Reclaiming Shilo Snow: The Pulse-Pounding Sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

Reclaiming Shilo Snow: The Pulse-Pounding Sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

by Mary Weber

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ISBN-13: 9780718080945
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 264,749
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Sofi Snow duology. An avid school and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80s hairband songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking LA bands and the ocean. She gets nerdy at maryweber.com; Facebook: marychristineweber; Instagram: maryweberauthor; Twitter: @mchristineweber; and Goodreads.

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CHAPTER 1

INOL

Update: Sofi Heather Snow, age 17

• FanFight Gamer, Daughter of Corp 30's CEO

• Reclassified Status: Imminent Terrorist Threat #1

• Required Action: Alert for immediate worldwide dispersal

THE MOMENT EARTH'S UNITED WORLD COUNCIL OFFICIALLY placed seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow at the top of their Imminent Terrorist Threat list, a siren went off in the circular downtown building, and she became the most wanted teenager alive.

Corp 30's CEO, Inola, stood next to the podium in the center of the room located in the heart of Old America's shiny Manhattan metropolis and eyed the sea of raised hands. All of which had just finished voting her daughter onto that list.

The fact her daughter was currently on another planet — let alone the one that'd mysteriously appeared near Earth in 2031, eleven years ago — didn't matter. Nor that its humanlike society was capable of annihilating humanity in a heartbeat.

If anything, that was the point.

Sofi had found a way up to their icy, technologically brilliant environment from an Earth that was, in many ways, still broken and rebuilding. Meaning she was far more capable than Earth's leaders had accounted for. And the clock was ticking on what she'd do next.

She'd already been there over thirty-six hours.

When the resulting siren went off, ringing through the United World building and making half the council members in the room jump, Inola didn't flinch. Didn't move. Didn't do anything other than observe them all with her cool, calculating gaze. Even as the sound meant that texts were being sent to every tech-head, soldier, and peacekeeper, warning them of Sofi's new status.

A terrorist of the most dangerous sort, the messages would read.

"A brilliant mind that could hack our darkest secrets," the messages would mean.

"The girl who might just start a war with the Delonese," the Council was really saying. "And we need them far more than we need her."

A moment later those raised hands dropped, the three hundred faces suddenly looking Inola's direction — some in humility, others in victory — as the alarm shut off and her own Corp 30 vice president, the perfidious Ms. Gaines, stepped from the podium after demanding the vote.

Inola let a smile flicker around her lips. She swept her gaze over the lot of them before lifting it to the room's single ceiling window through which the shiny ice-planet glittered just beyond the day-lit moon. Sofi, a threat?

They can't even begin to fathom.

Tick, tick, tick, tick ...

CHAPTER 2

SOFI

SOFI ACCIDENTALLY BIT HER TONGUE AS MIGUEL'S ARM SNAPPED across her chest, pressing her short frame back into the thin shadows of the medical room, three stories beneath the ice-planet's wintry surface. The storm of alien boots and voices surged and frothed, then crashed with clipped heels in a wave down the narrow hall toward the spot where she and the nineteen-year-old ambassador stood. "Have they been located?" "They're not to reach the surface!" "Find them before they engage with the populace!"

Stay still. Stay silent. Sofi's breath stuck to the sides of her lungs, like frost on a window, waiting to crack against her rib cage at the grief keening through her bones. Her stomach threatened to retch all over again.

This alien planet had looked so crisp and peaceful in its orbit beside Earth's moon — like a snowflake glittering against the black backdrop of space. Who would've known the metallic world beneath its crust was so barbaric?

So calculated.

The siren continued blaring.

Sofi thrust her emotions down and slid her hand to Miguel's arm as a robotic voice rose above the rest. "The sensors in the vent-wing just triggered; it might be them! Return Ambassador Alis to Lord Ethos while we apprehend Girl-Sofi."

The instructions were followed by an abrupt silence.

"C'mon, keep going," Miguel murmured. "Search another sector."

An elongated second went by. Then, as if in response to him, the cadence of shuffling boots resumed and the officers stamped away in their matching strides, scraping against Sofi's spine. She wanted to toss a giant bowling ball in their direction, just to watch them all topple like the monstrously efficient pinheads they were. Good gad, they're heinous.

Miguel exhaled beside her and shifted his tall, broad physique to tap his earcom. "Vic, you there?" he whispered to his Artificial Intelligence assistant. "We're going to need a hand."

What? No. Sofi dipped a thick brow up at him with a single shake of her head. They needed a hand, yes, but they needed a search of this room more. "Miguel, we can't. This room — the beds ..." her voice faltered.

