Chaos Vector by Megan E. O’Keefe
Title: Chaos Vector
Author: Megan E. O’Keefe
Publisher: Orbit, Little Brown Book Group UK
Published Date: July 30th 2020
Length: 546 pages
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera
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.
You might have noticed me gushing about the first book in this series sometime last year. Velocity Weapon, it was such a great start to a series. It blew my mind multiple times and it was just what I needed at the time, I think. I was a bit too excited for the sequel and just as afraid of it. Mostly because I was wondering whether Chaos Vector will be able to grip me the way Velocity Weapon did with its continuous reveals and shocks. It did better! It hit me where it hurts the most. Character growth and just mostly character focused book in general. That really helped me, I think. I wasn’t sure if I could take any more hits like the first one. Not that there aren’t surprises in store for the readers but you know, this time around, it’s better.
If the first book shone because of Sanda, it shines even greater this time because of her and so much more. The way the last book left off, there were more questions and fates hanging in balance than solutions or answers. This time around, we see Sanda surviving, we see her trying to figure out what’s inside her brain, to try to figure out how long she has until someone comes after her for that thing. There are also tons of things happening outside of her brain, like the very real possibility of the whole universe/world being destroyed and how it might be in her hands to try to salvage it. The whole thing just comes together in such a cohesive and brilliant way, O’Keefe has done a brilliant job at bringing about a found family in a way that stays real with the characters.
I think we see Sanda more deeply than before too. It’s not a surprise that she’s a ballsy and smart woman but we see her love for those she cares about, we see her internal struggles and fears and how she tries to do her best in spite of that. Also if you know me at all, you know I like sassy characters, well, this found family has snark in abundance! I love their interactions with each other and how much they care for each other. How diverse and distinctive each of them are. They have distinctive voices and their own thoughts and a certain role to play in the grand scheme of things.
Overall, I think this book managed to capture my attention while I was reading and even when I wasn’t reading it. The way the first book ended and now this one too! I need answers, I am just impatient and greedy that way but please, just gimme the next installment already. I want to know so much more that’s been given to me. Listen, this is a heck of a ride with explosions and shocking turns aplenty, it is also something I would love to see in a TV show because it has that big a scope or maybe even a movie because the bigger budget would probably help. In short, it’s entertaining as heck, it’s action packed and I loved it.