Advance Review: Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu

Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu • Published by Tor Books • Expected Publication Date: July 7th 2015 •  ★★★★ • Goodreads
I would call Time Salvager a refreshing time-travelling read, except 'refreshing' wouldn't exactly be the word with a lot of mileage in the Earth during the story's setting. Heh!

I really loved how the world is set up in Time Salvager; I mean, yeah it's all grim and gross on Earth but I like the little bits of backstory of how Earth degenerated. It makes the elements of dystopia have somewhat of an anchor. Just like how I enjoy reading the time-travelling details! Even though I'm no scientist, I liked that there are numbers attached to things -- such as how many days and kilometres a person is not allowed to time-jump within the previous jump that occurred in that same zone. Limits within unlimited imagination makes things like this feels more realistic for me! Therefore explaining why I loved a particular plot twist that involved the rules of time-travelling. ;)

Of course, from the excerpt previously, I didn't take a liking to Grace but reading the full story, she grew on me, just like she grew on Elise. James, on the other hand, kept giving me a visual of a younger (and much fairer) Joel from The Last of Us (the game) and I quite like the visual, I think. I feel that I want to know more about James' background, because of all the ghosts popping up around him, yet I can't remember anything that was told about Sasha. Still, it doesn't hinder me from understanding he's being haunted by his job. And of course, I liked Smitt from the excerpt and reading the entire novel devastated me. I seem to have a thing for liking characters that do not have a good ending. (What is wrong with me?!)

Time Salvager is chock full of action, both physical and political (space politics!). I'm unsure as to whether there will be a sequel but I will definitely read it if there's one, because I want to see that showdown between mega-corps and... well, rebels, I guess? But point being, I want to see it! Meanwhile, I'm really awed that Time Salvager's film rights have been acquired by Paramount Pictures! With Michael Bay directing and Chu himself to executive produce, I think we can expect something good right there. ;)

Find Wesley Chu & his works on: Goodreads | Website | Twitter
Also, thanks to Angry Robot Books via Netgalley for the eARC!


  1. I've never even heard of this book, but suddenly there are reviews for it on two blogs I follow. I took that as a sign and put it on hold at my library. :) I'm always happy to get sci-fi recs, because it's not a genre I pick up on my own, even though I enjoy the ones I do read (usually rec'd by my dad, haha).

  2. I'd not heard of this book, but this sounds exactly like the kind of book I would enjoy so thank you for reviewing it! I'm definitely intrigued especially the idea of a younger Joel from The Last Of Us, way to sell the book to me! I am going to buy now because I need to expand by sci-fi reading and this looks like the perfect book to do it with.

  3. I love sci-fi and I think I'm pretty critical of most sci-fi novels I read (at least I think so, ahem), so I think Time Salvager is quite a great read, with very little hint of romance. It also makes me question a little on social morals so I feel pretty positive about this book (despite the destruction in it, lol).

  4. It was my pleasure! ;D Haha, I have no idea why, maybe it's because I was watching people play The Last Of Us between reading this book, but I quite like the imaginary image it gave me. Granted, the background of Joel doesn't fit, but I think his looks fit. :P I hope you'll enjoy this book too!


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