Author: R.C Lewis.
Published: October 14th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion.
Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
Essie has build a life on Thanda, a cold, unfriendly planet where she takes care of the drones and fights against the male miners to earn some extra money. Her life isn’t perfect and with Dane crashing into her life, things are bound to change. Dane portrays to be from Geramite, looking for a treasure - and when Essie finds herself bound in a ship she finally figures it out: she is the treasure. Essie isn’t just a regular, smart girl and Dane has found out about her secret.
“Feelings can’t be wasted. Knowing they’re real for however long they last makes them worth having.”
Let me get started with feisty and spunky Essie. This girl doesn’t take crap from anyone and she has managed to survive all on her own. Her loneliness is bearable with the help of her seven drones, with Dimwit as the precious, silly one. He has a couple of loose stitches, but his loyalty to Essie is heart-warming. Her skills with electronics is admirable and I love how she turns every situation into something she can handle. There is no time to whine for her. Dane stole my heart. He did kidnap Essie, but I felt he had all the right reasons to justify his actions and he does feel sorry for it in the end. Their dynamic is fun and his support is unfailing. It has also been a while since I’ve seen such a healthy relationship in a YA retelling. The way he cares about Essie and thinks about her feelings is the best. The romance made me swoon and it was perfectly handled. Just enough time to make it plausible and it was never the focus of the story.
”I think I am in love with you, Essie. But I also think you are not ready. I shouldn’t have sprung it on you like that, so I decided to take it at your speed.”
I was surprised by the depth and complexity that were woven into the plot. We get to see Essie’s escape and why Queen Octavia wants to have her killed. It took the original story line to another level. It was heavy material and I admired the authors bravery to use it; and it worked.
The story was fast-paced, I liked the writing-style and the sci-fi setting with small details about the world-building. I honestly don’t get all the negative things I have heard about this book and I will cherish it. I can’t wait for Spinning Starlight.