The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

by Mary Weber


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The line between virtual & reality is about to EVAPORATE.

In a world where skycams follow your every move and the details of your life are uploaded each hour, Sofi knows that her eyes are the only caring ones watching her brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, she works behind the scenes to protect Shilo as he competes in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb destroys the gaming arena, she is helpless to rescue him—and certain that his disappearance was no accident. Despite all the evidence of Shilo’s death, Sofi ’s nightmares tell her he is still alive. Could the dreams be truer than what everyone else claims?

For Miguel—a charming young playboy from Earth—the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets. In the aftermath of the bombing, he fears he has lost Sofi forever, even as he wonders if she is really who she seems. Now he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: help the blackmailers or lose more than anyone can fathom—or than Earth can afford.

Step into a universe of diverse characters, alien invasions, and high-stakes video gaming. Because when technology reigns, nothing is as true as it seems—and fantasy can become reality after all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718080907
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Series: Sofi Snow , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(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; Facebook: marychristineweber; Instagram: maryweberauthor; Twitter: @mchristineweber; and Goodreads.

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
RockandMinerals4Him 6 months ago
I've gotta be honest, the main reason I read this duology (aside from the endorsement from Nadine Brandes) was of the GORGEOUS cover: just look at it! (also omg having finished the duology aaaa the sigNIFICANCE) This book was like a cross between Warcross by Marie Lu and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (and anything that emulates the magic of the Lunar Chronicles is a win in my book!) Since this is the first book in a duology, a lot of it felt like backstory and set up, yet it still did not feel like there was enough background and the beginning was confusing at parts. I wasn't a huge fan of either of the main characters: they weren't relatable, and the male MC wasn't really great in the first place. (There were some things insinuated that a lot of people in the Christian fiction community wouldn't be great with). There were a lot of heavy topics discussed that are not often discussed in books, including slavery, politics, and corporate monopolization. The other book of Mary's that I've read, To Best the Boys, similarly touched on important topics, and I really appreciate that about her books. Overall, this wasn't the best book? I enjoyed a similar story to Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles, and most of the book was backstory/setting up the scene, but it was still an enjoyable read, even if it was a bit slow/heavy at times. The cliff-hanger at the ending was . . . WACK. My Rating- 3/5 Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of this book: I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book. Just something missing from it getting 5 stars. I'd like to give 4.5 but can't because the system doesn't allow to do half stars when rating. There was something missing... I think the more detailed description of each character. Besides dark, tan skin, dark hair. I dunno. Can't quite put my finger on it. Not quite 5 stars but betcha I'll be reading the next book soon.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I think we have previously established that I 'typically' don't read sci-fi-ish dystopian futuristic fantasy type novels. That being said, you do realize that this is my 3rd (yes 3!) book of this type this month, the second series I've started. I think we have also previously established that I've not read any of the wildly popular books of these genres published in this millennium. However. However, when I came across the second book in this series on NetGalley I felt a pull toward reading it. I was super surprised that this one was available there too so it was a twofer! Based on my limited knowledge of pop culture and the wisdom of some friends this book is a cross between 'Hunger Games' and 'Ready Player One' (which I found out yesterday is a book AND movie like 'Hunger Games'). You have young adults/teens battling for bragging rights across the 30 Corps yet it's not with conventional weapons or to the death but with a holographed game environments and coding coding coding to boost the real life player and also create distractions for the other players. There were a couple of things I wanted to pick at with this book. As a young adult novel I love that there is a blessed lack of cursing and other colorful language. However, the language that was used was so conventional as to become almost trite (gad, heck, etc). This is obviously a couple of years in the future (I mean we've had 4 World Wars now) so I think the language could have been less conventional. I will caution that while there are mentions of sex and sexual situations and even sex trafficking they are subtle and in some cases mere illusions. They are there however so reader beware. I also felt like I, personally, would have benefited from more back story, more world building, and a basic understanding of gaming. Some of that falls solely on me and perhaps if I had a better understanding of the later with more exposure to sci-fi dystopian futuristic fantasy -ish novels I wouldn't have felt the need for the first two things. There ya have it. Here's what I did love. A book for young adults without graphic language or gratuitous sex. A strong female lead character who doesn't have to fall for some guy in order to save the day (though she didn't save the day - yet - perhaps book 2?). An independent female lead character who doesn't feel the need to stop and ask for permission to try to save the day (again perhaps book 2?). A well written story that shows the graces and pitfalls of family, the honor of friendship, and that not everything (or everyone) is what it portrays itself to be. Or appears to be. Guys, I don't know how to say it all pretty and eloquent but I really loved this book. Yes, it's not perfect. Yes, there's a few holes and gaps and . . . Show me any book that doesn't have room for something to fix. BUT. I still just really like this book. You should too :D 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.
