Victories Greater Than Death
by Charlie Jane Anders
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Pub Date 13 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 06 Apr 2022
Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates, Tor Teen
Outsmart Your Enemies. Outrun the Galaxy.
“Just please, remember what I told you. Run. Don’t stop running for anything.”
Tina never worries about being 'ordinary'--she doesn't have to, since she's known practically forever that she's not just Tina Mains, average teenager and beloved daughter. She's also the keeper of an interplanetary rescue beacon, and one day soon, it's going to activate, and then her dreams of saving all the worlds and adventuring among the stars will finally be possible. Tina's legacy, after all, is intergalactic--she is the hidden clone of a famed alien hero, left on Earth disguised as a human to give the universe another chance to defeat a terrible evil.
But when the beacon activates, it turns out that Tina's destiny isn't quite what she expected. Things are far more dangerous than she ever assumed--and everyone in the galaxy is expecting her to actually be the brilliant tactician and legendary savior Captain Thaoh Argentian, but Tina....is just Tina. And the Royal Fleet is losing the war, badly--the starship that found her is on the run and they barely manage to escape Earth with the planet still intact.
Luckily, Tina is surrounded by a crew she can trust, and her best friend Rachel, and she is still determined to save all the worlds. But first she'll have to save herself.
Buckle up your seatbelt for this thrilling YA sci-fi adventure set against an intergalactic war from internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders.
"Charlie Jane Anders has a rich and delicious talent—and a wickedly funny voice that the world really needs right now.” —LeVar Burton, Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek
“Victories Greater Than Death is a gorgeous romp through the galaxy, full of fascinating aliens, true friendship, swashbuckling, space battles, and love.” —Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author
“A stunning, strange, and highly entertaining novel, one I hope ushers in a new wave of YA science fiction.” —Mark Oshiro , award-winning author of Anger is a Gift
“I loved it, so much fun - you have more ideas in a paragraph than most people put in an entire book [and] a fun spaceship adventure. Wonderful work!” —Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writer and co-executive producer of The 100
"Charlie Jane Anders has been quietly building a reputation as one of the most imaginative writers working in sci-fi and fantasy today, and Victories Greater Than Death just confirms it. While it’s technically young adult, it’s one of those young adult books that adults will love just as much... Few writers today can make incredible concepts seem as lived-in and natural as Anders, and Tina is a richly developed and wholly original protagonist in a story filled with great ideas and well-executed suspense and adventure." - BookBub
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Average rating from 326 members
Charlie Jane Anders brings a refreshing writing style to a YA SciFi book. The pacing is fantastic and the characters (both human and nonhuman) are believable and enjoyable to read. This book will help open conversations about preferred gender and biases people may have. It is a joy to read and I can't wait to include it in my library!
This upcoming YA book from Charlie Jane Anders was a pleasant read with some touches of a comic-book feel. I could easily visualize the action and the scenes. It has a very fast ramp up to the story that begins on Earth but quickly moves to space and a ton of characters. Maybe too many characters because I had a hard time keeping track of them all. Our main character is Tina, a 16-year old who knows she is an alien but grew up a human on Earth. The story is hers but also includes about a dozen other characters. We know Tina the best but there is some character development for about half of the other characters.
One modern-day aspect of the storytelling is the identification of character pronouns. As we meet each new character, we learn their pronoun. At first this was a little disruptive, only because we don’t usually see this in literature, but it quickly felt like a natural component. I can see this becoming a more common element of storytelling. And it demonstrates to the readers that using a pronoun is right and good.
As a YA novel, Anders models behavior that we might want to cultivate in young people. For example, how to skillfully deal with anger or what to do when someone is crying. Basically, lessons on how to talk. How to talk about gender. How to talk about being trans. Asking permission before touching someone. Also, that it’s okay for girls to like comics.
For the librarians out there (like me), we get a call out when the queen of the Firmament is described – “She’s more like a librarian, in the greatest library that has ever existed. She gathers the knowledge of a million worlds, and she shares it with everyone in the Firmament.”
I loved the greetings used through out the book. There is no simple hello. It’s more like, “Wild weather and safe harbors,” with a response of “Harmless fauna and lush flora.” Super creative, although the never learn the method or rules of these greetings. Maybe in the next book.
One last modeling example that I really appreciated. When Tina was forced to kill some enemies, the ship captain says to her – “Regulations require that you receive counseling after the first such event, and there’s nobody more qualified than me on board.”
So, did I like the book? Yes. But the audience is clearly for the young adult and I would definitely recommend for young adults. It was a bit simple and did drag a little about 3/4 into the story. As the first book in a series, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger. But it’s not that serious. The story feels complete and makes us curious for more.
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