A very imaginative retelling of the Snow White fairy tale...almost the same...except set in the future, different planet, including inter-planetary space travel, and our heroine is a techno-geek and plenty strong enough to take care of herself. But other than that...
Lewis has fleshed out the plot with lots more evil than a scary step-mother, lots of twists, a sweet love interest, though it must take a back seat to saving the world, that is, if Essie (aka, Snow) and her handsome Prince can pull it off. Delightful story, well written and hard to put down.
Oh, and the seven dwarves of the original story have morphed into seven robot-like drones, each with unique skills to perform high risk mining work on the planet Thanda. They were designed and are improved regularly by our heroine Essie, who escaped at age 9 from the Royal Castle before the evil queen could have her killed, and she has been hiding out, keeping her identity secret, on this remote planet ever since.
I got an advance copy at the Texas Library Association conference and highly recommend this for young adults and the rest of us who enjoy YA books...even though we may have aged out of the category! Expected publication date is October 14, 2014, so watch for it!