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-arc in exchange of my honest review. I had no idea what to expect when starting this book, and it completely amazed me. Sofi and her younger brother Shilo are in a game that is very futuristic and complicated for me to explain because I'm not sure I fully understand it. I will say that I found it absolutely fascinating with how the politics of this world and the game were mixed together. Sofi's mom is a leader of a big corporation in this world, and it appears that she chooses the company over her own children. This world also has aliens of some sort, they are very different from humans on earth and are scary in a way to the humans. We also see things from Miguel's point of view and he is an ambassador to this alien nation from earth. Miguel is a really complicated character, and we didn't really get to learn a lot about him as a person outside of who he was to Sofi. Sofi and Miguel have a very complicated relationship/friendship. I'm still not exactly sure what happened between them, but it's now very complicated. Overall I loved this story. Sofi and Miguel and this whole world really is fascinating to me, and I can't wait to see what happens next. If you can I would say to at least look at a physical copy of this book as each chapter has a faded out background pattern to it, that gives a little hint to something that they figure out in the books. The side characters were all fascinating to me, and I really wasn't expecting for certain things to happen and I was just as shocked as the characters. The AI in this book is amazing as well and I really liked how she was helpful and not made to seem 'evil' in any way and instead was just an assistant of sorts to Miguel.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Evaporation of Sofi Snow" was a wild ride, full of twists and turns. This young adult sci-fi follows Sofi, who feels fiercely protective of her younger brother Shilo. In this alternate future, World War 3 has destroyed much of the planet. In the aftermath, companies who were able to produce necessary items, like food or medicine, became the new government. People live in "Corp"s- Sofi lives in Corp30, where her mother is also CEO. Around the end of the war, aliens called the Delonese also appeared and began to revolve around Earth. They gave humanity advanced technology and helped them to recover, seemingly without cost. They appear like beautiful, tall humans who do not blink. They are heavily involved in Earth matters. Sofi and Shilo compete in dangerous games representing their Corp. Shilo is the gamer (gamers are teenagers who play for the wealth typically) on the field who must pass each level, at potential cost of his life or health. Sofi is the lead programmer who helps him to pass the levels/games. She must be the best, because Shilo's life depends on it. Everything is soon to change when an explosion during the game goes off, killing several gamers and bystanders. Sofi knows she saw her brother alive, even though they have declared him (and her) dead. To find Shilo, Sofi must uncover truths that others have been overlooking and recruit help, in the form of her ex-boyfriend. Miguel is a delegate to Delon, and he finds himself unable to turn Sofi down when she asks for help. The novel is told in their alternating points of view. While it was slow in places, it was overall really fascinating, like a combination of Warcross with aliens. It ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I wanted to mention that as you'll want the next book right away! The content gets a little dark at the end, so it might be better for older teens. Overall, it was a great YA sci-fi, and I can't wait to get into the next book! I'll also say that I liked the diversity of the main characters (Sofi's skin is brown and Miguel is Hispanic)- so great to see this!
