Review: Velocity Weapon (The Protectorate #1) by Megan O’Keefe


Rating: 10/10

Synopsis

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.

Review

In space, no one can hear you scream! This old line from the Alien movies is exactly what came to mind first when I started reading Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe. The story starts and hooks you right away (like the killer in I know what you did last summer) and doesn’t let you go anywhere until page 505! The book is a great space opera filled with an AI sentient spaceship, political intrigue, and a contextual war—in between two factions Ada Primes and Icarions—going on in the background. I loved it, and will read the next two books pronto.

The story follows Sanda Greeve, a gunnery sergeant as she wakes up, all alone in a sentient spaceship, 200 years after a war devastated her planet and the Icarion enemy, and finds herself alone with Bero, the AI-driven spaceship responsible for the universe’s annihilation. And then you’d think this setup would leave very little room for conflict, but you’d be wrong. Megan weaves a plot that grips you at every chapter and dazzles you with unexpected and relentless twists and turns.

And if the plot didn’t catch your fancy, the well-developed characters will immerse you into caring for not only Sanda, the main character, but also Bero who is the sentient spaceship. We get a thorough exploration of their motivations, goals, and quirks throughout the first novel in this series. And these character arcs were well assimilated into the main plot and never felt like they were force-fed into the story just to add conflict. They felt real, and we experienced the tension right there with them.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed Velocity Weapon as a thrilling ride and sci-fi opera and am looking forward to read the next two novels, Chaos Vector and Catalyst Gate from Megan O’Keefe. She made me a fan of her work! A++!!

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