Welcome to the latest review on my blog. Westu hal to you and I hope that you are reading something awesome. The review I have for you today is something different, a review of a book that I really enjoyed and part of drive back in to the Sci Fi genre. Welcome to my review of Velocity Weapon by Megan E O’Keefe!
Here is the blurb before we go any further:
Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his new political position to prevent conflict from escalating to total destruction.
However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.
Now, separated by time and space, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right.
I just need to say first that I really enjoyed this story, right from the beginning through to it’s thrilling climax. Megan has written one fantastic story, it twist’s, it turns and pulls you in. This is by no means a short book, through 82 chapters Megan tells a fantastically paced story as I was never bored when making my way through this.
Two stories are presented to the reader, the first being that of Sanda who wakes up on a fantastically advanced ship which is an AI Ship, far more advanced then her people – The Primes – and informed by the ship The Light of Berosuss or Bero as it likes to be called that the war is over, it’s 230 years in to the future and the system has been destroyed. To top it all of, she only has one leg as well, hook line and sinker for me this one.
The other story presented is that of Biran, Sanda’s brother. A newly appointed Keeper of the Prime’s, his story is where the politics of the story really shines but is set just after the incident which knocks Sanda unconscious in to her sleep. Thus the stage is set…
The Primes where the first interesting part of this story for me, a culture that is mostly okay for everyone. They inhabit a space station that orbits the planet Ada, this planet has been chosen by the Primes as the location to build one of their Kasimir Gates. These are vast, massive gates that afford the Primes’s instant interstella travel, pretty cool right?
The use of the dual timelines was effective, but interspersed in this is a third timeline. That of Jules who is a less reputable member of society, doing her best as part of a gang to evade and break the law. Her storyline becomes very important after a discovery during one of the raids – no more will be said here as this is spoiler territory. Never the less, Megan handles this well and brings the stories together in one very exciting finale.
The characterisation in this book was brilliant, the character of Bero comes to life in a brilliant way and I loved reading the banter between him and Sanda as she comes to terms with her new world. Biran’s story is set in the past, he is a newly appointed Keeper of Ada and in his new position, does all he can to uncover the truth of the devastating battle of Draleee and why the Icarions, their nearest neighbour are trying to destroy them and the gate as well.
You really don’t come across stories and interesting character everyday like this, I was immersed and invested with these characters and found them all (even Jules) easy to root for. Be prepared for Megan pulling a masterstroke or two out from under you and upending the story on your head, this a cleverly crafted story it twist and turns and never looks back.
Needless I really enjoyed this book, great characters and amazing setting with some cool ideas about technology and the future. It was very character driven as well, it is such a good story as well and it will keep you entertained. It’s a book like this that reminds you how awesome Sci Fi can be, I am so glad I read this and I liked it so much that I picked up the sequel as well.
There you have it, my review of Velocity Weapon by Megan E O’Keefe – book 1 in the Protectorate series and a fantastic book at that, treat yourself to this if you can as it’s so worth it.
Westu Hal and stay safe and thank you as always for checking out my blog.