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Book Review: Chaos Vector

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“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.”

Title: Chaos Vector

Series: The Protectorate #2

Author: Megan E. O’Keefe

Page Count: 546

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: June 27th, 2023

I had a chance to enjoy book one from the Protectorate series by Megan E. O’Keefe as a buddy read with a group of friends at the end of 2022. I’ve since then also had a chance to read The Blighted Stars as an eARC just a few months ago. I’ve been meaning to get back to the Protectorate series since January. I’ve gotten a bit more organized with my monthly TBR projections for the rest of the year and it’s helped me get Chaos Vector into the mix. In fact, I was able to pull it up a month and complete it earlier than expected.
For the first half of the book, I was thinking things were on par with book one from the series. I was enjoying it but it wasn’t really gripping me too strongly. Then came the second half of book two with some twists and reveals that I didn’t see coming in the slightest. I did enjoy seeing our remaining two arcs from book one finally come together in the second. I was beginning to wonder after book one, how the heist group was going to be part of this overall storyline. Well now I know. Megan continues to rise as one of my favorite traditionally published writers.
The pacing was solid here in book two. The first half wasn’t bad but it was certainly taking some time setting the scene for later. No issues with names of places or characters. I did notice some variations for pronunciations listening to the audiobook this time around. Honestly this is rather normal though to hear differences between the narrator and how I thought they were pronounced reading book one.
The world building was mostly spent expanding from what we learned in the first book. Though we do get to learn about some new layers to the story as well as some hints of other races and what may be beyond some gates.
The character development is where Chaos Vector really shines for me. We find out more history of several characters from Velocity Weapon. We also see some possible broken relationships as well as some new ones. I’m really anxious to see what happens with these characters in the third installment in the near future.
I’d recommend this book and series to readers who are fans of science fiction. This series is definitely giving Space Opera vibes at this point. Certainly an epic space odyssey at this point.

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 5/5

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