Genre: Science Fiction/Fairytale/Dystopian
“Snow White meets genetic engineering in this captivating blend of science fiction and dark fairy tale that will have you utterly hooked from the very first line.
It begins with a prick, the sharp sting of pierced flesh...
Like most engineered kids, Amara can't wait to turn sixteen. Sixteen means confirmation of immunity to the aging infection that plagues mankind. And confirmation means freedom, leaving behind the quarantine of the Tower where she's lived all her life for a new life in the city — no filtration veils required.
But the queen has other plans. The queen is dying and needs a new heart. Daughter or not, Amara's will do.”
“Cherita Smith is a writer of fictional words, doer of magical deeds, lover of social justice, dope street art and pretty, girly things. She hails from the City of Angels, where she writes speculative fiction of all kinds — from dystopian science fiction to paranormal urban fantasy — for both teens and adults. Dark, lush and haunting with a dash of creepy thriller and sprinkle of fairytale myth is her preferred writing jam.”
For more, visit Ms. Smith’s website.
This novelette has an interesting premise. From some of the description it would be easy to think this is a twist on the tale of Snow White. And if you look hard enough you’ll find aspects of the story that are shared with the classic fairytale. But I think to view this as a retelling or revamping of that story might be a stretch. This story stands just fine on its own with its tale of genetic engineering (who this happens to and why is the heart of the story) set in a dystopian world.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 8-9,000 words