Spinning Starlight (Single Title by R.C. Lewis
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
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.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I received this arc via Netgalley and Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.
Spinning Starlight had an interesting premise which is why I requested it from Netgalley. A futuristic world in which the main characters brothers get kidnapped and she gets an implant in her throat, that does not allow her to talk because she would kill her brothers in doing so. That sounds pretty awesome right! When I got down to reading it I found it boring and slow.
It starts off with Liddi returning home from a party. Once she gets into her house she found the silence suffocating (she doesn’t live with her brothers) and decides to take a walk to calm herself. She hears voices which follows with gunshots. Fearing for her life she runs to the nearest city.
After a few more chapters she gets the throat implant which prevents her from talking. This to me took too long to happen. I excepted it to happen earlier.
You’re probably wondering that if she couldn’t talk why didn’t she just write it all down. As it would turn out Sampati (where she lives) got rid of writing years ago.
She manages to run away through this portal that leads her to Ferinne. Upon reaching there she meets our main male lead Tiav who decides to help her by teaching her how to write. A majority of the book is spent with her trying to learn how to read and write.
I got so bored that I just started to skim the book. I found that it didn’t get that much better. Sure the action picked up but I just didn’t like it.
The most confusing part about reading this was the world building. I didn’t really understand it and because of this I couldn’t imagine it nor grasp it.
One of the things that I liked about this book was Liddi and Tiav. They were realistic characters who I found reacted accordingly in situations. I also loved reading about Liddi’s conviction in helping her brothers. You could feel her frustration when her only form of communication was cut off. You could relate to how stressed she was in trying to grasp reading and writing. Tiav was really nice and patient wit her. He was a good teacher and understanding (well as understanding he could be considering he didn’t fully grasp Liddi’s situation). You could feel that he was frustrated when he couldn’t understand her situation. You could tell that he really wanted to help her and did whatever he could do for her. It was also really enjoyable to read those flashbacks that came at the beginning of every chapter.
Unfortunately all of my likes did not make up for my boredom, the slow pace, and my dislike for the plot.
I wouldn’t personally recommend it but if you really want to read this then go ahead. Here’s to hoping that I like The One Thing better than Spinning Starlight.
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