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Book Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Title & Author: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Retelling
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Series: Stitching Snow #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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.”
Snow White & the Seven Bots
When I first read the description of Stitching Snow, I was skeptical. What exactly is Snow White in space up to, and what is up with “stitching?”
After all my persnickety questions were answered, and I was through a third of the book, I knew it. I knew that this was going to be a wonderful story.
Essie is the type of heroine I love reading: she’s independent, smart, tough and a little surly. (See: Shadow and Bone to know exactly what I’m talking about). In other words, Essie rocks.
Then, there’s Dane. He is a great hero. I haven’t talked about male characters on the blog in awhile. Mainly because they’re either arm candy, super difficult and overprotective or just meh. Dane, however, is different. He’s on a mission – and one that goes deeper than Essie ever imagined.
Stitching Snow was so well thought out. The system of planets and kingdoms that Lewis imagined felt real and interesting, and I am hoping for a sequel or even a companion book set in this same universe.
The only trouble I had with the book was the beginning. The “stitching” part of the story is that Essie is a sort of software coder. She set up and programmed intelligent droids in Thanda to help the miners with their work. So stitching is the term for fixing program bugs and other programmable machines.
That term, plus other machine/robot names and a bunch of world-specific names made the beginning of the story really confusing and tough to sort through.
It goes by quickly though, and the rest of the book is SO WORTH that little rough patch.
The Slow Burn
Stitching Snow surprised me, too. It covered some pretty heavy issues while keeping things fast-paced and fun. And by heavy, I mean HEAVY.
Then there’s the romance surprise. Well, it wasn’t a surprise per se, but how it was handled was so interesting. It felt natural and awkward at the right times, and it wasn’t rushed or forced. And, it only made me appreciate the action and adventure happening outside the romance bubble.
I really hate it when the only interesting part of a book becomes the romance. I mean I love a good love story, but I need something else in the mix, too, you know? This story has a slow burn that will melt you face off.
I highly recommend this book. Between the awesome worlds of Thanda and Windsong, the tough, headstrong character of Essie and the slow burn romance, Stitching Snow is must-read young adult fantasy series – not to mention a killer Snow White retelling.