Review: Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh

Author: Emily Tesh
Released: April 11, 2023
Received: ARC

4 kitties

Book Summary:

Kyr has spent her entire life on Gaea Station, training hard to become the best soldier she can be. Why? She must avenge the loss of the Earth, which means taking the battle to the aliens that rained destruction upon the human race.

This had always been her goal. Then she and her twin brother got their assignments…and it was nothing like Kyr had expected. This sets off a series of events that will change Kry’s life forever – along with everybody on Gaea Station.

My Review:

Okay, if you hand me a book and promise it’s a queer space opera, you know I will read it! But seriously, Some Desperate Glory has been in my sights for a while now, and I’m so happy to finally sit down and read it.

Some Desperate Glory is full of action, drama, and Kyr’s internal struggle to do right by her people. It’s a lot to take in, yet I can see why people are absolutely gushing about this read. Throw in aliens, an evil character or two, and some sympathetic secondary characters, and you’ve got the perfect story in your hands.

The transition that Kyr goes through is fantastic. She goes from being a protagonist I almost want to root against to somebody I want to cheer for, all in one book. You can imagine how all the secondary characters felt watching that happen!

There’s a lot of commentary in Some Desperate Glory, so don’t go into this book expecting a light read. Kyr is basically part of a cult, and it takes her a while to fight through the brainwashing she’s experienced her entire life.

My biggest complaint about Some Desperate Glory? The novel kept telling us how big and physically impressive Kyr is (I believe the term “built like a tank” came up at least once). Yet she looks relatively small on the cover. Maybe that’s a perspective issue, but I would have loved to see them push this description more on the cover.


  • Supersoldiers
  • LGBT Lead
  • Space Opera
  • Aliens!

Trigger Warnings:

  • Sexism
  • Racism
  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Mental Health/Depression/Suicide

Thanks to for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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