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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.
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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. I 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.