The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu
Book of the Month
The Rebirths of Tao by Wesley Chu is the third and final book in the Tao trilogy. Rebirths was slow to start but gradually picked up steam before rocketing towards a huge climax that served as a satisfying bookend to the trilogy. If you haven't tried these books yet, all I can say is "why not?!"
The story takes place a number of years after The Deaths of Tao and the great betrayal, with the world slowly coming to terms with the idea that an ancient alien race call the Quasing have been living symbiotically within human bodies since the earliest days of humankind. The Quasing civil war rages on between the Prophus who would preserve the Earth and the Gengix who terraform Earth to resemble the Quasing home world, but they now have to worry about the humans and the International Extraterrestrial Task Force (IXTF) who now have the technology to detect if a human is host to a Quasing, and who use it with extreme prejudice. The war is coming to a head, and regardless of who comes out on top, the end result is probably going to suck for all parties involved.
The Rebirths of Tao rotates through four main viewpoint characters, three Prophus agents and one Gengix agent, with each one giving a unique perspective on the civil war. Roen, Jill and Enzo are characters we have gotten to know over the previous two books and they continue to lead their respective sides to victory, with Roen, Jill and the Prophus taking a guerrilla approach, while Enzo and the Gengix take a more overt conquer and dominate approach with some subterfuge when required. Cameron is the new viewpoint character, the son of Roen and Jill who became a Quasing host at a very young age, who is well into his teenage years and having to deal with everything that comes with being a teenager... in a secret alien war as a host to one of the aliens. I like how Chu allows us to see things from many perspectives, attempting to somewhat blur the lines between the good / bad dichotomy and introduce more layers and shades of grey.
The Enzo chapters were the only downside for me reading this story. Part of this is because the Enzo chapters were some of the best moments from The Deaths of Tao, but it is also because the Enzo chapters weren't really connected to the rest of the story. What Enzo was doing was important, but it was half a world away from what Roen, Jill and Cameron were doing, and while the climax that brought the two stories together made for some entertaining action, it felt very forced rather than natural. While the Enzo chapters weren't quite as compelling as in the previous book, they still made for great reading and delivered a lot of backstory.
Apart from the Enzo chapters, I loved every other part of this book. The relationships forged between characters felt meaningful, there was a lot of laugh-out-loud humour, the action set pieces were fantastic, the way in which the actions of the characters contributed overall to the war were observable and tangible, and it was just a lot of fun. I've read that Chu is writing a new trilogy set in this universe, so I am very much looking forward to that.
This The Rebirths of Tao book review was written by Ryan Lawler
All reviews for: Tao
Cameron Tan wouldn’t have even been in Greece if he hadn’t gotten a ‘D’ in Art History. Instead of spending the summer after college completing his ...
The Lives of Tao
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn't. He now has a passenger in his bra...
The Deaths of Tao
The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity's social and technological development to the stage where space...
The Rebirths of Tao
The centuries-long schism between the Genjix and the Prophus threatens to plunge the whole planet into a new World War. Roen is the only person who can protect a turned Gen...
Have you read The Rebirths of Tao?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
The Rebirths of Tao reader reviews
9/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Ready Player One
It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. ...
They made me kill thousands, but I only have one target now.The Radch are conquerors to be feared - resist and they'll turn you into a 'corpse soldier' -...
For Tom Harvey, it was just another dull, routine Friday after school. That is, until a mobile phone hurtled through the air and hit him squarely on the head, embedding fra...
George RR Martin
In the six decades since the alien plague known as the “Wild Card virus” spread a wave of mutations across the globe, humanity has begun to come to terms with i...
The Martian War
Kevin J Anderson
What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H. G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the...
Zenn Scarlett is a bright and occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. She specializes in the treatment...
When the world was flat (And we were in love)
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if...
Victor and Eli, due to a research project gone wrong, become ExtraOrdinaries (referred to as EO's from here on in) with supernatural powers. Ten years later Victor esca...
Echo Boy by Nestlé Smarties Book Prize winner Matt Haig is a stand-alone science/speculative-fiction novel set exactly 100 years in the future. It offers a vision of...
Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she only has a single body and serves the emperor she swore to des...
Orson Scott Card
A powerful secret. A dangerous path. Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange t...
Jonathan L Howard
The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. No clear skies, only the endless storm clouds. Beneath the waves, the people live in pres...
Steven L Kent
Earth, 2508 A.D.. Humans populate the six arms of the Milky Way Galaxy. The oppressive Unified Authority controls Earth’s colonies with an iron first, stamping out re...
The Adventures of Nana Barb
The Universe is dangerously close to collapsing. With a shady authority known as the Time Police on their tail, will the Timeseekers be able to save us all? Their only hope...
The Maze Runner
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade -...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. Soon, Hallie is tumbling through...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...