Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Stitching Snow Hardcover – October 14, 2014
|New from||Used from|
From timeless classics to new favorites, find children's books for every age and stage. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Essie is the only female living in mining settlement Forty-Two and earns her keep by "stitching" or repairing junk-tech for the local miners. She is an unwelcome presence, despite her much-needed expertise, and leads a precarious and solitary existence. When a shuttle crashes, leaving a stranger named Dane without a functional ship, Essie begrudgingly agrees to help him. It turns out that Dane is on a search for Princess Snow, the royal heir who went missing eight years ago. Once he realizes that Essie is indeed the princess, he kidnaps her, intending to use her as a bargaining chip in a prisoner swap. Forced to divulge secrets that she has long guarded, Essie convinces Dane that she is no friend of the court and the two join forces. This is a superb sci-fi retelling of "Snow White." Lewis does a marvelous job of slowly revealing the backstory of Essie's royal childhood, her incestuous relationship with the king, and the mystery surrounding her real mother. Inventive nods to the original fairy tale, such as the seven droids Essie built and the death scene of the evil queen, are expertly done. This has strong appeal for sci-fi and fantasy lovers and fans of Marissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles" (Feiwel & Friends).—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI
"Snow White" gets an upgrade in this clever, surprisingly gritty science-fiction version. Essie has spent eight years hiding in the hardscrabble mining settlements of Thanda, cage fighting for cash and "stitching" machine code, especially for her seven autonomous drones. When Dane, the charming offworlder she rescues from a shuttle crash, discovers that she is the long-lost Princess Snow, he can't leave behind such a valuable pawn in the ongoing interplanetary war. But what if Essie refuses to go home? Elements of the classic fairy tale are skillfully woven into this update, with a particularly delightful nod to the Disney dwarves. But Essie is no passive, pretty princess; she is tough, cynical, paranoid and prone to violent rages-rough edges that gradually make sense as the horrific truths about her childhood are revealed. Dane, in contrast, is the perfect prince: strong, gentle, devoted and (irritatingly) slightly better than Essie at everything. Sweet romance and graphic violence, earthy humor and chilling abuse, space-opera settings and vintage derring-do-they all intertwine with unexpected panache. If the wicked king and the downright monstrous stepmother are cartoonishly evil, their villainous schemes implausibly over-the-top and the climactic revolt against their tyranny ludicrously simple well, the source tale is hardly free of plot holes, either, and who cares when it's so entertaining? A fine addition to the ever popular subgenre of fairy-tale adaptations. (Science fiction. 12-18) Kirkus"
40 new titles to feed your YA book addiction: http: //www.cnn.com/2014/09/17/living/fall-young-adult-book-releases/index.html?iid=article_sidebar CNN Living"
Essie, a part-time cage fighter and repairs genius on the subzero mining planet Thanda, has her life thrown into upheaval when a ship crash-lands. Inside, she finds the mysterious Dane, a young man from the planet Garam. They clash immediately, he from the upper echelons and she barely scraping by, but their romance builds gradually and irresistibly. Together, they seek a treasure that could change the galaxy and both their lives. They travel to other planets and meet revolutionaries while narrowly avoiding immigration control, which could imprison both of them, as well as hired killers with eyes out for anyone who could disrupt the status quo in the capital city of Windsong. Readers are thrown right into the action-the novel opens with a cage fight between protagonist Essie and a miner-but progress from there is slow. There's a definite learning curve to the invented vocabulary, which may deter causal readers. It's a gripping story with lots of moving parts and will likely appeal to fans of genre fiction. Stacey Comfort Booklist"
Even by the rough-and-tumble standards of the frozen planet Thanda, Essie is unusual-she likes to cage-fight angry men just back from working in the mines, and when Essie isn't fighting, she's a mechanic, fixing ships and tinkering with drones. After a stranger named Dane crashes on Thanda, Essie tries to help him, but ends up getting kidnapped. She's taken to Dane's planet, Candara, where his people plan to trade her to the king in exchange for the release of Candaran prisoners, one of whom is Dane's father. Essie is a valuable find-she's actually a young princess who escaped the clutches of the stepmother who tried to kill her when she was nine. In this interplanetary retelling of Snow White, debut author Lewis reveals a talent for worldbuilding and creating complex, memorable characters. As Essie owns up to her past and takes control of her fate, SF and fairytale fans alike will enjoy watching her beat the odds and find romance in the process. Ages 14 up. PW"
Gr 7 Up Essie is the only female living in mining settlement Forty-Two and earns her keep by "stitching" or repairing junk-tech for the local miners. She is an unwelcome presence, despite her much-needed expertise, and leads a precarious and solitary existence. When a shuttle crashes, leaving a stranger named Dane without a functional ship, Essie begrudgingly agrees to help him. It turns out that Dane is on a search for Princess Snow, the royal heir who went missing eight years ago. Once he realizes that Essie is indeed the princess, he kidnaps her, intending to use her as a bargaining chip in a prisoner swap. Forced to divulge secrets that she has long guarded, Essie convinces Dane that she is no friend of the court and the two join forces. This is a superb sci-fi retelling of "Snow White." Lewis does a marvelous job of slowly revealing the backstory of Essie's royal childhood, her incestuous relationship with the king, and the mystery surrounding her real mother. Inventive nods to the original fairy tale, such as the seven droids Essie built and the death scene of the evil queen, are expertly done. This has strong appeal for sci-fi and fantasy lovers and fans of Marissa Meyer's "Lunar Chronicles" (Feiwel & Friends). Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI SLJ"
