The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1)
by Mary Weber
*An eARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review*
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.
I’m going to apologize right now for this review, if I could do a full blow gif heavy review I would, since I can’t get my excitement for this book fully down in words. I’m going to do my best this time.
The book is told from 2 different points of view, Sofi and Miguel. Don’t worry it is easy to follow who’s point of view it is thanks to each chapter telling you who’s it is.
This take place in the future after World War 4, Corporations are in charge instead of the political system that is in place now. There are 30 different Corporation sections, each is in charge of different things (medical, fashion, music, etc). Sofi and her brother Shilo live in Sect 30 along with their mother. Sofi and Shilo are part of a 5 person team for The Fantasy Fighting Game. Each Sect has a team. The games are a mixed of reality and Virtual Reality. Sofi is the brains of the group and Shilo is the runner in the games. Things are going great up until there is a bomb that destroys the arena. Sofi is taken to the medical clinic that her mother works at and over hears some very disturbing news about her and her brother. She knows that Shilo is ok, but is confused as to why he isn’t at the clinic also, since she saw him being looked at back at the arena.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to make of Miguel, there was a lot that didn’t make sense to me, like how exactly did a 17 year old become an ambassador to the Delonese? There is a little bit of information about his background here and there in the story, but not the how or why as to how he got the spot. There is also a lot left in the dark about the relationship that Miguel and Sofi had in the past.
The Delonese are an interesting alien race that shows up in the story, not a whole lot is known about them, and I assume it was meant to be that way since they seem to be clouded in mystery to the people of Earth. Seems they have quite a lot of secrets that they choose to keep from them, and clearly that shows in the book, since the author also chose not to divulge much about them.
I will have to say that Sofi is my favorite character, not only is she cool, she is really smart, an amazing
gamer and hacker. She is determined to find her brother no matter what it takes since he is all that she has in her life since their father died and their mother is more devoted to her work than her family.
I’m glad that there will be a second book, because the way the first one left off was not cool… damn cliffhanger. I’m really hoping that it will be discovered as to who or what is behind the bombing and the blackmail that started this whole snowball of a story to even start.