ShesGoingBookCrazy More than 1 year ago
Content Warning: Human Trafficking and Organ Harvesting. I've seen a lot of reviews on this book about how confusing it was, and how readers felt blindsided by the plotline. I'd like to highlight that I had similar feelings, especially the further the plot advanced. This book took a turn that I was completely not expecting. I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way, however, the way the book began and the way that it ended didn't flow well. I'd like some more clarification and answers to some of the big questions enticing the reader throughout! There is no doubt that the author took a stab at creating a creative plot. However, without necessary flow, it makes it a confusing read. Part of the frustration comes from the "romance," rather, past-romance between Sofi Snow and Miguel that keeps trying to take center stage when it needs to stop trying so hard. Their strained relationship creates more tension for the plot, but also creates another backstory that isn't hashed out well, if at all. Now, I know this story takes a lot from The Hunger Games trilogy. And that was a huge drawback for me especially in the first quarter of the book. While Sofi doesn't necessarily remind me of Katniss, Miguel is a spitting image of Finnick in the way he acts and obtains information from those around him. Sofi, too, is very promiscuous (and I'm not sure why she needs to be) from what seems to be out of her own satisfaction. Despite these resemblances, I thought the idea that the world post WWIV being run by massive corporations was creative, and even possible. I like when futuristic worlds are created to be tangible, not just fantastic. Considering how much pull some companies and industries have in today's world, it creates the idea that something like this could happen. The interesting part is the addition and appearance of the alien Delonese race and their planet which rotates the Earth like an extra moon. They align themselves with the governing parties to become allies of Earth. Despite this, their foreign appearance doesn't really come on the scene until later in the story. As the plot moves on, the similarities to The Hunger Games are fewer and further between. The biggest draw-back in the world building is the physical description of it---because there hardly any. The story jumps from scene to scene, with little description given to the reader about where they were and are. Moving from scene to scene gave me vertigo. The characters themselves are unrealistic. Both Sofi and Miguel are situated in roles that don't seem realistic for teenagers to be in. Perhaps Sofi could be some tech genius---they are out there. But Miguel? He's a foreign diplomat at the age of sixteen, already highly esteemed, as well as a well-known playboy. At sixteen. I don't know about you, but I don't think it's plausible. The last 80% of this book is where I started to get interested. However, I found its finale to be nondescript, rushed, and again, without explanation. How does Sofi really evaporate? Yeah, I'm not sure either. I hope we find out in the sequel. If I don't get some answers there, then I won't continue on with the series if more is planned to come. Vulgarity: Minimal. Sexual Content: Nothing explicit, yet "sleeping around" is talked about a lot. Violence: Moderate - there are the "games" in the beginning where several characters die in rather gross ways. Although they aren't graphic, the implications are there. ★★½
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars- This is the first book I have read by Mary Weber. I have seen her “Storm Siren” series but have not had the privilege of reading it yet. The premise of “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow” is very interesting and I think will click with a lot of teenagers. I felt it to be sort of a mix of The Hunger Games and The Lunar Chronicles with the added bonus of intense online gaming in the mix. I enjoyed this story and thought the writing was well done and Mary Weber’s futuristic world was very creative. The idea of a mysterious planet suddenly appearing in the sky and an alien people arriving to help Earth recover from another World War is intriguing. Are the Delonese people friend or foe? The relationship between Sofi and her mom is also thought provoking. Does Sofi’s mom really care about Sofi and her brother Shilo or is her career truly her priority? The main characters Sofi and Miguel are both trying to muddle their way through this dystopian society and figure out who they really are. I feel like Mary Weber’s characters will click well with today’s teenagers and all they go through. Through the story and through the choices each character made I could see a lot of opportunities for further discussion- easy ways to bring up morality, integrity and God. Admittedly, I did feel the story was a bit over-sexual at times in the dialogue, descriptions and actions of the characters. This is why I gave it 3.5 stars. I have read many Christian novels where the main characters had promiscuous lifestyles before they changed and grew in the story, but these were books written for adults. I was just surprised by some of the innuendo in this book and felt it might be a bit more than what I would want my teenage daughter reading about. Although I admit I don’t have a teenage daughter so maybe I’m off base in my assessment. I would love to hear what other moms think. I do look forward to reading the next book in this series and finding out what happens next. I think this would be a good book to read with your teenager so you can have an open discussion about the book and it’s contents. 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.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
