Cue up the music track “Surgam Identidem”, because Tao shall arise again and again. Like a phoenix from a flame, the Quasing series is reborn once more. Let’s resurrect The Rebirths of Tao, by Wesley Chu.
Many years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War. A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.
With the might of the Genjix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too.
And you thought you were having a stressful day…
As The Rebirths of Tao opens, the Prophus have been pushed into their most desperate situation yet. The Quasing have been exposed to a hostile world, and they now find themselves being hunted by an Interpol task force as well as Genjix agents. Worse, their attempts to establish an Underground Railroad to convey endangered Quasing to safety has rendered them more open to Genjix infiltration than ever before, resulting in renewed assaults on their weakened organization. And the Genjix are locked in a civil war of their own, with the radical faction led by Enzo/Zoras planning immanent implementation of the Quasiform process that will remake Earth into a copy of Quasar and wipe out all human life in the process.
All this makes for the best book of the initial Tao trilogy.
My main complaints about the previous two books were that they were moving too slow, that not enough was going on, that the things that were going on didn’t matter, that they were packed with endless training sequences and boring stakeout missions and other trivial bullshit which did nothing but fill pages between the few interesting parts. Now, however, everything is suddenly happening at once. There are no less than five plotlines, all of them action-packed. Jill/Baji is trying to command the Prophus as they are besieged by the IXTF and the Genjix. Roen Tan is on a mission to rescue a wounded Prophus agent and get the IXTF off their backs. Cameron/Tao is cut off from his allies, forced to work with a femme fatale Genjix agent who he is crushing on and who is obviously going to betray him at the first opportunity. And on the villain side, Jacob and Chiyva are pursuing their demented mission of revenge against Roen and Tao, while Enzo and Zoras seek to crush their opposition within the Genjix and begin the destruction and recreation of the Earth. Not a dull moment to be found.
The Cameron and Alex storyline was my favorite, though of course I was likely biased from by knowledge of Alex’s awesome villainous yet sympathetic role as Scalpel in The Rise of Io. Still, even this one, she’s the kind of kick-ass dark action girl who I can’t help but root for even though she’s on the wrong side.
With The Rebirths of Tao, the Quasing series has been reborn into what it always should have been, and what The Rise of Io promised it had the potential to become: a fully interesting and compelling series.
Final Rating: 3/5