Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Victory Day by Rachel Churcher. It’s also book 5 and the end of the Battle Ground series.
Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.
Bex Ellman and Ketty Smith meet in London. As the war heats up around them, Bex and Ketty must learn to trust each other. With her friends and family in danger, Bex needs Ketty to help rescue them. For Ketty, working with Bex is a matter of survival. When Victory is declared, both will be held accountable for their decisions.Review
This is the fifth and final book in the Battle Ground series. One might expect for the finale to be all guns blazing, bombs blasting and death by the thousands. Instead it seems as if the penultimate book in the series takes that spot. This one is more introspective and reflective.
In a way it’s a bittersweet goodbye, but also a necessary one. Looking closely at what has become of the characters and they in turn take a close look at their decisions during the civil war. The author delivers an end to their stories, their lives after the war. It’s possibly the most important aspect of the battle – what comes afterwards when a fragile peace has been established.
Can Bex and Ketty ever have a friendship, should they have one? The actions and decisions of both young women in the previous books would suggest that there is too much water under the bridge.
It’s a dystopian novel – a frighteningly realistic scenario of what the future could look like. Churcher takes the fear, anger and divisiveness of our current times and let’s a worst case scenario play out.
Where one would perhaps expect a different outcome because the major players are young and filled to the brim with ideology, the result is actually the same regardless of their age. What does that say about human-kind? Are we always destined to destroy each other? Are younger generations always fated to repeat the mistakes of older generations?