Monday, March 16, 2015

Stitching Snow- R. C. Lewis

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Description: Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

My Thoughts: I am pretty sure this is the first Snow White retelling I have ever read (seen a lot of Cinderella, but not Snow White for some reason). It is most certainly the first sci-fi retelling of Snow White I have read, which intrigued me since I am still waiting for Meyer's Winter to come out. Let me say that, while I do not like it as much as the Lunar Chronicles, I will be seeking out more of Lewis' novels.

Essie is not the typical princess. She is not refined, she has a terrible vocabulary, and she tends to be covered in grim. Her skills are programming, robotic engineering, and fighting. And unlike most YA novels, she is not obsessed with the idea of love. Dane is an absolutely lovely hero who, once he knows her past, is willing to sacrifice everything for her happiness. Unlike the current trend of super alpha heroes, Dane lets Essie determine the speed of their relationship, giving her the time to feel right about it.

Stitching Snow is not necessarily for lovers of hard core sci-fi. There is little description of the way anything in this world actually, physically works. I preferred this, as it kept the story from being bogged down with concepts I didn't understand, though I would have liked for there to have been more description in general.

In the end, what I loved most was the relationships between the Essie, Dane, and the drones. Dimwitt (Dopey) was my absolute favorite with Cusser (Grumpy) coming in a close second. It was also nice to read a story absent all the cliches which have riddled YA fiction in the past year (love triangles, heroine who thinks she's not that pretty but some how everyone wants her, ect.). That said, it may not be for everyone. There is a lot of violence, with the opening scene having Essie in a cage fight, as well as inferences of horrible things from Essie childhood. Still, I found it an enjoyable read and recommend it.

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