4Q 4P J S Essie would be very happy to continue her bare but hidden existence troubleshooting tech glitches with her seven drones on the frozen mining planet of Thanda. Earning extra cash with the occasional cage fight and improving the efficiency and safety of the dangerous mine operation keep her mind off the life she fled eight years ago-a life of royalty on Windsong. Her equilibrium up-ends when Essie rescues crash-landed Dane, a rebel fighter from Candara, Windsong's enemy twin-planet. Dane is seeking leverage to gain the release of his imprisoned father and when he discovers Essie's identity, he is pretty sure he has found it. His plot to kidnap her quickly becomes more complicated when their journey is waylaid and Essie's tech skills make her valuable to the ruthless government on the desert planet of Garam. Essie discovers that the war raged by her father, Mathias, king of Windsong, and his murderous wife, Olivia, has kept this corner of the universe in upheaval since her flight, and her escape might be considered the cause. Beyond the basic set up, Lewis's retelling of the classic tale re-imagines Snow White as a self-determined, whip-smart young woman. Lewis has found the sweet spot of building a plot with reasonable intrigue and complication without getting bogged down in detail. Her knowledge of math and science-both real and futuristic conjecture-is liberally sprinkled throughout the story. Essie, aka Princess Snow, has built up walls of personal self-preservation eight years thick and Lewis realistically depicts her readjustment to a world that offers and expects empathy. This includes the romantic development between Essie and Dane, which Lewis appropriately puts on a slow boil on the back burner. Two of Essie's drones, Dimwit and Cusser, are characters Lewis might have done well to develop further, along with the world building. Overall, Stitching Snow is a satisfying read for those who appreciate strong female protagonists embedded in plots of intrigue.-Lauri J. Vaughan. Stitching Snow is an interesting spin on the story of Snow White, placing the fairy tale in a technologically advanced setting. The romantic part of the novel is somewhat predictable, though not overdone; the narrative is not buried under Essie's changing feelings about Dane. As a whole, Stitching Snow is an engaging read, combining a dystopian future world with a familiar story set in the past. 4Q, 4P.-Allison Wang, Teen Reviewer. VOYA"
For eight years, the frozen tundras of the planet Thanda have been Essie's home, and the seventeen-year-old girl is mostly content to tinker with her seven drones and serve as impromptu mechanic for the local mines. Her desire to help trumps her usual self-preservation instincts when a mysterious boy, Dane, crashes his spaceship near her home, and soon she finds herself kidnapped and brought to Candara, Dane's home planet. There Essie admits to being Princess Snow, whom everyone thought was kidnapped years ago, but who really ran away from King Matthias, her father and rapist, and Queen Olivia, her stepmother and attempted murderer. Now Dane and his planet's ruling council plan to use Essie to end Matthias' reign of terror-whether she's a willing participant or not. Several of the Snow White motifs are satisfyingly turned on their head here, and fans of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, BCCB 2/12, etc.) will feel right at home with the combination of sci-fi and fairy tale elements. The pacing is lightning quick, with our planet-hopping heroes moving from one obstacle to the next, and while that may at first cause readers a bit of whiplash, it also allows the story to wrap up in one installment. Lewis doesn't sacrifice world-building for plot, either, deftly incorporating details about both the interplanetary conflicts and Essie's history as the action moves swiftly along. Essie's got the wit and strength to compete with any YA heroine, but it's her conflicted feelings toward her father and her willingness to finally save herself that make her memorable. This will certainly ease the wait for readers anxious for Meyer's next installment. KQG BCCB"
Essie has lived much of her life on the desolate planet of Thanda. She spends her time stitching up her trusted androids and fighting the miners who control the cold, barren terrain. Essie has many secrets; Dane, a young stranger, wants Essie's secrets. With Dane's help, Essie decides that she must take control of her life, and not be afraid of her true identity. Lewis's novel is an interesting take on the Snow White fairytale. Those familiar with the tale will instantly recognize the parallels; however, Lewis has truly made this story her own. The science fiction elements add an extra layer. Some elements of the world building are glossed over, and the reader is left with more questions than answers. Those students who gravitate towards science fiction/fantasy will not be disappointed. Jonatha Basye, Senior Library Technician, Bateman Library, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia Recommended Library Media Connection"
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
STITCHING SNOW was such a fun, fast read, that I really enjoyed. I was quickly able to get lost inside the world of STITCHING SNOW, and felt compelled to read until the very end.
