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Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable Book 1) (original: 2021; edição: 2021)

de Charlie Jane Anders (Autor)

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Título:Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable Book 1)
Autores:Charlie Jane Anders (Autor)
Informação:Tor Teen (2021), 284 pages
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Victories Greater Than Death de Charlie Jane Anders (2021)

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I’ll start this out by saying I’m not into reading YA books which may have affected a lot of my review. I think that if I had kids I would let them read this book and in that sense it’s a very successful YA novel but for my own tastes and biases I didn’t really enjoy it.

Victories Greater Than Death is basically like Ender’s Game if it wasn’t fash, with a little Star Trek TNG and Netflix’s Voltron thrown in. It’s a fast moving space opera narrative that’s a quick read. I was familiar with Anders’ All The Birds In The Sky, which I LOVED, though it also felt a little YA-ish, and in both her strength is her worldbuilding. The concept behind the (for lack of a better word) Big Bad is something I’ve never come across in sci-fi, and I wish she had done more with it, though it leaves a story open for sequels (no spoilers!) The story does a good job juggling lots of concepts and a pretty big cast of characters, all of which have discernible arcs, without losing the reader, and that in itself is a feat.

Something that made the prose feel juvenile was that it seemed like a millennial/gen X’er trying to approximate how the younger end of gen Z speaks, which is something I doubt even I could do (as someone on the cusp of millennial and Gen-Z). It’s a very progressive story with lots of minority representation which is part of the reason I said kids should read it, but the way it’s done feels a little hamfisted to me. For example, all the aliens introduce themselves with their gender pronouns, which made me laugh out loud the first time they did it. Maybe I’m a bad person for laughing because it seems well-intentioned… but at the same time the only non-binary characters were space aliens. It’s culturally diverse, but at the same time there’s an alien named Thot, which pretty much sums it up. ( )
  jooniper | Sep 10, 2021 |
Not my cup of tea. Concept is sort of ok. Wide range of diverse characters, works well. Actual plot and worldbuilding - fail miserably. I'm not sure if it's just trying too hard, or whether the whole 'gang of kids saves the day' theme hasn't worked for me. Such things need a carefully contrived scenario where it's possible, but instead this just throws endless madcap schemes around, with a very bizarre and unnecessary crowd of aliens for ever increasing imagery and no substance.

Tilly is apparently a teenaged human girl. But she's known from an early age that in reality she's the clone of a famous alien, carefully hiding on earth until she's old enough to come into her powers and face the forces hunting her. Various teenage angst happens until she triggers her beacon and she's whisked into space just in the nick time as her enemies are hot on her tail. Her new crewmates are all humanoid aliens with weird heads. But they're seriously understaffed so Tilly suggest calling up some more clever humans - all teenagers for no particular reason. And so the 6 Earthlings have to go and save the galaxy.

There's no consideration given to the alien biology, just descriptions. There's no thought given to physics. The partial explanation, and even the final reveal of the dominance of humanoid forms make no sense at all. It's a very heavy metaphor hammer used repeatedly, but it would help if the underlying rational was reasonable. The worlds are just thrown where they need to be. etc etc.

There are some good points, the collection of greeting phrases and appropriate response is so much entertaining than just 'hello'. The character diversity and respect for bodily autonomy is welcome. But it isn't enough to overcome the rest. ( )
  reading_fox | Jul 31, 2021 |
It's great that there are more books where the standard introduction is "My name is ...., my pronoun is....", but that doesn't mean that a book with the jerkiest stop start flow and a pretty standard kick ass heroine leads a group of teens plot is a good story. It wasn't much fun to read without a complete need for its gender presentations. ( )
  quondame | Jul 3, 2021 |
Wow, players from all over the gender spectrum, both human and non, blend together to make an irresistible cast that is dropped into a nearly non-stop stream of action. A page turner par excellence with more to come. Can I hop into a time machine so I don't have to wait so long for the next book? ( )
  sennebec | Jun 6, 2021 |
This is my first Charlie Jane Anders book. Judging from the title you can assume it's pretty melodramatic, which it is, but even more than that it's very, very YA. Had I read the book instead of listening I wouldn't have had an aversion to the characters, but here's the problem. Anders is thrilled that she got Hynden Walch to play all the characters. Some of the monstrous aliens sound like Glinda the Good Witch or Munchkins, so that's fun, but the main character, who, after all, is supposed to save the universe, sounds like she's 13 years old. Walch is the voice of Princess Bubblegum and many, many more cartoon and video characters. I assumed she was about 18. She's 51 and still sounds like a perky 13-year-old, or rather, like no 13-year-old I ever knew. The book is interesting with pertinent social commentary, but that voice. I just can't believe she thinks the voice is a good thing. Maybe I'm completely wrong. Maybe teenage girls who love sci-fi would relate, but I don't see how. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | May 15, 2021 |
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