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.
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