June 02, 2022

#BookReview: Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable #1) by Charlie Jane Anders

Synopsis: Outsmart Your Enemies. Outrun the Galaxy.

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. Luckily, Tina is surrounded by a crew she can trust, and her best friend Rachael, 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 sci-fi adventure set against an intergalactic war from international bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review: Ok so the only really weird issue I had with this one was that when anytime a new person came into the book they would let us know their pronouns.  I just don't know how that would really work in real life. I mean it's not really a thing that comes up.  At least not in any conversation I have ever had.  And in this story it felt really weird.  The plot wasn't all that good either and after starting this review I have to say that I think I will be lowering my stars. I just can't really think of anything that I really enjoyed about this one other than the setting.  


Praise for Victories Greater Than Death
"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

“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

Victories Greater Than Death bursts off the page, brimming with life, love, humor and adventure. It's Charlie Jane Anders's galaxy, we just live in it.” ―Amie Kaufman, The Illuminae FilesThe Aurora Cycle.

“A story of enduring friendship, fighting for what's right, and the complications of claiming destiny-- an effervescent, fast-paced journey through the stars.” ―Veronica Roth, author of the 
Divergent series and Chosen Ones.

“It's properly, wickedly exciting - I devoured it! How Anders packs so much power and energy into her prose is astonishing. These characters - and the adrenalin, the sheer excitement- will live on in my head long after the last page. Glorious. And the most amazing thing of all is her imagination - to think of a new evil superpower for a villain should be impossible. Completely impossible. Everything's been done, every sodding thing. Until this arrives. Dazzling. Horrifying. GENIUS. A beautiful book. I loved it, can you tell?!” ―Russell T. Davies

Praise for Charlie Jane Anders and The City in the Middle of the Night

The City in the Middle of the Night
 has been nominated for a 2019 Hugo in the Best Novel category

“Charlie Jane Anders’ imagination is one of the most vital in science fiction.” ―Brian K. Vaughan

"A stunning novel." ―Edan Lepucki, author of 
Woman No. 17

“Wildly inventive.” ―Audrey Niffenegger, author of 
The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Like a classic from another timeline… This book has notes of Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip Pullman.” ―Robin Sloan, author of 
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

"I highly recommend [it].” ―Anthony Rapp, Broadway star

“I f―ing love this book. It is really, really breathtaking.”―Daveed Diggs, Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-A space opera with a charming and diverse crew, Anders's YA debut will find a home with fans of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Aurora Rising. After rounds of failed IVF, Tina's mom eagerly accepted a baby alien, with the knowledge that when the rescue beacon activated, her new daughter would go with the Royal Fleet to save the galaxy. Given genetic cloaking to hide her lavender skin and alien DNA, Tina grew up white and relatively normal-until the day her beacon goes off in a public parking lot. The Compassion soldiers who track her down aren't there to rescue her, and she and her best friend barely escape into space. The Royal Fleet is at war against the Compassion, a genocidal fringe group, and Tina is a clone of their captain returned to them. When the process to return her memories doesn't work, Tina will have to fulfill her great destiny not as an experienced war hero, but as herself. Anders's writing is occasionally jarring, but the action sequences and humor make for a compelling read. Tina's character grapples with everything from navigating romance to the moral consequences of doling out death and destruction as a cog in an intergalactic war. The human cast is diverse in race and ethnicity, and Tina has a f/f romance. VERDICT The story's easy affirmation of gender identities, sexual orientations, and mental illness give this space opera a hopepunk flavor that will be refreshing to many teens. Recommended for general purchase.-Emmy Neal, Lake Forest Lib., ILĪ±(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.  --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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