The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu

How am I possibly going to do this book justice?

When I tried telling the honeyman about this book, he let me know that I am not very good at describing books to people. He’s not really wrong, so here’s the description from the back of the book. This isn’t just me being a bum and getting out of summarizing it on my own – it will give me more time for fan-girling.

“When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it.

He isn’t.

As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet… and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

So now Roen must train to be a hero worthy of his unwanted companion. Like that’s going to end up well…”

 I want a Prophus alien living in my brain! Well, not exactly – let’s face it, on any given day I’d rather lay on the couch and read then have to work tirelessly to try to save humanity – but I would LOVE having that all-wise inner voice in my head, and all the cool secret-agent training.

My brain is all over the place, so let’s bullet point the reasons I loved this, yes? Yes.

  • Genius premise. Shlubby guy Roen wakes up with an incorporeal alien in him and has to transform himself from sad loser to super-badass Prophus agent. AWESOME. We all love to cheer for the underdog!
  • Roen is a surprisingly endearing character that I ended up caring a lot about. He’s hardworking, honorable, and he grows a lot as a character.
  • The idea of the Prophus and Genjix is so cool, and at the beginning of each chapter Tao tells a little bit about his history, which is also humanity’s history. I loved the way this all tied in to actual historical events and figures. See, there’s something for sci-fi fans AND historical fiction lovers!
  • Tao is a bit of a smartass, and there were several laugh-out-loud moments. I love it when a book makes me laugh.
  • Fun action scenes – rooftop chases, bar fights, shoot-outs… It was like reading a Bourne movie, but more cool and awesome (and no Matt Damon, so yay).
  • Kick-ass lady characters. Always a good thing, and Sonya is one tough girl.
  • This was hard to put down! I just wanted to keep reading and reading, and I was really sad when I finished. And the ending was… shocking, at least for me. Of course I never see twists coming, but it was intense.
  • When I first went to start this book, I realized that there was a sequel planned and part of me was like “Damn, why does everything have to be a series these days?” but by the end I was like “HELL YES THANK GOODNESS THERE’S A SEQUEL I CAN’T WAIT!” According to Amazon, The Deaths of Tao be out on October 29th, but I don’t know if that’s true. I hope it is.

You guys, this book was just AWESOME. I literally don’t have a single complaint about it. It was an action-packed, fun-filled joy ride and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Roen and Tao.

Someone read it so we can discuss it’s awesomeness? Pretty please with sugar on top?

Sarah Says: 5 stars



  1. Q.What’s that book about?
    A. Um…well there’s a guy and um…he does some stuff, ya know?

    I feel your book description pain. I’m awful at it.

    This book sounds like a fun one, yahoo for ass kicking ladies!


    1. Well *high five* for us being lousy book describers! It was bad when I used to work in a bookstore, I had a hard time convincing customers to pick any books I liked because I just suck at telling about them, lol.


  2. I initially skipped over your review because I didn’t want the book to be spoiled at all. I’ve just finished it and yup, it’s pretty awesome! I’m excited about the sequel too and want to know what’s going to happen next. All in all one of the more unique and interesting books I’ve read in a while!


    1. Yayyyyy I’m so psyched that you liked it! It’s such a different kind of book and it’s always so hard for me to explain books like that and get people to read them, lol. Can’t wait until October for the sequel!


  3. I’d never heard of this book but then I saw you were reviewing the next one (I stopped before I read any spoilers!) so I checked this post out and I’m glad I did. This book looks AWESOME!!


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