Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 14, 2014
Genres: Romantic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Very vague implications of unwanted sexual contact, kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
A very creative take on the Snow White fairy tale, STITCHING SNOW has a brilliant heroine coupled with a stubborn and honorable hero, taking place in what appears to be a galaxy, far far away. While some of the plot points were a bit predictable, it was a diverting read, and a fun way to spend a few hours.
Snow White isn't a fairy tale that is retold as frequently as say, Beauty and the Beast, and I would venture a guess that its due to the lack of romance in the original story. How not exciting is it that Snow White just falls in love with the prince because he kissed her awake? However, in STITCHING SNOW, Lewis takes care of that, giving the hero and heroine a relationship storyline throughout, even if it isn't the main focus of the plot. I'll just say that it's a vast improvement over the original.
Essie was pretty much my favorite part of STITCHING SNOW. She was headstrong and intelligent, and for the most part, she never fell in the to-stupid-to-live category of heroine. She lived in a mining colony with a bunch of men, and managed to make herself useful and teach herself how to fight. I was not as much of a fan of Dane, though. He was so wishy-washy that his motives never seemed to make sense, and he never fully developed a personality that I was able to connect with.
Another issue is that I felt it could have been a little longer. The action near the end seemed crunched, like it was trying to rush to the end. I think it could have been fleshed out a bit more, or the beginning or middle could have been shorter.
All in all, STITCHING SNOW is an entertaining young adult read. I'd definitely give this to a reader who enjoys fairy tale retellings, but others may not be so keen on the story. Luckily for me, it's all wrapped up in one book, with no loose ends or cliffhangers, so I got a satisfying ending out of the deal.Series Titles:
- For more science-fiction fairy tale retellings, try OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay or The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer