptions were surreal. I loved the way how White balances the action, and giving us plausible character growth at the same time. The storyarc dealing with Henrick Witts and his gods reaches an explosive climax. The last part of the book was cinematic, and I long to see it on the big screen. The characters are all there, with the addition of two new members. Nilah and Orna get married, and I can't love them enough. Boots always cracks me up with her hardy humour. However, I was much intrigued by Alister and Jeannie, and their shady past. Some things are revealed about them, and some are not. I would like to read a novella about them after this particular book. The crew of the Capricious gets into the ultimate fight of their lives in this book, and they're outmatched. I absolutely loved the AI destroyer, and its attitude is filled with snarky humour. It lit a smile in my face when it interacted with the crew, and was a freaking badass. Most of the crew deals with their loss and a past they can't forget, and Nilah faces it for the first time and comes out strong, shoving aside her revenge and completing the mission. This is one of the most entertaining space-operas I've ever read, and I believe that it should be pitched for a movie. There's no hard science stuff in it, and hence it's very easy to get immersed in the story. I love the crew of Capricious, but, for the time being they've earned their rest. What a fitting climax to the trilogy!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vigasia

    Great ending of the great series. It was good to see my favourtie space crew once again and go with them on another adventure. If you liked previous installments, you will love this one. There's non stop action with a lot of humor, but also many heart-stopping moments. It is hard to read a book if you love characters so much that you want them all to survive to the end. Did they make it? REad it and find out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Delaney Felix

    4.5. Review for The Worst of All Possible Worlds by Alex White Thank you so much to Orbit for sending me an e-copy of this to read and review! All opinions are my own. Trigger Warnings (TW): For violence, murder, and fighting, talk of struggling with drinking, smoking. Summary: “The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run. With devasta 4.5. Review for The Worst of All Possible Worlds by Alex White Thank you so much to Orbit for sending me an e-copy of this to read and review! All opinions are my own. Trigger Warnings (TW): For violence, murder, and fighting, talk of struggling with drinking, smoking. Summary: “The greatest dangers hide the brightest treasures in this bold, planet-hopping science fiction adventure series. The crew of the legendary Capricious may have gone legitimate, but they're still on the run. With devastatingly powerful enemies in pursuit and family and friends under attack planetside, Nilah and Boots struggle to piece together rumors of an ancient technology that could lead to victory. Ensnared by the legend of Origin, humanity's birthplace, and a long-dead form of magic, the Capricious takes off on a journey to find the first colony ship...and magic that could bring down gods.” My Thoughts First off, from start to finish this is one of the most satisfying and action-packed series I have ever read. White creates some of the most endearing and frustrating characters that I’ve ever come to love. From the first chapter of book one, I was absolutely captivated. These books hit the ground running and rarely ever stop, and when they do, it’s usually for a touching or important scene between characters. I’ve grown to care for these characters so deeply, and I loved watching their relationships grow throughout the series, because they were so easy to relate to and understand. Not to mention the action! We follow the crew of the Capricious throughout their treasure hunting and badassery across the galaxy. This series has a beautiful blend of science fiction (spaaaace) as well as a fantastical magic system that I loved learning new facets of in each installment. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Boots and Kin, and watching this ragtag crew grow to be one of (if not) the best found family I’ve ever read. I’m always nervous for finales to series or trilogies, and this one did not disappoint whatsoever. I’ll be pushing this series onto many people from here on out. Overall (TLDR) If you’re looking for a page turning adventure with amazing characters and an immersive world and magic system, I highly recommend this series. You’ll grow to love the characters immensely and have to know how it all ends up. Alex White has shot up onto my list of “must buy” authors, because they stole my heart with this series and these characters. Thanks again to Orbit for sending me a copy, I’m so happy to have read this! Go read this, and then find me on Instagram and Twitter! Instagram Twitter

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mili

    This series has everything that I love! Magic, adventure in space, founding family with amazing characters and humor. Going to miss them all so much. It is actionpacked badassery from start to finish, but definitely also with tender moments. This series goes on my reread pile.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    Ashamed to be adding this to my to-read list only now which is also a year after reading book 2, wow

