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I am including two reviews here today. The Jakkattu Vector (4 stars) and Avendui 5ive (5 stars), both by P.K. Tyler. I read the short story Avendui 5ive after reading The Jakkattu Vector and though I think you could read them in any order, I was felt Avendui 5ive was more meaningful because I had read the novel first.

the-jakkattu-vectorAbout The Jakkattu Vector

They came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth.

Julip Torne questions whether there is more to life beyond the barren dirt, acidic seas, and toxstorms her people work and die in. Living in poverty on the withering Greenland Human Reservation, she wonders if the alien Mezna goddesses are truly as holy as the temple preaches.

Meanwhile, Jakkattu prisoner Sabaal suffers constant torture and heinous medical experiments as Mezna-priest captors seek to unlock the key to her genetic makeup. She escapes captivity but ends up alone on the hostile alien planet of Earth. If she is to survive, she must work with the same Mezna-human hybrids she’s loathed her entire life.

When humans and Mezna collide, will Sabaal turn out to be the genetic vector the Mezna have been searching for all along, or will she spark the flame that sets a revolution ablaze?

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Review of The Jakkuttu Vector

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‘They came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth.’ ‘They’ are the Mezna. The aliens from another world that came to save an earth that had been poisoned by its inhabitants. They brought gifts of technology and food. And asked for nothing – except the Mezna females bred with human males in order to create a hybrid race so that Mezna and humans could all live together in peace and happiness. In the Menza cities, hybrids thrive and are served by the series Teks, who are biomechanically enhanced to serve specific purposes.

Many humans chose not to accept the Mezna. They moved to reservations and live fenced in and separate from the prosperous Mezna cities and humans on other reservations. Life on the reservations led to a matriarchal society and a culture that subtly enforces purity of the race, population control, and technological stagnation.

The Ferals live outside the cities in the Wilds. Thought to be nothing but rabid humans, they are the rejected humans, born different, defective. They call themselves the Undone.

And then there is Sabaal. Sabaal is Jakkattu. The only one on Earth, captured to be studied by the Mezna because they believe her genetic code may has potential to be used to propogate the Mezna race.

The Earth that the author describes is fascinating. With a narration that alternates between characters and locations, the reader has the opportunity to observe life from several points of view. The daily life, their hopes, their troubles and mostly, their questions and the struggle to understand the answers. The two main points of view come from Sabaal and from Julip, a human that lives on a reservation. Seemingly unconnected, events will conspire to bring Sabaal and Julip together along with others in a way that will change their lives forever. Humans, hybrids, Teks, and Undone.

I thought the story was very intriguing. Aspects of the story lead to thoughts of real life problems we have on Earth. The arrival of seemingly benevolent aliens on a dying earth leads me to think about the environmental issues we face on this planet. The bio-mechanically enhanced Teks makes me question how far we should go with technology in real life.

The multiple plot lines and complex characters kept me engaged. Each time the point of view switched, I wanted to groan and go back to the previous person’s story. But each point of view switch also quickly pulled me in. The characters stories were deftly interwoven and eventually merged into a single story line.

This book takes place on Earth, but is called The Jakkattu Vector. So I should not have been surprised that by the end, Earth’s story, which I had become invested in, turned into what seemed to be just a side story for Sabaal. The main Earth characters, including Julip, go through major life-changing events, but, as the reader, I did not feel there was adequate resolution in their conflicts. And at this point in the story, I’m not sure there will be. The end of the book left me frustrated with too many unresolved story lines. I really like the writing, the characters and the concepts, and some readers will be okay with what I consider to be an incomplete story, or as it is otherwise known, cliff-hanger ending.

Read this book if you enjoy aliens with hidden agendas as well as those that are straightforward. Read it if you wonder about what humans are doing to the environment (but don’t look for a solution). Read The Jakkuttu Vector for great drama, characters with depth, and a fascinating vision of Earth.

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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avendui-5iveAbout Avendui 5ive

Biomechanically enhanced Humans called Series Teks are cogs in the machine of a distant future world. Each Series serves a purpose and Teks are designed, enhanced, and genetically coded to fulfill that role. When Avendui 5ive finds herself unable to perform to expectations, what will become of her? What is the fate of a broken machine, even if they are, underneath it all, still people?

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Review of Avendui 5ive

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At only 62 pages, Avendui 5ive is a short story accompaniment to The Jakkattu Vector. I recommend reading the novel first, to learn about Teks. In the short story, you have the story of two Teks who do the unthinkable – fall in love. Teks don’t love, don’t marry and don’t have families. Reading The Jakkattu Vector will tell you while, but make you wonder why not. Reading Avendui 5ive will renew your faith in the humans that become Teks.

Avendui 5ive may be a short, but the story is huge.

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