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Victories Greater Than Death

(Universal Expansion #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  191 reviews
A thrilling adventure set against an intergalactic war with international bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders at the helm in her YA debut—think Star Wars meets Doctor Who, and buckle your seatbelts.

Tina has always known her destiny is outside the norm—after all, she is the human clone of the most brilliant alien commander in all the galaxies (even if the rest of the wo
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by Tor Teen
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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
Charlie Jane Anders
Mar 02, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Celia McMahon
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-f, lgbtq-read, 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
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
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
rep: bi/pan mc, trans fem 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 appearing
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
(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
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!
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space adventures are so much fun! I had a really fantastic time reading Victories Greater Than Death, it resonated with me for several reasons.

Growing up, my favorite stories were adventures and survival stories. I loved it when the main character fought against obstacles and triumphed over adversity. But for me, most of these stories had a male protagonist. Not all, but most. I call these characters ’knights’ because they were always brave, self-sacrificing and had hearts for helping people. I
Heather Jones
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2021 added it
Shelves: lgbt, netgalley
DNF @ 52%. This was one of my most anticipated YA releases of 2021 and perhaps those expectations contributed, but I just couldn’t gel with this novel. I did appreciate the diversity and I sincerely think this might still be a great read for a younger teen audience (13-15ish). However, between a disbelief in the initial premise and setup, a lack of characterization in favor of myriad descriptions of random alien races, and taking away the action and space oriented parts of sci-fi I typically enj ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lgbtqia, ya-scifi
4.5 stars - All the queer, normalizing sharing pronouns, epic space battles, self discovery, random pop culture references. It's all here.

Advanced copy from the publisher via Edelweiss+
laur gluchie
I have received a digital Advance Reader’s Copy of this book through NetGalley. This has not affected my rating in any way.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars. I think this book may have oversold itself a little bit by comparing itself to Doctor Who and Star Wars. Brief synopsis: an alien clone raised as a human girl for her own protection from enemies awaits the day her beacon will go off to signal her return to the stars as well as when she can begin being tracked/located by alien enemies. At the start of the action of the book, the beacon goes off.

I was hoping that Charlie Jane Anders may have employed the elevated prose of her adult works
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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.

Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, 2020, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and Tor Teen for providing me with a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved Charlie Jane Anders's debut novel All the Bird in the Sky so when I heard that she wrote YA Science fiction I had to read it.

The story begins on Earth but it expanses throughout the entire galaxy and includes a strong cast of diverse characters. I enjoyed the vast diversity of the characters, both human and alien, but I especially liked how Anders effortlessly fits everyone's p
Ana W
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Tor Teen for giving me a free digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a YA SciFi novel. A teenage girl, named Tina, is waiting for her destiny to begin. She knows she is the clone of an important commander from and alien planet and she is waiting to rejoin her mission. Once she has rejoined her spaceship, she finds herself in the middle of a rollicking space adventure that is full of friends, surprises and danger. Before leaving the area around Earth th
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wish I could say that I liked this book. I have loved Charlie Jane Anders other works, so I was very excited for this book. It was a young adult sci-fi book set in space. Right up my alley.

Unfortunately, the book read very slowly. I will admit, I struggle when there are too many characters, locations, and other various "things" I have to keep track of (e.g. space ships) introduced, and I spend so much time re-reading to figure it out, that the book then feels tedious. I think in this regard i
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Tor Teen for sending me a physical arc along with an e-arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wish I ended up liking this a lot more, take my opinion with a grain of salt because personally this book wasn't for me. Space opera adventures along with the found family trope has been repetitive and this book didn't particularly bring anything new to the table. I found the writing very mediocre with its cheesiness and info dumpy, though I was grateful for the short c
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
OK, so let me start by saying that this was adorable. YA is definitely not my thing and I have a ton of criticism ready to go after this paragraph, but first and foremost, if I was a young teen reading Scifi, I would be so happy to have this. I love Charlie Jane Anders and I think she's set up something lovely here.

Unfortunately, Anders has dumbed down her charming prose in favor of something that feels at times like a parody of tumblrspeak. Maybe this tested well and it's what teens like! Howe
Peter Baran
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I didn't check before reading this but as acknowledged in the Afterword and is pretty obvious from about five pages in this is an everything bar the kitchen sink bit of YA sci-fi, and for an author so steeped in the current Sci-fi scene, is a well studied bit of wish-fulfilment. Not just within the text, where great galactic battles are fought by a smart diverse set of Earth teens, but also as a metatext, what makes this kind of novel tick. And whilst CJA happily plays in in sandbox of gender ex ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book cements Charlie Jane Anders on my list of "Must Read" authors. The story is so fun, and the characters really well developed and enjoyable to spend a bunch of pages with.

Here's a quick summary for myself when I look this book up right before I go to read the sequel: Tina has known since she was a kid that she was a being from another planet placed in a human's body for safekeeping. Tina and her friend Rachael have been spending time trying to stimulate the changeover that will cause he
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Teens who like Star Wars or Doctor Who are going to adore this book! I can't wait to recommend it in schools (in fact, I've already recommended it even though it doesn't come out until April...oops!). It's a little bit of a bildungsroman, with a main character that has that "Han Solo" snarkiness to her, and a supporting cast that is diverse in ethnicity and sexual orientation (and species). The worldbuilding is super creative. The aliens you meet and the worlds you travel to all feel unique and ...more
Ana W
Sep 26, 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 an honest review.

This is a YA SciFi novel. A teenage girl, named Tina, is waiting for her destiny to begin. She knows she is the clone of an important commander from and alien planet and she is waiting to rejoin her mission. Once she has rejoined her spaceship, she finds herself in the middle of a rollicking space adventure that is full of friends, surprises and danger. Before leaving the area around Earth th
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates - Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book will be for you if you are a fan of Pan's Labrynth and Star Trek. This book had the best of both worlds which made my eyes glued to the pages and I never wanted it to end. The emotional strength Tina had throughout her entire journey and being the keeper of an interplanetary life force and once it activa
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars
I'm a sucker for space operas and found family, so it was obvious that I would enjoy this from the beginning. And I did enjoy it very much until the battle sequences started. To me, they felt somewhat confusing and it was hard to get a clear picture in my head of what was going on. About the relationships, it was clear that from the number of pages and the genre of the book, that they would not have space to develop properly, but even with that in mind, the main sapphic relationship (ya
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as 70 pages into this, i was thinking it was not a good read. It was beginning to look like a space opera with nothing to hold it up. When all the characters were up there, literally, it started to mesh. I enjoyed the kids and the posthumous musings of the captain were sobering and spot on. I finally decided it was a bit of Galaxy Quest meets Sky High?
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