His black eyes stared down at her as if to say that was precisely why he was anxious for them to leave. As if he knew too well what this space was doing to her — what it'd already done — and he wasn't about to let the Delonese or this place do it further.

She blinked and glanced away, and waited for his arm to drop before pulling the handscreen from her pocket and focusing on the dim display. His concern triggered that chaos of emotion she was trying to ignore. She cared about others. She didn't need them to care about her. Particularly not him. He'd been despicable eighteen months ago and now — truly decent. She didn't have time to process that paradox. Especially in light of the chilling reality in front of her.

She steadied her shoulders and lifted her attention to the large, lengthy medical space with its rows of shower stalls sectioned off by clear plastic curtains that had once held her and her younger brother, Shilo, strapped like animals on the med equipment.

Experiments, her mind whispered.

Child abductees. Her lungs gulped.

Shilo.

Her throat clamped down over his name as if to protect it from the very air in here.

"Hold on, guys." Vic's voice erupted in their earcoms. "I'm trying to pull up more specs, but the Delonese are tracing me."

Sofi ignored the AI and moved her scrutinizing gaze to the spigots attached to the white walls beneath white halogen lights, each overlooking med beds with straps that spread out eerily, like arms waiting to embrace her and anyone else the Delonese decided on.

How long had those straps been waiting — days? Hours? And how many kids had been trapped on those med beds during the past seven years since she'd been strapped to one as well?

Avoiding the uneasy tilt of Miguel's lavender-haired head, Sofi brushed past him farther into the room while the heat of his gaze followed her. As if he was calculating how to secure her from the trauma of what this place meant about her and everything she knew.

Or rather, the realization that they apparently knew nothing at all. Thirty-six hours spent mingling with the human-looking aliens on the surface of Delon, and her entire world and history had just been shattered by this one underground room.

"Sof?" Miguel's tone was taut.

"It's fine. I'm fine."

He made a sound but didn't argue. He didn't have to. They both knew she wasn't fine — wasn't anywhere close to it. But she couldn't just stand there in her hot mess of newly discovered not-fineness. Do it and get out, Sof.

She gritted her teeth and searched each stall — as if her brain needed proof that she and Shilo weren't still among the ghostly whimpers the place echoed with and that there were answers to all of this. The Delonese had brought and kept her here. According to her memories, they'd destroyed a portion of her life here.

What exactly had they done to her? What other memories was she missing? How much time had she spent inside this planet through the years?

And where were the other kids who'd been taken with her and Shilo back then?

Her chest quaked as her mind drifted toward suggestions — repressed images bubbling to the surface — while her feet carried her to the metal hoverbed she'd once occupied. Then to Shilo's stall — where the sanitized smell and the memory of him, along with the others, were enough to make her gag.

She couldn't recall the rest of their faces, just their screams as a seven-year-gone memory erupted of her brother looking up and meeting her gaze.

"Sofi?" his small five-year-old voice had said. "I want to go home now."

She ground her jaw as the image faded, and glanced back at Miguel, whose expression was an apologetic mix of worry and the need to hurry. He shifted from one foot to the other before tipping his soft gaze toward the door. The siren's whir was growing louder. The boot steps and long, unblinking faces would be returning.

She nodded. Looking around wasn't giving her anything concrete. Just hazy memories. What she needed was better access to the Delonese's data stream.

After a last glimpse, she strode back, reaching Miguel as the alarm abruptly shut off and the wall to the right flickered and hissed.

The room gave a soft zap, and its halogen lights blacked out. Leaving her and Miguel encompassed in pitch dark.

Alone.

"Sof, we need to get out of here." Miguel's low voice breezed against her hair through the sudden silence. But her mind was already fading backward and a memory was exploding — unwanted, uninhibited — buried so deep she hadn't even known it existed inside her seventeen-year-old soul until too late ...

THEY HAD COME TO EARTH AT DUSK, CRAWLING ACROSS her farm like predators in search of prey.

Sofi had been out securing the barn, as best as a ten-year-old could, to keep up the appearance she and Shilo weren't there alone and that Papa hadn't been dead for twenty-two hours.

Creeping sounds that began this morning among the trees at the edge of the fence were growing louder — people watching, waiting to see if it was true. And to see what they could steal. Because everyone knew kids fetched as high a price as old meds and food seeds these days, especially on the black market. And everyone around those parts knew Corp 30 CEO Inola's kids would pull a good price indeed.

Sofi swallowed and tried not to look at the tree line from between the barn slats. Mama should've known not to leave them — should've had the coroner take them with him. Or more accurately, should've cared enough to come fetch them herself rather than leave them to their fate.

But what was new? The woman sat in her shiny Manhattan office building hundreds of miles away, and even more emotionally distant, as the space between their Old North Carolina farmhouse and the border to the rest of the messed-up world dissolved into nothing.

