These days there is an endless amount of fairy tale retellings in the young adult fiction genre. For almost every myth, fairy tale and even classic novel, there is at one YA retelling for it. In this case, R.C. Lewis is a futuristic, science fiction retelling of the story of Snow White. The story starts of which an extremely exciting introduction to our protagonist, Essie. Essie is a girl living on a mining settlement on the planet of Thanda, to earn a living for herself, she engages in paid fights with various of the other miners. One of my favourite things with reference to this book was how brawny Essie was in addition to her stubborn streak and her independent nature. As we get to learn additional information regarding her past and how she came to live in the settlement, and follow her as she decides to seize control of her life it only makes me adore her even greater. I also love the drones who were her first friends as they were just adorable.
One of the things that Stitching Snow does well is the world building in this book. I love how the elements of the Snow White fairy tale were woven into the world and mythology of Stitching Snow. The conflicts were intriguing and the background of Windsong and Candara and their connection to Essie was handled in an excellent manner. That being understood there was one thing that I was not a fan of in this book, and that was the romance that develops. I supposed that it’s for the reason that the whole thing resembled insta-love and even though they don’t act on their “feelings” until later in the book, I just could not fathom the attraction that Essie felt for Dane. Sure they had a few cute moments however overall it felt like it was done since it was convenient and assisted with the resolution in the book. Fortunately the romance was not a major factor in this book and we get to witness more of Essie taking charge to get things done and rescuing herself and others rather than another story with a damsel in distress.
Stitching Snow is a solid, quick paced, adventure filled read. And while I did enjoy it, I was not obsessed with it probably because I had read the Lunar Chronicles books by Marissa Meyer way before reading Stitching Snow which made it hard for me not to compare the two. Still if you are fond of YA fairy tale retellings, then you should give this book a try.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.