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Project SNOW: A Science Fiction Fairy Tale Kindle Edition
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The story is told in 48 pages. The reader will suspect the “terrible secret” within the first few pages. But most readers will not predict the rather surprising, unpredictable ending.
At age sixteen, it is Amara’s turn to go through the medical screening that will allow her to qualify for confirmation, an event that will mark her transition to an adult life. No longer will she be locked up with her sisters to await a time when she can go out in public, perhaps even to dance. She would like to dance with Hunter, a guardsman she might fall in love with if she could get past the very physical restrictions on a person not yet sixteen. It was an inappropriate relationship between a princess and a guardsman but it was better than the complete lack of relationships she had experienced up to now.
Queen Zoya said goodbye to daughter Amara before the final medical test was administered. Doctor Bannerjee told her everything was fine as she prepared to enter the long, narrow room for the final scan. When Amara exited the scan, however, it was to meet with boyfriend Hunter who said he was rescuing her. Dr. Banerjee was dead and her boyfriend who said he was helping her instead delivered her to Chancellor Amir, her mother’s closest advisor. And there she learns more than she ever wished to know about her mother.
This is a short, well-written, science fiction, escapist story. We have hints throughout that something really bad is planned for Amara. Will she survive or not? And what does that mean for the evildoers who tried to hurt her?
This is a good story for the younger crowd not interested in reading. I tell my students that if they don’t enjoy reading, they are reading the wrong stuff. This is the right stuff.
One word that immediately comes to mind after reading this book is "potential". This book has so much of it, and I can't but wonder what it would be like if this was fleshed out into a full novel. With that said, I'll add that the pace of this book was fast. Like, really fast. The story jumps right in, and it speedily moves along, vaguely following the plot of "Snow White". Because everything was so compacted, the story was action-packed and wild the entire way through.
But for the same reason, I feel like I didn't quite get adequate time to get to know the characters. We follow the main character's emotional ups and downs, and it's easy to see how she could be overwhelmed, but I feel as though a more solid idea of her personality would help readers further understand the main character's relationship with the people around her. We saw a glimpse of this through Amara's conversations with her sisters, but I would love to see more.
One strength that I immediately noticed about this book was the powerful writing style. It was fluent and engaging, and as a sucker for heart-wrenching descriptions and memorable quotes, I was pulled right in.
I'll end my review with this: I absolutely loved the ending. It's why I rounded up. It was the type of ending that left me speechless, then made me want to hurl the book across the room, then left me sitting in the same spot for hours, wondering.
I love those endings.
I’ll be honest that I’m not very familiar with the “original” Snow White story. But it’s safe to say that readers shouldn’t expect a Disney movie from this story. It’s a bit dark, like may tales are. I’m glad the author kept the not-so-happy element in there.
With this being a short story, an author must sacrifice extensive world building in order for there to be room for the characters and plot. I feel that to a point that’s the case with this story. Smith set this in a world unlike our own, after a major event that changed the way the world lives and even looks. While I wasn’t really lost reading this story, I do feel like it could have benefited from having some more world building take place. it was intriguing and I wanted more. Maybe there’s more the author plans on doing with this world and readers will get it when that comes out. I’d for sure enjoy that.
While the characters weren’t very fleshed out, I think it worked just fine in this one. I was actually a bit surprised to be content not getting so deep into each of the major characters.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I wanted a little bit more from it. But as I mentioned, maybe there’s more in store for us. I’d be more than happy to read more.
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