I have not read sci-fi for a very long time and after reading a lot of fantasy lately, I was quietly surprised when I was approached to do a review of this Mary Weber novel. So thank you for the chance to read this novel and my review is below.
- The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
- Kindle Edition – 342 pages
- Release Date: 6th June 2017
- Published by: Thomas Nelson
- ISBN: 0718080904
- Goodreads page for the novel here
‘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’ – [blurb from Goodreads]
I feel, after reading this novel, it was a little bit like marmite. The novel felt it was shifted into two books and just after completing it, I am still not sure how I feel about it. I keep blaming it mainly on the fact I’ve not read sci-fi for a while and my go to is usually fantasy.
This dystopian novel provides a bleak and dreary view of the future of the world. After being desolated by war, Earth needs an alien species help to unite and save its people. And, after their help, humanity is now living within this species shadows.
The population is split into corporations, similar to Divergent, and each member is allowed to play the annual Fantasy Fighting Games, to became a dignified celebrity. The game itself is part-online and part-reality and the main competitors that are followed are Shilo and Sofi.
The point to plot changed completely when the novel went from what I assumed was going to be about the Games to what I can only describe as a bit of plot chaos. I felt like the author knew which direction she wanted to go but it just wasn’t reiterated to the reader. And even though I tried to love it, I struggled.
I would recommend this book if you really like your dystopian novels however I just felt it wasn’t for me, especially with the plot twists. But I can guarantee you will fall in love with the main character, Sofi because she really was kick-ass.
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