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.
The reason why my review for this is late is because I’m struggling a bit to write down how exactly I feel about this book. While I love the cover for the book and the premise of the story line, I was expecting a read about a sibling relationship buuuut Sofi’s relationship with Miguel tended to overshadow that. Unfortunately. While Mary Weber continually reminds us Sofi’s true motivations, which is saving her brother, there is little we know and feel about the siblings. Although we do get a glimpse of Shilo’s predicament from time to time but it wasn’t enough for me to actually feel Sofi’s fear for her brother.
I enjoyed the FanFights described in the book; a virtual reality bloody competition of strength and wits. Something like the Hunger Games meets futuristic hackers, I would suppose. The book moved too fast for me to understand the need for these games or why these certain corporations were specifically chosen.
Although the idea of an ice planet brought in by The Delonese close to Earth is such a cool thought! Like, instead of invading Earth the aliens went through all the trouble of bringing their entire frickin’ planet. An ice planet, at that! Should I be offended by that?
So we’re talking about a future world, ruled by corporations which are in turn ruled by an alien race called The Delonese, and this ambitious world fell completely flat for me. There was nothing about the Delonese that impressed me or intrigued me. In my head, I envisioned them as unblinking supermodels.
I wanted to know more about their culture! I wanted to see how much of the Delonese culture had been impressed on Earth, besides the Fan Fights. I know that the Delonese are written to keep less contact with Earth but still, it would be more believable for me to see something of their culture to be watered down. Even if as an underground culture. There was a lack of description when it came to the Sofi’s world which really left a hollow in the novel.
Don’t even get me started on how frustrated I was about being kept in the dark about the pictures Miguel was being blackmailed with! Or the questions I had about their mother!
I do appreciate Mary Weber’s ambition for the model but for this to have worked I believe the story should have steered away from the protagonist’s messy past with each other and focused on the world invaded by the Delonese and also the gritty emotions of the Snow siblings.
The sequel for the book seems to be focused on Shilo Snow, so I’m really, really hoping that there will be improvements to the story!
Format: Kindle Edition (352 pages)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Author Info: Mary Weber is the multiple-award-winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series (all by HarperCollins). An avid high school, middle 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 80’s 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 L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.
Mary’s debut, Storm Siren, was featured in the Scholastic School Book Fairs, and her novels have been endorsed by bestselling authors Marissa Meyer, Jay Asher, Wendy Higgins, CJ Redwine, and Jonathan Maberry.
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