Author: R.C. Lewis
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 338 pages
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
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.
This is one of those books that I wanted to love, but it fell short. I liked the premise, sci-fi Snow White re-telling, drones instead of dwarves, interesting world-building with different planets, and a strong MC (she fights, she's tech savvy). My main complaints are the similarities between this book and The Lunar Chronicles and the lack of feels. The romance had so much potential. The set-up was perfect for tension, banter, and passion, but it didn't have any of that (no steamy scenes, unfortunately). I did like the book, though, but it was a bit of a mixed bag.
Fair warning: there are some dark aspects to this book that surprised me.
Posted by: Pam