Arc Review – Victories Greater Than death by Charlie Jane Anders

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April 18, 2021 by ceresbooksworld

Victories greater than death

Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders

Book one in Unstoppable series

Publisher : Tor Teen

Publication date : April 13th, 2021

Source : eArc via Netgalley

Rating : 4 hearts


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.

Buckle up your seatbelt for this thrilling sci-fi adventure set against an intergalactic war from international bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders.


Tina is an alien who spent her childhood on Earth knowing she would have a great future. Now as a teenager, she dreams of going into space and saving the world. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan.

Tina is a young girl who doesn’t let herself be pushed around, she doesn’t like it when people pick on Rachael, her best friend, and does everything she can to defend her. Tina will have to learn to live with the fact that she has not recovered the memories of Captain Thaoh and she will have to lower her standards a little to save the world.

Rachael is really a beautiful friend, she follows Tina to space and she will stay with her. Rachael is an artist, she draws very well but she is solitary and closed on herself. She will work a lot on herself in order to be able to open up to others. It is even her idea to bring four young teenagers from the earth to help them in their mission.

Everyone introduces themselves by giving their name and pronoun, which is something I appreciated.

Tina is Queer and does not define her sexuality, her love interest in the story is a young Brazilian trans woman Elza. There is also a young Queer black boy, an Asian guy and an Indian girl, not to mention the fact that Rachael is autistic. All these characters are more interesting than each other, they are intelligent and they all have reasons to have left the Earth.

I really liked the story, the characters, the atmosphere, the fights. I would have liked the author to go a little deeper into the feelings of the characters. As I said, they all have a reason to have agreed to leave the earth but except for Elza, the feelings of the other characters are not deep enough for my taste. Maybe they will be in the next volume.

In any case this book is a great success that includes characters of all kinds.

Quick word: A very exciting adventure in space.


Tina est une extraterrestre, elle a passé son enfance sur terre tout en sachant qu’elle aurait un grand avenir. Maintenant qu’elle est adolescente, elle ne rêve que de partir dans l’espace et sauver le monde. Malheureusement, tout ne se passe pas comme prévu.

Tina est une jeune fille qui ne se laisse pas marcher sur les pieds, elle n’aime pas quand les gens s’en prenne à Rachael, sa meilleure amie et fait tout pour la défendre. Tina va devoir apprendre à vivre avec le fait qu’elle n’a pas récupérer les souvenirs du capitaine Thaoh et elle va devoir baisser un peu ses exigences pour sauver le monde.

Rachael est vraiment une belle amie, elle suit Tina jusque dans l’espace et elle va rester avec elle. Rachael est une artiste, elle dessine très bien mais elle est solitaire et renfermée sur elle-même. Elle va beaucoup travailler sur elle-même afin de pouvoir s’ouvrir aux autres. C’est même elle qui aura l’idée de faire venir quatres jeunes ados de la terre pour les aider dans leur mission.

Tout le monde se présente en donnant son nom et son pronom, c’est une chose que j’ai apprécié.

Tina est Queer et ne définit sa sexuality, son intérêt amoureux dans l’histoire est une jeune trans brésilienne Elza. Il y a aussi un jeune noir Queer, un asiatique et une indienne, sans compter le fait que Rachael est un autiste. Tous ses personnages sont tous plus intéressants les uns que les autres, ils sont intelligents et ils ont tous des raisons d’avoir quitter la Terre.

J’ai beaucoup aimé l’histoire, les personnages, l’ambiance, les combats. J’aurais voulu que l’auteur approfondisse un peu plus les sentiments des personnages. Comme je le disais ils ont tous une raison d’avoir accepter de quitter la terre mais mis à part pour Elza, les sentiments des autres personnages ne sont pas assez approfondis à mon goût. Ils le seront peut-être dans le prochain tome.

En tout cas ce livre est une belle réussite qui inclut des personnages de tout genres.

En bref : Une aventure dans l’espace très palpitante.

About the author

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a new young-adult trilogy, along with the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, the Boston Review,, Tin House, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine, and other places. Her TED Talk, “Go Ahead, Dream About the Future” got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.


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