Title: Stitching Snow
Written by R.C. Lewis
Read by Mia Barron
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge
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.
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Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook way back in August so I am not 100% certain about most of the details, but I will review this to the best of my memory.
Not another Snow White re-telling!
I know many reviewers have compared Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis to Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles but I promise you, it isn’t! Sure, it has the same themes as TLC but there is a marked difference.
Tell me more!
Obviously, Princess Snow is missing and she is masquerading as a prize fighter, programmer, and mechanic, Essie, in one of the outer mining planets (think Pluto, which is technically not a planet now). She has gone unnoticed until a someone View Spoiler »a prince – Dane, « Hide Spoiler crash lands on their planet in search of the missing princess.
The seven androids.
I think the unforgettable part of the story is the seven androids, with very unique names. I especially loved Cusser and Dimwit (he plays a very important part of the story). Each of these are mining droids (haha similarities) but each with different personalities. If any, these droids will entertain you.
I didn’t feel much of anything about this plot. It has been mostly unforgettable (except for the aforementioned androids) and I remember being entertained when I listened to it. It was a slow start for me, in which I placed the book on hold and waited until July to start listening to the audio.
I really wanted to love Stitching Snow but ultimately, I wasn’t wowed by it. There was just a lot of promise to the story, but it didn’t deliver. I mean, it was good, but I wasn’t blown away by it as I hoped I would be.
Not a series!
Surprisingly, this is a stand alone book and ended a little abruptly for my taste. There is a second book, Spinning Starlight which is based on the Stitching Snow world, but not a sequel.
Because of its similarity to TLC, I recommend reading the whole Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.