Spinning Starlight

Spinning Starlight

by R. C. Lewis


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Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis

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's The Wild Swans fuses all the heart of the classic tale with a stunning, imaginative world in which a star-crossed family fights for its very survival.

Praise for Spinning 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."

Praise for Stitching 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423185154
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 of photons.

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Spinning Starlight 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review. I really enjoyed Stitching Snow when I read it. I thought for sure this would be a spin off of that book. But it was not. Totally different characters. Completely different story. I love anything Sci-Fi and this book completely fit that bill. I zoomed through it in no time, which means I easily loved it. This book is a fairytale retelling, though I don't know the story that goes along with it. I really enjoyed Liddi's character. I love that she is kind of the black sheep of her family. All her brothers are super smart and have made something of themselves at an early age while she's still waiting to come into herself. Given the fact that her character does not speak for most of the book (I won't tell you why as it will be a spoiler), it was still easy to get to know her. She's very strong with a deep seeded understanding of how important family is. And her resilience is incredible. The author throws a lot of technical terms at you at the very beginning of the book. At first, I was a bit confused, but as it went on I easily understood the jargon. I enjoyed the way she portrayed the media in this book. With all the paparazzi stuff we see in the news these days, it was easy to understand how out of control things could get if the media had even more technology on their side. The author does an incredible job with the world buiding in this book. I love way the planets are explained, and the reason for the people living on them at this point in time. Yes, this is set way in the future, giving the book not only a sci-fi genre but also a bit of dystopian to go along with it. Though you don't see the government involvement so much with this book. It's more about how we as humans destroyed our planet and how people had to settle elsewhere. I love the traveling between different planets that occurs in this book. Certainly I got a Lunar Chronicles feel with this book (given that is one of my favorite series, it made me extremely happy). And I love how ideas and stereotypes are completed shattered as Liddi tries her hardest to save her family. And of course there is a forbidden love theme in the book. I loved that it existed, though it wasn't what ruled the story. It was a slow build and certainly one could see how the attraction came about. Overall, I enjoyed this book much more than the first. Any fan of science fiction with fairy tale retellings will enjoy this story.
booklover_zech More than 1 year ago
As a reader, we don't get a chance to know Liddi and her character before events start happening. I wasn't given a solid base on which to stand when it came to Liddi's relationship with her brothers. I felt a huge disconnect with Liddi throughout the entire novel. When she reaches the 8th point (of that interplanetary conduit), is when Liddi really comes alive and we finally get to see her character more. Sadly, this is near the end of the story. The romance was another big negative for me. It was a nice, slow build between Liddi and the intriguing Tiav. then BAM! Tiav is trying to kiss her! Like, did I even know he actually liked her?? This sudden leap into romance left me feeling shaky and rather bland about it all. Still, I liked the premise. Liddi faced some tough things and came through like a rockstar for being a spoiled, rich kid. The ending, although muddled for me by that point, had a few twists and turns that made for a book-clenching finish. I really can't rate this one very high, 2 stars, but encourage you to check out 'Stitching Snow' still! If Lewis writes another, similiar novel you can bet I will be giving it another chance. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Amber_Elise More than 1 year ago
Spinning Starlight was a lovely story about a girl doing all she can to protect her brothers. Even with such an endearing tale, I found Spinning Starlight to be stale. Plot: Liddi is the youngest of nine children and she is slated to take over her parent's multi-million dollar technological company at the age of 18. One night, she manages to escape a potential kidnapping only to realize that her eight brothers are missing. If she wants to keep her brothers alive, Liddi must forgo using her voice, and travel to lands that she never knew existed. I requested this book because I flat out adored Stitching Snow. While Stitching Snow admittedly had some pacing problems, Spinning Starlight stayed at a constant pace throughout the entire novel. So constant that I was bored at times. My heart never pounded with anticipation, nor was I at the edge of my seat like I was with Stitching Snow. Spinning Starlight could be considered dull when compared to Lewis' early work. I usually prefer sci-fi lite novels because the futuristic terms perplex me. Spinning Starlight is sci-fi heavy, especially because Liddi's expertise is technology. There was a lot of jargon that made my eyes glaze over and caused me to nod off mid-sentence. Characters: From the start, I could tell that there was some depth to Liddi. She's the oddball in her family, the one child that can't create something new and important. I really enjoyed her inner monologue and her maturity. As the youngest child, she has the attention of the gossip magazines, and throughout the novel she sees her experiences as headlines that the media would create. Liddi's eight brothers are more detailed through Liddi's memories of them. I loved these little snippets of the past, but they did very little to help me connect with her brothers, probably because there were so many of them. Tiav is our love interest and I generally liked him. Liddi and Tiav's relationship progressed rather quickly, but I will admit that they complimented each other as a couple. World Building: SCIENCE. For all of you sci-fi buffs, this book will please you. There is advanced technology, an abundance of space, and interplanetary travel! In this novel, Lewis' strength is creating new worlds. It's not just the geography, it's the culture, and language and each of these factors are fleshed out very well. I loved this world, I just couldn't handle the scientific jargon that accompanied it. Short N Sweet: Spinning Starlight does not match the magic of Snitching Snow, but I'm sure this will be a great read for readers with a knack for science.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Stitching Snow, so I was excited when I heard about Lewis's next story, also set in the same world. I also love how this one is based off a not quite as well-known fairytale, and I was intrigued. Liddi is the youngest of way-too-many brothers. She's set to be the richest person in all the planets, once she inherits her parents' company. But Liddi feels inadequate, not as smart or techy as her siblings. But when they get trapped in between the planets, Liddi's the only one able to save them. She escapes to a planet she didn't even know existed, who turns out to maybe be the only one with the answers. I think I probably liked this one more than Stitching Snow. Liddi is a paparazzi princess, but she isn't spoiled and entitled. Okay, maybe a little, but when it comes down to it, she is able to put that aside and sacrifice herself for her brothers. I loved seeing her get to grow and really come into herself, once she is thrust into this position where everything depends on, well, her. She was put into this crazy situation, when she doesn't even believe in herself, but she comes to realize that she can do it, and really learns a lot about herself on the way. Like Stitching Snow, there is a lot of tech speak in this one. While I found it really interesting, sometimes it was too confusing and distracted from my enjoyment and the flow of the story. Another thing was the random flashbacks. While I liked how they added a different dimension to the story, helping us to get to know Liddi and her brothers even better, they were random, not fitting in with what was going on, and I feel that distracted from the story. But all in all, I loved the story and the characters. Lewis has a way of making you care about even the smallest background characters. There was definitely more world-building in this one, and I did like that. It was a fun story, a pretty fast read, and I enjoyed it very much.