The "Snow Queen" is a disturbingly accurate description of the dark conflict which exists between purity and corruption, a conflict which is blatantly displayed in this narrative, yet will also be easily recognised in the realms of our current reality. Although Science Fiction, this novel is a sure demonstration of the inherent instability of this world of ours - as we know it - and in addition to invoking some wondrous moments of imaginative escapism, it certainly generates much discomfort in regards to mankind's sad failings, despite its attractively addictive and most intriguing format. It draws largely on human experience and its predictably complicated manifestation - something which is actively portrayed through the trials and successes of three major characters, the Snow Queen herself, her insubordinate clone, Moon, and their joint - if somewhat confused and malleable lover - Sparks.
Joan Vinge has the extraordinary ability to mould wonder with wisdom, fantasy with fact - and her style of writing is quite remarkable in the sense that one is rapidly transported to a vast, enthralling world of new dimensions whilst still governed by throes of one's own human emotion. It is an outstanding story controlled by the eerie evolution of some wild futuristic wonderment, though moulded still by some sense of the current. This book's adventure is a must-read, the exciting world made visible by this woman's untouchable clarity is one that would be sadly missed if not indulged. Her manner is untouchable.