Wow - this title has me torn. Mary Weber’s The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is a book like none I have read recently. It is a fascinating tale set in a futuristic world where camera’s are monitoring everything, reality TV has taken on a macabre twist health and safety wise and governments are nob more - replaced by faceless corporations. Thrown into this world are Sofi - a brilliant computer hacker and her brother Shilo who she must guide through part real part virtual games and keep him safe and alive. When a bomb is detonated during Shilo’s game and nearly takes out Sofi as well - the stakes go up massively and who you can trust becomes a question of survival. On the other side of the story is Miguel - a brash young playboy who acts as ambassador to a relatively recently arrived alien nation whose influence on the earth may not be to the earth’s benefit. He and Sofi have a history and will need to put that aside to work together to save their lives. While I found the book to be highly engaging and detailed - some of the world building for me took a bit of figuring out . Full disclosure - I’m a relatively new devotee of fantasy / dystopia / science fiction and this story could fit quite comfortably into all of those genres. But I will be signing up to book two as book one ended with the kind of ending which requires one to ensure that the page count in your book is right as surely IT CAN’T END THERE . . . REALLY!!! Also while this book was published by a christian publisher - it has little to no christian content rather possibly even a few mature themes that may raise eyebrows. Whether this will alter with subsequent books - we will wait and see If you’re looking for a compelling story with nods to Hunger Games then this is for you. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for the opportunity to read and review The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber. The futuristic setting involves gaming with teenagers and children as the pawns. Sofi and her brother are part of the games because their mother is in charge of them and forced them to participate. An explosion occurs and her brother Shilo is kidnapped. Sofi contacts people that she knows are skilled enough to help her retrieve Shilo. Sofi has visions showing her what Shilo is going through, who he is with and where he is, all from his point of view. Sofi and her comrades discover what is happening to her brother and other children and it's more horrific than they would have ever believed! The story ends on a cliffhanger, making me anxious to read the sequel entitled 'Reclaiming Shilo Snow'. 4 stars for this sci fi dystopian!
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not asked to give a favorable review, all thoughts are my own. This was a very interest YA book. It steps on a lot of things that makes you think. With computers and gaming so much apart of our lives now it makes you think what really could happen. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a book with a great story line to it
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow was a strange book, but in a good way. Very different from anything I’ve ever read. Author Weber keeps you guessing throughout the entire story. The world building was sublime. I felt like I’d lived in this world my whole life by the time I finished the book. And the plot was complex and filled with many twists and turns. The characters were also very enjoyable. Sofi is a snarky, independent computer genius, who is determined to always get her way. But underneath all that causticness is vulnerability and pain. Heller and Claudius were very amusing characters who kept me snickering at their antics. And Miguel? Si, Si. Miguel was an excellent character. He was quite the paradox; complex but relatable, a player but caring too, he had secrets but was open and honest; he was the target of blackmail but believed strongly in honor and integrity. Not to mention that he was muy atractivo. In case you didn’t notice, he was my favorite character. The ending is a tough one, but compared to the ending of Storm Siren I’m counting my lucky stars that I got off easy. I look forward to the next book, to see what will happen next in this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
Great young adult book! So happy that there are some authors writing pretty decent books for yas!! Working at a bookstore, I see that there are way too many really trashy or evil books out there for this age group, so even though this one gets an almost PG-13 rating (at least in my opinion), it's a really good story and written, I believe, from a Christian perspective. The story is not overtly Christian, though, even though it is from a Christian publisher. I love the characters in this book, especially Sofi, Miguel and Danya! The story is set in the future-I love this genre, even though I am not a young adult. . This is the first book I've read by Mary Weber. I find it well written and hard to put down!
