Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders – REVIEW
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 Rachel, and she is still determined to save all the worlds. But first she’ll have to save herself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Titan Books.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“Life’s too short not to step onto random flying objects.
Victories Greater Than Death is an action-packed space adventure with a diverse cast of characters. It’s pure fun and the action scenes are so well written. Perfect for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, it features a hugely varied number of aliens with snippets of information about each species. I loved meeting all the different aliens and growing attached to them.
Are we going to fight, or just banter each other to death?”
Aboard the spaceship are six Earthlings, with Tina being the main character and clone of a deceased famous fighter. Alongside Tina, we have my favourite character Rachael, an introverted artist, Damini, adrenaline junkie and puzzle solver, Yiwei, into music and robotics, Keziah, a genius physicist, and Elza, a snarky hacker. I always love the found-family trope and their bond didn’t disappoint.
“Being a superhero is easy. Being a real person? That’s hard.”
The novel explores destiny versus forging your own path, as well as the oppression and genocide of a number of species and cultures. I found the villain Marrant to be a little flat and would have appreciated his character being fleshed out more so I could understand his motives. The story ends with an even larger threat looming and sets the scene for book two. If you’re looking for pure escapism then you can’t go wrong with this space adventure. It’s perfect for all the sci-fi nerds who’ll appreciate its vast world-building and diversity of alien life.