Spinning Starlight by R.c. LewisSpinning Starlight by R.c. Lewis

Spinning Starlight

byR.c. Lewis

Hardcover | October 6, 2015

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Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.
Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word, and her brothers are dead.
Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back? Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen'sThe Wild Swansfuses all the heart of the classic tale with a stunning, imaginative world in which a star-crossed family fights for its very survival.
Praise forSpinning Starlight"Like the best mid-20th-century science fiction, this entertaining adventure delivers the thrilling plot, effortless worldbuilding, compulsive readability, and indefinable 'sense of wonder' of grand masters like Heinlein and Asimov (but with decidedly updated sensibilities)."
-Kirkus Reviews"This story shows the importance of truth and that every choice has consequences. The themes are universal, and it is more than standard science fare. It has heart and will provide readers with real engagement."
-VOYAPraise forStitching Snow"'Snow White' gets an upgrade in this clever, surprisingly gritty science-fiction version."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[A] gripping story with lots of moving parts [that] will likely appeal to fans of genre fiction."

"This has strong appeal for sci-fi and fantasy lovers and fans of Marissa Meyer's 'Lunar Chronicles.'"
-School Library Journal

"[D]ebut 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."
-Publishers Weekly

"Stitching Snow is a satisfying read for those who appreciate strong female protagonists embedded in plots of intrigue."
R. C. Lewis (www.rclewisbooks.com and @RC_Lewis) teaches math to teenagers-sometimes in sign language, sometimes not-so whether she's a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don't like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R. C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues...
Title:Spinning StarlightFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.12 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.88 × 1.12 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423185153

ISBN - 13:9781423185154

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow #PlumReview Another book by R.C. Lewis. This author is a very good writer, I love their style and the characters which are created through the story. A member of the upper class; a critique on society; a spunky science fiction novel for those that are beginning to introduce themselves to science fiction.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Reviews Number of pages: 327 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 3 After I finished Stitching Snow by the same author (see my review here), I found out about Spinning Starlight. I was very excited to learn that Spinning Starlight was a retelling of my favorite fairy tale, The Wild Swans. While I’m not a Science Fiction and the reviews weren’t great, reading a retelling of my favorite fairy tale was too good an opportunity to pass up. Meet the Jantzens, billionaire tech company owning orphans, who are supposedly geniuses, but end up getting tricked surprisingly easily.  All 8 brothers, that is. Luckily, their sister, who has already whined about how she gets free clothes, having no real friends because they just want to use her name, and is not as smart as her brothers, has finally noticed their absence after a few weeks of them being missing. I found seeing how the author incorporated the elements of the fairy tale into the story really interesting, but I think it’s best if you don’t know the story going in. I think not knowing the story brings back some of the suspense that was lost on me because I knew what happens. Also, I’m sure that this should have been a full length novel, as it felt a little too spread out. I had a problem with our main character, Liddi. She didn’t really show the complete selfless bravery of the princess in the original story. In the fairy tale, the princess is willing to be burned at the stake for witchcraft if it means her brothers will be saved. She is willing to save her brothers no matter the cost. I felt like that completely selfless bravery was missing from Liddi. Sure, she was willing to break laws for her brothers, but would she have kept fighting for them as she rode to her execution? Part of me feels like she wouldn’t have. Despite my complaints, I found Spinning Starlight to be amusing and enjoyable and was glad that the romance was not given center stage. I therefore grant Spinning Starlight 3 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2016-07-27

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"'Snow White' gets an upgrade in this clever, surprisingly gritty science-fiction version."-Kirkus Reviews