  6. 4 out of 5

    Delara

    Hello. I would like to report a robbery...OF MY HEART. To follow is a disgustingly gushy slash good review of this, the third and final book in The Salvagers series, coming soon once I retrieve all my feelings. How dare, Alex White. How dare. (And thank you!!!) Ok. Feelings retrieved. Well, it's happened. THE WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS has soared to the very top, the apex, the peak of my favorite sci-fi reads of the year, and, as a result, Alex White has permanently stolen my heart. If you see th Hello. I would like to report a robbery...OF MY HEART. To follow is a disgustingly gushy slash good review of this, the third and final book in The Salvagers series, coming soon once I retrieve all my feelings. How dare, Alex White. How dare. (And thank you!!!) Ok. Feelings retrieved. Well, it's happened. THE WORST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS has soared to the very top, the apex, the peak of my favorite sci-fi reads of the year, and, as a result, Alex White has permanently stolen my heart. If you see them, tell them I don't need it back. THE WORST, which I will call this book for the remainder of this review, is the incredibly satisfying wrap-up for The Salvagers series and the Capricious crew. In THE WORST, this ragtag bunch of "legit" crime solvers must fight the final big baddies: Nilah's super-evil former racing coach, and the uber-god himself, Henrick Witts. THE WORST has everything for fans of space opera and fantasy, mashed up together in one technically accomplished package: found family, love, battles, blood, revenge, and--of course--the biggest treasure hunt ever: humanity's birthplace and source of some big-time magic. There wasn't one moment in THE WORST where I wasn't anxious for what came next, flipping pages like a sugar rush. Cordell really shone in this book; getting to know him more was a delight, as was seeing Boots . I have to compliment White (what? more compliments?), especially, for chapter nineteen; lots of happy tears from this reader. I do believe I'll be rereading that scene for years to come. Thank you, Orbit, for entrusting me with the honor of shouting from the rooftops and throwing this book at everyone. Can't wait for Alex White's next trilogy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rana

    My breath was held the whole freaking time. It's pretty damned amazing that this series has been such a thrill ride but also just a lovely group of characters to hang out with. The humanity and the love and the warmth is here but so is exciting fights and action. A real balancing act that was incredibly successful. (view spoiler)[And dare I hope that we get a spinoff of Alistair and Jeannie? (hide spoiler)] My breath was held the whole freaking time. It's pretty damned amazing that this series has been such a thrill ride but also just a lovely group of characters to hang out with. The humanity and the love and the warmth is here but so is exciting fights and action. A real balancing act that was incredibly successful. (view spoiler)[And dare I hope that we get a spinoff of Alistair and Jeannie? (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Just as enjoyable as the first two, and probably the one with the best pacing and most coherent plot. The Worst of All Possible Worlds wraps up the Salvagers trilogy quite well, retaining the kinetic action and memorable characters from the first two while offering what I felt was the best of the three stories. White's prose reads like it's waiting to be turned into a movie, and I mean that in the best possible way - it's cinematic, compelling, and rarely bogs down. While I saw a certain big eve Just as enjoyable as the first two, and probably the one with the best pacing and most coherent plot. The Worst of All Possible Worlds wraps up the Salvagers trilogy quite well, retaining the kinetic action and memorable characters from the first two while offering what I felt was the best of the three stories. White's prose reads like it's waiting to be turned into a movie, and I mean that in the best possible way - it's cinematic, compelling, and rarely bogs down. While I saw a certain big event coming toward the end of the book, I wasn't disappointed by it. I might've liked to see a touch more bitter in the bittersweet ending, but overall things wrap up really well, even while still leaving room for White to return to the universe they've created, should they want to. Read the whole series. It's good space opera fun!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is the third book in The Salvagers series by Alex White. This series is a combination of Space Opera/Fantasy with a mixture of science and magic in a far distant future. A misfit team consisting of a treasure hunter/ex-soldier, a race car driver and the crew of the spaceship Capricious are once again on a mission to save mankind from destruction. This book is the best of the series in my opinion, except for the ending which I was disappointed in. The action is almost non-stop and the charac This is the third book in The Salvagers series by Alex White. This series is a combination of Space Opera/Fantasy with a mixture of science and magic in a far distant future. A misfit team consisting of a treasure hunter/ex-soldier, a race car driver and the crew of the spaceship Capricious are once again on a mission to save mankind from destruction. This book is the best of the series in my opinion, except for the ending which I was disappointed in. The action is almost non-stop and the characters are interesting and you find yourself caring about their welfare. This book is a great conclusion to this series and I look forward to reading more books by Alex White.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie Allison

