Release Date: Oct 4th, 2016
- Hardcover copy of The Rise of Io.
- Signed by the author.
- Orders will ship within two weeks.
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Ella Patel – thief, con-artist and smuggler – is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man’s surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realizes she’s been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace.
With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io’s annoying inferiority complex. To top it all off, Ella thinks the damn alien voice in her head is trying to get her killed. And if you can’t trust the voices in your head, who can you trust?
File Under: Science Fiction
“With a deft mix of weightless prose and compelling action, Wesley Chu never disappoints. The Rise of Io was so immersive I missed my subway stop. Wesley Chu makes Science Fiction fun again.” —– Peter V Brett, international bestselling author of the Demon Cycle
“Hot damn, this is a great book. Wesley Chu may have created his best character yet with Ella – a scrappy, savvy street urchin, who he tosses into a world of hidden aliens, political maneuvering, and possible treachery. The Rise of Io is a fun, fast, beautifully written book that grabbed me on page one and didn’t let me go.” —– Peter Clines, author of The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series
“With rich world-building, twisty politics and plot, plus some kickass leading ladies, The Rise of Io had everything I look for in sci-fi — and more. I loved this book!” —– Susan Dennard, New York Times bestselling author of Truthwitch
“An absolute blast of a book! With fresh characters, incredible world building, and buckets of humor, The Rise of Io is everything you want in a sci-fi novel.”—– Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program series
“It’s like Men in Black and Blade Runner had a baby, and it took over the world.” —– Dan Wells, author of the John Cleaver series and the Partials sequence.
“The Rise of Io is the perfect SF adventure! A scrappy young heroine, an alien civil war, and intrigue aplenty highlight this terrific beginning to Wesley Chu’s epic new series. Fans of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising take note…Ella is the new SF underdog to root for!” —– Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Tin Men
“Wesley Chu gets better and better with every book. Action-packed and full of surprises, The Rise of Io is his best work yet.” —– Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim novels
“I’m in awe of this book. Ella Patel is a fantastic, flawed, sympathetic protagonist who pops off the page from the moment you meet her and leads you on a breathtaking adventure that is at once poignant and wondrous.” —– Ken Liu, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy winning author of The Grace of Kings
“A fun, rollicking adventure, with a unique and charming heroine. Io gives us a fresh look at Campbell-Award-Winner Wes Chu’s witty, action-packed, globe-trotting Lives of Tao series.” —– Ramez Naam, author of Nexus
“Ella Patel of Crate Town is my favorite kind of hero, a young person struggling to survive on a diet of tough living and petty crime who gets swept up in world-spanning intrigue and danger. Wesley Chu’s funny, confident writing never sacrifices good science fiction world-building for the sake of action. While the bullets fly and knife blades flash, Chu also gives us body-jumping aliens and poignant characterizations. The Rise of Io is a fast and furious ride piloted by an author rising to the top of his field.” —– Melinda Snodgrass, author of Star Trek, The Next Generation television show and the Imperials Saga
“The India slums after the Alien Wars might seem like a hell of a place to kick off a series, but Chu’s explosive storytelling and firecracker new hero make opening The Rise of Io feel like tumbling into an action movie. I’d follow Ella Patel —or Chu— anywhere.” —– Melissa F Olson, author of the Boundary Magic Books
“Ella Patel of Crate Town is my favorite kind of hero, a young person struggling to survive on a diet of tough living and petty crime who gets swept up in world-spanning intrigue and danger. Wesley Chu’s funny, confident writing never sacrifices good science fiction world-building for the sake of action. While the bullets fly and knife blades flash, Chu also gives us body-jumping aliens and poignant characterizations. The Rise of Io is a fast and furious ride piloted by an author rising to the top of his field.” —– Greg Van Eekhout – Author of California Bones
“Wesley Chu keeps getting better and better. Ella Patel is engaging and exciting, and her story grabs you by the front of your shirt and drags you along for one heck of a ride.” —– Diana Rowland, author of the White Trash Zombies series
“Ella is a strong protagonist, scrappy & determined. You’re going to love her!” —– Laura Lam, author of False Hearts
“Wes Chu’s meteoric rise to popularity isn’t the least bit surprising. He’s the freshest voice in science fiction since John Scalzi and James S. A. Corey, and is leading the charge to revitalize the genre.” —– Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series