A rank smell filled Sofi's nose.

She frowned. The scent was different from that of the scavengers or starving neighbors.

Peeking between the barn window shutters, she blinked, then froze as the smell morphed into something unmistakable. It reeked of metal and medicinal labs.

The Delonese were in the yard.

Giant, perfectly fashioned men whom Earth's upper class found intriguingly fetching, dressed in thin gray boots and slick coats, bare of any facial hair or expression, were spread across the field and driveway. And they were coming closer.

She hadn't even heard their craft.

Her lungs rippled. She slipped back, gripping her shaking fist around the hammer she'd been using. Keep going, she said in her head. There's nobody here. Except the determination of their steps said they knew better.

Suddenly, a shadow passed by the shutter, throwing darkness across the slatted evening light. Sofi slid the tiny tool into her boot and scrambled for the farthest corner of the barn.

At least Shilo's in the basement where I told him to stay 'til I finished.

A hand scraped the wall, making her jump.

Voices.

She curled into a ball — trying to clamber inside her ten-year-old skin — as if she could shrink her bones and muscles and lungs small enough to roll inside herself. Even as fear spiked a blasted signal and caused her asthma to kick in, ill-timed as all get-out. No, not now, she told her lungs. You've got to work for me. She squished herself against the wood siding and fumbled in her pocket for an inhaler.

Not there.

Her throat tightened. She breathed in slowly. One breath, two breaths, she inhaled an infinity of breaths and focused her attention on a couple of fireflies illuminating the ceiling as fingers scratched at the barn's sturdy door and her breathing became shallow. She could almost imagine their ears listening for movement, matching it to the smell of human flesh. If they could smell at all.

You'd think they'd be dead from their own medicinal odor by now if so.

Tears filled her eyes as Sofi tried to inhale again, while her body strove not to move.

It didn't matter. The moment they broke in, her gasping exploded and gave her away. Her chest imploded as her world shrank into that feeling that there wasn't enough oxygen on Earth to keep her alive.

At least Shilo isn't here. Her eyesight blurred as her lungs caught fire.

C'mon, Sofi, focus.

She couldn't. She was going to pass out. She needed air.

At least Shilo is safe.

And then they were on her, reeking like sterile, huge plastic people that looked half doll and half human in her gasping-for-oxygen state. She shrieked but there was no sound, and then her throat collapsed somewhere between seeing their unblinking faces and having a bag stuffed over her head.

Which was when she heard him.

His tiny voice carried hesitant across the yard. "Sofi?"

Shilo?

No! Oh please no! Shilo, run!

The instantaneous boot shuffling said they were already going for him.

"Leave him alone!" she choked into the bag's cloth. She lashed at them with the violence of one who'd recently known the taste of death. She kicked, wheezed, and mentally swore every curse word she'd been taught never to say, while her chest felt near the point of ignition.

She lunged out in her sightless state, hands trying to break free from the clammy fingers pinning her wrists. Tearing off the bracelet Shilo'd made her as she yanked at what felt like an icy void around her. Sobbing. "Fine, take me, just leave him alone, please."

But her hands and voice moved nothing, and those two fireflies full of light and life and everything warm were the last things in her mind before the tears and suffocation took her out.

CHAPTER 3

MIGUEL

AMBASSADOR MIGUEL EDWARDO PEREZ II WAS ABOUT TO BURN this ice planet down.

When the lights in the Delonese room slowly fluttered back on — low and eerie — the first thing he looked for was Sofi's face. The first thing he saw was the crushing horror spread across it, as whatever memory was accosting her coated her skin in sweat. His anger cracked and flared and he muttered to Vic, "On second thought, let's just blow this place to toast."

"Yeah, still trying to reaccess the blasted maps, dude."

He kept his voice low. "Any idea how long that'll take?"

"Probably faster if you'd hold on to your panties and —"

Right. Mantener la calma. He looked back at Sofi and touched her shoulder to stir her. She didn't blink or move. His frown deepened.

"Okay, seven-point-five minutes."

Miguel didn't respond. Just straightened and, keeping his body between Sofi and the door, turned to mentally assess the maze of underground hallways they'd come through to reach this room. Which ones would make the best path out?

The crossway led to the other medical quarters where they'd found the group of young kids an hour ago. All drenched in terror and urine, scared out of their wits, waiting for the Delonese experiments to start. They'd snuck the poor children onto a shuttle for Earth, only to turn around as soon as it'd left and find this room — and the seven-year-old recorded video of Sofi that Vic uncovered, and her memories that went with it.

That vid ... Sofi'd been so young. He winced. Get her out of here, Miguel.

