In a YA literary landscape littered with fairytale rewrites, it is hard to decide which ones are worth your time, but this is one of my new favorites. A loose retelling of Snow White, this was nothing like I expected. I could almost picture it as an episode of Firefly. The futuristic setting included worker drones instead of dwarves and a princess laying low as a computer engineering genius. This book wasn’t perfect, but it had enough action, innovation, and heart to keep me engaged. Kids went hungry when this one downloaded onto my kindle (Not really. There were totally pop tarts and goldfish in the pantry, and I was done in about three hours. But someone might have had to wear febreezed jeans the next day.). If you liked The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlett, and Cress )by Marissa Meyer, you will enjoy this — not exactly the same, but a similar vibe, except this gal gets stuff done!
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.
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stitching Snow is true to the premise presented. Essie is hiding out on another planet, content to fix her mining android friends and to compete in prize fights at the local bar when she needs a new, pricey component. A stranger crash lands and Essie feels compelled to help him get off planet asap, setting off a chain of events that will draw her back to a life she fled long ago. Strong female protagonist and interesting storyline. Very light sensuality and appropriate language for all ages. This is a darker read. The antagonists are real threats to Essie in different but horrifying ways. It is going in my class library and I can’t wait to start handing it off to my eager readers! Solid purchase.