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book would be fantastic as a SyFy channel movie or series! Mary Weber has done it again! This book will leave you wanting more and more. There are so many questions as to what will happen next. 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. What would it be like if we were took over by beings of another world? Who could we trust and what is real? I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series to finding out what will happen with Sofi and Miguel. I enjoyed the suspense, the unstoppable action, the futuristic adventures and the bits of drama with human emotions. The author illuminated a part of the story that touches on events which are happening even now in our world and does so in a powerful way. Hopefully one day in our time we will be able to make a change for the better. I highly recommend picking this book up.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “How quickly humans could turn on each other when fed suspicion. Like smoke tossed out as solid evidence, whispered into the frightened ears of those needing someone to blame in order to feel safe again.” ** Mary Weber, author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, dives into the YA Fiction world again with “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow” — a dystopian tale that takes place sometime after Earth’s Fourth World War. Ice-Planet Delon and its very humanlike beings arrived 11 years ago, helping to bring an end to the catastrophic war, as well as improve conditions on Earth. Now comprised of 30 corporate nations, life on Earth is all about technology, medical improvements and entertainment — including the extremely popular FanFight Games. Gamer Sofi, 17, and Shilo Snow, 12, the children of Corp 30’s CEO, are very popular and talented participants in the games, which are half-virtual and half-real scenarios. As they lead the pack in the most recent games, a bomb explodes, leading to death and destruction. As the world is led to believe both Sofi and Shilo have been killed, Sofi fights to figure out what happened to her brother. After seeing him with a Delonese medic after the bombing, and through a series of dreams and visions featuring Shilo, Sofi is convinced her brother is still alive and has been taken to the planet located just past the moon. Miguel is a human ambassador to the Delonese people who had a past relationship with Sofi 18 months ago, one that ended bitterly. But with his connection to the foreign planet and its people, Sofi must turn to him for help to search for Shilo. She must also figure out who else she can trust, and how her own past is connected to these visions of Shilo she is having. Told alternatively from the perspectives of both Sofi and Miguel, “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow” is an exhilarating, intense futuristic, sci-fi book that both teens and adults will enjoy. Fans of “The Hunger Games,” “The Maze Runner” and “Ender’s Game” will love this story. With no real religious theming, it does offer a few life lessons, like learning to trust, and a real relationship means showing vulnerability and dying to shallowness. A small warning — it does contain some mild sensual and sexual innuendos. It did take me a little while to get into the story, as I felt a little lost at first. But hang in there! The story does end abruptly with no final resolution, so I’m assuming this won’t be just a standalone novel. I’m interested to see how Sofi’s and Miguel’s story will continue, and if they will be able to escape the dangerous situation in which they find themselves. Four stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
drakenfyre More than 1 year ago
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.
Kel More than 1 year ago
I love a lot of the ideas woven throughout The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, and I'm a sci-fi movie geek, so yay for aliens and space and strange tech! The plot structure and pacing weren't my favorite, but some of that is due to personal preference. The first half was slow. It starts with a bang (literally), but I had a really hard time connecting with the two protagonists at first. I'm not a big fan of political intrigue, and it felt like very little happened. I also had a good idea of where the plot (and story as a whole) was going, and I wanted to get to that more dangerous, more exciting part ASAP, which made everything before it seem way too long. The second half worked much better. No spoilers, but the pacing picked up, we got to know the main characters better and the danger/mystery ramped up. The author did a good job creating broken characters struggling to do the best they can, and the story presents a lot of great questions about humanity, society and value. I wish we'd gotten the same depth with some of the side characters too (for reasons I will not spoil). I would have preferred the first half condensed to a quarter its size so we could reach the second half sooner and avoid the cliffhanger ending. There is some closure, but we cut out in the middle of a dangerous, uncertain situation. :( Overall, this is a good start to a new series. The writing is beautiful, you don't have to be a sci-fi geek to understand or appreciate the sci-fi elements, and I think lots of readers will connect with the characters and enjoy their journeys.