Firming his jaw, he squeezed her shoulder again as boot steps struck metal grates somewhere down the outer hall. "Sof?"

Her face moved toward his voice.

"We're still on Delon in the med room," he said quietly. "I'm just not sure where you are at the moment."

Her pupils flickered. She shifted, and a second later her eyes cleared. She connected her expression with his and nodded, her owl necklace fluttering against her damp neck. "I'm here."

He smoothed his hair to hide his relief. "Good. You alright?"

Another nod. "Just a memory from when Shi and I were taken from the barn." She shifted her pointy chin as if to squelch the ache in her tone, then dropped her eyes to the handscreen she held. "I need to find Shilo."

(Continues…)



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Reclaiming Shilo Snow: The Pulse-Pounding Sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Herosinger 20 days ago
Reclaiming Shilo Snow was a fast read from start to finish; it is hard to put down between the high stakes, the glitching virtual reality, and the characters you become attached to very quickly. But very clear is the message that life is beautiful and precious and worth protecting. And that is what sold it to me in the end. Worth the read.
vickimarie2002 4 months ago
This was a great sequel to the series. Nothing was left unanswered and everything was explained well. It's a feel good read as well. Mary Weber is a good writer and makes it so easy to visualize this futuristic world.
Jennybug52 8 months ago
4 stars- This is the thrilling sequel to “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow”. I won’t lie, I had a fairly hard time with the first book. I feel I connected more with this book. I did have to go back to the other book a few times to refresh my memory about some of the prior events but overall the author did a good job of filling in the gaps of what happened previously. I would definitely recommend reading the first book before this one to get a complete picture. Sofi & Miguel are both strong characters that are working together to find Sofi’s brother Shilo & also uncover the deceptions of the mysterious aliens from the planet Delon. This story picks up moments after the first book and is a fast paced ride the entire time. This story has many events and situations that would make for very good conversations with your teenager. It touches on a variety of topics that are very relevant to today. I think teens and adults alike will find this a thought provoking story that really makes you think about current events and how technology may look in the not-so-distant future. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 8 months ago
4 stars- This is the thrilling sequel to “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow”. I won’t lie, I had a fairly hard time with the first book. I feel I connected more with this book. I did have to go back to the other book a few times to refresh my memory about some of the prior events but overall the author did a good job of filling in the gaps of what happened previously. I would definitely recommend reading the first book before this one to get a complete picture. Sofi & Miguel are both strong characters that are working together to find Sofi’s brother Shilo & also uncover the deceptions of the mysterious aliens from the planet Delon. This story picks up moments after the first book and is a fast paced ride the entire time. This story has many events and situations that would make for very good conversations with your teenager. It touches on a variety of topics that are very relevant to today. I think teens and adults alike will find this a thought provoking story that really makes you think about current events and how technology may look in the not-so-distant future. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 8 months ago
4 stars- This is the thrilling sequel to “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow”. I won’t lie, I had a fairly hard time with the first book. I feel I connected more with this book. I did have to go back to the other book a few times to refresh my memory about some of the prior events but overall the author did a good job of filling in the gaps of what happened previously. I would definitely recommend reading the first book before this one to get a complete picture. Sofi & Miguel are both strong characters that are working together to find Sofi’s brother Shilo & also uncover the deceptions of the mysterious aliens from the planet Delon. This story picks up moments after the first book and is a fast paced ride the entire time. This story has many events and situations that would make for very good conversations with your teenager. It touches on a variety of topics that are very relevant to today. I think teens and adults alike will find this a thought provoking story that really makes you think about current events and how technology may look in the not-so-distant future. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 8 months ago
4 stars- This is the thrilling sequel to “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow”. I won’t lie, I had a fairly hard time with the first book. I feel I connected more with this book. I did have to go back to the other book a few times to refresh my memory about some of the prior events but overall the author did a good job of filling in the gaps of what happened previously. I would definitely recommend reading the first book before this one to get a complete picture. Sofi & Miguel are both strong characters that are working together to find Sofi’s brother Shilo & also uncover the deceptions of the mysterious aliens from the planet Delon. This story picks up moments after the first book and is a fast paced ride the entire time. This story has many events and situations that would make for very good conversations with your teenager. It touches on a variety of topics that are very relevant to today. I think teens and adults alike will find this a thought provoking story that really makes you think about current events and how technology may look in the not-so-distant future. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
SemmieWise 11 months ago
