Velocity Weapon

Velocity Weapon

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 prevenO'Keefe....

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Velocity Weapon Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley

    I inhaled Velocity Weapon in a few hours, it was so much fun, also brilliantly written, dark and beautiful and a rollicking good adventure.

    Sanda is a purely wonderful character, having woken up on an intelligent ship years into the future, everyone lost to her. Said ship Bero is a melancholy companion, a kind of virtual Eeyore, their growing relationship is compellingly clever.

    Meanwhile back before Bero, Sanda’s brother searches for her…

    I loved all the many layers to Velocity W

    I inhaled Velocity Weapon in a few hours, it was so much fun, also brilliantly written, dark and beautiful and a rollicking good adventure.

    Sanda is a purely wonderful character, having woken up on an intelligent ship years into the future, everyone lost to her. Said ship Bero is a melancholy companion, a kind of virtual Eeyore, their growing relationship is compellingly clever.

    Meanwhile back before Bero, Sanda’s brother searches for her…

    I loved all the many layers to Velocity Weapon, it is a proper, sprawling epic with many intricate levels, the world building and political landscape wonderfully imagined and cleverly woven. A highly addictive storyline, quality storytelling and a cast of characters you’ll love this is just the ticket when you need pure escapism and a new world to explore.

    Loved it. Cannot wait for more…

    Highly Recommended.

  • Kelsea

    New favorite: ACQUIRED. This book was a whirlwind of plot twists, adventure, interesting characters, politicking, and AWESOME. I loved the diversity (disabled MC, siblings raised by two dads, etc.), the sibling relationship, the sentient ship, the epic story scope, and all of the TWISTS! Yes, I’ve mentioned the twists twice, because they really made the book for me.

    I love pretty much everything about Sanda. Her grief at finding herself aboard a sentient enemy ship, the sole survivor

    New favorite: ACQUIRED. This book was a whirlwind of plot twists, adventure, interesting characters, politicking, and AWESOME. I loved the diversity (disabled MC, siblings raised by two dads, etc.), the sibling relationship, the sentient ship, the epic story scope, and all of the TWISTS! Yes, I’ve mentioned the twists twice, because they really made the book for me.

    I love pretty much everything about Sanda. Her grief at finding herself aboard a sentient enemy ship, the sole survivor of a war, was palpable. I found myself considering how I’d feel in her position -- and being so glad I didn’t have to experience it in my own lifetime. I love her practical attitude, her compassion, and her anger. I love that she was smart and competent, as all of my favorite characters are. I love how much she missed her family. I love that she chose to keep going anyway and channel her grief toward something productive.

    I enjoyed the other storylines as well, but more for the pieces of worldbuilding and background they brought to Velocity Weapon than for the subplots themselves. Sanda’s was my favorite storyline, but I enjoyed seeing the rest of the puzzle pieces snap into place.

    The book ends with so much progress and yet so many questions, but in a good way. The way that makes me wish I had the second book in my hands RIGHT NOW. I’m ready to dive back into Sanda’s story!

    Recommended for anyone interested in: diverse adult SFF, space operas, badass female MCs, books with physical disability rep, psychological thrillers, and epic stories!

    Advanced copy provided by Orbit Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • Lindsay

    Gunnery Sergeant Sanda Greeve wakes up on an enemy ship, alone, naked and missing a leg. The shocks don't stop there, as the ship she's on is controlled by an AI who tells her that she's slept for two hundred and thirty years and both her civilization of Ada Prime and the enemy civilization of Icarion that the ship is from have both been destroyed in the war between them.

    In an alternate story thread in the distant past, Sanda's brother Biren has just found out that Sanda has been los

    Gunnery Sergeant Sanda Greeve wakes up on an enemy ship, alone, naked and missing a leg. The shocks don't stop there, as the ship she's on is controlled by an AI who tells her that she's slept for two hundred and thirty years and both her civilization of Ada Prime and the enemy civilization of Icarion that the ship is from have both been destroyed in the war between them.

    In an alternate story thread in the distant past, Sanda's brother Biren has just found out that Sanda has been lost in a space battle with the enemy Icarians, and he has to struggle against the Keepers of Ada Prime to mount a rescue.

    And in a neighboring star system a young criminal stumbles across a deadly secret.

