YA science fiction from the multiple award-winning author of All the Birds in the Sky and The City in the Middle of the Night.
Tina never worries about being 'ordinary'--she doesn't have to, since she's known practically forever that she's not just Tina Mains, average teenager and beloved daughter. She's also the keeper of an interplanetary rescue beacon, and one day soon, it's going to activate, and then her dreams of saving all the worlds and adventuring among the stars will finally be possible. Tina's legacy, after all, is intergalactic--she is the hidden clone of a famed alien hero, left on Earth disguised as a human to give the universe another chance to defeat a terrible evil.
But when the beacon activates, it turns out that Tina's destiny isn't quite what she expected. Things are far more dangerous than she ever assumed--and everyone in the galaxy is expecting her to actually be the brilliant tactician and legendary savior Captain Thaoh Argentian, but Tina....is just Tina. And the Royal Fleet is losing the war, badly--the starship that found her is on the run and they barely manage to escape Earth with the planet still intact.
Luckily, Tina is surrounded by a crew she can trust, and her best friend Rachel, and she is still determined to save all the worlds. But first she'll have to save herself.
Buckle up your seatbelt for this thrilling YA sci-fi adventure set against an intergalactic war from internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders.
A teen anticipates her true form in this fast-paced YA debut from Anders (All the Birds in the Sky, for adults). Though she's been living on Earth for the last 17 years, attending school and battling bullies as a pale-skinned human, Tina Mains is actually a purple alien clone with a buzzing beacon implant. She knows that when the rescue beacon activates, signaling her maturity, her comrades will collect her. When it happens, though, she barely escapes enemy the Compassion (" compassion,' as in putting you out of your misery' "). En route to the HMSS Indomitable with her human best friend, Rachael, in tow, Tina learns that she's the clone of decorated alien captain Thaoh Argentian, she's boarding the ship Thoah previously commanded, and she's completely unprepared to step into the captain's shoes. While Thoah's knowledge returns to Tina, personal memories remain missing, and the teen struggles to live up to her crew members' expectations, then seeks her own route to intergalactic peace alongside a ragtag, variously inclusive group of eclectic teens. Exploring themes of identity and destiny against an intricately built universe, Anders folds it all into a revel of action and love. Ages 13 up. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh.