Last Updated on December 20, 2022 by ThoughtsStained
Okay, so Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe? It’s fucking gold.
I don’t think I can write a review that will do this book justice–that will properly explain how much I loved this book, how much it wowed me and completely blew my mind, confirming an opinion that O’Keefe is a mastermind of the craft by telling amazing, thought-provoking, important stories–but I’ll attempt.
An ARC copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Publisher: Orbit Books | Release Date: June 2019 | Pages: 553
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Science Fiction | Format: Paperback | Source: ARC
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 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.
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- A new cornerstone of sci-fi. Velocity Weapon is a powerhouse book that is completely on another level from your traditional sci-fi adventure. It’s a breath of fresh air, in terms of its inclusiveness and it’s treatment of creating multidimensional female characters.
- Page 250 Club: Not only does everything turn completely upside down and your complete sense of trust and understanding fly out the window, but you are also just completely blown away that O’Keefe just did that? How she so expertly–and almost unknowingly, on your part–wraps what you believe, through gorgeous prose and excellent narrative storytelling, with multiple POV, in multiple points in time, only to pull the rug out from under you and then leave you on edge for another 250 pages? And get this: That wasn’t even the biggest reveal.
- Nothing: Can’t think of a THING, honestly.
I already fell in love with O’Keefe’s work from her Scorched Continent series, but this book just takes everything up a notch. Plus, her characterization was top-notch. I love Sanda and Tomas. Biran will break your heart, but you’ll love him, too. And Bero…well, you’ll just have to read for yourself to figure out that one. 😉
The politics were fantastic. And the way the multi-POVs spanned across different timelines was impeccable. Particularly, I’m fond of the inclusiveness. I wish all books were written with this kind of care.
If you are a fan of sci-fi, you gotta read this book. If you aren’t: well, this book might just make you become one.