Advance Review: Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu
Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu • Published by Tor Books • Expected Publication Date: July 7th 2015 • ★★★★ • GoodreadsI 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. ;)
Also, thanks to Angry Robot Books via Netgalley for the eARC!