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Chaos Vector

(The Protectorate #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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
Paperback, 546 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Orbit
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May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I flat out LOVED Velocity Weapon, but since a decent part of the entertainment factor was having my jaw hit the floor with each successive reveal, I did have to wonder whether the same format would be used again and if it could work as well second time around. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried. What Megan O’Keefe did instead was minimise the tricks and go large on character. It made me realise how important and impactful the cast had actually been and that it had been them just as much as the s ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars ⭐️

Love this freaking arse cover!!!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stars and stars and more stars. While Velocity Weapon kept both Sanda and Biram bound within their respective enviroments for the majority of the book, Chaos Vector features Sanda and Biram unleashed. And they're going to need every advantage they can find to pull at the thread of the greatest evil sweater that humanity has ever faced. That sure is an analogy. Moving on.

This was space dynamite. Fun factor turned up to 10. You like leaders throwing down some kickass speeches when they’re needed
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
DNF at 20%. Nothing wrong with the book, per se, but as I’ll mention in my review of the first one, the story lacks a bit of drive and momentum. I set it aside with the intention of picking it back up, but looking at all the other books lined up, I gotta get real with myself: I’ll probably never get back to it. And if I do, it will be for guilt and perfectionism where I’m reading it more out of obligation than drive. I’m trying to cut that tendency out of my life and only read what sings to me. ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
Chaos Vector is the second book in the space opera series called The Protectorate written by Megan O’Keefe; it is the sequel to Velocity Weapon. The world-building in Velocity Weapon and Chaos Vector is impeccable; these books are set in the Thirty-Fourth Century where humans have inhabited multiple star systems due to the existence of Casimir Gates that allow faster-than-light travel. The biggest secret in the inhabited universe is the technology that is used to create the gates, which are crea ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many twists, so many secrets, copious action, world-shaking conspiracies and danger, good characters and knotty problems...all this, and Grippy gets a new battery!
O’Keefe again has multiple POVs, with each advancing our understanding of the precarious systems and understandings keeping Prime together. And just how far-reaching and insidious the rot within Prime exists and can be exploited by the entity who takes a much more active role in undermining the gates and other systems.
Sanda’s awesom
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Chaos Vector is the second book in Megan O’Keefe’s Protectorate series. I’ve been a fan of O’Keefe’s work for ages, and really enjoyed Velocity Weapon, the first in this sci-fi series, so hopes were high on this one. And it definitely delivers. There’s a lot of entertaining, high-concept sci-fi in there - from pieces of jump-gate plans living inside people’s skulls, to gunships coasting between the stars, to off-the grid research stations trying to f
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.

Chaos Vector was an excellent follow up to Velocity Weapon! O’Keefe has dramatically improved as a writer; the pacing was much, much better in this sequel. The twists are just as punchy as you could hope, though I’m not sure ANYTHING can top the one in Velocity Weapon. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Plotlines connect, merge, and shift when you least expect.

My biggest complaint about the first book was that
Jake is Reading
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If Velocity Weapon blew your mind, CHAOS VECTOR will scrape your remaining brain goo off the floor and launch it into space to be vaporised with a full complement of laser guns.

While the standout feature of Velocity Weapon is the twisting storyline and plot, I wasn’t anticipating this experience to continue in CHAOS VECTOR, thinking it an unrealistic expectation to have of any sequel. At first this was more or less accurate as O’Keefe dives into the aftermath of the closing events in Velocity We
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
With Bero gone, Sanda has a plot to get to the bottom of. With the aid of her brother Biran, the Speaker of the Keepers of Ada Prime, she embarks on a mission that takes her out of system and hunting for the meaning of the data that's on the chip in her head. Meanwhile the man she's developed feelings for, the Nazca Tomas has had to leave her to keep her safe from his organization, but soon finds his own latest mission intersecting with Sanda again. All with shadowy organizations within organiza ...more
Lois Young
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5.

Excellent plot development. Book 3 will be VERY interesting.

Complete RTC.
Traveling Cloak
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been dreading writing this review, mostly because I enjoyed reading Chaos Vector so much that I really wanted to do that book justice and also partly because I was having trouble finding the right words to describe the experience. So, before I get too rambly and possibly lose you, if you take nothing else out of this review it should be this: Chaos Vector is a great fucking book, and if you are a fan of Velocity Weapon (the first in the Protectorate Series) you will love the follow-up, to ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Velocity Weapon was one of my favourite reads of last year, one of those you get to the end and want more immediately. Well come July there will BE more, in the form of Chaos Vector which continues Sanda and co’s adventures with flair and style.

Bero has disappeared to who knows where, Sanda is on the run with Dad in tow, our other characters are scattered about in precarious positions and pretty much from page one you know this is going to be one heck of an adventure.

This author has such a fanta
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from Orbit Books through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review: my thanks to both of them for this opportunity.

Where I was literally swept off my feet by Velocity Weapon, the first volume of this saga, the sequel took my breath away with the expanding complexity of the universe it describes and the excellent balance between action and characterization that takes the story to a new, higher level and lays the foundations for quite an explosive ending climax.

