Book Review: VELOCITY WEAPON by Megan O’Keefe

Title in white on black
Genre: Sci-Fi
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - first book of trilogy

Synopsis:

Book cover for VELOCITY WEAPON: title in white parallel to picture of a spaceship on white

Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his new political position to prevent conflict from escalating to total destruction.

However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.

Now, separated by time and space, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

VELOCITY WEAPON is a brilliant debut. At 505 pages, it’s a chonker, but I devoured it in one day (probably shouldn’t have, oops) because I did not want to put it down.

The premise is really fun – one half survival story in the future, one half in the past that had a trace of politics in and a sense of doom hanging over it as Sandra discovers in one of her first chapters that her home was destroyed. It made me want to know if Biran escapes, if he managed to save anyone. I do like a good tragedy!

That twist! Everyone has different opinions about twists, but I believe in the midpoint twist for SFF – kick start the second half and give the characters time to react to the change in information. Don’t just dump it at the end! And VELOCITY WEAPON pulls off the mid-point twist perfectly. I did not see it coming, but it was so satisfying (made sense of the that’s odd lines scattered in the first half) and the changed my perspective on the first half completely. Plus it set up a very fun situation in the second half.

It did take me maybe 5 or 6 chapters to get into the story as the chapters were so short (I think they average around 5-6 pages). There wasn’t quite enough grounding for me as the POVs alternated, and the time frames. However, the story was really engaging, so I trusted that I’d get more settled as the book went on.

Once I was settled into the world, the short chapters were brilliant for pacing. Most ended on a tension beat that made me want to keep reading, and with them so close together, I gobbled up chapters like they were candy.

There are three POVs in this book – Sandra, her brother Biran, and some random girl Jules. Sandra and Biran were really engaging – Sandra in the future trying to survive, and Biran in the past trying to find her. However, as you might be able to guess, I was not a fan of Jules and her very occasional chapters.

She did not interact with the main plot at any point. Not even at the end. She was on another planet far, far away (did not work out which, OR what the planet’s significance was in relation to the solar system where the rest of the action was happening.) Her plot was completely unrelated to the main plot, not even triggering domino effects to set up the finale. She basically existed in complete isolation. The only way she linked (in this book) was through a character who showed up at the end of the book and was minor in the main plot more important because of how she was related to another character.

It was clear that Jules’ POV was there to set up events (and possibly link up) later on in the series. As someone who likes their multi-POV books to be intrinsically linked from as early as possible, this sort of set up is a little uninteresting. I certainly found myself skim-reading Jules at times because I just didn’t care about her. She had no impact on the POVs that mattered, so why should I bother with her?

I am so glad I picked up this trilogy in the year it ended as I won’t have to wait long to finish it all off!


Read my reviews of other books by Megan O’Keefe:

The Protectorate (this series):

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