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 début, 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. (From Netgalley.com)
Sissy: When I started to read Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis, I was disappointed. The title refers to something altogether different from you might think, and the genre of the book is what the author calls “techno chic.” High-tech, post apocalyptic, steam punkish, intergalactic stuff is what it is, and I was thinking “meh, not my cuppa tea.” But, and I expect you to remember this always, dear readers: one should never shy away from new genres, because good writing and good stories can come out of nowhere and pop you in the eye. That is precisely what happened to me.
Bubby: I agree, Sissy. I thought that this would be too sci-fi for our readers. But it is really an extremely clever retelling/adaptation of Snow White with a fabulous love story wrapped inside. Such fun to read and so well done!
Sissy: This wildly entertaining version of Snow White has all the elements – prince, princess, wicked stepmother, and the 7…well, I’ll just tell you they are NOT dwarves. This is such a twist on the original that we didn’t even catch-all the parallels at first. Let’s talk about what “stitching” means. I was thinking before I started the book that it was going to be embroidery, where you prick your finger with the needle, but that’s not it at all. In this case, stitching is computer programming, and Snow is the ultimate hacker.
Bubby: Snow weaves together bits of code (and other nerdy computer stuff I don’t understand) seamlessly and on the fly – very impressive. She’s quite the fighter, too. Just the epitome of a kick-butt girl. She is not in need of a prince to come rescue her – in fact at one point, she ends up rescuing him. And then he saves her too. Nice teamwork! No damsel in distress here!
Sissy: Snow reminds me of myself-
Bubby: Seriously? The kick-butt hacker girl reminds you of yourself? Really?
Sissy: Yes. I’m a computer genius, and what about those bare-knuckle pick up fights on the weekends?
Bubby: Apologies, dear readers. Sissy has obviously had something a little extra in her “juice” this morning.
Sissy: What I was trying to say before Ms. Buttinsky opened her lid was Snow is like my fantasy other-self whom I wish I was. Plus, I would add plumbing, HVAC and small engine repair skills to my fantasy self.
Bubby: Alrighty then. Anyway, Stitching Snow is a great read for those of us who already have a love for Sci-Fi books and a great introduction for those who may not have dipped their toes in the Sci-Fi pool yet. I loved it.
Sissy: R.C. Lewis has taken a classic tale and with her fabulous imagination has “stitched” it into an intense and wonderful new story. Well done.
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