A Spindle Splintered Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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"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, author of the Winternight trilogy)
USA Today best-selling author Alix E. Harrow's A Spindle Splintered brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story.
It's Zinnia Gray's 21st 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 21.
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.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 20 minutes|
|Author||Alix E. Harrow|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 05 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #31,535 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#55 in LGBTQ2S+ Science Fiction & Fantasy
#443 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#847 in Lesbian Fiction
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I love any fairy tale themed story so I was excited to read this one. I went into it without knowing what it was going to be about. Zinnia goes into the Sleeping Beauty universe, where all versions of the story live. She had to interact with a few different girls who are living through that storyline.
A big theme of this story was the toxic masculinity surrounding the Sleeping Beauty story. There are versions that are much more terrorizing than the Disney version that we all think of. The whole idea of a woman being awoken by the non-consensual kiss of a man is problematic enough, without looking at other versions where the men did more than that. This story had a good twist on that ending that made it more pleasant and feminist.
A Spindle Splintered was a great modern fairytale. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
The characters in this book were all so well developed and perfectly loveable. I thought the author did a really good job writing about Zinnia's illness and how it's affected her. It felt so real and made sense in a way that representation like this usually doesn't. Of course, I have no similar experience of my own to relate it to, so I'm simply going off of my instincts. My one wish is that we got to see more detailed descriptions and experiences and that we had more time to settle into every scene.
I personally listened to the audiobook, something which I highly recommend. The narrator's voice felt perfectly suited to Zinnia and the story and she delivered the perfect amount of expression in her tone. The voices she gave to other characters, for example, Primrose, really added to the experience and made it easier to understand the author's ideas.
Overall, I loved it and cannot wait to see these characters expanded on in the next book.
Top reviews from other countries
Impossible odds,melancholy and magic. Read this book.