Expected Publication: June 6th 2017 by Thomas Nelson
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.
Note: I received an ARC of this via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.
I have had this book on my TBR for a while now. I was really excited to be approved for an ARC via Netgalley because the synopsis completely drew me in and I was looking forward to seeing what this book was all about. However, I ended up DNfing this book. I just could not get into it… at. all.
I think my biggest issue with this was the fact that we were given very little backstory to what had happened before we were thrown into this book and the world. I literally had no idea what was going on or why for most of the time. I kept having to re read the pages etc. because I would start thinking about something else and I would have no idea what I had just read. I found it too easy to put the book down and do something else.
Another issue I had with this book was the multiple POV’s. I don’t usually have an issue with them as long as they are done well, but I felt like Miguel and Sofi’s voices were too similar for me. I found it difficult to distinguish between the two – and this stopped me from connecting to the characters separately.
I think another issue which didn’t help was the fact that the file that I downloaded to my kindle hadn’t been formatted very well, which meant that it distracted a lot from the reading experience. I might pick up a physical copy and see if I like it better when it releases, but I am undecided about that so far.
All in all, I was pretty disappointed with this book. I literally had no idea what was going on or why and I didn’t feel any empathy toward the characters because I felt like they were all too similar. I gave this book 1/5 stars.