    Twist upon twist that doesn't let up until the last page ... If at any point you think you understand what's happening, just read a few more pages and you'll be lost again. Sanda and Biren really shine, with Sanda's grief and devotion to her family being the keystone of the first part of the book and Biren's almost fanatical pursuit of mounting a rescue of his sister. Their fathers are also a great addition.

    The political mess that Biren finds himself navigating is fascinating, as is the relationship that Sanda has with the AI Bero. And the AI is well realized as well, complete with personality quirks and trauma.

    It all makes for a wonderful first part of the series, and I will be reading on.

  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    As someone obsessed with space opera, I was eager to read Velocity Weapon, the first book in a brand new space opera series. My excitement only grew when I learned that it was written by a female author with a predominant female protagonist. Further to that, this novel shares the same publisher as my all time favourite science fiction series, The Expanse. Needless to say, my expectations when picking up this new release were incredibly high. Now that I've read it, I

    As someone obsessed with space opera, I was eager to read Velocity Weapon, the first book in a brand new space opera series. My excitement only grew when I learned that it was written by a female author with a predominant female protagonist. Further to that, this novel shares the same publisher as my all time favourite science fiction series, The Expanse. Needless to say, my expectations when picking up this new release were incredibly high. Now that I've read it, I can say that Velocity Weapon does not quite live up to the perfection of the Expanse series, but it was still a fun start of new space opera adventure.

    The biggest strength of this novel was the author's ability to surprise me as a reader. There were some great twists and turns in this novel that I absolutely did not see coming. I can usually predict stories so I was delighted when I realized that I had been blindsided. Given the nature of this novel, it would be best going into this one without knowing too much of the plot.

    Since this book is told in multiple perspectives, I found myself more interested in certain chapters than others. Sandra’s perspective was easily the most entertaining and intriguing of the three main characters. I also enjoyed reading from Biran's point of view which provided some necessary backstory. I struggled most with Jules’ chapters simply because she was not obviously connected to the two other storylines. While I generally liked all the main characters in this novel, I felt that they were underdeveloped and even flat at times. Some of their reactions, or lack of reactions, simply felt unrealistic. For instance, the main protagonist apparently had no emotional response to losing one of her legs, which struck me as quite odd.

    In terms of tone, this novel was more light-hearted than I expected. The best humour came from the banter between Sandra and the artificial intelligent ship. While this novel certainly involved some epic stakes, the humour tended to cut the tension of the situation. Personally, I prefer a slightly more serious narrative, but the lighter tone certainly made for a fun story.

    Overall, the narrative within the novel was well paced. The balance of political intrigue and action kept me engaged throughout most of the story. Despite being over five hundred pages, this was a quick read. Once I hit the halfway point, I flew through the rest book in just over a day because I really wanted to see how it would all come together.

    This book is the start of a new space opera series and I am interested to see where it will go from here. Additional books will provide more time for character development so this may be a case where the series that just gets stronger with each book.

    I would recommend this book to science fiction readers that love space opera series filled with actions, plot twists and a healthy dose of humour.

    Disclaimer: I requested a copy for review from the publisher Orbit Books.

  • Emma

    I can’t remember the last time I read a book that got me with so many ‘Excuse, me, WHAT?’ moments. This is one tricksy author. And she’s put together more than just a well crafted story, it’s a genuinely fun reading experience that has you smiling at your own shock as much as what’s happening on the page. And therein lies the problem for any kind of review, because you really don’t want to be spoiled by any of the specifics before you start. Even more so than usual I mean. This is t

    I can’t remember the last time I read a book that got me with so many ‘Excuse, me, WHAT?’ moments. This is one tricksy author. And she’s put together more than just a well crafted story, it’s a genuinely fun reading experience that has you smiling at your own shock as much as what’s happening on the page. And therein lies the problem for any kind of review, because you really don’t want to be spoiled by any of the specifics before you start. Even more so than usual I mean. This is the kind of novel that extends a welcoming hand, one loaded with the promise of honesty and friendship, when all the while the other grips a knife just out of sight. You think you can imagine what comes next in this scenario….? Not if this author’s writing it. Nope, no way, not a chance. Maybe the whole damn world explodes. Maybe they whip out the blade and carve a wooden statue of your favourite sea creature. WHO KNOWS.

    So… I’m going to avoid anything that could give the game away and talk about some of the other stuff that makes this book a damn good time.

