About the Book
Title: Reclaiming Shilo Snow
Series: Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Book 2
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Fiction
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
She was far more capable than Earth’s leaders had accounted for—and they had no idea what she’d do next.
Known as a brilliant mind that could hack humanity’s darkest secrets, seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow is the most wanted teenager alive. She found her way to the icy, technologically brilliant planet of Delon to find Shilo, the brother everyone but Sofi believes is dead.
But as she and Ambassador Miguel partner to find her brother and warn those on Earth of Delon’s dark designs on humanity, Sofi’s memories threaten to overtake her, distorting everything she holds true. She knows the Delonese kept her in a dark, deceptive place . . . and destroyed a portion of her life. Now, the more they discover of Sofi’s past, the more Sofi feels herself unraveling—as each new revelation has her questioning the very existence of reality.
In this harrowing sequel to The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, Sofi and Miguel must trust each other and discover the secrets locked inside Sofi’s mind as the line between what’s real and what they imagine begins to slip away . . . threatening to take humanity with it.
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.
It’s not often I find YA books that are unashamedly transparent about heart-wrenching issues. Sure, there are plenty that touch base on issues and topics our world faces, but many suffer from being superficial or overwhelmed by other elements such as cheesy romance or feel good feelings. The Evaporation of Sofi Snow and its sequel Reclaiming Shilow Snow by Mary Weber, however, is a series that gets to the heart of issues that devastate our world today.
Abuse, human trafficking, neglect, society’s fixation on violence and fame… these are only a few of the many issues covered in this duology and the way Weber spotlights these topics is an impressive and brave feat. Books that grapple with hard topics are also books that are hard to read. And Reclaiming Shilo Snow is a hard book to read. But it is also a necessary book to read. Between the pages of this story are truths that are so, so important.
Picking up where The Evaporation of Sofi Snow left off, reading Reclaiming Shilo Snow was like stepping right back into the futuristic world consumed by technology. There was no disorientation or jarring moments as I tried to remember where the last book left off. I would say it was like coming home, but I’m not sure the world Mary Weber has created is one I would want to live in. This world is dark and painful, but there is hope.
This isn’t a fast paced story. You won’t find a thrilling action-packed science-fiction adventure between the pages of that beautiful book cover. Instead, you will find a story that takes its time as it unfolds the mysteries and secrets surrounding the Delonese and their monstrous genetic experiments. The story is a process of observation and conversation and hacking your way into an alien space station. But there are moments of action that kick absolute butt and will leave you feeling as if you were punched in the gut. (I swear, Mary, you and your plot twists will be the death of me!) There are moments of revelation that will leave you absolutely gasping for breath. And there are soft moments of clarity, of meaningful truths that will leave you in tears.
I absolutely love that this book focuses on a brother-sister relationship. Sofi will do anything to find her brother and it’s obvious in her actions and her constant dwelling on his safety and protection. I want more stories with these kind of strong, heart-pulling sibling relationships. I also like that while there is a hint of romance and reconciliation of romance that it is not the focus. Yeah, it’s there. It’s beating right alongside the rest of the story, but there are more important things to take care of. But above all that, I love that this book speaks to the heart.
I can’t make you read this book. I know that some people will write this book off as “not for me,” but I have found that I cannot read this book without letting it hit me hard. Because beyond the ultra-cool technology or the diverse cast of characters or the spooky aliens with their even spookier planet, this book has heart. I can plainly see what issues are heavy on Mary Weber’s mind just by reading this story. I’ve always found that fantasy and science-fiction’s biggest job is to take issues we face and shape them into a story that brings out hope. A light when all other lights go out. And Mary Weber has done that with Reclaiming Shilo Snow.
The issues in this book are important. They are often whispered about or shoved to the side because they make us uncomfortable. Because they reveal something about ourselves and the society we live in. But Mary Weber has bravely opened up about these issues, whether it comes in the form of human trafficking or abuse and neglect or our own selfishness for power and blood. And that is why, more than anything, the story between these pages is devastatingly important.
Because the issues in this book are happening today, not just in the future. They are real, despite that Earth is not currently being invaded by aliens. They are true, despite Earth not having bloody technology based entertainment games. They are important, despite Earth not being altered by genetic experiments. (Oh, wait…)
And we are called to make a difference. We are called to make a change. We are called to get our humanity back.
Annnd now on to why you’re actually here: the scavenger hunt giveaway!
Grand Prize Giveaway!
One U.S. winner will win: (1) Hardcover Copy of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, (1) Signed ARC of Reclaiming Shilo Snow, (1)With Music the World Evaporates Drawstring Backpack, (1) The Evaporation of Sofi Snow Earbuds.
Scavenger Hunt Rules
1. Be sure to stop at every stop to get the word/phrase as part of the hunt. You should find the phrase within the caption of their social media post or their blog post. Once you get the full phrase, enter it in the Rafflecopter entry form above. (Hint: To discover the hidden message of the clues, it helps to visit the tour stops in the order listed below.)
2. The tour landing page with the tour schedule and the Grand Prize entry form will be posted here and on JustRead Publicity Tour’s Campaign page.
3. Stops will be posted no later than 6 PM EST on February 20, 2018. The Tour-Wide, Grand Prize Giveaway will be opened through 11:59 PM EST on February 24, 2018. Individual stops’ giveaways will be at the discretion of the hosts.
4. Have fun and be sure to check out this series! It’s AWESOME!
My clue: They
The Fabled Fork
My So Called Chaos
Stephanie H. Warner
Ramblings of a Reader
Carina Books Blog
Quills & Inkblotts
Rebecca Waddell Books
A Baker’s Perspective
Fly Leaf Chronicles Blog
Reading Is My Superpower
Books and Waffles (Look, it’s me!)
The Start of Something New
Book by Book
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