Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Years ago, the Earth was ravaged by a World War. Then the Delonese ice-planet and it’s alien arrived in their solar system and put an end to the war and attempted to mediate. A system was set up on Earth where corporations rule in the place of governments. Sofi’s only constant was her brother, Shilo. However, Sofi mother enrolled her brother in the Earth’s Fantasy Fighting games, a mix of real and virtual blood sport, where Sofi also battles behind the scenes as the online gamer. However, a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, and it is believed that her brother is dead but Sofi doesn’t believe it. Sofi, on the run from her own corporation and the rest of the world, knows he’s on the Delonese ice-planet because she’s had dreams that are telling her he’s there. However, no one but ambassadors is allowed there – so she enlists the help of the charming playboy, Miguel.
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow was… not what I expected. I was expecting a thrilling science-fiction with some really great world building. What I got was a mediocre book, with poorly written world-building, a messy plot, and a confusing game. The Fantasy Fighting game was the most confusing element – it could have been done really well but I’m not sure how the game actually worked and how the virtual and real elements really worked together – a poorly explained element. It also came off a bit like The Hunger Games aswell, but it had zero explanation as to why these games existed in the first place, so it really impacted upon the poor world building.
The world building itself was done poorly. Why did the corporations hold so much power? How did the system really work? Do the corporations hold power because they hold the resources? This information was lacking. I was also really looking forward to some really great science-fiction and a new alien race and a new planet. I was expecting some really great intergalactic politics. However, intergalactic politics was barely non-existent, which really disappointed me. Another element I disliked was the plot itself. I felt like it was a very messy plot and it shifted so often that it was a bit confusing at times. I did like that Sofi’s main motivation was her brother, but I’d have loved to have seen more of their actual relationship on-page.
A positive that came from The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is that we have a gamer girl main character, she was a skilled player and a skilled hacker and this was never belittled, so that was a positive. The romance also really leaves a lot to be desired, it was very drama-filled. Mary Weber avoided the insta-love trope by giving them a history, which is always good. Miguel and Sofi had once dated but it ended in tears because Miguel broke up with Sofi because she was apparently too good for him, and she was a mess because she of course, didn’t know this, but just thought he wasn’t attracted to her and it was this massive conflict between the two.
Overall, a really disappointing read and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it any science-fiction fans.
Megan (pronounced MEE-GAN bc her Irish grandfather refused to use the English pronunciation) is a 21 year old british blogger, history graduate, lover of books and expert procrastinator. She is anxious and introverted and is currently attempting adulthood. She loves potatoes which is often blamed on her irish heritage and can often eat her weight in food. She predominantly reads and reviews YA which includes historical fiction, science fiction, contemporary, and f/f romance. She loves reading about unlikeable female characters, positive female friendships & relationships, and is a sucker for a pretty cover.