    At least 5 of the top 10 most awesome things are all Sanda. This MC is brave, capable, funny, inventive, vulnerable, and that perfect level of snarky. I hate falling back on the Ripley thing each time I find an awesome female in space, but that’s the kind of strength she’s channelling here. She takes zero shit, but isn’t one of those characters whose attitude is a shorthand for badassery. It’s her actions, not a big mouth, that show who she really is. The appeal is that she’s so very human, but trying to be the best of version of it she can be. It feels honest and real. Her emotional experiences are right there, making it so very clear why she battles on. Despite being knocked down more times and in more ways than most people could take, she comes back fighting. Every time. And I cheered. Every time. I flat out loved her.

    When an author can work creatively with perspective and narrative structure but also give readers characters who can hold all the pieces together, it makes for a thrilling mix. Surprises can come from anywhere, and in this case, they really do. But that’s far from the only positive. High energy action scenes are balanced by quieter moments of emotional reflection, just as the humour holds its own against the tragedy. The past clashes brutally with Sanda’s present, allowing for how-the-hell-we-got-here as much as the-hell-we’re-in-now. Within that space, there’s room for all kinds of voices. Diversity, in particular, is done with such exquisite assuredness that it makes a liar of all those who say it doesn’t work. Notions of personal morality and identity, be it self expressed or imposed, underlie every characterisation, whether human, spaceship, or anything in-between, offering a multifaceted and complicated world with no easy answers. It’s especially evident when it comes to the AI, developed here through the smartship

    (Bero for short). It's a Frankensteinesque story, with all the associated themes. As good sci fi always does, this book asks the big questions: what it means to be human, what it means to live, what it means to be free…. Each individual must work out what really matters to them, what they’re willing to lie about, forgive, fight, or die for, and it’s all set against a backdrop of dystopian inequality, political machinations, and world ending weapons. Most of all though, it’s about family, whether blood or created, and how those bonds can hold strong across space and time.

    This is space opera with a high wow factor, full of heart and humour, twisty enough to have you reading sentences twice over, desperate to see if it really said what you thought it did…

    It's going to be big. Don't miss it.

    ARC via Netgalley

  • Petrik

    is the first book in

    series by Megan E. O’Keefe. This was my first experience reading O’Keefe’s work and I had a fantastic time with it. isn’t an easy book for me to review. It’s not because I found the book to be disappointing or not up to my preference, but I honestly think that many components of the storyline or what makes this book truly great can be conside/>Velocity/>An

    is the first book in

    series by Megan E. O’Keefe. This was my first experience reading O’Keefe’s work and I had a fantastic time with it. isn’t an easy book for me to review. It’s not because I found the book to be disappointing or not up to my preference, but I honestly think that many components of the storyline or what makes this book truly great can be considered a spoiler that the task of reviewing this book ended up being more difficult than usual.

    The story in

    begins with Sanda finding herself awake 230 years in the future inside a sentient spaceship who calls himself Bero, shortened from The Light of Berossus. Bero is an enemy spaceship and he tells Sanda that the war has ended; the star system is completely dead now. Then, we have Biran—Sanda’s younger brother—as the second main POV character; his story takes place in the present timeline as he tries to find Sanda’s location. Separated by distance and time, both Sanda and Biran will have to do everything they can to survive or unveil the truth.

    tells a story of survival and intergalactic politics. I found the pacing and the tone of this book to be refreshing to read. O’Keefe’s storytelling style has a way of keeping things fun and gripping without ever making the tone of the story too dark; the right balance of varying emotions in this book was achieved through its charming characters.

    I do believe that

    is a cleverly crafted novel. The usage of dual timelines in this book exhibited a strong sense of mystery; it made me intrigued to find out what happened within that 230 years differences. It was awesome to see how Biran’s and Sanda’s story connects with each other despite the differences in the timeline. O’Keefe cloaked revelations that should’ve been easily spotted in plain sight by making sure that the reader will be too immersed in the specific scene they’re reading; I was too absorbed to theorize about anything else. The characters, especially Sanda, was so easy to root for. A heroine like Sanda is hard to find in current SFF market; she’s a badass with no overpowered skills and she’s not a damsel in distress who’s hopelessly waiting to be saved. Not only that, reading her banter and dialogues with Bero and other side characters were super immersive, funny, and most importantly, hard to put down. The characterizations, their sexuality, their interactions, and the world of the series itself felt natural.

