Salla Simukka’s Snow White trilogy has been enormously popular and has been translated into dozens of languages. I happened upon the second part of the trilogy, As White As Snow, and unfortunately it didn’t really woo me.
Author: Salla Simukka
Publisher: Tammi 2013
Category: YA fiction
Original language: Finnish
HelMet Reading Challenge 2017: number 2. A book discussed in reading blogs.
The novel is well written and full of action, but lacking motivation and a goal. It is easy to read as a stand-alone novel, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything not having read the first part. In fact it is hard to see how this part adds anything to the series. The reader doesn’t receive any new information regarding Lumikki’s family, which is depicted as secretive to the extreme and which seems to be the main mystery of the series.
What bothered me the most was the lack of credibility of the plot. A teenager like Lumikki – albeit 18 years old already – may make unorthodox decisions, but in this story her actions are not really based on the nature of her character. In fact, the decisions Lumikki makes, seem quite the opposite of what might be expected based on everything the reader learns about her. The final resolution also comes a bit too quick and easy to my taste.
As the number two of a trilogy this book seems to be just an unavoidable stepping stone to the final climax. I’m not quite sure, whether I’ll give a try to the two other parts. If for just one reason, I might do it to find out whether this trilogy has any connection to the Snow White fairy tale, as implied in the name and the MC’s name (translates to Snow White). In this part I didn’t find anything pointing to that direction.
“Lumikki Andersson is backpacking in Prague, where the weather is scorching hot. A girl approaches her in a small café and claims to be her half sister. Lumikki’s parents seem to be hiding a secret concerning the family’s past, so the girl’s claim rouses Lumikki’s interest. Despite her erratic behaviour, the girl manages to persuade Lumikki to join a religious family community. Later it turns out that the members are no relation to each other, after all. But it is not until Lumikki learns that the cult leaders are planning mass suicide that she understands just how dangerous the cult is. Furthermore, someone is planning to profit from the tragedy. Lumikki gets acquainted with the streets and graveyards of Prague when she is forced to run for her life to prevent the tragedy. The religion of the cult is not pure; and innocence is not as white as snow.”