    Wow! The Worst of All Possible Worlds is an amazing, action-packed ending to an extremely entertaining trilogy. What I loved most about this series and this story is that I had absolutely no clue as to how it was going to end - and it ended in the best of all possible endings. The characters are all so genuine and vibrant, and I absolutely fell in love with them all over again in this book. The setting is a perfect mash-up of sci-fi, tech and magic. The plot is engaging, and the pacing is br Wow! The Worst of All Possible Worlds is an amazing, action-packed ending to an extremely entertaining trilogy. What I loved most about this series and this story is that I had absolutely no clue as to how it was going to end - and it ended in the best of all possible endings. The characters are all so genuine and vibrant, and I absolutely fell in love with them all over again in this book. The setting is a perfect mash-up of sci-fi, tech and magic. The plot is engaging, and the pacing is break-neck and tense when it needs to be, but slows down for some quality, intimate character moments. I think I'm going to miss the Salvagers, and I hope that they show up again in maybe a less galaxy-threatening circumstance. If I have one gripe about this book, and much like the other two books in the series, it is that some of the scenes are a little disjointed and it can be kind of jarring. It is almost like something is being edited out, but there is no bridge to fill the gap between the scenes. In this one, it does not happen very often, but it is noticeable. I highly recommend this series to anyone who misses Firefly, enjoys Stargate or Farscape, even Babylon 5, and Indiana Jones. It really has a lot to offer a wide variety of audiences!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Lucas

    Book 3 comes in strong, but fizzles out a bit for me in the end. Our beloved characters are strong, funny, and endearing just as we saw in books 1 and 2, but unfortunately their plot seems to have been missing some foundation in how to conclude their story. After waiting and waiting through 3 books to see how things end, I felt a bit cheated with the way the author decided to take things and how they cleanly snipped the story into a package and ribboned it up for us. It wasn't terrible, but felt Book 3 comes in strong, but fizzles out a bit for me in the end. Our beloved characters are strong, funny, and endearing just as we saw in books 1 and 2, but unfortunately their plot seems to have been missing some foundation in how to conclude their story. After waiting and waiting through 3 books to see how things end, I felt a bit cheated with the way the author decided to take things and how they cleanly snipped the story into a package and ribboned it up for us. It wasn't terrible, but felt a little cheap after all this time. I felt a couple other characters and backstory could have been used more to bring the conclusion to a pinnacle, but felt like we were trying to go go go and didn't have time for the extra mile. Overall, story is still good, trilogy was satisfied, and I am glad to have read the book. *Book consumption info provided for context in my reviews: Listened to Audiobook version at 1.3x speed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JDK1962

    Very much enjoyed the trilogy, and highly recommend reading all three within a (relatively) short time span (especially since they're all out), since it's basically a single story arc. Especially noteworthy for the character development and interactions: you enjoy hanging with these folks. My only quibble is the one I made in previous reviews: I just don't feel like there's enough physical scene-setting in the action set pieces. Bits of detail keep jerking me out of the scenes, as I took them in Very much enjoyed the trilogy, and highly recommend reading all three within a (relatively) short time span (especially since they're all out), since it's basically a single story arc. Especially noteworthy for the character development and interactions: you enjoy hanging with these folks. My only quibble is the one I made in previous reviews: I just don't feel like there's enough physical scene-setting in the action set pieces. Bits of detail keep jerking me out of the scenes, as I took them in and tried to revise my mental pictures. I never did get the Origin setting quite straight in my head. That's a minor quibble though, and it certainly didn't frustrate me enough to stop reading. It may have been me, and my paucity of visual imagination. I'd definitely read another book by them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    A great way to end one of my favourite modern science fiction series. The crew of the capricious are still working toward vanquishing their enemies with immense world-ending powers, find a possible hope in the legend of Origin and finding the initial colony ship sent out from it as it may contain a way to save humanity. It's a great ending to the series, with lots of action, heart, and a fantastic galaxy hopping story. Much like its tag-line, it is the closest thing to a firefly-like story that A great way to end one of my favourite modern science fiction series. The crew of the capricious are still working toward vanquishing their enemies with immense world-ending powers, find a possible hope in the legend of Origin and finding the initial colony ship sent out from it as it may contain a way to save humanity. It's a great ending to the series, with lots of action, heart, and a fantastic galaxy hopping story. Much like its tag-line, it is the closest thing to a firefly-like story that exists. In which all members of the crew gain further depth, including maligned characters such as the twins and the story has a great conclusion which ends the story on a high note and while it is left open to more stories, it is not necessary.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Read Ng