    Admittedly, there was actually another prominent POV—Jules—other than Sanda’s and Biran’s. Although I found Jules’s storyline to be full of well-written actions, I didn’t find myself feeling invested in her story as much as I did for Sanda’s and Biran’s. This doesn’t mean that Jules’s story was lacking per se, it’s just that the sibling’s story was too good that every time the narrative shifted to Jules, I just wanted to go back to reading Sanda or Biran’s POV as fast as possible. Luckily, Jules’s last chapter in this book shows good promises on connectivity to the overarching storyline and more great things to come in the next installment.

    I’m going to close my review here. In order to make this review spoiler-free, please know that I purposely left out some factors that, in my opinion, made the quality of the book even better. Imbued with exhilarating twists and turn,

    was a purely entertaining reading experience. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, space opera and the

    video game series by Bioware, your decision to purchase and read this delightful book should be settled already.

  • Kate

    Hugely enjoyable space opera, with fantastic worldbuilding, some great characters and an intriguing starship AI. I really enjoyed the way in which the novel develops - it's twisty and exciting - and while there is a dark foreboding over much of the events, it's also light and fun. I loved Sanda. What a brilliant main character! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

  • Veronique

    Very cinematographic read, full of twists and turns!

    The narration is divided mostly between the siblings, gunnery sergeant Sanda stranded alone on an enemy ship controlled by an AI with attitude some 230 years in the future, and her brother Biran, in the present, who tries everything he can, now that he has just joined the powerful Keepers, to find out what happened to his sister and save her.

    O’Keefe serves up a real space opera, full of action, yes, but also charismatic characters. Sanda and

    Very cinematographic read, full of twists and turns!

    The narration is divided mostly between the siblings, gunnery sergeant Sanda stranded alone on an enemy ship controlled by an AI with attitude some 230 years in the future, and her brother Biran, in the present, who tries everything he can, now that he has just joined the powerful Keepers, to find out what happened to his sister and save her.

    O’Keefe serves up a real space opera, full of action, yes, but also charismatic characters. Sanda and Biran bring different angles of the same story, a somewhat convoluted one, which are both compelling. I particularly appreciated how the author portrayed their tight relationship, with each other as well as with their fathers. And let’s not forget the brilliant Bero, who brings to the fore questions on the nature of sentience and ‘human’ rights.

  • Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    This book was a beast of a read. Took me forever to get through it but mainly because I was a bit too busy I read for about a week.

    It’s a great first book in a series. Or maybe part of a duo? Not sure but it’s thrilling and so interesting and I was lost within the pages every time I was reading.

    This book is written in multi-points of view over different times - the past and the present. And the story has multiple threads that weave in and out of each other, that at first I was put a bit off. I

    This book was a beast of a read. Took me forever to get through it but mainly because I was a bit too busy I read for about a week.

    It’s a great first book in a series. Or maybe part of a duo? Not sure but it’s thrilling and so interesting and I was lost within the pages every time I was reading.

    This book is written in multi-points of view over different times - the past and the present. And the story has multiple threads that weave in and out of each other, that at first I was put a bit off. I mean it’s lots of info but I kept reading because the more I read the quicker I found myself engrossed in these characters and this sci-fi adventure.

    Also, I think I have a thing for books with space ships who end up to be a main character of the book. In this one it’s Bero.

    Along with a main character who’s a ship, there’s action and adventure. There’s thrilling bits and politics and layers upon layers of history to round out such a great book!

    Now, when’s the next book coming out?? What’s the next book even called?? Because I NEED MORE MORE MORE NOW please and thank you.

    Highly recommend.

  • Peter Tillman

    This one started out well, but . . . . kind of tailed off, like she had run out of ideas? And I didn't really connect with any of the characters except the ship AI. Which is pretty cool. But, 500+ pages! For Book #1 of a new series, by a new author. . . .

    I'd read something else by her, after she gets her writing chops down, but I gave up on this one about 1/4 in. If you are thinking about reading it, I'd suggest reading some of the other 2 and 3-star reviews. My rating: 2.5 stars for what I rea

    This one started out well, but . . . . kind of tailed off, like she had run out of ideas? And I didn't really connect with any of the characters except the ship AI. Which is pretty cool. But, 500+ pages! For Book #1 of a new series, by a new author. . . .

    I'd read something else by her, after she gets her writing chops down, but I gave up on this one about 1/4 in. If you are thinking about reading it, I'd suggest reading some of the other 2 and 3-star reviews. My rating: 2.5 stars for what I read, rounded down for lack of promise of improvement.

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