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A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow is a single POV feminist retelling of the Sleeping Beauty mythos

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (3.5 rounded up to 4)

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow is a single POV feminist retelling of the Sleeping Beauty mythos from a modern perspective. The eBook version is 128 pages. I listened to the Macmillan Audio production from Tordotcom, which clocks in at a little over three hours and is narrated wonderfully by Amy Landon.

Zinnia Gray has a rare condition due to an industrial accident when she was young. Nobody with her illness has made it to their twenty-second birthday. She has a degree in folklore, and her concentration was focused on all of the different Sleeping Beauty myths. Her best friend Charm sets Zinnia up with the perfect twenty-first birthday party with the whole sleeping beauty experience with the spinning wheel and everything. And then Zinnia actually pricks her finger and ends up in another world with yet another sleeping beauty who also wants to change her fate.

I love subversive retellings of stories from folklore, and this was pretty great! Focusing on the various sleeping beauty characters taking back the reins to their own narratives

CW: chronic disease, blood, genetic disorder, terminal illness, rape (mentioned)

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