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The Fall of Io

(Io #2)

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The superb aliens-in-your-head SF sequel to the wildly popular The Rise of Io, by the author of The Lives of Tao series

When Ella Patel's mind was invaded by the Quasing alien, Io, she was dragged into the raging Prophus versus Genjix war. Despite her reservations, and Io's incompetence, the Prophus were determined to train her as an agent. It didn't go well. Expelled aft
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Angry Robot
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Bradley
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
Just what IS the Fall of Io?

I mean, to me, I expected the grand wheel of Hubris to dunk Ella and Io under the water of fate, but similar to the first novel... the rising and falling aren't that spectacular. It's more of a personal choice rather than an epic downfall. :)

It's okay. :) We have a lot more to entertain us here.

Like heists, flashbacks to events that will already have happened right AFTER the events in the first book, heists, tons of action, heists, and feeling all buddy-buddy with th
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Sean O'Rear
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book hits the ground running; I felt like it was more a book that is putting the players in positions as a second book in a trilogy should. Chu really brought it this time, I recommend you start with “The Lives of Tao” because you need background for everything to fully appreciate this book or you’ll be very confused. I was very impressed with the organization of this book with some many important characters and plot lines all intersecting and coming to a satisfying climax. I only wish I ha ...more
Willem
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book by netgalley to review.

A thoroughly enjoyable book. It's been a few years since I read the Lives of Tao series and I really enjoyed that. I was a bit underwhelmed with "Rise of Io" that continued the in the world of the Quasing with a few new characters. "The Fall of Io" was a nice surprise though. It felt a lot more like the original series and I can't wait for the next one to come out. Hope it doesn't take too long.
Vicky
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wesley Chu has created a wonderfully entertaining series that features aliens known as the Quasing that crashed landed on Earth long be before humans walked on the planet. The only way for the Quasing to survive on planet Earth was to form a symbiotic relationship with living creatures. The Quasing have a considerably long life span and can move from one creature to another once their host dies. Eventually they would inhabit humans. Once they were able to form a relationship with humans, they re ...more
Martha
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Fall of Io, which I understand is a sequel to The Rise of Io, is set somewhere in the not impossibly distant future, after the end of the Alien War, which nobody won and which nobody, except perhaps humankind lost. The conflict between the Prophus (nominally the good guys – think CIA, and defender of the humans) and the Genjix an alien race determined to subsume the earth and its peoples, continues more or less underground. Slowly many areas of the earth are being taken over and ‘improved’, ...more
Ryan Mac
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed The Rise of Io and was looking forward to seeing what happened next with Ella and Io but was nervous after seeing the title of this book.

This book takes place two years after the events of Rise of Io. After a brief stint in the Prophus Academy (where she flunked out), Ella and the mind-invading alien Io are in Tokyo, Japan. Japan is a neutral country in the alien Prophus-Genjix war so she should be s
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Linda
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set up to Next Stage

#FallofIo stars Roen, Ella, Shura (Alexa) & Io but not Cameron or Tao. It takes place 2 years after Rise of Io, and tells Ella's story from then to now in flashbacks. It transitions the Gentix-Prophus war & human earth to a new stage. Some characters are retired and others are introduced. It has a novella feel, like a back story and an action sequence merged. It is more Io's story than Ella's, which is unfortunate because Ella is a far more engaging character. One mus
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Neonila
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book in one sentence:
“Their stupid rules are stupid.”

My poor love Ella really can't get a breather, can she? Wesley Chu keeps throwing obstacles in her way and, although I love reading the entire adventure, my heart feels for her so much. Other than that, I absolutely loved this book! The action, the writing and atmosphere in general was spectacular.

Also, Io continues being a trash bag, but a trash bag that I love. I certainly have a love for weird AI/alien creatures that don't really see
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Ernest
This came onto my radar as I was doing a review of January (2019) books for TechRevu.com, but since it's the second book in its sequence I decided to go back and read the first (The Rise of Io) rather than pick up the story in the middle. That's just me. Having read both, Chu does a good job of bringing you up to speed as the story unfolds, but this is no doubt going to be a trilogy, and each act has its purpose.

Ella Patel, orphan of the Alien World War, which broke out when Earth realized that
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Dave
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another "more fun than should be legal" installment in the Quasing saga featuring quite a few familiar faces and a few newbies. I would have read this in a day were it not for three library books all due at the same time, none of which I had started yet. They almost lost out to a Tao/Io book anyway. They're always such fun and this one is no exception.

I found I was significantly less annoyed with Ella and Io in this book than for their first adventure. I'm also happy their future took the direc
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I liked the first book but did not care that much for this one. If you took all the fight scenes out you would have a much shorter book and they really did not add much to the plot. In fact I am still trying to decide what the plot is. The ending left Ella in a new place and did not seem to have much left to talk about. For me this was a big disappointment.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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