Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 14, 2014
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
Now, skip my rating until the end, because this was an awesome and enchanting read! And I want everyone to know that Stitching Snow is something that I do and will recommend.
Essie is a cold and calculated female heroine that runs away from her home of Windsong (and with good reason, trust me). She’s been hiding out in Thanda for a while, until Dane stumbles along and finds her out of sheer luck. He’s been searching for the princess this whole time and now he wants to rightfully return her. But obviously, shit happens, and obstacles get in the way. Throughout Stitching Snow we see that Essie starts identifying more with her family and wants to do something more with her life rather than be a minor and working on tech-stuff back in Thanda.
The pacing was done wonderfully and there weren’t any parts at all where I felt that the plot was dragging on and on. The writing was just fine and I didn’t really have any problems with the descriptions.
I did think that the worldbuilding could have been better fleshed out.
Essie and Dane’s romance was an awesome slowburn. It’s definitely a love/hate kind of relationship on her part because she distances herself from him and often pushes him away using comments that one can perceive as harsh. I liked it! I love it when a female has some backbone to her (and she’s a cage fighter no less!). There’s no special snowflake syndrome here, she has to train to fight and her “transition” takes time to master. Transition is another new term used to describe the ability of her nationality–Exiles is what they are called. It is the ability to jump from one body to the next, ultimately giving these people the power to have mind/body control.
There are some great and much darker elements to the story toward the end that I appreciated a whole lot. Won’t say much about that for spoilers, but it’s definitely a bit dark for a YA read. I think that the retelling was successful in making it more sci-fi and different. There was of course the Princess Snow, the dwarfs (or drones in this case), the Apple (being a necklace laced with poison), a kiss at the end (with a nice twist) and I thought that everything turned out for the best.
Why did I give this one a three star rating then? (Which means a “Liked it/Some peeves”)
Even though I loved it, there was so much more that could have been done to make this a better book. I think the one thing that truly bothered me was the characterization of the evil queen–which was very lacking–and the dwarfs–which were almost nonexistent. Dimwit (as Dopey) and Cusser (as Grumpy) were the only prominent ones and even they weren’t done as well as I would hope considering the dwarfs are such a big part of the story.
There are so many personalities that could have been done for these drones. Here’s a robot collage to prove that these various personalities help shape stories:
Overall: I would still definitely recommend Stitching Snow for a great sci-fi retelling, with a slowburn romance, powerful storyline, and a great female MC.
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