Victories Greater Than Death: Unstoppable #1
Charlie Jane Anders
Tor, 2021 (2021)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ictories Greater Than Death
is the first entry in Charlie Jane Anders' YA
series. This SF space opera romp stars a teenage girl, who has the usual hopes, fears and angst, but also a challenging destiny to fulfill.
ina Mains, it turns out, is a clone of legendary galactic heroine, Captain Thaoh Argentian. She was hidden on Earth and disguised as a human baby to keep her safe until the need became desperate. Tina holds an interplanetary rescue beacon ('
a ball of starlight
' inside her) - when activated, she will be called to do her duty and save the universe. Only her mother and her best friend Rachel know her secret. When the aliens come to collect Tina, Rachel wants to go too.
om has warned Tina that when the beacon lights, she must run as alien monsters will be after her once her location is known. Tina dreams of a giant alien named Marrant killing her original self. Then the beacon activates, and Tina and Rachel run from a skull-faced alien. Luckily the good guys show up too and take them aboard the HMSS Indomitable. Unfortunately, Tina quickly learns that the Royal Fleet has been losing badly since Thaoh died. Even worse, the procedure to recover all of Thaoh's memories doesn't work well at all.
hort of crew, the Indomitable enlists teen Earth geniuses before going on a quest to find the Talgan Stone before Marrant does. The action escalates with battles and many close shaves. Crew members die. They get close to finding the Stone, but Marrant does too. Soon it's time for Tina to step up and show her superhero origins - which she does, with a little help from her friends.
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