"Few books begin more engagingly than The Lives of Tao, a science fiction romp which wears its principal strength -- the wit and humor of the narrative voice -- on its sleeve.
" - The Huffington Post
"If you want something to read on a plane or settle into over the weekend, this is the book you want to pick up. But like most great stories, there's a little more going on under the surface." - SF Signal
"Note to James Patterson fans: this is how to write a sci-fi page turner." - Sci Fi Bulletin
"Chu's good-natured adroitness with character development is matched by his thriller-style plotting, a fine blend of gentle humor and sharp suspense." - Barnes & Noble Review"a science fiction story that is one part spy novel, one part buddy flick, one part comic book, one part eye-opener history lesson...among many other elements. Yes, it's a lot of parts, but they blend together quite well." - Examiner
“Just your usual “I’ve got an immensely wise alien in my head who wants me to become an international man of mystery” story. Which is to say, Page-turning homage to other classic SF like Hal Clement’s Needle
, author of the Jumper series
"Filled with non-stop action and brilliant asides on the history of our species, the book is sure to thrill and amuse."- Ken Liu
, Nebula Award winning author of The Paper Menagerie
This book is high-octane spy vs spy action with a sly sense of humor. Pure pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
, Hugo winning editor of Weird Tales and British Fantasy Award publisher of Buzzcity Press
“Tipping his hat to both science fiction novels and comic books, Chu delivers a narrative that is at times pulse-pounding, laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtful.
Part James Bond, part Superman, part Orphanage. There’s something here for everyone.”- Myke Cole
, author of Control Point
and Fortress Frontier
"Wesley Chu is my hero... he has to be the coolest science fiction writer in the world." - Lavie Tidhar
, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama
and The Bookman Histories
"In The Lives of Tao
, newcomer Wesley Chu delivers an action-laced sci fi thriller filled with clever ideas and witty, engaging characters. A thoroughly enjoyable ride."
- John Marco
, Author of The Inhumans and The Tyrants And Kings trilogies
"One part Deep Space Nine
, three parts Babylon Five
, and two parts Chuck
- Gini Koch
, author of the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series
"A fast-paced, high-action SF mix of Jason Bourne
meets the Hero's Journey, jam-packed with dark conspiracies, wild romance, ancient aliens, and a secret, globe-spanning war. Loved it!"
- Matt Forbeck
, author of Amortals
and Hard Times in Dragon City
“A totally original sci-fi thriller that will have you hooked from page one with both riveting action and a sly wit. This is a story of human history, the hidden powers that have shaped it, and one man’s transformation from complete nobody to a key fighter in the war for humanity’s future.”
, H.G. Wells Award winner and author of Nexus
Wesley Chu's best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog Eva who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago.
Unfortunately, Chu's goals of using Hanes underwear commercials to launch a lucrative career following in Marky Mark's footsteps came to naught. Despite phenomenal hair and manicured eyebrows, his inability to turn left led his destiny down another road. Instead of creating new realities with his skills as a thespian, Chu would dazzle audiences with his pen. Well, it's a computer really, but the whole technology thing really sucks for metaphors. He had spirit fingers maybe?
In 2014, Wesley Chu was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. Chu's debut novel from Angry Robot Books, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao.
Chu is currently working on the third book in the Tao series, The Rebirths of Tao, due out later this year. He's also recently finished the first draft of a new novel from Tor Books called Time Salvagers (Title TBD), featuring an energy stealing time traveler with addiction issues.