Title: Spinning Starlight
Author: R.C. Lewis
Recommended for: Middle and High School
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION LEWIS, R
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I picked this up because I loved the cover, but I wasn’t quite sure I would like something about an “heiress and paparazzi darling.” Thankfully, I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings, especially if there is something special about them. This is a futuristic (and other-planetary) sci-fi that addresses the issues of genius, the supernatural, the meaning of life, the value of the written word, and specialization vs. generalization. Mostly, however, it is a story about a girl who loves her brothers so deeply that she is willing to risk everything to save them. The connections to The Wild Swan were well done, but did not interfere with the world building. There is romance, but I let my 8 year old read the book. I don’t know if she will like it, but there is nothing objectionable in it. Recommended for fans of Cinder.