Author: Mary Weber
Published By: Thomas Nelson (2017)
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. (Taken from Goodreads)
I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE CONFUSED IN MY LIFE.
I had high expectations for this book. And I don’t know that I’d say I was completely disappointed, because at the end of the book, the strongest emotion I felt toward the book was not disappointment. It was utter befuddlement.
To start, the book is a super tech-savvy story and by that I mean over half the story is virtual and the other half is the characters talking about codes and coding and internet and online programs and overall even to me, being a fairly tech-savvy person, it was incredibly confusing and hard to keep track of. The author drew the line between virtuality and reality very sloppily, and I was never really sure what was real and what was virtual. So that wasn’t a great basis to start out from.
Secondly, the plot was also very hard to follow. To be honest, I’m still not really sure what the plot was–what it was about, what the point was. I was grasping at straws as I read this, constantly flipping back pages trying to figure out what on earth was going on, what did she mean by that, what did that reveal, why that even was a reveal, where they were going, and so on and so on.
And thirdly: the last few chapters. We get a few reveals that don’t sting (probably because I was too confused to remember or understand why it was significant) and then suddenly: flashback. Mystery. Another supposedly shocking reveal that confuses me further. No summary or explanation of how this relates to the rest of the book, or why this is relevant to anything in the story, even though it definitely meant to be relevent by the suspenseful way it’s written. And then you look to read the next sentence to get some clarity, some conclusion to make your read worthwhile, except bam! The book’s over.
Maybe I’m just not smart enough to understand what on earth was going on or why it connected at all?
Also, the book was half fluff. I felt everything could have been condensed a lot more. It made reading this book very tiring, for it just moved so, so, slow, and when you’re already grasping at straws trying to figure out the plot, it makes for a very difficult read. Okay, don’t get me wrong: I suppose the writing was good enough and I’m not denying the author has talent. It just didn’t really manifest in the right way in Sofi Snow.
As for characters, I really was confused about Miguel and Sofi and why it was important and why it existed and just why in general. I didn’t really like Sofi or Miguel. Sofi was supposed to be such a fascinating character, but I felt like I was just watching a painting of her the whole book, not living in her shoes and experiencing her emotions.
Her love for her brother was real enough, but not emotionally compelling. I found myself feeling very aloof from all of it.
The Delonese added a strange aspect and really just confused me more. The FanFight was confusing. I don’t understand how this all connects together. I don’t understand why any of it was important. I don’t understand any of the characters. Everything that I could distinguish fell into a predictable pattern and nothing felt real.
I also did not get the whole romantic side of things and why on earth it was important in any way. It’s one thing to develop a side romance. But it’s a whole another thing to go on and on about how Sofi sleeps with lots of people and then go on and on about other characters sleeping with others (and by the way, that’s the only way it is ever described—“sleeping with”). And it didn’t honestly make any sense to me. It wasn’t necessary and felt like the author was just trying to put adult content in to put adult content in, even though it never went past literally the phrase “sleeping with”. Or maybe she was trying to send a moral message to teenagers about such a thing, which would be good—except that if she did, it got lost in the jumble a long time ago. If you want to write a book to send a message to teenagers why sleeping around is bad, write a book to teenagers about why sleeping around is bad. Don’t write an already confusing sci-fi novel about computer codes and weird aliens and missing children and then just shove it in.
Also, the human trafficking aspect also made no sense to me. It just kind of appeared out of nowhere and then that was it. It didn’t tie in at all.
Several mentions to sleeping with people and sex.
I don’t know. I didn’t necessarily dislike it completely. I just am extremely confused and wasn’t impressed with the parts I was able to understand.
Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
Recommended to: I would not recommend this to anybody.