At the end o
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying sequel to Velocity Vector. More politics, and a much bigger game gets revealed. The scale and scope of the story has expanded in a very satisfying direction.

I am continually impressed with Ms O'Keefe, this is some very enjoyable sci-fi drama. Good stuff. I am very sad that i have to wait till the end of the year to finish this series!
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Another long read. Usually if a book is taking more than a week for me to read I know we arent a great fit. It has amazing world building but at times I feel like theres so much here without a great plot. Both books 1 and 2 could have had pages reduced to really make this more concise. This will definitely find its audience. I also really get attached to characters, and unfortunately the only character I like the most is a space ship
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really damn good
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the events of book one (Velocity Weapon), Sanda wants to find the location that was left on a chip inside her head, but doesn't know who she can trust. She decides to gather a group of people not connected to the military or the Keepers to help her get there in exchange for finding their missing friend. Tomas meanwhile is Called back into service by the Nazca and Sanda's brother Biran is trying to ease political tensions and prevent a war by building a new Casmir gate.

Chaos Vector took an
Xan Shadowflutter
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020_reads
I liked the first book in the three volume series, Velocity Weapon, and I liked Chaos Vector even more. This is a well plotted novel filled with action and thrills, like any good space opera should be. O'keefe is managing a lot of plot lines, and you will like the direction some take more than others. One reaction might be, "Why is this character, who I liked so much in the first book, taking a backseat to the other characters in this book? But that's to be expected. Not every character turns ou ...more
Matthew Bryan
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap! I binged both book one and book two today and I'm HOOKED. I just read the last words and immediately had to come on here and express how impressive this series is! It's such an amazing space opera and I'm so glad I just happened to try these books on a whim. Full review coming when I gather my thoughts more but all I have to say is WOW, you NEED to pick these books up if you're a SciFi fan. ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I really give this 3 1/2 stars. The author has definitely improved from the first book, kept me relatively engaged throughout. Now, this is just me but I feel she got better with dialogue in this book, but it still is a weakness. Just sometimes the dialogue just rings slightly untrue.
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi_2021
the last third of this book was AMAZING!!
Kaitlyn Red Wing
Mar 29, 2020 marked it as to-read
Oh god we have a title, cover and release date! June can't come soon enough -- the first book made it's place on my favorites list so this is definitely my most look forward to book of the year. ...more
Jason Aycock
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Chaos Vector, Megan E. O’Keefe’s second offering in The Protectorate series is maybe more exciting than Velocity Weapon! The badass characters, thrilling action, sentient AI spaceships, politics, moral questions, they’re all here with the tempo cranked up a bit. Oh…and did I mention plot twists? Yeah, they’re back too. So strap in and lets talk about what has become one of my favorite new sci-fi series.


Well, I guess I know the answer to that. Last year I read
Things that I've decided about these books. The beginning is okay, the middle drops my interest a bit, but the ending always perks it right back up again. Sanda is trying to figure out where the coordinates she obtained in the previous book go to, and Biran is dealing with all the politics concerning the impending war that he's desperately trying to avoid. Jules pops up again, desperate to save her friend.

I did find this book messier than the last. There's a plot, yes, but it definitely rambles
David Harris
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Chaos Vector.

Following Velocity Weapon, with Chaos Vector O'Keefe takes us further into the twisted world of The Protectorate.

Further meaning both deeper and higher.

Deeper, because while the first book focussed on a relatively straightforward rebellion in a remote system, where the planet of Icarion was challenging the local leadership of the galaxy-spanning Prime government, Chaos Vector goes beyond that conflict, revealing more about the hidden
Ashwini Abhyankar
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 gr ...more
Sara Martínez Pérez-Tomé
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So how do I begin these lines? It's extremely difficult to put into words what the story has become: not only on the entertaining side but also, you know, when you admire a character so much you want to be like them? That happened to me with Sanda Greeves.

Sanda Greeves is majestic. She is as captain-y/leader as someone should be, she fights for what she considers fair and the greater good. She doesn't follow any manly constructs (meaning that she does not acquire any know "manly" characteristic
Quiller Caudill
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty solid sequel and a nice setup for what I assume is the traditional-and-seemingly-required final part of a trilogy. The balance between plot, action and character development is pretty good. The plot in particular is pretty interesting and well paced, especially when compared to the first book which relied very heavily on the "hook" of the initial premise but kinda feel apart in the second half.

O'Keefe appears to be a pretty new author, and this book really shows which areas she still need
Sifa Poulton
May 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The vibe of this book is a little different to the first. Rather than primarily feeling like a story about survival, truth, and encroaching war, CHAOS VECTOR takes the seeds of potential conspiracies in the first book and spins them out into a full about about multiple, overlapping conspiracies ranging across the galaxy and touching so many aspects of life. It makes it hard to know who to trust, and isolates the heroes. The scope of the story means the reader knows a little bit more than the cha ...more
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Megan E. O'Keefe was raised amongst journalists, and as soon as she was able joined them by crafting a newsletter which chronicled the daily adventures of the local cat population. She has worked in both arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on.

Megan lives in the Bay Area of California. She's won the Gemmell Morningstar Award for

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