** “But maybe the greatest thing wasn’t always to be the savior or victor. Maybe it was to care for the others who one day might be saviors or victors or leaders. … Maybe saving the world was simply showing love and mercy to others in the belief that love would penetrate the hearts of those touched … to become a campaign of love that overrode the hate and fear and darkness.” ** “Reclaming Shilo Snow” is an incredible, intense, imaginative sequel to Mary Weber’s “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow,” drawing attention to human trafficking and love for our fellow man. Picking up immediately where the first novel ends, Sofi, along with her on-again-off-again friend Ambassador Miguel, is still on the Delonese planet searching for her brother Shilo, who went missing during an explosion that rocked the FanFights event on Earth. As Sofi continues her search, she begins to unravel the truth behind the Delonese people … and their testing upon human children … and the role her mother, Corp 30 CEO Inola, played. Each chapter tells the story through the goings on of three different characters: Sofi, Miguel and Inola, which offers an interesting perspective of the plot, moving the narrative along quickly — and often leaving storylines on a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. Weber has done an amazing job with creating a sci-fi thriller series with great story telling and amazing characters — human, alien and artificial. But she also fills the story with great themes and lessons, like overcoming secrets; finding a sense of worth, and knowing that we are enough; the fact that we can control technology, but we will never be able to control human conviction; the importance of loving and caring for our fellow man; and compassion is our greatest weapon. If you read anything in this book, be sure to read Miguel’s final chapter, as it reminds us of our humanity and caring for the plight of our fellow man. It’s beautifully written. “Reclaiming Shilo Snow” will appeal not only to its intended audience (Youth), but also to adults. It might be a little intense for younger readers, though. And there are very occasional times the writing is a tad tech-heavy and therefore slightly confusing. This book is NOT a standalone novel. I would highly recommend reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow” first, as the two books are heavily linked. Fans of stories like “Ender’s Game,” the “Hunger Games” series or Twilight Zone’s “To Serve Man” episode will love this series. Four and a half stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
Most readers and movie goers are aware of the good vs. evil in any Sci-Fi conflict. Yet, when an author weaves together our current realities with a futuristic outcome, your skin begins to crawl. You begin wondering "what-ifs." Sofi Snow will not be denied. Her mental strengths and skills will be tested before the end of this saga. Miguel will need to rely on his heart-moves and ability to overcome physical weakness. All of earth's survivors will need to rebel or... Warning, do not try this book until you have the freedom to read well into the early light! This story line is understandable as a stand alone read due to the seamless weaving of both stories. The quest pushes the reader to "go back" and reread as a way of dealing with the plot twists. The climax will have all readers engaged with powerful emotional outbursts! Be ready, Sofi Snow is reclaiming her life and future, MrsK
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
OK, so I love this 2nd book in the series as well. I think it's even better than the first one, actually! Such a great story, and super characters! This one also gets a cleaner rating from me than the first book, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, which I felt was almost PG-13. Again, it is not an overtly Christian book, but it is written by a Christian author. I still say we need a lot more Christian authors writing great books for young adults. There are far too few decent ones! Thanks so much, Mary Weber, for these books!! They are well written, and hard to put down! I was given this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much!
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was a interesting story in the series. I read this first also. A little different that I normally read. This was well written I just can't get into the story only because it is a little different. The writing is wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Sometimes I felt as though I had to reread some parts to understand what was happening. I felt like time sped up and slowed down and I had to figure out what was happening at that point of time. But overall, a great story. I couldn't put it down.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
If you didn't catch my my review of 'The Evaporation of Sofi Snow', the first book in this series then feel free to do that before continuing. I do need to throw in a trigger warning and disclaimer here. While not necessarily overt this book deals heavily with the idea of human trafficking. Not just for sexual exploit but for a myriad of reasons. It also takes on the ideal that sometimes you have to sacrifice a few for the greater good of the many. Where is that line? How many is too many? What is truly the greater good? Those are questions that came up for me and I'm sure you'll have your own. I have to admit, I didn't love this book as much as the first one. I had the same issues with the dated curse replacements. I also got lost in the inner-workings of the techie world. But there were two bigger things. Onamonapia. Tick. Tick. Tick. It set a stage for urgency and that time was slipping away the first few times I read it. By about the tenth I was over it. There were a few other's that showed up randomly as one-offs but they started to get grating as the book went on. And by went on I mean the middle two-thirds dragged. I got so bogged down in all the tech talk and the trying to figure everything out that I lost the greater story. I was so bogged down in the backstory that I lost the real story. I couldn't wait to finish if for no other reason than to find the story again. In the end I still enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the interplay between Miguel and Sofi. I enjoyed the connection between Sofi and Shilo. I respected the interplay between politics and personal conviction. At the end of the day we are all accountable for what we know about and allow to happen. Whether that be letting children be taken by an alien race to try and reboot their own species or turning a blind eye to the abuses others suffer in our communities. We are accountable for our own reactions and how we step up but we are also accountable to our responses to others as well. Especially people in power positions. This book did lose me in the translation but it caught me up in the bigger picture. For that reason alone I recommend this book. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Tackalla_Shwa More than 1 year ago
