Published by Tordotcom on October 10, 2021
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale re-telling, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's A Spindle Splintered brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story.
"A vivid, subversive and feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where implacable destiny is no match for courage, sisterhood, stubbornness and a good working knowledge of fairy tales." ―Katherine Arden
It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.
Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.
The Spindle Splintered is a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty by Alix E. Harrow. This is a super quick, and fun read. In this version, we meet our main character Zinnia, who has a rare genetic disorder and who is obsessed with the story of Sleeping Beauty. To cheer her up, her friends throw her a sleeping beauty themed sleepover for her birthday. When Zinnia pricks her finger on the spinning wheel, she doesn’t fall asleep. Instead she is transported to another dimension, where she finds a real life sleeping beauty princess.
Zinnia embarks on a quest to help this sleeping beauty from succumbing to the curse. If you are fan of books featuring strong female characters, and you love the idea of multiple dimensions and worlds being explored you will love this tale of Sleeping Beauty. I loved seeing all the different sleeping beauty princesses from different worlds all come together. I loved Alix’s writing, and it makes me really interested in checking out her other books. It was a ton of fun. I do wish the book was a little longer, because the story did feel a little rushed, but if you are a fan of fast paced quick reads, I think you will really enjoy this multi-dimension sleeping beauty tale. This felt like a special coming of age tale with wonderful themes of girl power and female bonds.
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