Sanda and Tomas are fleeing for their lives after letting the most dangerous smartship in the universe run free. Now, unsure of who to trust, Sanda knows only one thing for certain -to be able to save herself from becoming a pawn of greater powers, she needs to discover the secret of the coordinates hidden in her skull.
But getting to those coordinates is a problem she can’t solve alone. They exist beyond a dead gate—a Casimir gate that opened up into a dead-end system without resources worth colonizing, and was sealed off. To get through the dead gate, she needs the help of the enemy Nazca. But some Nazca are only interested in the chip in her head—and they’ll crack her open to get to it.
CHAOS VECTOR starts right after where Velocity Weapon left off, and plunges you straight into more political intrigue, action, subterfuge, and enough double crossing to make your head swivel as if possessed. And like Velocity Weapon, O’Keefe will lead you merrily on a chase while feeding you breadcrumbs so you think you know exactly what’s going on and then? Blindside you with a fabulous curve ball.
Nothing is as it seems and, while we know Biran and Sanda are straight arrows carrying the weight of twisted plot threads, everyone—including those closest to the siblings—have storied pasts that leave you to wonder about allegiance and motives.
I was so happy to see more page time given to characterisation, as familiar faces put in an appearance—and we learn more not only about Graham, Nox, and Arden, but also Tomas and the dreaded Nazca. What was also interesting is finding out about Prime Director Okonkwo, and the creation of the Keepers and GC, as well as the secrets they protect. And, in doing so, O’Keefe fills in some much needed background on the players who were foundational in events leading up to where we are now.
As far as characters go, I would liked to have seen Rainier’s storyline given centre stage rather than that of Jules Valentine’s. The latter being used more as a vehicle, and less of a character in and of herself. I felt the impact of Rainier’s eventual revelations could have hit such a sweet spot had we been following her path (as a major player) rather than Jules. But then, that’s just my own personal opinion.
Of course, I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m not discussing some major and very juicy plot points. But just know you’re in for as many surprises in Chaos Vector as there were in Velocity Weapon. Let’s just say there’s definitely plenty of action, hair-raising battles, lots of backstabbing, plenty of misdirects, and any number of revelations that just may leave you dumbfounded.
Then, of course, there is one other exciting thing to talk about and … oh, no, wait, that would be telling. And, as I’ve already said, this review contains no spoilers so, guess what, you better grab a copy for yourself, and get reading!
If you loved Velocity Weapon, then you will definitely love Chaos Vector.
CHAOS VECTOR (The Protectorate #2)
Megan E. O’Keefe
Paperback, 546 pages
Science Fiction | Space Opera