Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
If you were to combine The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Host you would be looking at The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. So much going on it will easily leave you wanting more.
It has been eleven years since the alien race, Delonese, and their ice-planet arrived in Earth’s atmosphere. Since that time, Sofi Snow has had vivid dreams of the aliens. Earth is now ruled by corporations instead of governments and Sofi and her brother have been forced by these corporations to participate in fantasy fighting. Sofi is the gamer while her brother, Shilo, is in the arena. During one of the games a bomb explodes in the arena killing many, including Shilo, or at least that is what everyone but Sofi believe. She has dreams he is alive and is certain he has been taken by the Delonese. She must get to the planet and find her brother; the only problem is the only ones allowed are the ambassadors. Sofi convinces, Miguel, the youngest ambassador who she was close to once, to take her with him to the planet. Miguel has found himself in trouble as he is being blackmailed to make sure a certain corporation is blamed for the attack. Together Sofi and Miguel find more trouble, deceit, and unthinkable things than they could have imagined.
Patience. That is the word that comes to mind when describing this book. If you are not patient with what is happening and willing to give it time, at least more than what you would an average book, you are not going to enjoy it. I really thought I might not finish this one but am very glad I did. The beginning was slow to get going, very confusing with the set up, and the world the characters found themselves in. I am not a gamer, which is probably a good target audience for this one, and I think that slowed me down at the beginning. Once I was about halfway through, it didn’t matter that I am not into video games because the story took off in a direction that didn’t have very much to do with the games. At this point, I was very happy I decided to stick with the book. The story was engaging and the characters kept me guessing as to what was about to happen with them. The ending left it wide open for a sequel, which I am anxiously looking forward to. It is refreshing to see a YA sci-fi thriller out there that kids can really enjoy. There were several points that I give the author credit for surprising me with the twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I recommend this book to YA readers that are looking for a thrill ride in the gaming world and so, so much more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.