Release date: 13th April 2021
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: Unstoppable #1
Blurb: A thrilling adventure set against an intergalactic war with international bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders at the helm in her YA debut—think Star Wars meets Doctor Who, and buckle your seatbelts.
Tina has always known her destiny is outside the norm—after all, she is the human clone of the most brilliant alien commander in all the galaxies (even if the rest of the world is still deciding whether aliens exist). But she is tired of waiting for her life to begin.
And then it does—and maybe Tina should have been more prepared. At least she has a crew around her that she can trust—and her best friend at her side. Now, they just have to save the world.
From internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) comes a thrilling adventure set against an intergalactic war—Anders’s long-awaited YA debut.
So, I’ll keep this one short because at the moment it’s still 2 ½ months away and I plan on posting a longer review closer to release.
Got offered this one from the lovely peeps at Tor Teen because, well, I don’t know why but Ill take it! Being an avid fan of The City in the Middle of The Night, I couldn’t say no and its Charlie’s YA debut, so I was super intrigued. Many thanks to those lovely people who allow me to have all this amazing novels early – I live in the Australia and generally we rely on the generosity of publicists from everywhere but here.
Tina is the reincarnation of one of the greatest military commanders ever, she’s been cloned and left of Earth because no one would think to check on the world of such a backwards civilisation. From a young age she has been told that she is destined for great things, being raised to be aware of those around her but also be ready to leave at short notice. When she is finally summoned to fulfill her destiny, she knows things are going to change for her drastically. If only she could remember her past.
First things first. This novel normalises introduction with pronouns! As in ‘my name is Tash. My pronoun is she/her’ and I am ALL FOR THIS MOVEMENT. In a word where gender is being more fluid and people are becoming more aware, this would be a massive step forward. Do you identify as the gender you were assigned at birth? Yes? Well then this wouldn’t be a thing for you. For those who don’t, this book is part of the revolution and even if you hate fantasy novels, you should love this one. But I digress. It normalises the discussion of gender and I love it.
Next up, there are aliens. Some are nice, some are not. Some are what I can only interpret as a speaking 3 legged spider thing that can’t comprehend binary choices. Also, there’s some dude with weird tubes coming off him and while I was confused, I am also intrigued. For the most part everyone kind of gets along because what’s the point of fighting about nothing, am I right? What I’m getting at is that’s it super imaginative but also has that basis in that aliens aren’t necessary evil, its about choices and politics.
Now I mentioned politics. And this is a very political book. But also, not at the same time. It kind of depends on if you are the type of reader to ‘read into things’ or if you are a ‘oooh aliens and strange things happening. Wow something exploded!’ type person. At its heart, it discusses racism, the debate around gender identity and stigmatisation that occurs within our society. But it also has explosions, strange creatures, and some epic space fantasy elements – it will float most people’s boats.
I will say here though that at places it was hard to follow. I found myself phasing out because it didn’t catch my attention like it should have. I also had issues following the actual plot; I don’t know if I missed things in my read through, if there is actually plot holes or if stuff has changed since the advance copy, I received was sent but it felt super slow in parts.
I also really wish that the ‘big conflict’ scenes had have been drawn out rather than only taking a few pages to happen. This book has a lot of floating through space learning things and not as much action as one would expect from this sort of publication. To be fair though, I am reading so many books lately, that a super high amount of action has become my norm (this is a me problem, not necessarily a book problem.
So ill wind up here. It’s a punchy, relatively fast paced novel about teens and all the trouble they can get into in space when they are ‘the chosen one’. The villain in this was a little full of himself and honestly, I just wanted to shove a sock in his mouth so he would stop talking. Character development was fairly steady with the novel finishing up as Tina becomes more herself. There’s a cute romance that comes in near the end that I am all here for. Also, many many political discussions that you will notice if you are paying attention, if not its just a kind of kickarse fantasy.
Until next time lovelies xo