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Victories Greater Than Death

(Unstoppable #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,218 ratings  ·  743 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by Tor Teen
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Charlie Anders
Mar 02, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Victories Greater Than Death is my first young adult novel, and it's my tribute to Star Wars, Doctor Who, Steven Universe and all the other space epics I love. (And if you pre-order it and submit your receipt, you can get a free enamel pin and also some gorgeous art prints!)

VICTORIES is about Tina, a teenager who can't wait to leave home and grab her dreams with both hands, but meanwhile she's stuck... waiting. Until one day, destiny calls!

Tina's best friend is Rachael, an artist who just wants
Miranda Reads
Tina has spent her entire life knowing that she would leave this earth - permanently. Because she's secretly an alien.

She's technically a clone of a brilliant alien commander who passed away unexpectedly.

Tina longs for her new life to begin and when her internal beacon lights up - she's ready.

She's transported to the wild world of aliens, spaceships and intergalactic wars - but what can one teenage semi-human do against all that?

(Apparently - when you download your previous self's memories
eli ♡
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

"Victories Greater Than Death" tells the story of Tina, who is an alien raised on Earth by her mother. There’s a beacon inside her that when she’s ready will alert both allies and enemies to her location. With her best friend Rachael she goes to space to fulfil her destiny.

This sounds like a somewhat captivating premise, right? That's what I thought too, but sadly, it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. I loved absolutely everything about Victories Greater Than Death. I'll even admit that I geeked out once I got the actual book from NetGalley. It also doesn't hurt that each and every character was so god damn lovable either. I mean, even the ones I met for like two seconds some how wormed their way into my heart.

In it you will meet Tina and find out that she's a clone of some amazing Captain that sacrificed herself t
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-arcs
2.5 stars

I wanted to love this book so badly! A YA Sci-fi Space Opera with a Queer romance in it? I couldn't ask for more. But unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book very much and it was a little bit of a chore to be honest. The only thing that managed to grab my attention was the relationship between Elza and Tina but that's it. It took me a while to get through it and it's probably because I didn't really care about the plot... so yeah. I'm disappointed but I'm sure you can enjoy it a lot mor
3.5/5 Stars

This book has almost everything I could want in a YA sci-fi novel – a diverse cast of characters, found family dynamics, vivid worldbuilding and a sweet sapphic romance – and it’s even compared to Star Wars and Doctor Who (although I think that it is much more like I Am Number Four and Star Trek!). As soon as I dived into the novel I was drawn in by Charlie Jane Anders’ fun and witty prose and I was excited to delve further into the sci-fi world that she has created. But, I quickly fo
rep: bi/pan mc, trans woman bi/pan li, indian sc, poc sc's, non binary sc's

I really wanted to enjoy this book but the style is very abrupt, there's too many info-dumps, and i don't care about the characters because we're thrust into the action scenes before we can form any attachments to them. A ton of non-distinct side characters are introduced very fast and I couldn't keep track of the cast. The plot of retaining someone else' memories sounded interesting at first, but information kept appeari
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a science fiction young adult book that reminded me a little of Star Trek/ Doctor Who/Star Wars/Raiders of the Lost Ark. It had uniquely descriptive aliens and humanoids working with and against each other as they used the best brain power available to secure the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Talgan stone before the Compassion Fleet found it. The Compassion was the antithesis of what the name implied. They were led by the ruthless Marrant who was once a part of the peacekeeping for ...more
Landice (Manic Femme)
Initial thoughts: This book was action packed, incredibly queer, and so much fun! Victories Greater Than Death isn’t even out til April and I already need Book 2 immediately, LOL.

Update (1.3.21): I wanted to close out 2020 on a high note with a fun read, and man, did this book deliver! Victories Greater Than Death is Charlie Jane Anders' YA debut (out April 13th). It was a wild, enjoyable ride from start to finish, with a diverse cast of unique, well developed characters that I absolutely adored
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A huge thanks to Edelweiss and Tor Teen for the e-arc.

This was my first book by Charlie Jane Anders, and it won't be my last. I haven't read such a refreshing sci-fi in a long time. With a cross between Space Balls, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this tops my favorite YA books ever.

Tina is a clone, living on Earth and awaiting the day when her beacon would summon her back to space. But when the day comes, she finds herself hunted by a monster as she tries to escape Earth.

The beginning fel
Jesse Ruth (The best boyfriends are book boyfriends)
Tina is just your average teenage girl... whom is also an alien with a beacon in her chest that will go off when it's time to start her new life... in space. And yes, it's just as cool as it sounds!
When Tina's beacon goes off, her and her best friend, Rachael, make a run for it. They are soon surrounded by the enemy aliens (super creepy enemy aliens), but they are still doing their best to escape. Luckily, a friendly face appears... or, at least, a face that doesn't look murderous, Yatto the Mo
Jaye Berry
The author did NOT understand the assignment. At fucking ALL. Pls excuse this rant, I just have a lot of feelings.

Victories Greater Than Death is about a girl named Tina who knows she is different. She's the keeper of a interplanetary rescue beacon that will one day go off and she'll be taken to the stars. She dreams of fulfilling her destiny of saving all the worlds and living up to her legacy. Tina is a clone of a famed alien hero, disguised as human until her beacon goes off. When her beacon
Zitong Ren
Victories Greater Than Death is a YA science fiction novel that I found to be good fun. It features, a diverse band of characters and a decent plot. One thing I did really like was at whenever a new character introduced themselves, they always gave their pronouns, and since there alien species in this, there were a fair number of neo-pronouns used, which I just thought was fantastic. It is certainly something we need to normalise, and it’s great having books like this to that for readers, I thin ...more
Emily Grenon
Jul 06, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I spent a long time thinking about what I wanted to say in this review. It was clear to me almost from the first page that this book is not good. I finished it because I wanted my review to be fair and because, having adored her other books, I feel the least I owe Charlie Jane Anders is a fair shot. If I didn’t respect her, I would probably be much harsher in what I’m about to say because this book is extremely easy to mock.

