Ya’ll remember how excited I was about The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, right? My review was barely coherent because I was just an excited, babbling fangirl about it. Well the sequel, The Deaths of Tao, came out last Tuesday and I devoured it over the weekend. There had BETTER be a third book, dammit! *glares sternly at Mr. Chu and Angry Robot Books*
Beware of spoilers here if you haven’t read that first book. And you really, really should, because what’s not to love about aliens and spy thrillers and schlubby guys becoming awesome guys? Read The Lives of Tao and then come here and read this. Again, spoilers ahead for the first book. You’ve been warned.
I have to admit, that this is not what I was expecting in the sequel, but it totally worked. The story is split among three different perspectives this time – Roen & Tao, Jill & Baji, and an angry Genjix duo of Enzo & Zoras. Even though Roen & Tao are my favorite, using three wildly different characters stationed in different parts of the world gave the story an epic international arena to play out in. The war between the Genjix and the Prophus is heating up, and things are looking bad for the Prophus. But it’s up to them to put a stop to the next phase in the Genjix plans, because if they succeed it could mean the death of everyone.
This book is not as light-hearted and funny as the first book. Shit got REAL, and while there were a few moments of banter between Roen and Tao, for the most part everyone is too busy fighting the war to be joking around. I missed the humor, but things were so intense that I was flying through the pages and biting my nails. What it lacked in humor it made up for in excitement and suspense. And there is no Second Book Syndrome here – no filler, no boredom. Second books are hard, and it’s really impressive that Chu, a relatively new author, managed to increase the tension and leave me with almost no complaints.
The Deaths of Tao was a wild, action-packed ride that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There NEEDS to be a third book. The last couple pages had some absolutely crazy plot twists and I need more. Until then, I’ll be over here wondering about the fate of the planet in the aftermath of this book.
Sarah Says: 4.5 stars