After a second, she returned her gaze to the rest of the famous audience, only to squirm at how many faces she knew, before drifting on to where the Corp 30 entourage was seated. Looking for the umpteenth time today for one person in particular.
As expected, the woman’s stately employees were there in her stead. Just like Papa had been when it came to raising her and Shilo. Until he wasn’t, because he was dead.
– Page 8
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
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.
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