    Part three of a trilogy. This is not stand alone. You must read parts 1 and 2 for this to make any sense. An exciting conclusion. I am not always a fan of supernatural magic in a storyline, but every now and then it is something in the presentation that seems to click for me. This is one of those times. I had some difficulty getting back into the storyline. It was likely due to the break between when I read book #2 and waiting for the release of #3. That is the big reason I prefer to binge read a Part three of a trilogy. This is not stand alone. You must read parts 1 and 2 for this to make any sense. An exciting conclusion. I am not always a fan of supernatural magic in a storyline, but every now and then it is something in the presentation that seems to click for me. This is one of those times. I had some difficulty getting back into the storyline. It was likely due to the break between when I read book #2 and waiting for the release of #3. That is the big reason I prefer to binge read a trilogy. I am not sure the characters will live happily ever after. They did triumph over evil in the end, but retirement may prove to be a letdown from events that lead them there. Have a GoodReads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christian Freed

    This one got a little more complex than the first two. A little too magicky for me but still enjoyed the storyline. One thing I always find interesting is the way an author (and I might guilty of this as well) takes an almost invincible bad guy and lets them get beaten just because the good guys team up to work together. If the baddie is that powerful don't you think he or she would have just wiped out the opposition? Anyway, this concludes the Salvager series and they were entertaining, packed This one got a little more complex than the first two. A little too magicky for me but still enjoyed the storyline. One thing I always find interesting is the way an author (and I might guilty of this as well) takes an almost invincible bad guy and lets them get beaten just because the good guys team up to work together. If the baddie is that powerful don't you think he or she would have just wiped out the opposition? Anyway, this concludes the Salvager series and they were entertaining, packed with action, had a good range of characters with moderate development. The author kept adding twists right up until the end, paving the way for potential spin offs. Not a bad read at all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Silyara

    A strong finish. This books builds on the others in the series. It has little references that serve as reminders. However, these are not recap paragraphs but instead the kind of references that people would make, and they fit in smoothly. People have consequences for what they have done before and do now. Sometimes people make DUMB decisions but dumb in character ones. It's great and wonderful. Found family, queer content, incredible fight scenes, character development, and more. It really ties A strong finish. This books builds on the others in the series. It has little references that serve as reminders. However, these are not recap paragraphs but instead the kind of references that people would make, and they fit in smoothly. People have consequences for what they have done before and do now. Sometimes people make DUMB decisions but dumb in character ones. It's great and wonderful. Found family, queer content, incredible fight scenes, character development, and more. It really ties it all together, and arcs carry through the whole series. Seriously, so good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

    A great conclusion to one of my favorite recent series! This one gets even more into magic and fantasy than the prior two, which are primarily in the "magic as an alternative to science and electricity" camp. I would love some appendices or supplemental material about how magic works in this world. Other than a painfully embarrassing Flashdance scene meant to serve as catharsis about halfway through this final instalment, and a few concerns about disability representation, The Salvagers is all in A great conclusion to one of my favorite recent series! This one gets even more into magic and fantasy than the prior two, which are primarily in the "magic as an alternative to science and electricity" camp. I would love some appendices or supplemental material about how magic works in this world. Other than a painfully embarrassing Flashdance scene meant to serve as catharsis about halfway through this final instalment, and a few concerns about disability representation, The Salvagers is all in all a fantastic space opera that I will happily read through again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.25⭐ This was a great conclusion to a series I really enjoyed overall! However, as I've become a more character driven reader since starting this series, I found myself not connected with the the characters on that deeper level I now crave. This was not due to a lack of complexity, but more just not enough time spent with them/in their heads to feel super invested, along with the fast paced plot taking the focus. I did love the combination of sci-fi and fantasy elements here though and would lo 4.25⭐ This was a great conclusion to a series I really enjoyed overall! However, as I've become a more character driven reader since starting this series, I found myself not connected with the the characters on that deeper level I now crave. This was not due to a lack of complexity, but more just not enough time spent with them/in their heads to feel super invested, along with the fast paced plot taking the focus. I did love the combination of sci-fi and fantasy elements here though and would love to see more of this in the future!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Don't let the fact that I took a month to finish this book fool you - that was due to gearing up to teach students in multiple locations at the same time and then starting the process; my brain couldn't keep up with much reading. This third book in the trilogy earns all of its moments, based on the work White did in the previous two volumes. Obviously, you shouldn't start here. Go back to the first book and you won't be sorry reading this whole series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Richard Paugh

