• A Spindle Splintered

  • By: Alix E. Harrow
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tordotcom

©2021 Alix E. Harrow (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

2021 NPR Best Book of the Year

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ANOTHER

Alix E. Harrow can do no literary wrong. This book, I like like it." *throws book on the ground* ANOTHER!"

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best easter egg meme drop in decades.

no actual surprises, but that just means the story makes sense and is satisfying to its own rules. (MCU, GOT, Dr Who, I'm glaring at you...)

But "They're lesbians, Harold" legit killed me.

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Sweet, fun, but not a lot of complexity

I enjoyed the basic concept and the characters, but the story was a bit simplistic. It’s a fun passive listen.

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Pretty fun short YA

I love Alice Harrows writing but her attention to the delivery for he story was certainly for a younger audience YA audience. Writing quality was meh… it’s a great beach day read.

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Very good

This book is great for pasting time and a thriller but not the best for children under the age of 10.

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Always a fun time

Harrow doesn’t disappoint! I wish the reader had had a little more…I dunno…chutzpah. She was pretty bland and I found myself thinking that if I had read the book myself I might have felt much more excited during the exciting parts. But the story itself was really great. As usual.

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Beautiful

Unconventional, at times heart wrenching. A fairytale with an excellent happy ending. Highly recommend. Will read sequels.

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Perfect

I don't know if I was just in the mood for a book like this or if it truly is perfect but I loved it.

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Not the Best but Not the Worst

A.E.H. is an amazing writer and her characters usually have more depth and better backstories than the ones in this book, and for whatever reason it felt rushed. The heroin came off as ditzy and sort of dumb, but I think that had more to do with the narrator, although she did use some funny voices for various characters. Will still listen to Harrows “Mended Mirrors” when it’s released, but I’ll be totally disappointed if it’s like this one.

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  • Zoey
  • 03-23-22

When the narrator and the story let you down ...

I really really wanted to love this book, I've absolutely fell head over heels for Alix E. Harrow's previous work and the production of the audio version of The Once and Future Witches is a GEM, so this was a true let down.
Maybe it's the audiobook narrator's repetitive tone, maybe it's cause I too have an incurable disease and I guess I'm bitter about the lack of multiverse and opportunities to win even only a few years over my degenerative symptoms?
I don't know.
Some elements of the story telling around disease and disability felt weak and at times straight up ableist in their cliché-ness.
But anyway, I appreciated some elements. I love folklore and takes as much as A E H, so all the references and rewriting echoed and hit home for me.
I too I'm stuck with an un-rewrittable story, and it is very true that the only way forward is to not be on your own and fight like hell for your right to live.

Overall it's more a 2.5 but I can't help but feel disappointed in this one, don't think I'll pick up the sequel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-22

Alix E Harrow rocks!

I loved this - American narrator is dialect appropriate given the character and setting, but a little 'auto' sounding at times. Still good though. can't wait for the next one!