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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.2 X 5.4 (inches)|
Series: Sofi Snow Duology
"Ill read anything Mary Weber writes. More please!" JAY ASHER, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why
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 himand certain that his disappearance was no accident. Despite all the evidence of Shilos death, Sofi s nightmares tell her he is still alive. Could the dreams be truer than what everyone else claims?
For Miguela charming young playboy from Earththe 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 hes a target for blackmail. The game is simple: help the blackmailers or lose more than anyone can fathomor 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 seemsand fantasy can become reality after all.
Mary Weber is the author of the Scholastic Pick, Christy, Carol, and INSPY Award winning young adult novel, Storm Siren, and the Storm Siren Trilogy. As a conference and avid school speaker, Webers passion is helping others find their voice amid a too-loud world. In her spare time she sings 80s songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband, who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Connect with Mary online at MaryWeber.com; Facebook: Mary Weber, Author; Instagram: MaryWeberAuthor; Twitter: @MChristineWeber.
'Readers will wonder what will happen with each turn of the page. Suspenseful and romantic, this intense story should intrigue teen and adult fans of Caragh OBriens Vault of Dreamers series.'
'Webers world-building, complete with political overtones, betrayal, blackmail, sexual tension, genetic testing, and questions regarding the sanctity of human life vs. technical advancement, will leave readers lost in thought and pondering the outcome of Sofis mission.'
'The fan-fight world itself is intriguing, and as Sofi deals with Miguel and tries to recover Shilo, this offers the best of both science fiction and romance.'
'A creepy, imaginative, plot-driven dystopian tale (with diversity) for fans of sci-fi or Suzanne Collins Hunger Games. The characters, story and writing sizzle throughout.'
vickimarie20025 Stars Out Of 5Great for all agesAugust 5, 2017vickimarie2002Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0Holy cow this was so good!! I'm not too into aliens and space but Mary Weber made this a book for everyone! I'm excited to see what the next book brings, because of course, this left us with a cliffhanger!
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.
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Great new worldJuly 31, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
bookstoregal5 Stars Out Of 5great storyJuly 28, 2017bookstoregalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Great 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!
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Dystopian StoryJuly 14, 2017SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5** "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.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting reading - but no noticeable mention of faith.July 2, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1
By Mary Weber
Who wouldn't want to pick up this book simply because of the title and the cover art? But what's inside in even more intriguing. But be warned this isn't a book that can wrap it all up in a neat little package in this one book. But those who have read Mary Weber's previous series (The Storm Siren Trilogy) will know the wait will be worth it.
This book opens at some future date as Earth is caught up in the Fourth World War, a war that is about to be arrested by the arrival of an ice planet. The arrival of the Delonese ice-planet occurred during Sofi Snow's sixth year and forever altered Earth's existence thanks to their tech abilities.
Eleven years have passed since the Delonese arrived and Sofi's life is not what she wants. Her father has died. The boy she loved betrayed her. And she and her brother Shilo are part of Earth's third Fanfight Games and she is determined that this time they will win.
Fanfight Games, you ask??? A multileveled survival tournament that is a mix of the real and the virtual. In this case, Shilo is the team's competitor who takes part in the physical aspects while Sofi works behind the scenes with others to add virtual challenges and to guide Shilo in his quest of victory for their Corporation.
And, news flash, the world is no longer ruled by governments but rather corporations and there are 30 with this power. And fortunately, or not, Sofi and Shilo's mother is in control of Corp 30. Yep, seems mom is intent on exploiting her two children for Corporate glory and Sofi has a problem with this along with her mother's lack of motherly attention throughout their lives.
But in a moment of betrayal, everything threatens to come undone. An attack takes out Corp 30's team and Sofi is left reeling from the attack and the report that her brother and team are dead. But Sofi, convinced that someone is hiding the truth about Shilo turns to the one person she never hoped to see again - Miguel.
But Miguel, as Ambassador to Delonese, has the connections that Sofi needs to find the truth she seeks. And the answers she's seeking all seemingly point to Delonese and Miguel is Sofi's only hope of getting there.
This book is fast-paced reading that takes unexpected twists and turns that will keep the pages turning and the reader intrigued. This isn't a reworking of the Storm Siren series - the story worlds are vastly different and the characters in this world are gifted through technology rather than fantastical powers. I highly recommend this book but just a warning the main players in this story are broken people who have their own ghosts that they are trying to forget or escape (revealed throughout the story). And the conclusion is one that will absolutely stun you - so don't read ahead as you will totally ruin the ending - which I might add will leave you in riveting anticipation of book 2 (Reclaiming Shilo Snow).
Now if you are expecting a book with a Christian message just a warning you will be disappointed in this book - the main characters have questionable morals and make no effort to hide the fact. Faith isn't mentioned in this book.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through BookLook Bloggers with no expectation of a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.