【 VICTORIES GREAT THAN DEATH 】
This was refreshingly diverse sci-fi
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Published: April 2021
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 400 (paperback)
Wow, what a chaotic novel – so much fun. This gave me such strong Hitchhiker’s vibes throughout, but it was so much more than just its plot.
One of the really great things this has going for itself is its gloriously gender/sexual diversity in each and every character. And the diversity didn’t end there either.
Set against the backdrop of a ridiculous plot of the main character being a clone of a famed, felled war hero, this shakes it up in a cocktail mixer with teenager identity questioning – from living up to expectations to how to ask out a crush.
It was such a joy to read in the welcoming atmosphere that Anders has created for all the characters. Every character introduces themselves with their name and pronoun, and as you get to know them it becomes an exercise in mind-expansion and acceptance.
Anyway, point is, this is bang on if you’re after some queer rep.
When it comes to the plot this was mimicking the broadly insane fun of Hitchhiker’s – travelling to bizarrely named planets and encountering strange customs of alien peoples.
Plus super awesome spaceships with cool abilities.
It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like your scifi weird and fun, then this is for you.
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