WritingAnyone More than 1 year ago
I, unfortunately, didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. But, well, into the review. The whole concept, if a little familiar, was pretty cool. And hey, a hacker!!! and codes!!! and all that geeky stuff!!!! And Claudius was a total flirt!! Hmm. I honestly that that, going by Mary Weber's previous series (the Storm Siren trilogy), that I would love Miguel and hate Sofi. Well, it was more of the opposite. Sort of. I had an EXTREMELY difficult time with Miguel, and Sofi bothered me, just not as much. Now into the how. Miguel is very much a "people person/pleaser" and that kind of jerk that you always hate (think the Capitol people from Hunger games). And then, half-way through the book, we're expected to think that he's all great and dandy?? That it's all an act (...somewhat...)??? Like what??? BUT. Miguel is Hispanic, and occasionally lapses into Spanish. Which is cool. I can sorta read Spanish. Sorta. And Sofi. I found her pretty annoying, though better than Nym, IMO. She's kinda cool 'cause she's a hacker and loves her brother. (I honestly don't know how, though. Brothers. Ugh.) But then she's all head-over-heels for Miguel. Um, no. Girl, you get yourself someone better. As for the rest of the cast, they kind of fade into the background. They were more just used for getting from point A to B. The was eh. Predictable. The beginning felt a whole lot like a sci-fi Catching Fire to me, and the rest of the book I saw coming from chapters away. Also, the major plot twists at the end were also ones that I had predicted. Hmm. Along with being predictable, it felt largely borrowed from many different things. I also didn't connect with any of the characters AT ALL, along with not getting into the book, you know what I mean? But I feel that, for those last two things, it was because we were instantly put into action (like BAM, BAM, BAM), and there really wasn't any room left in the book for character development, or even just getting to know them. I found that I didn't even care about Shilo - which was one of the book's driving points. Also, we missed out a lot (as a reader) because it felt like you should already know something about the world, almost as if this was the second book. And as is Mary Weber's style (at least, to me), we get tidbits of info all throughout the book, when you should be told straight away or should have been introduced in the beginning as world building (this is all done to build up suspense ... but it really didn't work for me). And ... I don't know, guys. I just felt like this book missed it rBIG TIME for me. With only a few adjustments, I could've been int othe book, and might've even liked it ... but no. Anyways, just because I didn't love it, that doesn't mean that YOU won't! If you want to, give it a try! Thanks, BookLook Bloggers, for the review copy! All opinions are my own, etc., etc.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Talk about a book hangover! I have spent the last few days trying to sort through all the emotions and feelings this book evoked in me. Sofi Snow is a young woman with a lot of confusion about her self worth. She has had her fair share of rejection in life. Miguel had been satisfied with his life...that is until he met Sofi. As their lives get thrown into a web of lies, deceit, blackmail, and hidden agendas. Will Sofi and Miguel be able to push their past aside and work together for the future of Earth and all of its inhabitants? There is SO MUCH that happens in this book. It started off fast paced and ended with a major cliff hanger in the middle of a VERY INTENSE scene. (We do get a little breather from all the action in the middle of the book.) Between Sofi's struggle to find herself, Miguel's determination to be a "new man", and the whole mess with Shiloh...My brain was on overload. There were a few aspects to the story that still sit uneasy with me regarding Sofi and Miguel's past. I do think the situation calls for the background our characters have and I am curious to see how Mary Weber addresses this and where she takes them in the next book. One of the main themes in this story is Human Trafficking. I commend Mary for addressing the very real and very serious issue that has been swept under the rug for too long. To hear her heart, you will want to read this book! I look forward to reading more from Mary and finding out how Sofi's story ends. I received a complimentary copy of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
My first instinct after finishing this book is to declare a plague upon your house, Mary Weber for that cliffhanger ending! But then if it came true, you wouldn't be able to write and none of us would get the second book and really, who does that benefit? Plus, there's the whole, cursing someone isn't cool, thing. ;) Anyway. I'll say this instead...I enjoyed that! I'm not a gamer, but I had no trouble understanding what was going on. (I was envisioning THG.) Fast paced, action packed with a focus on relationships of all kinds: parent, sibling, friend, and romantic. Sofi and her supporting cast of characters--even the ones I wanted to throttle--and the story pulled me in and refused to let me go. And you know, after having read the Storm Siren Trilogy--which I looooved and you should read ASAP if you haven't already done so--I should have been prepared for that ending. Should have. But I wasn't. However, I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! Read her Siren Series books..they are magnificient as well!!!