Genre: Steampunk Romance
Year Published: 2014
Number of Pages: 328 pages
Date Read: 12/24/2014
Content Rating: Ages 15+ (Some Kissing)
“Princess Snow is missing!”
Yes, you heard that right folks! Princess Snow has suddenly disappeared from her home planet…or has she? “Stitching Snow” is a futuristic retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” that is written by R.C. Lewis. The difference with this story and the original fairy tale is that Snow is not accompanied by seven dwarfs, but rather a awesome yet complicated hero in Dane!
The book starts off with a young woman named Essie working in the mines on the planet Thanda and life there was peaceful if not a bit chaotic with her battles with the other miners and bonding with her seven faithful drones. One day however, Essie’s life changes forever when a young man named Dane crash lands on the planet Thanda and decides to kidnap her and take her to the planet Windsong. It turns out that Essie is the missing Princess Snow from the planet Windsong and Windsong has turned into a war zone due to her father King Matthias and her step mother Olivia waging war against the Exiles, since they believed that Essie was kidnapped by them. Now, Essie along with the help from Dane must travel to the planet Windsong and stop the war against the Exiles before it is too late!
Being R.C. Lewis’ debut book, I must say that I was quite impressed with the results of this book! After reading Marissa Meyer’s book “Cinder,” I was quite excited to read another novel that is a modern retelling of a classic fairy tale and I was quite impressed with R.C. Lewis’ futuristic version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!” I loved the way that R.C. Lewis started the story out with the mystery of Essie’s character as we do not know much about her past or why she is on the planet Thanda in the first place and as the story unfolds throughout the book, we start to learn more about Essie’s tragic past and how confronting the people in her past would change the future for the people of Windsong. I also loved the fact that Essie is a tough and intelligent character as it was interesting seeing her “stitch” machines together and I like the fact that she is extremely independent about her own identity when it came to whether or not she wanted to reclaim the throne of Windsong. I also liked her relationship with Dane, as you can see that she is both confused and frustrated with Dane (well, how would she feel if the guy just kidnapped her out of the blue) and she often has trouble conveying her feelings for Dane as she never fell in love with anyone before. I found Dane to be a pretty interesting character (even though the whole idea about him kidnapping Essie still rings a bit uncomfortably in my ears) as it is clear that he does care about Essie and is willing to help Essie reclaim her throne at all costs. R.C. Lewis did a fantastic job at creating a futuristic world that is enshrouded in war and you can see the misery that the people of all the planets feel about Windsong waging war against any nation that opposes them.
The reason why I gave this book a four star rating was because I felt that the beginning of this book was moving at a slow pace and I almost gave up on this book due to the how the beginning was played out. Luckily, once Essie’s true identity is revealed and her determination to return to Windsong came into play, the story did get much more interesting. I also would have liked it better if the book actually explained more about the characters’ backgrounds so that way I could actually sympathize with half of the actions they take in this book.
Overall, “Stitching Snow” is a great read for anyone who wants to look for a modern day retelling of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and also enjoy a good futuristic and dystopian story!