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The Rise of Io

“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

Ella Patel becomes the host of an alien being looking to defect to the other side of a Cold War. But Ella has her own plans…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Ella From the Block | Alien Insider | War Without End | Shape Up and Strike Back ]

A new novel set in the world of the Lives of Tao series

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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?


The Rise of Io


Wesley Chu



Publication date

04 Oct 2016

Cover Art Tommy Arnold

4th October 2016 | 9780857665836 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £5.49 / US$6.99 / CAN$7.99

US Print

4th October 2016 | 9780857665829 | Trade Paperback | RRP US$14.99 CAN$16.99

UK Print

6th October 2016 | 9780857665812 | Paperback | RRP £8.99

Goodreads URL Discuss and review The Rise of Io

The Rise of Io is great ride, and I desperately want a Quasing. The idea of a cosmic cheering section in my own head sounds delightful. Not to mention my Quasing would make me totally boss. Another hit by Wesley Chu.”
Melinda Snodgrass, author of the Edge series

“Years after a killer debut, Wesley Chu keeps leveling up. Storytelling that seems so effortless you never see the punches coming.”
Peter V Brett, bestselling author of the Demon Cycle series

“A sleek, bumptious thriller that’s strong on action and humour.”
Financial Times

“A compelling, breakneck action-adventure.”
The Guardian

“A fast, fun romp, with high stakes and plenty of explosions”.

“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 series

“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 Olson, author of the Boundary Magic series

“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

“A fun, rollicking adventure, with a unique and charming heroine. The Rise of Io gives us a fresh look at the world of Campbell Award Winner Wes Chu’s witty, action-packed, globe-trotting Tao series.”
Ramez Naam, author of Nexus and the Philip K Dick Award-winning Apex

“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

“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 SA Corey, and is leading the charge to revitalize the genre.”
Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series

“It’s like Men in Black and Blade Runner had a baby, and it took over the world.”
Dan Wells, bestelling author of the Partials novels and I Am Not a Serial Killer

“With rich world-building, twisty politics and plot, plus some kick-ass leading ladies, The Rise of Io had everything I look for in sci-fi, and more. I loved this book!”
Susan Dennard, bestselling author of Truthwitch

“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 Zombie series

“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

“In the end, this is an excellent novel , based off a core relationship between interesting, well-drawn characters, in a vivid environment. That it has enough chase scenes and hand-to-hand combat to start a movie franchise is just a bonus.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“The Rise of Io is a fast, fun romp, with high stakes and plenty of explosions.”
Liz Bourke for Locus

“If you are at all interested in sci-fi, aliens, sci-fi military, or even street smarts versus military smarts, or just want a good read with great characters, pick up this book!”
Blogger’s Bookshelf

“Wesley Chu’s ability to write fast-paced action, entertaining characters, and new plot twists is a thing to marvel at.”
Sarah Says Read

“The Rise of Io is a must read for Tao fans.”
A Thrill A Week

“This is a fun, fast-paced, adventure slash science fiction… every time I read a bit, I finished with a smile on my face.”
Eric Christensen

“Great characters, twists, suspense and grins — I dug this one so much. He keeps the magic of the Tao books, reinvigorates it and expands it. I expected Chu to deliver just what fans wanted without it being a case of ‘second verse, same as the first,’ I just didn’t expect it’d be this good.”
Irresponsible Reader

“Top to bottom…total FUN.”
Shelf Inflicted

“Fans of Cory Doctorow, Suzanne Collins and Meljean Brook will relish Chu’s latest, a thriller with a sci‐fi bent.”
RT Book Reviews

It puts awesome women in the lead roles; has a nicely diverse cast; and tells a story that’s not only a thrill-a-minute, but focuses on some of the ugly truths about the world that need a bit more focus put on them, if only because they need to be fixed to make the world a better place. Even better, it all comes wrapped in a fun, sci-fi near-future thriller package… If the reader is hankering for a Black Widow movie, but with a healthy helping of representation of the kind we’re unlikely to get from anything coming out of Hollywood right now, then this five-star book is going to scratch that itch.”
Fangirl Nation

“Ella might be one of my favorite fictional characters ever, I simply loved everything about her.”
The Speculative Herald

“Politics, changing loyalties, secrets, lies and high stakes – The Rise of Io has it all.”
Books, Bones & Buffy

“Wesley Chu manages to outdo himself here, and his universe is much better for it.”
The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“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.  ”
Lynn’s Books

The Rise of Io is a masterclass in character development.”
Strange Alliances

“This book has EVERYTHING that I love! It’s got action, it’s got mischievous characters, it’s got a fully developed world, it’s got intelligent characters, and it keeps me guessing.”
– Bloglovin’

“Fresh, yet deep, science fiction… The book is a must read.”
Moore Fantasy

The Rise of Io is a thrill-a-minute read comparable to the best summer blockbusters that any studio can produce.”
– Occasionally Random Book Reviews

“Chu’s stories of body-swapping aliens are both fun and funny.”
Kirkus Reviews

“It brings a fresh new perspective to a world and storyline I’m already familiar with and it does it with so much style, you can’t help but smile in appreciation of the talent on display here.”
Fantasy Faction

“This is Wesley Chu building marvellously on his previously established setting, showing off a maturing style that was promised in the Tao books. It felt immensely satisfying to see that growth, not only in the story but in the writer, and it’s left me thoroughly excited for the follow-up to this book.”
– Over The Effing Rainbow

“Sucks you in deep – four stars out of five.”
– Rob Boffard – Rapped Reviews

“A fun read with plenty of suspense and a real cliff hanger at the end. 5 out of 5 stars.”
– Mixed Book Bag

“Exciting, fast-paced and thrilling, this is a great book!”
Morpheus Tales

“The Rise of Io is indeed a triumph, and whether you’ve read about Tao or if Io is your first Quasing, it’s definitely in your own best interests to climb on board. Believe me, you’re in for a fun ride!”

The Rise of Io is a fast, fun romp, with high stakes and plenty of explosions.”
Liz Bourke for Locus (issue 671)

“It defies conventions while engages readers in hilariously heartfelt narration. I could not recommend this book more.”
Better Books and Things


Wesley Chu’s best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog, Eva, who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago. In 2014, Wesley Chu was shortlisted for the John W Campbell Best New Writer Award, which he won in 2015. His debut, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao. The final in the series, The Rebirths of Tao…well you’ll have to read it to find out. The Rise of Io, the start of a new series set in the Tao universe was released in October 2016. In 2015 Chu released Time Salvager, wherein time travelling chronman James brings one fated to die back to the future with him. Time Salvager is published by Tor (USA/R.o.W) and Angry Robot (UK). The sequel, Time Siege, was published in July 2016. Wesley is currently also writing Shadowhunter tie-in fiction with author Cassandra Clare, focusing on popular character Magnus Bane.

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