The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels, but writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Wesley Chu has just recently added book #3.5, a novella, entitled The Days of Tao.
I thought that Wesley Chu had ended The Lives of Tao series with the release of the last book of the trilogy, The Rebirths of Tao, and with his plans to release the first book of his new series, The Rise of Io, later this fall. However, Chu will soon be releasing a novella, The Days of Tao, which appears to be a continuation of the Lives of Tao series as it features Cameron Tan. The story begins not long after the events that occurred in The Rise of Tao, with Cameron Tan attending a course in Art History in Greece after receiving a ‘D’ in a previous course. Cameron is not all that thrilled about taking the course which was forced upon him by his mother, Jill Tan, but on the bright side, he has made some friends and to some extent enjoying his time in Greece. Just as things are looking pretty good for Cameron, he gets orders to get an important Prophus agent out of Greece and to protect him at all cost. The friendships that he has just made are now put on trial and Cameron gets a lesson on the true meaning of friendship.
This novella appears to have two functions, one is to set the stage for The Rise of Io, and the other is to give the impression that Chu is not about to give up on the Lives of Tao series. I say this because the ending has some loose ends which I am sure that Chu plans to deal with in a future novel (Please! Please! I hope I am right because I love this series).
I normally don’t like novellas as they often don’t have a lot of substance, but I found The Days of Tao to be a fun distraction and a worthy read especially for fans of the series.
I would like to thank NetGalley for my Advance Reader Copy of The Days of Tao which will be released on April 30, 2016.
To learn more about the series check out Wesley Chu’s The World of Tao Series.