They came as saviors to a deteriorating Earth.
"The Jakkattu Vector is the first book in a saga that ultimately becomes a metaphor of humanity itself as it struggles to find its role in a world where humans are defective, aliens are taken into slavery, and priests engage in cruel genetic experiments. With Jakkattu, Ms. Tyler has created a new genre where she takes old traditions and myths and projects them onto a future, that, despite its high technology, it's still polluted by slavery, prejudice, and exploitation. Her strong world building is made even more extraordinary by the exquisite detail and attention in creating new people and cultures." ~ Midwest Book Review
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?
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the first book in the "Jakkattu" series of sci-fi adventures, featuring genetic engineering and compelling social issues, from national award-winning and USA Today best-selling author P.K. Tyler.
Books by P.K. Tyler:
- The Jakkattu Vector (Jakkattu - 1)
- Avendui 5ive (Jakkattu Short - 1)
- Twin Helix (Jakkattu Short - 2)
- Two Moons of Sera
- Moon Dust - A "Two Moons of Sera" Short Story
- White Chalk
More Great Sci-Fi from Evolved Publishing:
- The "Dirt and Stars" Series by Kevin Killiany
- The "Uploaded" Series by James W. Hughes
- The "Red Death" Series by Jeff Altabef
- "The Seekers" Series by David Litwack
- The "Panhelion Chronicles" Series by Marlin Desault
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Nathan W. Toronto for Readers' Favorite P.K. Tyler's The Jakkattu Vector offers as creative a premise as you'll find in science fiction: an alien race, the Mezna, has come to save humanity from its reckless disregard for Earth's ecosystem. Now, natural-born humans are confined to reservations on what little habitable land remains, in places as far flung as Greenland, Lapland, and Argentine. In contrast to the penury of humans' reservation life, Mezna-human hybrids live in gleaming cities with access to plentiful food and medical care, where they are protected from the toxic environment that haunts everyday life on the reservations. Tyler's most creative innovation, however, is that the main character is neither Mezna nor human, but Jakkattu, a humanoid race of aliens that the Mezna have enslaved on another planet. This Jakkattu character, Sabaal, escapes from imprisonment, where she is subject to ruthless experimentation and torture, to find a world full of contradictions between human, hybrid, and Mezna life. The ultimate irony is that through her (and other characters') quest for freedom, Sabaal learns what it means to be human. I couldn't put this book down. Tyler is at her best in action scenes, of which there are plenty. She doesn't dwell too much on needless details, and she has a knack for putting the reader into the setting with unique character voices. I especially liked the English dialect she developed to set apart the reservation humans; it makes their plight more believable without distracting from the main story. In addition, the book is well-edited, and the publisher, Evolved Publishing, has taken obvious care in marketing The Jakkattu Vector just right. If I had one complaint, it's that characters occasionally do things that seemed to defy physical laws or linguistic tendencies, but these moments were very minor. Besides, who am I to complain? I'm a political scientist who predicted a Clinton landslide in 2016, so I'm clearly no judge of historical plausibility. The world that P.K. Tyler creates in the Jakkattu Vector is believable, and I really appreciate her genuine, human voice. To Tyler, people are people, no matter how they look or where they're from, and any reader who welcomes a meditation on what it means to be human should pick up The Jakkattu Vector.
Content Warning: Torture, Violence, Non Consensual Acts The Jakkattu Vector is an awesome Sci-Fi work featuring 5 variations of humanoids with beautifully flawed humanity. We’ve got the human reservations, the two types of hybrids living in the Menza cities, the Feral, Sabaal, and the Menza lording above them all. The noob interloper audience stand-in is a non-issue as they all are in various ways. I love how it’s different groups of people converging to piece together the truth. The “why are they speaking English?” problem is dealt with in a clever way that fits the story perfectly and makes it more immersive. Not only do we get perspectives from Sabaal and Julip, who are named in the blurb, but several other players have chapters throughout and there’s even journal entries. It all works together without losing track of who’s who and builds to keep you reading, guessing, turning the pages as fast as you can. Sabaal is readily my favorite character for everything, but I quickly became attached and absorbed with them all. All their voices, including the dialects they speak in, felt right. It takes a minute to adjust, but that works since others around them are adjusting to it too, so it’s immersive not disruptive. The e-book clocks in at 300 pages but it took me a week and felt like Sci-Fi epic. The best kind, the kind that dissects, examines, and illuminates human issues like religion, class, sexism, and racism. Plus, no damn Magical Space Minority or scantily glad humble-brag goddess or alpha males or condescending Space Racism. It felt like a long book, because every POV, every passage brings it. It’s not simple mindless entertainment with laser swords or bedding alien babes. I was hooked but this is not a book you fly through. You sit. Savor. Think. Twist and Untwist it around and around. And dive back in eyes open. Until the last 10-20% OMFGWTFBBQ!!!!!!! Happens. I will ABSOLUTELY be continuing and I cannot wait until the next installment. One click, no brainer. Looks like I’m forever waiting with Tyler. *sigh* At least I have some backlog to catch up on…. Did I mention all the quotes I love? Fantastic writing!