This is the second book in a series (trilogy?) and I have not read book one. There were times when I could tell I was missing something that had been revealed in the first book, but over-all, I felt that this was a very complete book by itself.
There are two faction of an alien race called the Quasing. Those factions are the Prophus and the Genjix. The Quasing appear to be nearly immortal but require host bodies. Though they currently inhabit humans, they have also lived in other animals throughout time. The Prophus and Genjix are at war and are fighting through the humans. It becomes apparent that the Quasing have formed the path of mankind and using man now for their battle.
What author Wesley Chu has done is created a remarkable and very real world, along with some wonderful characters. The Quasing communicate with their hosts, and with their millennia of knowledge they can be quite helpful, but being a superior race, they can also be quite condescending. Though reliant on having a host, it doesn’t seem to be too much trouble for them to switch hosts if necessary. The dialog between Quasing and human is quite fun and I often enjoyed these moments the best. Chu definitely has a keen ear for the humor.
Tao, and his human host Roen, are trying to discover what the Genjix are planning, and to stop their intentions of destroying the earth and the human race. The action is non-stop with battles happening on multiple levels (internal battles between Quasing and host; Genjix and Prophus; humans and humans; humans and Quasing).
I’d really like to read the first book, to see how this was set up, and I very much look forward to the next book. I’ve learned that you really can’t go wrong with a book published by Angry Robot.
Looking for a good book? The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu is a thrilling, original modern/urban sci-fi book that will grab your attention and keep you reading all the way in to the next book.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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The Deaths of Tao
author: Wesley Chu
series: Tao #2
publisher: Angry Robot Books
paperback, 462 pages