Thursday, December 3, 2015

Time Salvager: By Wesley Chu



Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.

James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen's highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.


Time travel books are so appealing and yet at the same time so hard to truly capture. That's why I was so impressed that Wesley Chu nailed the time travel aspect the book so well (when I say he nailed the time travel aspect I mean it was appealing, made a modicum of sense and didn't leave me frustrated thus taking away from the other essential elements of the book).

Who doesn't love time traveling book? I know I certainly do.

Wesley Chu, has crafted a thrilling ride through the future in this pulse pounding novel.

More importantly though Time Salvager is one hell of an adrenaline pumping action packed book. How much action you might ask, the answer is so much action that Michael Bay is directing the movie adaption of this book.  Yes, you hear me correctly, Michael Bay, that means the building shattering battles between chronomen in their ultra high powered suits that take place in Time Salvager will be presented in all their glory in the film. Honestly, there was so much awesome action packed in here that I found myself delaying everything else in my life so that I could find out if the who lived, who died and what happened next.

That said, all the action scenes in the world are meaningless if readers don't commiserate with the characters who's lives are constantly being threatened. Luckily for readers Chu has created a fantastic cast of characters to root for. Such characters include James, Elise, Grace and my personal favorite character Levine. The reason Levine is my personal favorite character, besides that fact that he's a badass, is because of the series of tough decisions that Chu forces upon him, changing his outlook on the world in a rational, making him the character with the most development. I say the change in Levine's character is rational since Chu has does a fantastic job showing the series of small decisions and revelations that lead to this larger outlook change.

Of course, the fact that Chu has packed this book full of action and interesting characters will come as no surprise to any fans of Chu's other fantastic series, the Tao Series, which if you haven't read, I highly recommend it.

All in all Time Salvager is full of action adventure and a lot of interesting characters. If you are looking for a book that will keep you entertained and engaged from start to finish then this is the book for you.


Publisher: Tor Books

Published: July 7, 2015 

Price: $25.99

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