Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Title: The Lives of Tao
Author: Wesley Chu
Published: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 0857663291


When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…


The Lives of Tao was an interesting yet frustrating read for me. The story revolves around Roen and Tao. Roen is a regular guy working a dead end job he hates with no life. Enter Tao, an alien known as a Quasing, and things get crazy pretty quick. Soon, Roen is being chased and even shot at, all the while trying to come to terms with the fact there is a freaking alien in his head. The race of aliens crash landed on Earth before the dawn of man. They eventually fight until there are two sides. Anyways, the Quasing (good guys) are at war with the Genjix (bad guys).

So, why was this frustrating? For some reason, this book was extremely hard for me to get in to reading. The writing was done very well, but the way that Tao and Roen spoke back and forth inside his head was confusing at first. And eventually, I got to where I would just skip the Tao History lesson at the beginning of every chapter. Mainly, because I just didn't care. I liked the characters of Roen and Sonya. Their part of the story was entertaining to a point. There was just something about this book that was lacking for me. It wasn't horrible or anything, it just never really pulled me in.

3 stars for The Lives of Tao.

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