Time Salvager – Wesley Chu


Time Salvager: a fast-paced time travel adventure from Wesley Chu, the award-winning author of The Lives of Tao.

Convicted criminal

James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.

James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.

On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen’s highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.

Review From Customer

“Chu creates a fascinating world, strange and familiar, infused with humor, sorrow, courage, greed, and sacrifice. This page-turner is a riveting, gratifying read.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Time twisting action-adventure as only Wesley Chu could imagine it. I enjoyed it a lot. Read this book!” —Ann Leckie, author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ancillary Justice

“A gripping, taut space opera…Immensely enjoyable.” Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs

“Chu has taken a simple, brilliant premise and built upon it an epic universe full of thrills and wonder.” Jason M. Hough, New York Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator

“Delivers a powerful and compelling search of the past for redemption in the present, by turns thrilling and sweet and gut-wrenching.” —Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid Chronicles

“A clever, cautionary SF tale with cool gadgets, characterization that surprised me in the best possible way, and multiple cunning twists.” —Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series

“With time travel, force-field kung fu, and a huge helping of wit, Wesley Chu transmogrifies a bleak long-whimper apocalypse into vicious, high-octane fun.” —Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence

“A fast-paced ride that offers a fresh spin on time travel, combines it with a high-stakes plot and genuinely innovative action, and spices the blend with a healthy dose of irreverent humor.”
—Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel’s Dart

“Wesley Chu has done something new with the time travel genre, and that takes doing!  Exciting, interesting, and never forgetting the fun of ideas, this is brilliant new stuff.” —Paul Cornell, author of London Falling

“More than a compelling, innovative take on the perks and pitfalls of time travel, Time Salvager is a sharp study of how human nature might prove mankind’s salvation, or eventually doom us all. This is world-building that will make you fear for the future. In a good way.” —Cherie Priest, author of Maplecroft