Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2)
by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.
But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.
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I tried my best to go in with no expectations, and just looking for a good, fast read with a unique plot. What I got with Reclaiming Shilo Snow was much more. While I can say there were definitely some things that I predicted about the books, I was still surprised, and absolutely engrossed by the tale.
I admit, I had to skim read the first book due to a lack of time from once again being ill, but I was able to pick up the story easily in book 2, just missing a few conversations and details about Sofi mainly, that you get when you fully read book 1. It wasn’t cause for too much confusion though. Weber made the second book focus more on the journey to the truth, and on Sofi’s love for her brother, as well as the various players and their parts. Basically, you don’t spend the whole book asking yourself what happened in the first, but embroiled in the adventure and suspense of Miguel and Sofi, among others.
Inola was my biggest surprise. The author really delved into her side of things, and I wouldn’t say she made her completely sympathetic, but I appreciated the way that we see they are all human, or well, mostly anyway.
If anything, I felt at times there was too much going on, but the author generally tied it back into the larger plot at some point. There were not too many moments that were uncomfortable, despite the harsh realities dealt with in the story. It’s always interesting to see a strong social justice plot in such a unique setting. It’s hard not to feel like you want to do more, and yet are limited by only being one, lonely, powerless person, so to have a heroine who is capable of actually saving others allows the author to give us a sense of hope that wouldn’t otherwise have existed.
Overall the book is quite fast-paced, exciting, haunting and down-right interesting, it just had something missing, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but we’ll call it connection to the characters for lack of a better explanation. We don’t really get much more of anything on Miguel, despite some glimpses at his memories and thoughts, and since just about the whole book is spent searching for Shilo, I still know nothing about that character either.
If you liked Illuminae and Warcross, I can bet you’ll enjoy this much tamer version of a young adult scifi dystopian!
3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to the author, publisher, and tour host for the review opportunity!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series. An avid 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 and the ocean. She gets nerdy at @maryweber.com, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, and GOODREADS.
Prize: Hardcovers of both THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW & RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW, a custom book bag, custom temporary tattoo, and a pair of earbuds (picture of the prize is in the dropbox).
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