The Evaporation of Sofi Snow / by Mary Weber. 11.27.2017

Thomas Nelson ISBN 9789716080907

YA Grades 9-12 Rating: 4

Mary Weber, author of the Storm Siren trilogy, pens a new science fiction series, incorporating video gaming, futuristic fantasy, adventure, and alien invasions.

In The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 17-year-old Sofi Snow is an online gamer and hacker, working behind the scenes to protect her younger brother Shilo, a contestant in the Earth’s Fantasy Fight, where real and virtual blood sport mix. When a bomb destroys the gaming arena, Sofi is certain Shilo is still alive, despite the evidence of his death. Sofi’s nightmares about him are so vivid that she is convinced he is on the Delonese ice-planet where only Earth’s ambassadors and the Delonese live. She convinces her friend Miguel to take her to the ice planet to find him. Will she find Shilo in time? What is really going on behind the scenes on Delon? Can she uncover the conspiracy before the mastermind behind it strikes again?

Weber creates a credible future world where cameras monitor one’s every move and no detail of one’s life is private. For 19-year-old Miguel, one of Earth’s ambassadors, that constant scrutiny makes him a blackmail target. Can Miguel help Sofi find Shilo without being exposed by his blackmailer? Alien invasions, interplanetary politics, and human trafficking are at play in this gripping novel by Weber.

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow is told in alternating first-person points of view (Sofi’s and Miguel’s), with the viewpoint indicated at the beginning of each chapter. Discussion questions are also included. The book ends on a cliffhanger with unanswered questions. Hopefully they will be answered in her forthcoming book, Reclaiming Shilo Snow in the March 2018.

Recommended for public libraries for adults and older teens.

Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