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?
File Under: Science Fiction [Ella From the Block | Alien Inside | War Without End | Shape Up and Strike Back]
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It was excellent, such a different and cool take on alien invasions. I greatly enjoyed the 3rd world setting for the book and the very unusual choice for a main character: a half Indian\half Singaporean slum dwelling small girl with very little skill other than her instincts and will. I highly recommend it, especially if you're looking to read a book set outside of the US.
The Rise of Io continues with the next installment of the action packed and complicated interactions of deciet, cooperation, and betrail betwen Quasing and Humans. It would be a pleasent fantasy to believe that the majority of the past follies and cruilites that Humans have inflicted on each other could be blamed on an uninvited and selfish alien race and not on our cruel and stupid nature. This series, written by Wesley Chu, has expertly created just such a vehicle of escapism in response to the current chaotic events of our time.
This was a really solid start, I thought. Parts of it were a little slow but the characters were really engaging and overall the plot moved along. I loved the way Io changed through the book - Ella's perception of her and the way she interacts with the others is really interesting. I have not read the other books set in this world, the ones about Tao, but I could follow along really easily and nothing confused me too much. I think I will pick up the Tao books at some point - I'm definitely interested to see how this continues.
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