Chaos Vector by Megan E. O’Keefe – Review

Published: July 28, 2020

Publisher: Orbit Books

Series: The Protectorate #2

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 546 (Paperback)

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI collide in the second book in this epic space opera by award-winning author Megan O’Keefe.
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.

The first book in this series was thrilling with so many amazing twists that I never saw coming. It was like being repeatedly and unexpectedly slapped. This book carries on with the non-stop greatness, but it didn’t have quite as many incredible twists. That’s not to say that there were none at all… there were a few!

In retrospect, I don’t have much to say about Chaos Vector. It was a great story and the majority of the characters are quite likable. I did like that the two storylines from Velocity Weapon come together and make the story feel more cohesive. Jules and Sanda in the same place/timeline was pretty exciting. 

This installment went stronger on characterization than plot which was good in a way, but I missed those jaw dropping surprises! I think that’s partially why this book didn’t rank quite as highly as the first. I thought the plot advancements were fab – Casimir gates, potential war, rogue Nazca – it had all the stuff I liked, but without as much pizzaz. 

Overall I think it is a solidly written series and I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on the next installment. For me, this had the “sophomore slump”. Yeah, there were big events, big changes, but GOSH it just didn’t wow me like Velocity Weapon.

Currently Reading: 7/20/20

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Chaos Vector by Megan E. O’Keefe
I really, really enjoyed Velocity Weapon, and have been eagerly awaiting the sequel since this time last year. I’ve forgotten a few of the important details and need to find a quick refresher before I get any further into this installment. I’ve been on on a roll with sci-fi lately and hopefully this is another win!

Stacking the Shelves: 7/11/20

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly (or in my case monthly) meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and it’s all about sharing the books you’ve added to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!

Received for Review: 

The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
This is one of two books in this haul prominently featuring alchemy and awesome old world type settings. This also has some proper dark monster hunters. Thanks to Titan Books!

A Dance of Fate by Juliette Marillier
I’m thrilled to have another Juliet Marillier book in hand! I’m a bit sad I’ve waited so long to finally check out her work but now I can binge read. Thanks to Ace for the eARC.

People of the City by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Oh my! The final installment in the Maradaine Elite series! This hasn’t been my very favorite of the Maradaine series but it’s still quite good and I love that so many characters will be crossing over into this installment. Thanks to DAW for the eARC.


Chaos Vector by Megan E. O’Keefe
It’s going to take a little refresher on the events of the first book, but this looks to be an epic follow up. Love some good SciFi.

How to Rule and Empire and Get Away with It by K.J. Parker
AHHH!!! Can’t wait to see how this turns out!!! I never expected a sequel out of the first book and it just looks awesome!

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
Bone magic and revolution. This sounds like such a promising debut!

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
Alchemist trying to create the philosopher’s stone, but it makes it’s creator mad. Love the concept and can’t wait to check it! Thanks to Wednesday Books for the eARC.

Goblin King by Kara Barbieri
I really enjoyed the first installment to this series (sucker for all things Fae) and was quite excited to be offered an eARC. Thanks to Wednesday Books.

Infernal by Mark de Jager
I have no self control. This sounded cool and I picked it up from Solaris right before typing this up. The synopsis was just irresistibly vague and dark and I loved it.

My Purchases:

I’ve been on a little bit of a sci-fi streak when it comes to audiobooks lately. Gemina and Obsidio will have reviews soon forthcoming. Howling Dark is rather dense, but worthwhile so I can soon catch up and get to Demon in White.

Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe – Review

Cover- Velocity Weapon

Published: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Orbit Books

Series: The Protectorate #1

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 544 (Paperback)

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for and honest review.


Dazzling space battles, intergalactic politics, and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, the first book in this epic space opera by award-winning author Megan O’Keefe.
Sanda and Biran were siblings destined for greatness. Her: a dedicated soldier with the skills to save the universe. Him: a savvy politician with ambitions for changing the course of intergalactic war.
However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda’s gunship gets blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later upon an empty enemy smartship who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system and everyone in it is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.
Now, separated by space and time, Sanda and Biran will find a way to put things right.

Velocity Weapon was such a surprise win for me! I wasn’t sure I would love it when I initially received it, but my hopes were high and, in this case, well placed. From the above synopsis you can see that this promises space battles, politics and rogue AI which is what intrigued me in the first place. Lemme just tell you, it had all that and then some of the BEST plot twists that I’ve encountered in a long while!

The characters were pretty darn cool as well. First of all, we’ve got Sanda who immediately gets blown up on her gunship but that’s definitely not the end of her. She shortly gets picked up by an enemy ship with no crew, just the AI named Bero who’s running it. Oh yeah, and she’s been floating in her pod for 230 years and everyone she knows and loves is dead. Next we’ve got Biran, Sanda’s younger brother, just entering the political field and trying everything he can to get someone to go check for survivors (mostly just Sanda). The split POVs and timelines makes for an interesting story and the reader gets little bits of information at a time. Biran’s POV fills in the past, detailing the perilous times after Sanda’s ship is destroyed by Icarion. There’s also a third POV featuring a character on a different planet and takes most of the book for it to become clear how she is relevant at all.

And then the plot twists guys… seriously, I did not see ANY of them coming until the moment it happened. I’m stunned and I won’t DARE spoil anything for you – you’ll just have to read it!! I literally gasped though, no exaggeration and I may have shouted at my husband, who will never understand why I was so flabbergasted.

Overall, Velocity Weapon was an absolute win in my opinion. It wasn’t perfect and I didn’t care for the third POV for most of the book because while it had it’s moments I just wasn’t connected to those characters at all. I think things will become more cohesive in future installments because it will (I think) be more relevant at that point. This was a fantastic book from the first chapter and I’d highly recommend it!

Currently Reading: 6/3/19

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Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe

I need some more sci-fi in my life and this is definitely going to satisfy that need. Intergalactic war, soldiery an politics, and all the usual good space opera stuff makes Velocity Weapon sounds pretty fantastic, plus I’ve read a few pages and I’m already curious!




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The Wicked King by Holly Black

AHHH, at long last I’m picking this one up! Thank goodness for audiobooks, otherwise I’d never get to read any of the books I miss getting an early copy of! I didn’t LOVE the first book the way many people did, but the latter half was so strong and the ending so epic that I knew I would read the next one eventually. It has fantastic ratings, so I hope I enjoy it!