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Time Salvager Hardcover – July 7, 2015
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An utterly captivating time-travel adventure. To put it simply, Chu’s worldbuilding is extraordinary. - RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars, a Top Pick!)
Smart, fast, and fun. - Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of the Lightbringer series
Time twisting action-adventure as only Wesley Chu could imagine it. I enjoyed it a lot. Read this book! - Ann Leckie, author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ancillary Justice
A gripping, taut space opera about keeping hope in hopeless circumstances. Immensely enjoyable. - Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs
Chu has taken a simple, brilliant premise and built upon it an epic universe full of thrills and wonder. - Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator
More than a compelling, innovative take on the perks and pitfalls of time travel - Time Salvager is a sharp study of how human nature might prove mankind's salvation, or eventually doom us all. This is world-building that will make you fear for the future. In a good way. - Cherie Priest, author of Maplecroft
A powerful and compelling search of the past for redemption in the present, by turns thrilling and sweet and gut-wrenching. - Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid Chronicles
A clever, cautionary sf tale with cool gadgets, characterization that surprised me in the best possible way, and multiple cunning twists. - Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series
With time travel, force-field kung fu, and a huge helping of wit, Wesley Chu transmogrifies a bleak long-whimper apocalypse into vicious, high-octane fun. - Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence
A fast-paced ride that offers a fresh spin on time travel, combines it with a high-stakes plot and genuinely innovative action, and spices the blend with a healthy dose of irreverent humor. - Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel's Dart
Exciting, interesting, and never forgetting the fun of ideas, this is brilliant new stuff. - Paul Cornell, author of London Falling
A time-warping science fiction thrill ride. - Jaye Wells, author of the Sabrina Kane series
Gripping - Howard Tayler, Hugo Award-winning creator of Schlock Mercenary
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Top Customer Reviews
An excellent premise with loads of potential squandered in shallow characters, cringe-worthy dialogue, cliches galore, and clunky writing. This is a bad book. You, on the other hand, might like it. I see lots of glowing reviews on the interweb. So if you don’t want me to pick apart a book that you like, then stop reading. However, if you want my complete list of gripes, then here is...
The longer, more brutal review and other thoughts:
Get out the cliche checklist. Here we go…
Earth and her oceans destroyed by megacorporation misconduct? Check.
Megacorporation and tech giant that abuses a poor and/or primitive tribal peoples? Check.
Disillusioned member of the megacorporation having a change of heart at a convenient point in the plot so that the protagonist can escape, but at least he feels good about himself now that he has a clean conscience? Check.
Megacorporation harbors secrets that aren’t really all that secret? Check.
Gruff main character who is a loner and a drinker but discovers his heart of gold when he meets a girl? Check.
Primitive tribal people, who are abused by the megacorporation, take in the hero and show him how the world can be a better place if the people just work together, care for the land, and care for one another? (paging Avatar and Dances with Wolves.) Check.
Scientist who is able to quickly figure out problems that no one else can? Check. (Well, okay...only kinda...but it’s still close enough for me to put it on the list.)
Two female characters who fight with each other because they’re both looking for the affections of the main character, but then come to an understanding and become close? Check.Read more ›
Time Salvager is the first novel by Wesley Chu that I have listened to, let alone read. Having said that, I was blown away by the originality of the characters and environment, but definitely by the story line. The book takes place on a future Earth; a future Earth that is dying and devoid of critical resources needed for survival. Though there doesn't seem to be much hope, these humans have become masters of time travel. Groups of highly skilled agents, known as chronmen, are sent back in time to salvage items needed in order to create a future. Of course, that's easier said than done. These chronmen are sent back to a point in time just before a major disaster threatens, making it easier not to screw with the past and in order to avoid disrupting the natural progression of time. Of course, this is a very dangerous lifestyle and it doesn't come as a surprise that chronmen have very short lifespans.
Our main character, James Griffin-Mars, is a chronman and has been at it for a long while. Though he fulfills the job requirements and is one of the best, he is haunted by the deaths of those he has come across during his many salvages. I mean, don't you think it would be difficult to ignore the fact that you could stop a disaster from happening or save someone from dying? Too bad doing this could dramatically re-write the future as you know it. There are strict Time Laws put into effect to keep this from happening. In fact, the first law put into place is to never bring someone back from the past, and as you can imagine, doing so results in some very harsh consequences. Well, it was the only unbroken law until James went on his mission to the Nutris Platform.Read more ›
Things involving time travel in this book get pretty timey-wimey really quickly: time ripples, time lag, preserving the chronostream. But there are rules. Very strict rules that allows Chu to ignore most of this because the Time Laws are designed to avoid making ripples in the timeline. They only take resources that would be destroyed in events soon after salvage, so anything missing would automatically be assumed that it was destroyed in whatever calamity that had occurred. The most important rule though is to never bring anyone from the past back with you. Sometimes ripples can’t be avoided.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hadn’t read anything by Wesley Chu before, but I’ve heard extravagant praise for the Lives of Tao series, so I was looking forward to it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kriti Godey
Warning: if you bought the book early on, you might not know that is the first of what will probably be a trilogy, given the author's history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James B. Johnson
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An enjoyable story. Not too much time travel back and fourth, but still interesting.Published 1 month ago by Wesley G Brodsky
An OK read. Fairly dreary setting with Hollywood-style story arcs where unlikable characters inevitable face off with the nemeses that were established earlier in the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought this was one of the better, new fiction works out there. Great ideas, fast moving. If you haven't lived broadly, you may not understand the depth of the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard H.Randall, Major USA. (ret.)
This is one of these books that kept appearing on my recommendations list on Amazon. I eventually gave in and bought it. More than pleased to say that I have no regrets whatsoever. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kay Smillie