Book Review: The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler

jakkattuI came across The Jakkattu Vector attracted at first by the striking cover, but once I got stuck in, I realised that there was much more to this, the first book in a continuing dystopian series from author P.K. Tyler than just fancy production values.

There are some really interesting elements at play here. The author has created a future where alien, human and hybrid grudgingly share a world, all with very different privileges. The story follows characters from all three, as each is faced with truths about not only their perceived enemies, but themselves also, in an action-packed story that rarely falters, and expertly sets the scene for future books in the series.

As with any series, the first has the daunting task of not only creating the world for the reader, but keeping them there, and The Jakkattu Vector does so very well. Taylor’s world building is complex, but well-planned and written so that the reader can very quickly become immersed in the story, providing just enough back story where needed, and always keeping the plot steaming forward at a good pace.

It’s definitely a bleak tale, with some shocking moments, but manages to keep its head above water long enough to keep the reader absorbed, and although there is an underlying tinge of hope that runs through the narrative, it remains to be seen whether the characters will harness it, or fall foul of their baser instincts.

The Jakkattu Vector is a well-crafted, compelling read, often provocative and thought-provoking without being overly preachy, and benefits from putting the story first, while still addressing many important issues  in today’s society. More importantly, it’s also great sci-fi, and I look forward to reading more in this series.

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