"My friends, we have become so busy taking care of people that we've too often forgotten to care about them." I'm not one to cry when reading. I can get *all the feels* but I don't shed actual tears. I almost did with this book. Several times. My inner self was frequently misty-eyed. Reclaiming Shilo Snow is the conclusion to the Sofi Snow duology, and it's the best book Mary Weber's written yet. I love the characters and the perspectives she lets us see. I love the truths she shows and tells. I love her heart. The duology is completed now, so you can binge read it straight through! Go, go, go!
lacrow1040 More than 1 year ago
Reclaiming Shilo Snow surpassed all my expectations! The story picks up right where it left off at the end of book 1. We already knew there was unfinished business between Sofi and the Delonese, as well as her continued search for her brother. One of the main themes from book 1 was Sofi’s broken relationship with her mother, Inola. This book explored that theme even further and the reader was able to see both sides of their relationship. Although Miguel remains a love interest for Sofi, I didn’t feel like the romance portion of the story bogged down the plot. It was enough to satisfy the reader but allowed the action and movement of events to continue without feeling stifled. In the same way that we learned more about Inola’s backstory and motives, we are brought to a deeper understanding of what makes Miguel tick, as well. One of my favorite things about Mary Weber’s writing is how she continually takes each character to the next level throughout each story, which helps make the bond between reader and character stronger. Sofi comes across as a real teenager that has many of the same struggles that teens have today. Her decisions aren’t always the right ones but each step of her journey teaches her who she is and what she wants to accomplish with her life. This alone should make this book jump to the top of the TBR pile for any teen looking for a solid YA novel. Reclaiming Shilo Snow is a clean YA sci-fi novel appropriate for teens and adults of all ages.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Reclaiming Shilo Snow Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2 By Mary Weber The memories of that day came back - they day her world changed. The day her father died. The day her mother didn't come for them. The day they took them to the planet of Delon. Returning to Delon in search of her brother Shilo has reawakened the memories that threaten to undo Sofi. But with the unexpected help of Ambassador Miguel, she has made it this far. And if she can use her skills to access the Delonese system she just may make it out alive. There's just one problem she has to stay ahead of the Delonese long enough to find the brother they have stolen from her. But returning to Earth could be a death sentence as Sofi has been labeled a terrorist by the very people who staged the attack that allowed Shilo to be taken. But Earth might be the only place that Sofi and Miguel can hope to stop the Delonese and their secret designs on Earth. So begins a game that will test Sofi on every level as she battles against her awakening memories, the Delonese, and the code. As the lines between reality and virtuality begin to merge Sofi will have to depend upon the skills that advanced her through the levels of the FanFights. Meanwhile on Earth Inola Snow is in a fight of her own - with her children gone and on the Delon planet she is determined to get them back. But her secret dealings with Delone could be a potential liability, destroying all she's worked for. And it could make her a potential target to those who view Delon and her inhabitants as a threat to both humanity and Earth. War could soon be upon their doorstep and the clock is Tick tick tick ticking down. Are the Delonese their salvation or their destruction? The answer lies within Sofi if she can only find it in time. If you have not read the first book The Evaporation of Sofi Snow don't pick up this book until you do. The vast majority of both books takes place over a couple of days - so reading this book first will totally confuse you - it would be equivalent to picking up a book and starting in the middle. This two books together are the complete and total story. And what a story it is! Betrayal, devotion, the bond of family, a world in peril - fans of fantasy and sci-fi will love this series that is for the YA teen and up reader. I was provided an Advanced Reader's Copy (uncorrected proof) of this book by the publisher through JustRead Publicity Tours with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
jelindsay More than 1 year ago
Note: If you haven’t already read The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, stop here and grab a copy of the first book in Mary Webber’s duology first! Reclaiming Shilo Snow is a fast-paced read that completely draws you in as a reader. Like Sofi, you’ll find yourself constantly questioning the boundaries of her reality and your heart beating in tune with every emotion she feels. In part because she works with teens in real life, Mary Webber has a genuine heart for the audience she writes for. She’s also keenly in touch with many of the biggest issues facing young adults today. That passion and compassion comes out in every single sentence. One of the major themes of this duology is human trafficking. As someone who’s worked alongside survivor leaders and organizations fighting to end modern slavery, I appreciate that Mary raises awareness to this horrific crime and abuse without cheapening or taking away from the voices of victims and survivors. If I were only able to sum up Reclaiming Shilo Snow in one word, it would be perfection. Mary has created more than an entertaining, binge-worthy story. She’s crafted a world full of diverse and realistic characters who represent the best and worst this world has to offer. And she brings it all together in an ending that leaves readers feeling all the feels.
