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 seduction and trading secrets. But now the tables have turned, and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: help the blackmailers, or lose more than Earth can afford.
Published June 6th 2017 by Thomas Nelson on Dreamscape Audio
Three and a half stars: An exciting sci-fi tale with lots of twists, turns and action but beware of the cliffhanger.
Siblings Sofi and Shilo are preparing for their latest gaming battle in the Fighting arena. The stakes feel higher and more dangerous this time, but no matter how hard they work, the two of them still can’t seem to please their powerful mother. Things take a horrifying tune when a bomb goes off in the arena, killing numerous participants and injuring many others. Sofi awakens to find Shilo missing, and she is supposedly dead to the outside world. Sofi knows that Shilo is alive because she is having vivid dreams of Shilo on the ice planet of the Delonese. Sofi is desperate to get her brother back, even if that means exposing dangerous secrets and recruiting help from someone she never wanted to see again. Will Sofi find her brother?
What I Liked:
- The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is an exciting, fast paced book with a futuristic gaming version of the Hunger Games. This one is packed full of action, danger, treachery and betrayals. If you are looking for a thrilling YA read, this is a good one to try.
- I loved the bond between Sofi and Shilo. The strength of the bond between the siblings is the driving force of the story. Sofi will do anything to get her brother back including betraying her own mother and resorting to a dangerous mission. It isn’t often that you have a familial bond as the main focus in the story.
- I enjoyed the futuristic world and the sci-fi themes. This one is set in the future, when Earth has crumbled from war, and now it is run by powerful, greedy corporations. There is lots of computer hacking, and sci-fi gadgets and gizmos, black mail and espionage.
- This one is non stop action. From the get go, Sofi is placed in one dangerous situation after another. I liked that the pace was quick fire and that it didn’t slow down. Be prepared for lots of stunning twists and turns and shocking reveals.
- Surprisingly, there isn’t much of a romance. Sofi and Gabriel have a past, and they spend the majority of the book tip toeing around one another. The ground work has been laid for a romance, but as of yet, one hasn’t transpired, which I actually liked. I enjoy a book every once in awhile that isn’t romance driven.
- I appreciated that this book is told via dual narratives. You get both Sofi and Gabriel’s points of view. Sofi is sharp, intelligent, quick and very brash. She is also damaged and desperate for affection. I liked her fierce attitude and her damaged personality. Gabriel is the complete opposite. He is cool, calculating and cunning. He is playing all angles, and he is never boring. The two narratives switching back and forth make for an interesting read.
And The Not So Much:
- The biggest disappointment for me was that nothing is resolved in this one. There are layers of story lines and plenty going on, but the book ends with a big, fat cliffhanger, which I found totally frustrating. I hate when I spend time with a book for no payout at the end.
- This is a multilayered story and there is so much to keep track of, which is fine but then again irritating as you don’t get anywhere with most of the story lines. Too many loose ends.
- The Delonese, the aliens, were fascinating, but I found myself wishing for more detail and information on them.
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow was a fast paced read with plenty of exciting story lines and lots of danger. My hesitation with this one stems from the fact that the book builds and builds only to end with a dramatic cliffhanger, leaving all the major story lines undone. So frustrating. If you are drawn to this one, I would suggest waiting to read it closer to the release date of the next book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.