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Victories Greater Than Death de Charlie Jane…

Victories Greater Than Death (edição: 2021)

de Charlie Jane Anders (Autor)

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Título:Victories Greater Than Death
Autores:Charlie Jane Anders (Autor)
Informação:New York: Tor Teen, 2021
Coleções:Read, Sua biblioteca

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Victories Greater Than Death de Charlie Jane Anders


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The senior security officer is Vaap (pronoun: they), a giant who appears to be made out of shiny rocks (but is actually half-rock, half-organic, and both halves are alive). My brain helpfully supplies a bunch of info about their species, who mate by finding the most perfectly compatible pair of rocks, and then growing organic material inside them. Thanks, brain. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | May 1, 2021 |
Over 15 years ago, I submitted an essay to an anthology Charlie Jane and her partner worked on. I never received a response (my essay was truly horrid because it was too general) but at some point Charlie Jane followed me on twitter and I followed her back. She's undoubtedly one of the nicest and smartest people around. I mention our tenuous connection in case anyone happens to see our twitter exchanges even though I'm set to private. This is getting a lot of buzz as it approaches its April 13th publication date so you'll be able to check out readings, blog posts, and such for the book over the next month or two.

I came to Victories Greater Than Death knowing it would probably be pretty great. And it is! A friend's son is really into books with characters who have more than binary pronouns and I think in a year or two he will really enjoy this. (He's nine.) Some cranky people might say this novel is "politically correct" because people ask for consent before touching another person and each character introduces themselves with their preferred pronouns. I think this is respectful and helps give readers some guidelines on how to behave towards others. I mean, it's really timeless to ask someone if you can hug them, whether you're at school/work, in a global pandemic, or millions of miles away from home on a starship.

This has a LOT of world building thanks to so many species in the galaxy. The nuggets of information are sprinkled throughout the book without sounding like an infodump. Tina has encyclopedic knowledge without the corresponding memories of the legendary space hero. Because Tina is the main character and this book is told from her point of view, she has the most characterization. She thinks like a teen with the feelings of a teen and sometimes doesn't say what she wants. But she's learning how to speak up.

This is Tina's first foray into embracing her destiny and I'm sure this book does a fine job setting the tone for the remaining books in the planned trilogy. Tina may not do everything by the Royal Fleet handbook but that's part of finding out who you're meant to be!

There's a villain who is sure to make more appearances. Tina's best friend, Rachel, an introverted artist isn't going anywhere. I would love to see Rachel's artwork! A handful of earthlings, a non-earthling movie star, a second-in-command with predatory killer instincts, and a little bit of space ship hijacking come together to make a delightful space romp. ( )
  astults | Apr 4, 2021 |
This upcoming YA book from Charlie Jane Anders was a pleasant read with some touches of a comic-book feel. I could easily visualize the action and the scenes. It has a very fast ramp up to the story that begins on Earth but quickly moves to space and a ton of characters. Maybe too many characters because I had a hard time keeping track of them all. Our main character is Tina, a 16-year old who knows she is an alien but grew up a human on Earth. The story is hers but also includes about a dozen other characters. We know Tina the best but there is some character development for about half of the other characters.

Our modern-day aspect of the storytelling is the identification of character pronouns. As we meet each new character, we learn their pronoun. At first this was a little disruptive, only because we don’t usually see this in literature, but it quickly felt like a natural component. I can see this becoming a more common element of storytelling. And it demonstrates to the readers that using a pronoun is right and good.

As a YA novel, Anders models behavior that we might want to cultivate in young people. For example, how to skillfully deal with anger or what to do when someone is crying. Basically, lessons on how to talk. How to talk about gender. How to talk about being trans. Asking permission before touching someone. Also, that it’s okay for girls to like comics.

For the librarians out there (like me), we get a call out when the queen of the Firmament is described – “She’s more like a librarian, in the greatest library that has ever existed. She gathers the knowledge of a million worlds, and she shares it with everyone in the Firmament.”

I loved the greetings used through out the book. There is no simple hello. It’s more like, “Wild weather and safe harbors,” with a response of “Harmless fauna and lush flora.” Super creative, although the never learn the method or rules of these greetings. Maybe in the next book.

One last modeling example that I really appreciated. When Tina was forced to kill some enemies, the ship captain says to her – “Regulations require that you receive counseling after the first such event, and there’s nobody more qualified than me on board.”

So, did I like the book? Yes. But the audience is clearly for the young adult and I would definitely recommend for young adults. It was a bit simple and did drag a little about 3/4 into the story. As the first book in a series, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger. But it’s not that serious. The story feels complete and makes us curious for more. ( )
  kenley | Jun 26, 2020 |
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