Tag Archives: science fiction

Stitching Snow, Review

5 Oct

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

Plot: It didn’t take long to figure out what direction the author goes with this book: there’s “snow” in the title and a bright red apple (made out of electronic circuits) on the front of the book. From page one, I knew I was reading a Snow White retelling, and immediately I began to look for the classic points in the story. What makes this book interesting is the subtle differences from the actual story, which kept my interest high throughout the book. Essie has been living a secret life on the frozen mining planet Thanda, where she “stitches” code for technology for a living, including code for the seven little droids who streamline the mining processes. Oh, and she cage fights for money too.

Essie is a far cry from the young princess who fled her home planet Windsong eight years ago. When a young man from a neighboring planet crashes his shuttle, Essie rescues him, and is immediately drawn to the stranger, Dane. However, Essie quickly realizes that trusting a stranger can have some serious ramifications. As Dane’s prisoner, Essie is forced into an interplanetary political situation which forces her to reconsider her past, learn the truth about her kingdom’s true intentions, and question what her role should be in her kingdom’s future. Since this is a retelling of Snow White, it will come as no surprise that there is a wicked, jealous queen involved, and Queen Olivia does not disappoint.

One of the best changes in this story is that Essie, our Snow White, grows as a character throughout this story, and as she learns new information about her family and their kingdom, she makes her own conclusions and decisions on how to change things. Essie is not content to sit around waiting for a prince’s kiss! However, that’s not to say there isn’t romance in this book, and I found that to be one of the best parts of the story. Stitching Snow is a dark and gritty retelling of the Snow White story. There are many elements of science fiction included, as well as fantasy. But at the heart of this book, it is a fairy tale.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.This book is for slightly older readers, as it does contain some violent acts which may be difficult for younger readers.

4 stars

–Lisa

Feed, Review

30 Mar

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Plot: In the future, the Earth has been depleted of many of its natural resources and is slowly dying. Humans have opened up space travel and have colonized on the moon. Nearly everyone on Earth is linked to “the feed,” which helps people make decisions about what they eat, buy, and think.

During a recreational trip to the moon, Titus is drawn to Violet. They become closer friends after suffering from a hacker attack while in a club on the moon. Violet’s feed is severely damaged during this attack, likely because she received the feed much later than other people (because her family wanted to avoid being connected). Titus and Violet continue their relationship when they return to Earth. Violet’s problems with her feed become more severe. As it becomes more apparent that Violet will not be able to live with a damaged feed, Violet turns to Titus to help maintain her memories.

Violet tries to open Titus’s eyes to the serious problems (both political and environmental) that are happening on Earth, but Titus is scared to leave the safety of his mainstream, feed-fed world. As the feed causes Violet’s body to shut down, Titus gets scared and begins to ignore her. What will happen to Violet with Titus not around to help her?

Would you recommend this book? Yes.This book took a long time for me to get into, mostly because of the slang language and the science fiction nature. However, I did enjoy it in the end. It offers some great lessons in letting convenience and technology play too large of a role in our lives. Although more time was spent on discussing the feed itself, I was very interested in the state of the Earth. Technological advances are often looked at as a benefit to society, but there are definite repercussions in the manufacturing and use of these technologies. Feed highlights how dangerous this can be to both humankind and the Earth.

3 stars

–Lisa

Steelheart, Book Trailer

14 Nov

Ender’s Game, Review

9 Jun

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Plot: The human race is nearly wiped out after two deadly alien attacks on Earth. The government is looking for the smartest kids on the planet to train them to save Earth. Ender is the smartest of the smartest, but even so, can he save the Earth?

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

 

Dangerous, Book Trailer

24 Jan

Breathe, Book Trailer

8 Mar

Seraphina, Book Trailer

4 Jan