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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow Audiobook

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

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For fans of Ender's Game and Blade Runner comes a story of video gaming, blood, and power.

Ever since the Delonese ice planet arrived 11 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.

From the award-winning author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, step into a diverse cast of characters spanning from the electric metropolises of Earth to the chilling alien planet above, in a story of refinding yourself in the midst of losing the one thing you love. Before it all evaporates.

©2017 Mary Weber (P)2017 Zondervan

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    Virate190 07-07-17
    Virate190 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Golly Darn it, and Blast it all to Heck."

    This was an okay story with a good narrator, but some odd narrative inconsistencies that made it hard to take seriously.

    The most annoying of these was the author's consistent use of those flipping, gosh darn substitute swear words in ways that were frankly... bizarre. Nobody actually says "Double-u Tee Ef" out loud, nor can heck be used fully interchangeably with hell. I understand that she was trying to keep the story clean, which is not a problem in the slightest: in fact, I think it's admirable. The difficult part was the way that most of the subs felt out of character and unmotivated, which kept pulling me out of the story. There are subtler ways to deal with language than just pretending your cast of rebellious teenage badbutts (hehe) all, for some inexplicable reason, have G-rated mouths.

    Similar inconsistencies abound throughout the novel. Miguel was constantly switching into broken high-school spanglish, with the implication that he was a native speaker (this was made especially bad by the narrators cringe-worthy accent, which was single-handedly responsible for losing her a 5 star rating), which was not very well implemented. At one point, two of the largely unblooded cast of badbutts take out three career paramilitaries who had them down to rights, apparently using nothing but attitude and plot armor. Any time a supposedly secure server is accessed, it's always through nothing more explicit than "a backdoor". Little things like that.

    Perhaps the most telling oversight was that Sofi, the protagonist, possessed magical and inexplicable hacking powers of the highest order: these let her accomplish the seemingly impossible via narrative handwaving whenever the plot demanded, but had no real use outside of furthering the plot. To misquote (but not by much): "Of course I can hack an offline security system and erase only the parts pertaining to me in real time, while I simultaneously walk under the noses of about a hundred of the most intelligent people in the world who also happened to have seen my rather striking protagonist-like features three hours ago and are actively looking for me, while I'm wearing nothing but a day of the dead mask and a skimpy red dress to an impromptu meeting with a known acquaintance. Why couldn't I?"

    "Of course you can," responds said acquaintance, too busy acknowledging the sexual tension the skimpy red dress is generating to realize that this is not really that plausible.

    Despite all this, it wasn't a bad listen. If none of this sounds like it will bother you, go ahead ahead and enjoy the solid pacing, decent characterization, electric teenage romance, excellent narration, and clean language: because other than these (and other) nitpicky details that only bother the very bored and the very OCD, it really was a golly darn heck of a read :)

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