Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis and a Reflection on Blurring the Lines
Lines. Where to draw them and where to keep them grey? This question comes to mind with this book, because the lines are too clearly drawn. Though you can tell Lewis tried to blur them a little, instead she just moves them. People are either bad or good; there really is no in-between in this book.
Stitching Snow is a fun take on the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Princess Snow has run away from home and lives on an entirely different planet, where she has taken on the name Essie. There she “stiches” coding in her faithful seven drones. Then a spaceship crashes with a young man on board, Dane. Essie agrees to help repair his ship to get him out of her life. Soon she learns that his crash was no accident, and she is drawn back into a world of politics, and plotting that she had tried so desperately to escape.
It’s a fun premise, right? Yeah it is, the only problem is in the character building. The writing is good, the description is good, even the growing romance is good. But the characters are very one-dimensional. Essie is the best written of all of them and she doesn’t come close to some of the secondary characters I’ve read in other books. This is where the idea of lines comes into play. They were too distinctly drawn, no grey or smudging to be seen. Sometimes the lines shifted, as in a character’s allegiance changed, but that was as about blurry as it got.
Now having said all that, I did like reading this book, if for nothing else I’m a sucker for fairy-tales. Was it the best take on Snow White ever? No. But was it the worst? No not that either. It was firmly in the middle. So if your looking for an average quick read to get you through an airplane flight I do recommend this book.
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis is out now.