The romance was one of my favorite aspects of STITCHING SNOW. It was thoroughly fleshed out and no way insta love. The main characters didn't even kiss until almost the end of the book. But it was a slow burning romance that slowly built up to that. So when they finally did make their move, it was sweet, and real, and had me on my toes until it finally happened.
The worldbuilding was phenomenal! I really enjoyed the different planets in their solar system, and how on every planet they all did something important for all the planets survival. I also enjoyed the aspect of the Snow White retelling! I loved the seven drones instead of the seven dwarfs. And I've heard a lot of reviews saying that STITCHING SNOW reminded them too much of CINDER by Marissa Meyer. But for me, that was not the case at all. I mean, it did have it's similarities with the drones, and a missing princess, and a charming princes. But that's really where it ends.
The planets in the solar system are divided, every planet playing their part in the solar systems survival. But one planet is built on lies and deception. One planet is determined to keep the war brewing and fear instilled in their hearts. But only one person, is all the planets chance of survival....
Princess Snow must be found...
Snow is missing, they say she's been kidnapped by the exiles, and taken to be a pawn in the war that's been brewing for years. But that's just what everyone thinks. The truth is even more sinister then that. She's been in hiding ever since her evil stepmother, Queen Olivia, tried to have her killed when she was eight years old. But Snow is not a little helpless child anymore...
The iceberg Planet of Thanda has hardened princess Snow. Since in hiding, she's claimed the name Essie, and took on a new identity to keep her secret from getting into the wrong hands. Because if they ever did, they'd be determined to take her back to the same royal nightmare she escaped from. But Essie is content with filling her days on the mining planet, hiding amidst the masses of drunken men with too much time in their hands. All while splitting her days cage-fighting the arrogant men in order to make enough shares to survive. And the rest of her time is spent tending and stitching her only source of friendship -- the seven mining drones for the mines. But now, eight years later, Essie's life is about to change, and she will have to make the choice of just how far she's wiling to go to save the planets and people she was forced to abandoned as a child.
When a shuttle crashes near Essie's shack, she feels compelled to help. But little does Essie know, that Dane, the handsome, and insanely alluring young man that crashed, is anything but who he says he is. And that is Essie's first step back to a war filled planet that is only out for blood.
After all is revealed, Essie reluctantly joins the exiles in hope of restoring peace between their planets and bring all their people back together again. But her father, King Matthias, and her stepmother, Queen Olivia, have different plans in store the planets. But to make matters more complicated, Olivia is still dead set on accomplishing her mission all those years ago when Princess Snow went missing-- and that mission is to kill Princess Snow...
Overall, if your looking for your next dystopian/fantasy/futuristic read, that wraps it all up in one book, with an awesome romance, and badass main characters that get the job done. Then STITCHING SNOW is definitely a must read!!
NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Disney Hyperion for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
It took me seventeen seconds to decide Jarom Thacker’s reputation as the sharpest fighter on Thanda had been exaggerated. At twice my size — and age — he was quick, forcing me to move or risk getting pinned against the cage, but he made a rookie mistake. Like everyone else who came through Mining Settlement Forty-Two, he aimed for my gut. So predictable.
Wouldn’t want to botch the pretty girl’s face, right? Idiot.
I blocked him on the left, but sweat stinging my eyes blinded me to his fist slamming into my right side. Pain flared through my ribs. The fire spurred me on, and I slipped Thacker’s grip when he grabbed at my arm.
Unlike him, I had no qualms about uglifying him further.
