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!

Comments

  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).

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  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.

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  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).

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  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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