Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe, Orbit Books, June 2019 trade paper
“The last book in [her previous] series appeared in 2017, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for something new from her, and it finally arrived early this summer. And it looks like space opera, my favorite genre!”
Plot: The last thing Sanda Greeve remembers is her ship being attacked by rebel forces. She’s resuscitated from her evacuation pod missing half a leg — and two centuries — as explained to her by the AI of the rebel ship that rescued her. As The Light of Berossus — aka Bero — tells her, she may be the only living human for light-years around, as the war wiped both sides out long ago. Sanda struggles to process her injuries and her grief but finds friendship with the lonely spaceship itself.
But there are two other plots, mingled together with Sanda’s story. One is a flashback narrative about the war’s effects on her brother, Biran, the second is about a heist gone terribly wrong for small-time criminal Jules.
So, three locations, three time frames, three sets of characters, between which the novel jumps at will. That’s not my favorite set-up, as many of you might know. I prefer straight-ahead storytelling.
Kirkus said this was “Meticulously plotted, edge-of-your-seat space opera with a soul; a highly promising science-fiction debut.”
Well, no. I got a copy from the library and was glad it was free. I’d rate it just okay.
Have you read this book? What are you reading?