    I don't even know why I'm writing a review because if you've read the first two books then you know this one is going to be good and will read it regardless of any review. And it is. All the adventure, heart, and great characters come together again to finish the trilogy strong. The only bad thing about this book is that it's the end of a trilogy. I could read ten more of these books if Alex wrote them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I read this book on vacation, which is the perfect way to read this book series. This is a great hanging out in a comfy chair backyard / poolside / beach magical sci-fi read. I think this series was really nicely even throughout, the characters were all fun and played well off each other. Overall, just really enjoyed every one of these books that came out and definitely have become a fan of the author's. I really hate to do reviews like "if you love this book series, you'll love this too!", so I I read this book on vacation, which is the perfect way to read this book series. This is a great hanging out in a comfy chair backyard / poolside / beach magical sci-fi read. I think this series was really nicely even throughout, the characters were all fun and played well off each other. Overall, just really enjoyed every one of these books that came out and definitely have become a fan of the author's. I really hate to do reviews like "if you love this book series, you'll love this too!", so I'm not going to do that even though I could. But if you've been missing a good band of misfits flying around space with fun magical powers doing espionage, thievery, and space combat, you should go pick up this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Medusa

    3.4 stars. A fun, action-packed enjoyable romp with just enough dark notes to make it interesting. Not all that complex, but good sci fi junk food. Some of the Wlw content borders on leer / creeper for me, but maybe that isn’t fair. I still appreciate a functional wlw couple and a gender fluid person portrayed as desirable. Recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    E

    Still enormously entertaining and wonderfully diverse in a way I look for in my SF, but I don't think it quite sticks the landing set up in the first two books. A bit too long, a bit too RPG-ish, could have just been a bit more precise and satisfying. Still recommend this series, but sadly best was not saved for last.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frank Burns

    The quality is maintained and the series ends well. There isn't much more to say about these books that I haven't already said. Hollywood style, great fun reads that just speed along. Definite recommend for all 3.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex Dahl

    Meh Unlike previous entries in the series this one feels far more cliche. The whole ending is a bit of a letdown but if you've read the series so far it's probably worth finishing. Just don't be surprised if you're disappointed. Or bored.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

    Gets a little weird at the very end, but up to there a righteous, violent close to a righteous, violent saga. The only SF I know that has hot AI cars (motorcycles, tanks, body armor) as well as hot spaceships.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Recent Reads: The Worst Of All Possible Worlds. Alex R White wraps up their Salvagers space opera. Those who would be gods are running, but the fight isn't over. With government backing the crew of the Capricious continues to clean up. It's a dangerous trail, back to the Origin.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I was looking forward to this book for months and then put off reading it for a few weeks because I didn't want the series to end. I still don't want it to end but I love the way it did and the crew happy fuzzy moments in between all the saving the universe stuff. I love this crew.

  29. 5 out of 5

    kit

    dang, what a way to close out a trilogy! this was great. balancing a lot of disparate tones, seamlessly. light, rich, intricate, fast, funny, heartbreaking. also, a satisfying amount of attention to the resolution & unanswered questions. definitely looking forward to white's next project. dang, what a way to close out a trilogy! this was great. balancing a lot of disparate tones, seamlessly. light, rich, intricate, fast, funny, heartbreaking. also, a satisfying amount of attention to the resolution & unanswered questions. definitely looking forward to white's next project.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert Underwood

    Absolutely full throttle from the first page. Exceptional finale to one of the best science fiction trilogies written. How there isn't a bidding war between HBO, Netflix, and Amazon to bring this series to screen is a true mystery to me.

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