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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber (2 stars)

More like 2.5 stars. There are some really strong points and great ideas, but other things didn't work as well for me personally.

This eARC was provided through NetGalley for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1
Genres: YA, Sci-fi
Published on June 6, 2017
Published by Thomas Nelson
Final Rating: 2 stars
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 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.

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  1. I'm sorry the first half didn't live up to your expectations. I do like political intrigue so I'm not sure if the pacing of the first half would bother me as much. I'm glad that the book picks up around the second half and the characters are well established. Hopefully the second book can build on and improve on the first one.

    - Lois @ My Midnight Musing

    1. Thanks, Lois! I think it'll work MUCH better for you if you like political intrigue. If the second books starts where this one leaves off, it should be an interesting adventure. :)

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