soundoftheuniverse More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, but I loved Reclaiming Shilo Snow. All of the questions I had from the first installment were answered in this conclusion, and I felt myself connecting with the characters far more intensely than I had in the previous volume. The addition of Sofi and Shilo's mother as a point-of-view character was really smart, because it fleshed out the story in a way that made both the plot, the themes, and the overall message so much richer. The world the author constructed is fascinating, the characters she breathed life into are engaging, and the message she poured her heart into is convicting. I highly recommend this duology, and in particular Reclaiming Shilo Snow. It is a shining example of the importance of a strong conclusion.
GillianG More than 1 year ago
I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. Mary Weber really takes tough topics, like human trafficking, and turns them into an eye opening sci-fi masterpiece. The characters are so well rounded and deep that it makes it that much easier to relate to each one of them. One of the most memorable sentences in the book really sums up, not just Sofi’s journey, but the human experience. “Even though all was not perfect in the world, the world was perfect in this moment.” With everything happening in the world it is important to find little moments of perfection. Thank you Mary, for that nugget of wisdom. This was a perfect ending to a great series!
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Reclaiming Shilo Snow" is an even better continuation of "The Evaporation of Sofi Snow" duology. All the story lines are wrapped up in this final/second book. The book begins right where the previous book left off. In this alternate Earth, World War 3 ravaged the planet and made living there more difficult. In the midst of the rebuilding, an alien planet showed up in orbit around Earth. The Delonese, living on this planet Delon, helped humanity recover with new technology and medical advances, seemingly without cost. However, as Sofi learned in the first book (and this is a SPOILER FOR THE FIRST BOOK, so don't read the rest of my review if you haven't read the first book), the Delonese are using human children to regrow their species, harvesting organs and performing experiments on them. The world is divided according to Corporations, which produced much-needed materials after the war (food, medicine, etc.), and Sofi and her brother Shilo lived in Corp 30, where her mother was the CEO. The CEOs of the Corps form the United World Council along with ambassadors. Miguel is the youngest of the Earth Ambassadors to Delon. The Corps have also created the deadly FanFight Games, in which children compete in a deadly arena which combines reality shows with virtual realities. Shilo was a contestant as the representative of Corp30, fighting to stay alive and beat each level, while Sofi was his programmer who helped to alter the reality and help to keep him alive. After an explosion, Shilo and Sofi were presumed dead- however, Sofi had been captured by people working against humanity and Shilo was abducted quietly by the Delonese. Sofi was soon to learn that she was one of the children taken and altered by the Delonese when she was 10 years old (now 17) along with her brother Shilo (then 5, now 12). They were the only children to survive the early experiments. This book picks up right where the first left off, where Sofi and Miguel are on Delon searching for Shilo, while Sofi is confronted by her previously hidden memories of her childhood abduction. Interestingly, where we previously only saw Sofi and Miguel's points-of-view in the first book, here, we get both of their points-of-view, plus that of Inola, Sofi and Shilo's mother and the CEO of Corp30. Inola's perspective shed some additional light on the dealings of Earth with the Delonese and what had been happening historically. She ends up being an interesting and sympathetic character, where she had a less 3-dimensional role in the first book. This book was much faster paced than the first, as we travel quickly through events with Sofi and Inola. I found this one to be much better and harder to put down than the first book. An interesting theme that appears is that it is not only outside forces who are cruel to humanity, but also humanity itself (as we see constantly on the news/in our world). This is a powerful message to younger readers and also a valuable one. I assume this is the main point of this engaging YA sci-fi duology, and I think this is definitely worth a read. Overall, this was a fantastic end to an interesting duology. The only thing I wish I had seen more of was the build/furthering of the relationship between Sofi and Miguel in this book- it was much more present in the first. That might be just because I'm a romantic at heart- there's certainly enough else in the book to keep the reader engaged. There's great closure in this book and things are ended beautifully. Fans
TheHobbitKhaleesi More than 1 year ago
First off, a million stars *might* be enough to show how much I love this book. I've read and adored all of Mary's books, but this one is special. There is so much heart and hope for humanity in this book. This gorgeous conclusion to the Sofi Snow duology asks us what we would do for family. For humanity. And what our responsibility is when we are faced with the truth of our broken world. I'm not going to say much more, for fear of giving away the fun parts, but honestly, the world needs more books like this one. ❤️ ( I received an advance copy for honest review).
