Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao, is set to release a new book, Time Salvager, on the seventh of July this year. The upcoming science fiction novel, set in a post-apocalyptic universe where the human race has abandoned earth and now seeks a way to save humanity, seems to have already found the attention of Transformers director Michael Bay.
Paramount Pictures, the company responsible for Transformers and most of Micheal Bay’s other recent films, is believed to have bought all the rights to the book.
We don’t yet know much on the book apart from a brief synopsis from the website Wesleychu.com : “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.”
What we can say is that if Paramount Pictures are already interested and has put one of their highest grossing directors on the case, it’s bound to be good.
However Bay, famous for his massive explosions and distinct directing style is, does seem to me to be a strange choice for a story such as this.
Bay may be set to make a return to the Transformers saga in Transformers 5, and return to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, as executive producer and producer respectively.