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The Rise of Io

(Io #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,155 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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 m ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Angry Robot
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
Update: Yay, the Rise of Io is out now, my full review to come!

I was a beta-reader for this book, so it wouldn't feel right to post a review or my rating at this time. That being said, I strongly recommend everyone go out and get this book when it comes out, it's Wesley Chu's best yet :)
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
This is a totally enjoyable return to the Tao universe. Or, I should say, to the Earth set up in the Lives of Tao with all its sparkly aliens still fighting a civil war using humans as their bodies. :)

Hey, and not only do we have a new personality to get to know and love (or hate) in Io, but Tao himself shows up and plays a big role! Woo! Cameron!

But it is Ella who really shines here. Our Indian thief has all the trademarks of an underdog hero. It has the feel of the first Tao book with one HUGE
3.5 stars - I enjoyed this book, and I really like the concept of the Prophus and the Genjix, but I didn't feel compelled to keep reading for about the first half. Once things really started happening in the second half, I had a much harder time putting the book down.

The Ella/Io combination is a much different combination than in the first trilogy, which is good. Ella is a feisty, street-smart heroine, and her attitude and spunk were the high-point of the book for me.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the first series with Tao & wasn’t sure how I would take to this series as the lead is a female but having enjoyed the concept & humour of the first i had to give it a go & was well pleased when my local library splashed the cash (unusual for them to pick up this genre of read) .

Jus a short review as it’s still a newish book & wont give much away......... I DO miss the interactions (evolved) between Tao & Roen & can't help but feel that a lot of the early book is a complete rehash of the o
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars*****

The nitty-gritty: A fast-paced adventure, back in the exciting world of the quasing, with some new characters, old friends, and plenty of cons, deals and double-crosses.

The Lives of Tao and the subsequent books in Chu’s fantastic series were some of my favorite books from the past few years, so you can image how excited I was to find out he was starting another series set in the same world. The Rise of Io takes place some years after the Tao books (and I say “some years” because
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millions of years ago the Quasing crash-landed on Earth. Not being able to live in Earth’s atmosphere, they have survived the many years by inhabiting the creatures native to the planet. Since the rise of humanity they have worked toward mankind learning enough to engage in space travel thereby getting the Quasing off the planet and headed home.

My worry with this book was that it was a case of an author not being able to let go of the universe they created even when there is no more story to tel
Executive Summary: After a bit of a slow start, this is another solid entry in Mr. Chu's Quasing series.

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I really enjoyed Mr. Chu's Tao series. I still think The Rebirths of Tao is his best book to date. This one is a good addition to the Quasing world and helps to build on the story established by the original trilogy.

Ella is a very different protagonist from Roen in The Lives of Tao. And Io is very different from Tao. The relationship between the two is also very different. That
A decidedly and enjoyably non-Caucasian or Western hero, Ella is half-Indian and half-Singaporean. Most of the story takes place in Crate Town, a slum made out of people live live in abandoned shipping containers on the Indian/Pakistani border leftover after the recent world war that was a result of the revelation of the Quasing's existence to the humans. Ella's mother fought for the Prophus in the war and died when Ella was 10. She lived on the streets of Crate Town until she was old enough to ...more
Lynn Williams
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Rise of Io – in fact I’m just going to be totally reckless (‘fools rush in, something something something….’) and say that this is my favourite Chu book to date. I don’t know whether that’s because we’re back in the world of Quasings, whether it’s because it’s a world I’m already familiar with or whether it’s the characters of Ella, Io and The Scalpel – or maybe simply a winning combination of all of those facts – but I loved it.

Firstly I would
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ella Patel is a con artist, a thief and a young woman who survived and even thrived on the streets of Cratetown, a vast slum that has grown up on the edge of the demilitarised zone in the aftermath of the great Alien War. And one day she found herself witness to a brutal murder, driven to intervene she never imagined she was stepping in the middle of the conflict between the Genjix and the Prophus

Or becoming the new host of the Quasing, Io. A quasing who throughout all of human history has been
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, spy
Throughout the first half of this novel I felt a little underwhelmed. The interaction between Io (the Quasing) and Ella (the host) were just too similar to what happened between Tao & Roen in The Lives of Tao. There was conflict, there was training. It was the same 'everyday' human being thrust into the Genjix v Prophus war.

But then, things pick up in a big way. Without entering into spoiler territory, there are the return of old characters and the revelation of hidden objectives that really ra
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, Wesley Chu is the (trademarked), secondly The Rise of Io was a stellar read. A continuation of the Quasling universe created in Mr. Chu's first trilogy, Io is a brilliant tale, killer world building, great characters, action and dialogue.

Top to FUN, and eventhough I was a fan of the first trilogy, I liked this book better and applaud the change of scenery and slight direction. It's a fun, fast read, go spend your money and buy all four in the series.

Thank y
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
“No guns in Container Town.”

See? It can be done. Kick off a series with an enjoyable, self-contained story--not a chopped-off cliffhanger. A near future dystopia with aliens, set in the universe of Chu’s Tao books. Why wasn’t this Hugo Award finalist?

“It was one thing to witness a slum, it was another to see a beautiful city reduced to one before your eyes.”

Even if you haven’t read previous stories in this setting, Chu focuses you on his protagonist and gently fills in the background as the stor
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well that was enjoyable.

It's been a while since I last read one of the Quasing books so I found myself a bit lost as I was force to recollect what had happened in the previous books. Luckily, Wesley Chu was clever in his use of hints throughout key points in the book. Subtlety reminding the reader of what’s transpired in previous books, without sounding like he was simply lifting whole passages from previous books.

