Home / Book Review / Futuristic Fun | Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Futuristic Fun | Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Spinning Starlight is an top-not YA scifi book you won’t want to miss!

Book Review: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Goodreads | Amazon | R.C. Lewis’ Website

spinning starlight r.c. lewis book review

Title & Author: Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Series: Standalone (Companion novel)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

How I Got the Book: ARC from the publisher


“Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?”

Well-Balanced & Fun

I’ve really been wanting another great science fiction read ever since Illuminae. Thank goodness I finally found that in Spinning Starlight.

This book is set in the same world as Stitching Snow but it’s a companion book, not a sequel.

First, I really love the tale of the Wild Swans, which is the story being retold in Spinning Starlight. Juliet Marillier’s book Daughter of the Forest covers this myth in gorgeous detail, so I have a soft spot for it in my heart.

This version obviously takes a futuristic/technology spin on it, which was done very nicely and subtly. Plus, I liked that it wasn’t too similar to Marillier’s version, as I don’t think any story could live up to hers.

I also really enjoyed the set-up of the book: Liddi is trying to live up to her genius brothers’ accomplishments in her tech royalty family when one day they all mysteriously disappear…

Some scifi books struggle with their scifi-ness. Either the futuristic elements seem too light with only a few differences than modern day or they’re very strong with deeply technical language that confuses more than it intrigues.

Spinning Starlight hit the right balance of interesting and comprehendible. Especially with the places and people Liddi encounters, the descriptions of her new experiences and in using advanced technology were interesting without being overwhelming.

Liddi is one of those characters who’s personalities really get rounded out throughout the course of the novel so by the time it ends, someone could say “Liddi Jantzen would do that” and be spot on. I love getting to know characters in that way.

The relationships in this story are wonderful – rich and deep and realistically complicated. I’m always in favor of stories that don’t NEED to revolve around a romantic relationship as well. (Don’t get me wrong, there is romance, and it is GOOD.)

Bonus: Liddi sometimes narrates things that are happening in news feed headlines, and it just made me laugh. I always appreciate witty self-deprecation.

Bonus 2: There is a slow burn romance that I just adored. My only qualm is that sometimes a lot was read and interpreted from Lidd’s eyes alone, which to me deserves an eyebrow raise in reply, but I definitely let it slide considering the rest of the story.


I’m now officially an even bigger huge fan of R.C. Lewis. If you’re looking for an excellent scifi adventure with a fun technology, a self-discovery journey and a slow burn romance, then you should definitely pick up Spinning Starlight.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Stephanie

    I’m glad this was a good one! It sounded really interesting, and as another huge fan of DotF, I also have a soft spot for the Wild Swans tale. And I get what you mean about the romance. I want it to be there and present, but I don’t need the entire book to be solely about it. Make it the whipped cream on top of an already great dessert.

  • AnneBennett

    This sounds like it will be a teen favorite I will look into getting it for my library.