So what is wrong with Victories Greater Than Death? All the best things
Sherwood Smith
There is a lot to love in in this first entry in a YA space opera. We meet Tina, a high-school aged teen dealing with the usual high school issues. But actually, Tina has a kind of bomb inside her, no less than a secret identity of which she is unaware—yet.

Because she will be yanked out of her life and into her former one as a heroic captain of the Royal Fleet. She ends up dragging along her BFF, who has been so traumatized by her life experience so far that this sudden change actually seems a
This book was off to a very strong start for me. It initially reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy, with the alien dropped off on earth plotline, and it introduced a fun cast of characters. Later on though, it fizzled out for me a little. It was an enjoyable adventure, but there wasn't enough character depth and development for me to really stay engaged in it. ...more
Soon on Cartoon Network? 👀
This reread made me love this even more!! Can't wait to pick up the sequel.

Rep: white pansexual cis female alien MC, Black Brazilian trans-nonbinary bisexual femme side character, white fat cishet female side character with anxiety, Indian cis female side character, Black British cis male side character, Chinese cishet male side character, queer and nonbinary alien side characters.

CWs: Death, violence, murder, gun violence, genocide, torture, injury/injury detail. Moderate: transphobia/transmi
Charlie Marie
Just, wow! What a flipping fun ride!

Full RTC.

Many thanks to Tor Teen & NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Tina Mains not only has the hopes of her former comrades to fulfill as the clone of an inspiring and seriously tough ship captain and fighter, but she also has her own desire to make a difference in others’ lives. Which, until her alien destiny comes calling, along with a murderous guy and his henchpeople, has been to protest injustice and inequality wherever she can in her home on Earth.
Once in space on a ship captained by one of original Tina’s friends, with her current best friend Rachel (who
Lauren James
A space opera epic in the classic style - with a modern revamp. A girl from Earth is taken to lead an alien race to victory, and brings her best friend along for the ride. The love interest is a trans girl, which was so nice to see! Lots of fun, and I'm excited to see where the sequel takes the cast. ...more
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
Oohhh this is kind of giving me a (general) sorta Seven of Nine vibe! Sign me the F UPPPP!
Bertie (LuminosityLibrary)
This was such a fun, geeky, queer space opera filled with an amazing sense of found family and adventure! I didn't expect to read this all in one sitting but I couldn't put it down I was having such a great time. Tina is the clone of an amazing alien captain, living on earth so she can grow up hidden from the intergalactic war waging above her. When she's ready, they're going to come for her so she can save the universe (no pressure!). The only thing is, how can she live up to the captain she wa ...more
Tina is a teenager on Earth whose biggest problems seem to be high school bullies and prejudiced talk show hosts. In reality, she's the reincarnation of an alien race's greatest hero, and the time has finally come for her fulfill her destiny.

Except when her beacon goes off, the alien spaceship that picks Tina up is a bedraggled husk run by a skeleton crew. The war against the symmetry-obsessed Compassion is going badly. Five other young humans join Tina on the HMSS Indomitable, and over time the
Tina is the clone of an intergalactic space hero. She's been left on Earth in the care of a human mother. Although she does not fit in, she truly desires to be the hero. Her skirmishes with bullies brings her to her BFF Rachael, an introvert with a heart of gold. When Tina's time comes to serve her mission Rachael goes with her. They are joined by 4 other teenagers from around the world: Damini from Mumbai, Keziah a physicist from Britain, Wang Yiwei a robotics specialist and Elza a hacker from ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: racism, transphobia, eugenics, mentions of abuse in past

Victories Greater Than Death is an immersive SF adventure that balances rich characters and an action packed plot. While the action explores ethical questions about fighting for the greater good, being a hero, and the cost of sacrifice, the characters were my favorite element. Anders is able to bring life and detail to e
Heather Jones
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Tor Teen for giving me a free digital galley of this book in exchange for feedback.

Tina has always known she's destined to leave the planet. Her mother has told her about the day the aliens left her, a normal-looking baby, to be raised in anonymous safety until the day when she comes of age and her beacon glows to call the spaceship to come take her home - and also alerts the enemy to come and find her first. But that bit is only the start, and the real story involves Tina, her best
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
this book SLAPS

read it for: wildly cool aliens, kids coming into their own, a cast of characters that will feel like your friends, and A D V E N T U R E
Carol Storm
May 29, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish. It's the Wizard of Oz, without the wonder. It's Buffy, without the wit. The moronic heroine claims to stand up to "bullies," but it's obvious that the author has no idea what bullying really feels like. And oh, the smug wokeness of it all! ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley
This ARC was generously provided by Netgalley!

The book follows Tina, an alien clone brought to earth and raised by a human adoptive mother. She also has a human best friend, formerly from school, Rachael. Tina, her mother, and Rachael are all aware that one day, a beacon in Tina’s chest will begin to go off, and at that point she will begin to be hunted by a group of aliens. Once the beacon finally activates, she gets whisked into a world that is both everything and nothing like she’d hoped.

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