I Think I Had A Mini Heart-Attack: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

I Think I Had A Mini Heart-Attack: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary WeberThe Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1)
by Mary Weber
Release Date: January 1st 1970
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
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Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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WOAH WOAH WOAH! My mind is still reeling at how epic The Evaporation of Sofi Snow was. This book, guys. I’m not always a big fan of science-fiction, despite having studied in the sciences most of my life, but this is Mary Weber’s book, so I HAD to pick it up. And I have absolutely zero regrets, because this book was one wild, heart-attack inducing ride.

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow opens up in the middle of a virtual reality game in a futuristic society ruled by corporations. Sofi’s brother, Shilo, is part of this virtual reality game/competition, with Sofi helping behind the scenes. I was fascinated by the world that Weber has created. Just the idea that corporations control the world, is an absolutely terrifying thought to me, and you see the pros and cons of such a society in The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. Add to that an eerie, but enigmatic alien race from an ice-planet, also playing a monumental role in this futuristic society, this book was just brimming with some cool ideas. I especially liked how she weaved together themes of politics and human trafficking here.

The book was very much fast-paced from the start. As soon as the bomb blast mentioned in the synopsis occurred, it was one twist after the other. I’m not a reader who is easily surprised and taken aback by events in books, because I can usually predict them, but here with The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, I didn’t see half of the revelations coming. It made for an intense story for me, and I found myself speeding through the story. When I had to set the book down to head to school, I did so unwillingly, because all I want to do was to find out what evil twist Mary Weber would slap in my face. And then came the ending, and I was screaming and yelling because OMG HOW UNFAIR.

Besides the engaging plot, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow also had a great cast. Underneath all that action, themes such as relationships, growing up, and fighting for what you believe in were infused throughout the story. IΒ liked Sofi’s voice a lot, because she was brave, and loyal, and fiercely devoted to her brother, Shilo. We see bits and pieces of the nature of their relationship, and it warmed my heart, and brought moments of lightness to the story. Miguel was also pretty great as a love interest, though very mysterious. I don’t think we fully got to know him here, but I’m hoping we’ll see more character development in the sequel. The romance wasn’t that strong of a focus here – it was a second chance romance, and I’m hoping to see more of that hints of chemistry I saw here amplified in the sequel. There’s a ton of potential for an epic and swoon-worthy romance, and you all know I’m always down for that.

There were many loose ends here, which makes sense because the author needs material for the sequel, and honestly, I just can’t wait for it to be out, so I can learn more about the shady Delonese, the corps and the game. I highly recommend The Evaporation of Sofi Snow if you’re seeking a fast-paced, intense and addicting story. You’ll me left wanting to rip off your hair in anticipation of the sequel.

What are some of your favorite YA sci-fi books? What’s one of the twistiest books you’ve ever read?
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  • I like fast paced with lots of twists and surprises. I am glad that you enjoyed this. Great review! So happy that there will be a sequel too!

    • Thanks, Cindy! I’m super excited for the sequel.

  • This sounds awesome! πŸ˜€ Definitely adding it to my TBR.

  • Oh I haven’t heard of this. I love the way it sounds and I could use a fast paced book. I will have to add this one!! Great review!!

    • Yeah it hasn’t been getting a lot of buzz for some reason, which is sad because it’s awesome

  • Oh man, I’m going to have to add this one to my TBR list! I’m not usually too big on sci-fi, but I’ve been getting into them more lately. Glad you enjoyed this one. Great review!

    • I hope you enjoy it if you try it, Julie.

  • kindlemom1

    I struggle with this genre too Nick but crap, if you loved this that much then I know it will be worth it to read. πŸ˜‰ Wonderful review!

    • Oh I can see you loving this one!

  • Wow! I hadn’t heard of this one, Nick, but I’m so glad you popped it on my radar! So glad you loved this one. I’ll be sure to pick it up.

    • I hope you enjoy it, Ellen!

  • I do love dystopians and its been awhile since I dipped my toe in its pools…now you have me sooo curious!

    • You would like this, Kim!

  • Another highly anticipated book on my to read list. I loved the Storm Siren trilogy so I’m definitely excited in seeing what this book has to offer. It sounds vastly different to Storm Siren as well which is a bonus. A second chance romance will always get me hooked so I’m definitely going to be picking this book up.

    • You will love this if you liked the Siren books, Lois. They are different, but this book is still quintessentially Mary Weber.

  • This is the first I have seen of this and it has been awhile since I read a futuristic, sci-fi, dystopian type book. I think the last was Paula Stokes book last summer. Anyway, you have convinced me. Going to see if I can snag this. Thanks, Nick.

    • Yeah it has gotten much buzz because it’s from a Christian imprint, but there’s no preachy religious mentions. Oh yes, I remember that book. I liked that one.

  • I don’t read a lot of these kinds of books but boy am I interested in this one. I’m going to add it to my wish list right now. Thanks for the review, Nick. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Rowena! πŸ™‚ You’re too kind.

  • Books that start in medias res is always a good sign. I don’t read this genre, I find it scarier than horror especially with all the roll backs this admin did to a lot of environmental protection bills. We just might be in the verge of dystopia! Lol

    pS sorry didn’t mean to be political

    • It truly is scarier than horror! Hopefully you’re wrong about that. And no worries! πŸ˜‰

  • Oooh I definitely need to read this one! I looove a book with lots of twists, this sounds so good! I am probably going to pre order it actually- I was waiting to read a few reviews, and you have convinced me! Great review!

    • You would love this, Shannon!

  • Ohhhh I love that this book got you going right from page one! I, too, am not a fan of Sci-fi all that much but I don’t always say no especially if it’s something you loved so much! You know I’ll follow you anywhere. Haha!

    • Haha that puts so much pressure on me! πŸ˜›

  • I need this book in my life. I mean, I am not a massive reader of sci-fi, I just tend to prefer watching it in film form for some reason, but this sounds epic. I mean I love books with twists and turns and awesomeness. Off to add to goodreads.

    • I’m not either, but this one worked for me!

  • I don’t read much sci-fi so I haven’t given this book much thought, but now I want to read it ASAP! It sounds so so good. I love action packed and twists! It sounds like this book has a lot of good things going for it. I can’t wait to get it!

    • Glad I could convince you to try this one, Lori. I hope you enjoy it if you get to it.

  • Jazmen

    I’m not a huge sci-fi fan but this sounds pretty good. I think it’d be cool to try something different.

    • I’m not either, but this worked for me.