- Series: Time Salvager (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition first Printing edition (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765377187
- ISBN-13: 978-0765377180
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 120 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chu creates a fascinating world, strange and familiar, infused with humor, sorrow, courage, greed, and sacrifice. This page-turner is a riveting, gratifying read. - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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
About the Author
WESLEY CHU is a finalist for the 2015 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot.
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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. You accidentally save someone who was supposed to die in World War 2, and they go on to have a family? No matter, a car crash will kill them all, so their descendants don’t exist and so can’t contribute to change. You get rogue chronmen that don't want to go back to their time so they hide in other periods. Most of the time the timeline can heal itself which sets things right. Other times, Chronocom sends in an auditor to correct things. The timeline is something of a fluid thing and subject to change, but capable of being repaired. I really enjoyed the way Chu handled time travel.
I also liked how he handled the mental health of the chronmen. They all suffer from differing levels of PTSD. It makes so much sense. These time travelers are repeatedly sent back in time to major disasters to salvage things but to not interfere with the events. Watching that much death and destruction has to wear on a person. Not to mention, how jarring it would have to be having to travel back to better times only to return to a pretty crappy present. It makes sense for the chronmen to be suffering mentally and emotionally. It's a rough lifestyle.
One thing I've come to appreciate about Chu's work is that he always has a cast of diverse and complex characters to lead the story. It’s always a treat to read his books because he writes such realistic characters. They feel like proper and real people and not just stereotypes or caricatures. James Griffin-Mars is a complicated lead. He’s not always a great guy and he does some stupid things while frequently being selfish and surly. He was so unlike most SF/F protagonists I've read. I'll be honest, I didn't like him at first but as the book progressed he grew on me. Even with his gruff manner, he was quite a refreshing character with how different he was from most sci-fi protagonists. Elise, on the other hand, has an air of innocence and hope to her. It fit her well because she is someone who believes that what she’s doing can change and improve the world. She’s optimistic and that's a trait that humanity has lost over the centuries. I love that while she has hope, she's not naive. She understands just how bad off things are in James's time when compared to hers. Despite what had to be a shocking transition, she adapts to everything while staying the person she was in her time. I will say that one of my favorite characters overall in this book turned out to be Grace, the Mother of Time, and that was not something I expected when I started reading. She was absolutely fascinating!
I gave this book a 4.5/5 stars so it goes without saying that I’m really looking forward to the sequel. Time Salvager does a fantastic job setting up for a fast-paced sci-fi thriller series that is brimming with potential and you really can’t ask for much more in a first book. GAH! I need book two! I need to know what happens!
This novel was a 'level up' for author Wesley Chu. I enjoyed his Tao series - fun, relate-able, and the type of novel that you would feel good reading over a vacation. TIME SALVAGER still had those elements but the character building and world Chu crafted were much more in-depth. I stopped several times and reflected on how easy and enjoyable it was to slip into the world Chu created.
Everything I like in a well-paced novel. Complex worldbuilding done right - smooth and intriguing throughout. Excellent characters and pace. My favorite kind of book is one where I simply don't know what will happen next and the author keeps me guessing. Chu's writing in TIME SALVAGER delivered exactly that type of read.
It's a trilogy and I simply don't know where it is going next. Possibly could have had more of a cliffhanger to tee up expectations for the next novel. That said, I am very interested in the follow-up book.
I'll pass my copy along to others and will likely buy a copy to give away over the holidays. I highly recommend picking up TIME SALVAGER for when you want a well-paced, smart, and fun read.
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I just don't get all the negative reviews.
This was a fun, fast, well written book that will make a good summer blockbuster...Read more