drakenfyre More than 1 year ago
Reclaiming Shilo Snow picks up right where Sofi Snow left off. The chapters are once again told from multiple points of view, mainly Sofi, Miguel and Sofi’s mother Inola. The majority of the story is taking place with the Delon’s and still trying to figure out what their angle is with Earth, and why they are so focused on Sofi and Shilo. This time there are a few flashbacks too before the Delons showed up and what life was like for Sofi and Shilo, we also get a better understanding as to why Inola did what she did both for her children and for the people of Earth. There were a few parts in the book that did confuse me, but as it went on it made a lot more sense as to what was going on and why things happened the way that they did. Since the Delons are so focused and interested in Sofi and her hacker skills, which were very cool, and made me jealous of Sofi. Without getting too involved with spoliers, I will say there were a few scenes in the book that made me think of The Matrix series. Outside of the “I know Kung-Fu” line, I don’t know if the author meant to use similarities to the movie, but even if she didn’t I found it easy to visualize what was going on. The ending of this book hurt, the sacrifices that were made, the people that were betrayed, the truth finally coming to light, it was a great way to end the story. Even knowing that things will not fix themselves over night I liked how things were paced out to wrap up the every end of the book, and that prologue ending was not was I was expecting. Now saying that I do hope at some point there will be a novella or short story about the family at the end of the book. This duology is such an amazing read, when I read The Evaporation of Sofi Snow I could not shut up about it for weeks, and I’m pretty much at that point now with Shilo. The two books are great fast reads, if you are into hi-tech hacker/gamer type stories with a dash of alien interaction. Grab both of them.
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
Once again I was captivated by Mary Weber and her writing. I was so drawn into the world of hacking and gaming; a world I've never fully understood and still don't. Yet Mary Weber presents this world in such a way it's easy to imagine. Along with this futuristic world is a world containing aliens. Now, I’m not one to believe in aliens, but Mary Weber makes it so believable. With her wonderful word pictures and sentence flow, it’s easy to imagine there just might be those creatures in our world. Are there really things we don’t know going on in the universe? What would it be like if we were taken over by beings of another world? Who could we trust and what is real? I enjoyed the suspense, the unstoppable action, the futuristic adventures and the bits of drama with human emotions. There were times I didn’t know if what was happening was real or fabricated in Sofi’s mind. I also loved the relationships formed and healed in the story, as well as, the good versus evil aspects. This story has some great quotes, and one of these quotes I find very powerful: “Your life is precious. So is mine. So are our neighbors’, and coworkers’ and those who disagree with us. And the minute I elevate my life above another’s – the moment I choose mine as more valuable for the survival of humanity – is the moment I begin to give away my humanity. And that is the moment we all begin to lose.” This story also touches on the whole horrible issue of human trafficking. What makes those individuals less valued in our eyes? We need to open our eyes to the struggles going on around us and take a stand. If more of us give voice to this injustice, then it will have less of a hold on our society. Thank you, Mary Weber, for being a voice! I highly recommend picking this book up. I received this book from the publisher to read. All opinions are my own.
FallonWilloughby More than 1 year ago
5/5 Stars! I love sequels that manage to up the game, and this one certainly did. Part of me also especially likes the fact that this was a duology, something I do not see often anymore in the literary world. I started reading this novel, and remember why I love Weber’s writing so very much. Or well, the many reasons I love her writing so much. She can transport us to another world with her descriptions and the characters’ actions, and it is easy to imagine their world, and what they feel. It takes no effort to be in “their shoes.” I also love her writing because Weber writes for a cause. For example, she dedicates this book to all the children who are being trafficked. It is easy to see that this book speaks to what is happening on Earth. With the speech that is given by one character at the end, I was close to tears. We have to to remember who we are, and how we can change the worlds ourselves, and Weber reminds us of this with this story. Fiction is such an amazing thing. The pace of this story is perfect. It pulls you along as you pray and hope for happy endings. It has tragedy, and comedy, and hope. I was especially happy at a new point of view we got to see (Inola), because it allowed us another view into the world around Sofi and Shilo and how they came to be who they are. Perhaps most interestingly, it gave us another view of a person and the choices they make – and the realization that we do not always make the right ones, even if we make the choice for the right reason or the greater good. I don’t want to give too much away, but of course we see our favorite characters, Sofi and Migeul. We also see others return, and a few new characters. We learn more about each of them, see into their past, and learn more about the Delonese. The Delonese are particularly interesting in this book, as their past and their own fears become more apparent. There is romance, there is intrigue, there is family affection. There are so many emotions: sadness, grief, happiness, feeling lost, defiance, and more! It certainly has its own core of strong women, something else I loved. Overall, a truly great novel. On a more important note – I mean I know we should not just a book by its cover, but can I just say how awesome this book cover is? (I did receive this book as an ARC for an honest review)