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Title:
Spinning starlight
Author:
Lewis, R. C. (Rachel Christine), 1979-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2015.
Physical Description:
327 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
"Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen must save her brothers in this outer-space retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781423185154
Format :
Book

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Summary

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. When a complex interplanetary conspiracy unfolds, Liddi's brothers are held hostage. Their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords: one word, and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family, Liddi finds the one person who could help save them. Haunting and mesmerising, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans fuses all the heart of the classic fairy tale with a stunning, imaginative world.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Like Lewis' series starter, Stitching Snow (2014), Spinning Starlight takes the fantasy of a fairy tale, this time Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans, and weaves it into a futuristic tale. Liddi, youngest child and only daughter of the famous Jantzen family, is slated to take over their tech company when she turns 18, and her eight brothers all support her, even though she lacks their talents. When all eight brothers go missing, and Liddi is nearly kidnapped by paramilitary soldiers, she's scared for her life and she should be. Villains from within her family's company are out to change the teleportation technology that her parents started, most likely by exterminating her brothers. Sent off with an implant that will instantly kill her brothers if she speaks, Liddi is left without help or hope on an unfamiliar planet. Lewis' writing and world building has only improved, making this second novel a bit easier to follow. Readers will easily root for sympathetic Liddi to become the heroine she has the potential to be.--Comfort, Stacey Copyright 2015 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Sixteen-year-old Liddi has grown up in the media spotlight as heir to Jantzen Technology Innovations, the corporation that invented most of the high-tech advancements in use on her planet and six others connected by transportation conduits. But an evil company employee traps her eight older brothers-inventors working for JTI-in the conduits and implants a device in Liddi's throat that will kill them if she speaks. She escapes to an uncharted planet where she must convince the inhabitants that she does not mean them harm, while trying to rescue her brothers. A young man named Tiav is willing to help, but communication is a problem. Liddi comes from a world where voice-activated machines are the norm, so she does not know how to read or write. Much of the book's action involves her frustrating attempts to communicate by picking out syllables on a com-pad. Eventually, with the help of some friendly aliens, she learns what she has to do. Lewis's update of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans" is populated with intriguing planets and characters. Liddi is a likable and determined young woman, and her budding romance with Tiav comes as no surprise. But it is hard to believe that, coming from a technologically advanced society, Liddi (and everyone else on the planet) would have grown up illiterate. It seems like a contrived plot device and slows down what could have been a thrilling science-fiction adventure. VERDICT A promising premise that misses the mark.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.