The first 1/3 of the book was pretty much dedicated to introducing Ella Patal, Cr
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I really enjoyed this book and I would have to say that it's because of the depth and complexity of the story and characters. What Wesley Chu has created is a world of contrasts. A world that has evolved as no one expected. Not human, not alien.

The story is mostly told from Ella Patel's perspective. We do however get chapters from the viewpoint of other major characters, and that makes all the difference. It's one thing to be told how the opponent work
Bill Wood
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wesley Chu does it again. Having previously devoured The Lives of Tao, this was another page-turner I literally could not put down. Now I'm on a mission to hunt down all of his other books.

The Lives of Tao had a fascinating premise. The Rise of Io completely sprang it in a different direction and had a compelling character in Ella. She rocks!
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The nitty-gritty: A fast-paced adventure, back in the exciting world of the quasing, with some new characters, old friends, and plenty of cons, deals and double-crosses.

“I’m surprised a man of your qualities managed to find a woman to produce an offspring.”

“For every ugly and desperate man, there is an equally ugly and desperate woman. Then there is you.”

As Ella approached him to get into the boxing ring, he leaned in and sniffed. “I smell the gutter.”

She sniffed him back. “I smel

Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you never read any of Wesley's Tao series - you're missing out! The selected few of us (by mistake/planned) are chosen by ancient aliens (Prophus/Genjix) to be hosts. They have been here since our origins and our responsible for both our greatest & worst moments in history. Highly entertaining! BTW; my prophus made me type this....... ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2016
Wesley Chu's Tao trilogy introduced an awesome world where alien symbionts have been using Earth as a battleground for centuries, shaping the course of human history, so it's great to see him continuing it with a new protagonist and setting.

The Rise of Io follows Ella Patel, half-Singaporean/half-Indian street rat/conwoman in Surat, and her Quasing, Io. Chu wisely makes these two characters as different from Roen Tan and Tao as they can be to avoid rehashing The Lives of Tao (apart from the
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Ella - a girl who lives in the slums of India and gets by as a thief and con artist. Io - an alien who must inhabit the body of a human in order to survive on our planet. One with a smart mouth and street skills with no family, the other with knowledge and a plan. When they end up together, things may never be the same...for either of them.

The Rise of Io is an interesting take on the whole "aliens" concept. Typically, the aliens have come to Earth specifically for a purpose, raise hell (or not),
Alexander Munson
There are a few words that always come to mind when reading a novel by Wesley Chu - envy, transformation, and innovation. Envy, because he has a way of creating worlds that are so rich with humor and a staggering amount of reality. Transformation speaks to his ability to take your breath away by letting you live the lives of his characters in ways that generate emotional reactions that are gut wrenching and heart soaring. This book in particular brings forth a lovely bond between the reader and ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite of all the Quasing books so far.
Jamie Rich
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rise of Io (Io #1) by Wesley Chu

A fun read with an unlikely cast of characters.
Ella Patel is certainly not your standard, cookie cutter hero. And Io is also certainly not your run of the mill, ho hum alien. The two of them together make for a fun read for sure! I love the way the author manages to layer each of them, yet contrast their life experiences and desires into a ill fitting whole.
Toss in a rather crappy place to live, in a brutal time, and Hey Presto! We have ourselves a worthy rea
Ryan Mac
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast paced science fiction story with a fun setup: alien invades humans and becomes the voices in their heads and can also partially control them. In this case, the alien entered Ella, a young thief and con-artist that lives in the slums. Funny dialogue and crazy action scenes made this a fun read. Apparently, this book happens in the same world and with some of the same characters as the author's previous books. I had not read anything from Wesley Chu before and it didn't diminish my ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice side sweep to the previous stories, starting In a somewhat similar vein to Taos story with an unlikely host and masses 9f teething problems.
An enjoyable continuation
A twist on a sf trope - basically a Goa'uld or Dominion/Founders knock-off. Didn't quite realize at the start that this was the first book in a second series - I probably would have read the first series first. Dark. And the main protagonist and brain sucker are neither one all that likable. There was a certain amount of drudgery in this one. The characters had potential as did the setting but they didn't reach that potential. But good enough to try the first book. ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun world & characters; good pacing. I'll be picking up the next one. ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is a set up for new action in the series that started with The Lives of Tao. We still see Cameron Tan but he is not the main characters. That is Ella Patel, a thief and con artiste who finds herself with a body swapping alien, one of the Quasing and not one of the important ones. Io has chosen Ella and Ella is not that happy about it. That starts a story that is filled with danger, twist, turns and excitement. The plot revolves around a new project in India and it drives the action. However ...more
Elaine Aldred
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ella Patel, a thief and con-artist, ends up with a whole lot more than she bargained for when Ella stumbles upon a man and a woman being attacked by a sinister group of assailants. Ella intervenes and for her pains ends up with an alien entity, within the now dying woman, being transferred to her.
Her new inhabitant is Io, a low-ranking Quasing whose track record is less than glowing. Once the transfer is made Ella has little choice, but to begrudgingly work with her new ‘colleague’ and finish th
Well that was fun!

I'd never read any books by Wesley Chu, but I had heard a lot of really great things about Time Salvager. When I saw the blurb for The Rise of Io, I was instantly ensnared: Ella Patel, thief, con artist. Sold!

Within the first few chapters I quickly learned that Ella Patel was 5' 4", called her parents "amma" and "appa", and took no shit from anyone. I started joking to my friends that I was reading my own autobiography, if only I was also half-Singaporean and excellent with a
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