A Review of Chaos Vector (The Protectorate Book 2), by Megan E. O’Keefe

Chaos Vector picks up in the middle of the action that book one of the series, Velocity Weapon, left us hanging with. Which is good, because there were do many unanswered questions – so much more to the story. No time wasted with unnecessary build up, to bring us back to it.

The story evolves, regarding the mystery of the Keeper chip inserted in to Sandra’s brain [Yes, I will use the readable names I have given characters.]. What does it mean? How did it get there? What information is on it? And why. We learn all the answers, and they will not disappoint.

Tomas, our Nazca Spy, who in book one, was tasked with finding Sandra, when she was lost when her ship got destroyed during the battle with Icarion; takes many interesting twists. Tomas’s new devotion to Sandra, leads him down an unexpected path of self discovery, even into death. He will literally do for her. Spoiler: it doesn’t stick. And why?? More of the intricate story reveal itself there.

Almost immediately, the book begins to tie together the seemingly disconnected plots arcs from book 1. The group of Thieves in the Grotta, to the unexpected discovery of a warehouse of keeper tech, to the un-explainable super-human behavior exhibited by some that has been witnessed. The story pulls all our distant arcs together, tying them together with a nice, complex bow in unexpected new plot twists.

The story traverses so much ground- from future tech, to space travel thru ‘worm hole like creating’ gates, to alien tech, to alien ships, to synthetic consciousness, to Sentient Consciousness, to gene hacking, to human connection, and to the bonds of family.

I think the take away is the strength of bonds between family – those from blood and those formed thru associations: these people will stop at nothing to protect and support each other.

And in the end, the solve all the mysteries, and get it done together – because they are working together.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thoughts:

  1. Story pacing?
    10/10 High paced, action non stop.
  2. Story character arcs?
    10/10 All the characters go through a lot of change, trials, hardships, challenges, growth, learning.
  3. Story arc?
    10/10 Loads of arc. There is never a flat moment here, things are moving.
  4. Story writing quality?
    9/10. There’s a couple instances where the choices for explanation (or lack of) , where a bit of a ball drop in my opinion, which was a shame, because so much of this intricate story was expertly crafted – that it made these instances stand out so much more in their failing.
  5. Story wokeness? ( tolerable / gag me)
    The story, and the characters are Inclusive enough to meet today’s standards of acceptability – and have done it in a way that doesn’t cross in to the native state of eye-rolling and gagging so many stories bring me to. Additionally, it has some plot details about humanity destroying the earth… which is a bit preachy/lesson-like, but it wasn’t too overstated. 9/10 for doing a good job without being preachy, or lesson teaching like.
  6. Grates against my annoyances? (Use of the word ‘BEAT’)
    FAIL. 0/10 8 uses of the deplorable ‘beat’. Shame on you, O’Keefe.
  7. Grates against my annoyances? (fictional words)
    4/10. A general fail. The author had used a bunch of non-typical Names for the characters, that are hard to pronounce, and hard to remember. As you know, this drives mad enough to throw out a Book. [However, as usual I have employed my ability to use my brain to swap out gibberish with a word/name I can use, that is common. Biran = Brain. Sanda = Sandra. Ilan – Ian.] Place names are made up, and somewhat complex at times, bordering on annoying level. But, what really annoys me with this book, is that about half the names are gibberish garbage, and the other half not. Lack of consistency.
  8. Story romance level?
    Acceptable, there is not much room in this story for romantic element, nor does there need to be. The bits of relationship and romance that there is, is short, lacking graphic details, and integral enough to the story, that is suits it’s placement. 8/10
  9. Story readability?
    It’s a complex story, with a dizzying amount of plot threads, character arcs, twists and unexpected plots reveals – you have to be reading actively, and paying attention. It doesn’t get bogged down in the Scientific aspects, more than needed, so as not to cause the readers eyes to glaze over and brain to turn to mush, if they’re not a physicist, geneticists, biologist, science expert. While at the same time – there is enough detail about the Ascension agent, space tecc, etc in the book to not ignore it. Well done. 10/10
  10. Story Completeness (did it end on a cliff hanger, or a see my next book!)?
    0/10 FAIL. This book literally ended mid sentence, mid paragraph, with a “read the next book to see how it ends!” type garbage. In thins case, I usually will NOT be spending another cent to this author. This is such a terrible, gross betrayal from the Author and publisher, to the reader. I lose complete respect for anyone who does this. Shame on you. In this case though, I was so hooked into the story, sadly I DID buy the next book. Which pissed me off, that I gave in to do so.
  11. Did the story cover familiar ground, or go new places?
    This book, while the second in a three book series – did spend a fair amount of time in familiar territory – but it did also take us to many new location, with new surprises, and unexpected ideas, places, events. 10/10
  12. Was there anything I wanted to know that was left unanswered?
    Since this book ended mid story, this answer is generally: everything. [Insert eyerolls.]
  13. Things I really liked / or didn’t like?
    Overall I highly enjoyed this story/series. It’s attention to detail, complex story arcs, character growth – all are well crafted and well played; rarely dropping the ball, or being expected. The story kept me guessing, and completely enthralled.
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