The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.
I have some mixed feelings with this one, and some problems with it that I'm not sure I'll be able to fully articulate, but I'll try. I guess...I can start with what I liked about this book? First off: I liked Sofi Snow better than Storm Siren. This was partly because I have the suspicion that I prefer sci-fi over fantasy, and partly because this one wasn't written in the first person/present tense style. (When I realized that, I celebrated, very glad that the author didn't stick with that for this book as she had done in the Storm Siren trilogy). I enjoyed what she was doing with the alien element, and I generally enjoyed the last 1/3 of the book when the climax picked up.
Now, my problems: this book felt strangely bare, like a skeleton of a story that wasn't fully fleshed out. Perhaps because it felt like different stories at once that didn't quite fit together-especially the romance, which didn't work for me and felt more stiff and awkward than anything else. It was difficult for me to connect to the characters, and the only distinct ones to me were Sofi and Miguel (and maybe Heller). And while this book is clean by secular standards, it definitely includes content (mainly innuendos and mentions of sex) that you don't usually find in novels considered Christian fiction. I applaud Thomas Nelson for branching our genre-wise, but I have noticed that the characters in them-including the main ones-make choices that I far from agree with and find disappointing when considered "normal" in those we are supposed to be rooting for.
Will I read the next book? To be honest, I think I might. This one ended on a cliff-hanger (and it's a duology, so not as much of a commitment.) It did have some interesting aspects, and I'm open to more on the story- I'm just keeping a skeptical mind about it.
I recieved this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.