I was so excited to see this book now available, after I devoured and really adored the first book in this series, Time Salvager (see review here).
James Griffin-Mars is a former chronman – a time traveler who works for a governmental agency going back through time to salvage resources moments before they would be destroyed by some calamity. But James learned some dirty secrets about the agency he worked for and he committed one of the cardinal sins of time travel – he brought some back (to the future) with him. Elise Kim was about to die when James ‘saved’ her and now the two are on the run, through time, trying to avoid Kuo the security chief who feels responsible for James’ actions. Assisting James and Elise are Grace Priestly (the woman who invented time travel), and Levin James’ former mentor, then pursuer, now ally.
The time fugitives have more or less settled and the locals, known as Elfreth – a depressed, downtrodden group – have hopes that James and his friends will bring about some much-needed change and hope for their lives. A few futuristic weapons, snatched on time-runs helps feed some hope into the locals.
But settling down makes it much easier for Kuo to track the time-runners down.
This book takes on a much different tone than the first. Whereas Time Salvager was filled with fascinating time jumps and explored the tricky maneuvering necessary to perform the tasks and managed to create some tremendous world-building of a rotting future for the planet, Time Siege instead focuses on people (James, Elise, and Grace mostly) trying to survive and perhaps move their lives forward (rather than simply existing) and ascertaining their roles as leaders and saviors.
I’ll be honest … I missed the time jumping. All the different jumps really made the first book special and kind of spectacular. It was quite creative, and despite a history of time-exploring sci-fi books, it managed to be quite unique. it was also damned exciting.
The excitement here in Time Siege comes from battles. Author Wesley Chu keeps the action level of this book on high with fight sequence after fight sequence. It’s thrilling, to be sure, but it’s also distracting. It distracts the reader from the fact that we’re a little skimpy on story this time around. Instead we have more character building (Kuo’s this time) and the set-up for something a little more spectacular the next time around (pun intended). This reads like the typical second book in a trilogy. Something to keep the reader’s attention between books one and three, with lots of action to keep the reader turning pages, but without a lot of grist to really satisfy.
Looking for a good book? Time Siege by Wesley Chu is the second book in the Time Salvager series and it leaves the fascination of book one behind and starts to pave the way for the next book and does so with lots of fighting.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Wesley Chu
series: Time Salvager #2
publisher: Tor Books
hardcover, 432 pages