*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of NETGALLEY arc Reclaiming Shilo Snow – Book 2 of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series by Mary Weber


Being the shallow sort, once more I was led into this one by the scrummy cover – I do love a gorgeous purple cover – and the fact it was a YA science fiction adventure…

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.

Of course, the snag with being swept away by a gorgeous cover is that I tend to crash midway into a series. Sometimes I get away with it and other times, because the action seamlessly continues from one book to the other, I flounder. This second book in the series falls into the latter category and it took me a while to work out who was doing what to whom. Once I sorted that out, however, I became invested in the characters and caught up in the very difficult situation facing humanity.

Sofi and Miguel are appealing protagonists and while romance isn’t generally my go-to genre, Weber writes this relationship with lyricism and conviction that swept me along. The Delonese aliens are suitably imperturbable and smugly superior with their intimidating technical superiority and the character I most empathised with was poor Inola, who is trying to hold this political situation together. The action was gripping throughout and there were a couple of deaths that winded me with their unexpectedness, while keeping me on my toes.

Any quibbles? While the climactic action scene was engrossing and convincing, the aftermath did seem to wrap things up just a tad too tidily. But this is really a very minor issue, and certainly didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying this one – though my firm advice would be to go and track down the first book in this duology, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, before tucking into this one. While I obtained an arc of Reclaiming Shilo Snow from Netgalley, the opinions I have expressed are unbiased and my own.

15 responses »

  1. I have to say that it always gives me a sneaky giggle the way you ‘crash’ into series. I don’t think I could do it. Glad this worked out for you though.
    Lynn 😀

    • Oh I think it’s my superpower… Nope actually I don’t – but I have become quite nifty at navigating through slightly confusing beginnings of books when I don’t have the whole story. And yes – I actually enjoy it, so long as it isn’t too much for a battle. But it’s the price I pay for not being mindful enough about whether the book is part of a series – though in fairness to me, Netgalley aren’t very forthcoming about these details with their arcs.

  2. I’m glad you were able to sort out what was going on even without having read the first book in the series. It does sound like a great series and I like that the political turmoil on Earth sounds just as exciting as what is going on at the ice planet.

    • Oh yes – my firm recommendation would be to read the first book and it is a cracking read. The balance in all the hotspots was one of the strengths of this book.

    • I’d like to claim that it’s a skill I’ve cultivated – but frankly when I’m so dippy about getting hold of books midway through a series, I’ve had to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in – or abandon faaar too many books!

      • Haha! Yes, I definitely don’t like abandoning books – which is probably why I tend to just start at the beginning. Although… if the first book is bad I’m all for quitting while I’m ahead!

  3. Ha! Yeah, I think even the most gorgeous cover would cause me to still find the first book to do. 🙂 But, that said, this does sound a duology is worth looking for. Could the ending be tidy because the author’s ensuring there can be no 3rd book…?

    • Hm – it isn’t THAT tidy… And I know – I’m really very bad at reading books in the right order. But I do retain this belief that if someone like me does crash midway into a series, I SHOULD be able to work out what is going on! And mostly, I do:))

      • LOL! That’s a fair point. I’m finding that as I write Book 2 I’m trying to add phrases or sentences to help make a quick reference to Book 1 to keep readers grounded. Hopefully that’s enough!

      • I actually don’t think that there needs to be too much said about the previous books – what, in my experience DOES matter – is that the author gives a bonding moment at the beginning so that we get a chance to connect and care for the character. I’ve just started Book 6 of a series I haven’t read before that does this really well…

  4. I can relate to being lured in by the cover, but I guess I’m less adventurous than you are. No matter how beautiful the cover is, I’ll do my research and I’ll be unlikely to pick it up. In this case, it was “YA” that put the book firmly in the “not for me list”.
    At the same time, I appreciate that there are still series out there that aren’t just a string of stand-alone books. I know it makes it harder for you to crash in the middle of them, but it makes me happy. Were these books something I wanted to read, I’d be in for a treat of a super-long book instead of fragmented tidbits that can be consumed in random order.

    • Yes, it’s always a balance, isn’t it? I don’t mind if there is an overarching arc that I’ve blundered into the middle of – it’s frequently happened and I mostly make sense of what is going on and if the author has done her job properly, I can still enjoy the story, even if I’ve missed some nuances and layers that a loyal follower of the work would get.

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