Princess Snow is missing. Or at least that’s what her father, the cruel and manipulative King Matthias, believes.
After a botched assassination attempt by her stepmother, Queen Olivia, “Snowflake” fled her home planet of Windsong, settling on the remote and icy Thanda. Here, Essie – as she’s now known – makes herself useful by “stitching” code to improve the mine’s conditions; she can often be found in the cage, beating miners twice her size to a bloody pulp for extra cash monies to fund her tinkering. It’s not much of a living, but at least she’s alive. Nearly ten years pass before her relative isolation is shattered by the crash-landing of a rogue, treasure-hunting Garamite boy in her backyard.
The words of her long-dead mother echoing in her head (“Windsong needs to you give them better than they have”), Essie unexpectedly pays it forward, helping the boy – Dane – to fix his shuttle at her own expense. Little does she know that she’s the treasure he’s in search of; for her trouble, Dane drugs and kidnaps her from Thanda, with the intention of trading her back to King Matthias in exchange the Candaran Exiles who were imprisoned in the wake of her disappearance. When new information comes to light, and the duo are forced to make several detours around the solar system, plans change – and Essie and Dane team up to infiltrate the royal palace.
A sometimes-dark retelling of Snow White (due to the incest/rape subplot, this probably isn’t suitable for the tween crowd), STITCHING SNOW kept me entertained, but barely. It’s difficult to rate this one, given that my criteria for print and audio books differs somewhat. Since I tend to listen to audiobooks while performing mindless chores – dusting, vacuuming, washing and peeling produce – my main concern is, Does this distract me from what I’m doing and make the time go faster? The answer here is mostly yes. However, if I had read it in print or ebook form, it’s likely it would have been a DNF.
The sheer repetition of certain points really started to grate about a quarter of the way in. For example, while I enjoyed the feminist backstory behind the book’s title – instead of sewing clothing, like the Neanderthals on Thanda expect her to, Essie “stitches” code – all the tech talk quickly grew tiresome. You like puzzles! You’re clever, we get it! Yet for someone supposedly so intelligent, Essie is painfully slow to pick up on Olivia’s machinations (e.g., the poisoned apple necklace; the bombing of the faux front lines during Essie’s visit).
Likewise, Lewis repeats Alaina’s words so often that she soon starts to sound like the quintessential nag (for lack of a better word). And can we talk for a moment about Alaina? Of course the woman was a badass for infiltrating enemy territory so completely, but was it really fair to bring a child into your war games? At best, Essie was part of Alaina’s cover story; at worst, a pawn to carry out Plan B should her mother fail. Not cool!
The Essie-Dane pairing also left a sour taste in my mouth. I’m so over this trend in YA of coupling young women with men who have screwed them over somehow. Because their vile behavior was a misunderstanding, borne of misinformation, and/or for the greater good, suddenly it’s excusable – forgivable, even. And while I can certainly understand the logic behind Dane’s actions, I hate that Essie chose to marry him even after such a fundamental breach of trust. Lewis even makes a joke of it.
(I can’t find the passage online, but it goes something like this: “There’s just one problem. What will I tell our kids when they ask how we met? That their father kidnapped their mother?” Lol, dad had no respect for mom’s autonomy. Hardeeharhar!)
That’s not to say there aren’t some aspects of the story that I liked. I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and this one – with its futuristic, science fiction elements set against an almost medieval backdrop – is rather imaginative. It also holds great feminist promise, both in Essie’s transgressive living situation (she’s the only female on a planet of toxically masculine males) and her traumatic past. STITCHING SNOW deserves props for exploring her PTSD in detail, rather than letting it fall by the wayside when no longer convenient or interesting (CAPTIVE, I’m looking at you).
That said, this early potential was undermined somewhat by pairing Essie up with Dane; but the beginning of the story, before Essie and Dane leave Thanda, is quite engaging. I also really loved the drones, which are stand-ins for the traditional seven dwarfs.
As for the narration, Mia Barron does a good enough job, though the occasionally phlegmy quality to her voice icked me out. Here and there I found myself wishing I could fetch the poor lady a hot mug of Throat Coat tea.
I really enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of Lunar chronicals I think you'll enjoy this book.If you enjoy a kick butt princess with brains then then this book is for you. I loved getting to know Essie's characters. I loved that even if there was the love interest Dane I wasn't over the top being a romance.I loved that when there were times of trouble she always make sure to keep her and her words of wisdom to help others. I loved that there was always something going on to keep things interesting and to keep the readers on their toes. Overall a great story I really enjoyed it!