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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?

[Science Fiction, Genetic Engineering, Cyberpunk, Apocalyptic, Short Story]

This new short story from USA Today Bestselling Author P.K. Tyler is a companion to the Jakkattu series of science fiction adventures.

AVENDUI 5IVE by P.K. Tyler

Evolved Publishing presents the first in a series of short stories that will be part of the overall Jakkattu series of sci-fi thrillers. [DRM-Free]

More Books by P.K. Tyler
Two Moons of Sera
Moon Dust - A Short Story
White Chalk

62 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 20, 2016

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P.K. Tyler

37 books153 followers
PK Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre.

After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.

Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not penning her science fiction books she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica stories.

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"Tyler is essentially the indie scene's Margaret Atwood; she incorporates sci-fi elements into her novels, which deal with topics such as spirituality, gender, sexuality and power dynamics." - IndieReader

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Profile Image for Siobhan.
4,491 reviews469 followers
September 29, 2016
Avendui 5ive is a short story giving us an insight into the Jakkattu series that is to come soon.

I’m so glad I was able to advance read this. Excuse me whilst I brag, but I managed to get my hands on this and the first Jakkattu book well in advance of release, and I can assure you I’m more than excited for both of them. There is such promise, so much on offer. If you’re a science fiction fan, then you need to keep your eyes on this series – it looks to be going places.

As a teaser, Avendui 5ive is wonderful. It gives you some information about the world without giving away too much. You get a general grasp of what to expect from the world, and yet so much is left unknown. Specifically, the details in this book offer up information pertaining to biomechanically enhanced humans. We get a general idea of how their world works, and what happens to them when things do not play out as they are ordained.

Honestly, I could say so much, but I fear I will give spoilers. It’s such a short story and yet it manages to give so much. Whilst it wasn’t quite a full four stars – I wanted a bit more about the world outside of biomechanically enhanced humans, if I’m honest, but that’s just me wanting it all and I’m sure that will change once I start the first Jakkattu book – it was so close that to give it a three stars would have been an injustice. It really is a brilliant snippet into the world, something you can complete in no time at all, and it is more than capable of leaving you excited of what the series has to offer.

I cannot wait to see where the Jakkattu series takes us.

As a final note, I would like to thank P.K. Tyler for guaranteeing further excitement about the upcoming series through allowing me to advance read this short story.
Profile Image for Gaele.
4,079 reviews80 followers
August 23, 2016
I’m one of the lucky ones – I got early peeks at the full-length story that is the introduction to the world for this sci-fi short. And – trust me when I say that if this short intrigues, the full length will be a favorite.

A world where humans are relegated to mere ‘objects’ and the worker bees are enhanced with varying forms of technology appropriate to their job descriptions. Avendui 5 is a tek, enhanced to work under the earth, but her anxiety takes over and she isn’t able to perform. Not only is she unable to perform her assigned position, rendering her redundant, she is ‘involved’ with another tek, Virgil 9ine, against all rules of this world. Even worse, their curiosity and conversations have them realizing that not everything is as they have been told….something is very wrong.

As dangers to the status quo, Avi and Virgil are deviating from the norm – and providing cause for concern… most especially for their own futures. Tyler uses her ability to draw readers to her characters by giving them qualities that resonate, putting them in situations that force action and reaction and hinting at the world and it’s management, it is a wonderful ‘tease’ for the upcoming title.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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1,651 reviews16 followers
August 8, 2016
An excellently compiled short story, after which you will want to beg the author to write more of this world.

Like her friends, Avendui 5ive is a Tek consigned to her particular Series. From the genetic coding inside her to the physical enhancements which allow her to carry out her functions correctly, she is a specially designed square peg for a square hole.

When Avi is unable to carry out her specified functions due to panic attacks, does she still have a future? Will she be discarded, as she no longer has a use within society? The answer may surprise you.

This story resonated with me on a personal level, being disabled, and mirrors how society feels about me and others like me. We are not viable functioning members of society - according to those in charge. Given the chance, what would they do with us? Food for thought...

Excellent writing, and a great story which pulls you in from the first sentence. I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Lynda Dickson.
581 reviews57 followers
August 29, 2016
Avendui 5ive (Avi) is a tek, born human but given implants and coding to make her a worker for the Mezna, the alien race that has taken over Earth. With the other series 5ive teks, she works underground. But she is different to the rest of her series because she has found forbidden love with Virgil 9ine.

The author cleverly builds her world, introducing us to the different tek series and the Mezna, who live in a city patrolled by guards and run by nuns and priests. With a few well-chosen words, the author shows us that the teks are still human, capable of love, humor, compassion, and fear. The fledgling love of Avi and Virgil is captivatingly beautiful and heartbreakingly fleeting. I cried when Avi and Virgil hold hands and her simple touch starts breaking down Virgil's mineral composition. Hints at a flaw in the tek system promise plenty of excitement to come.

I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

I received this book in return for an honest review.

Full blog post (29 August): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.co...
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Author 24 books35 followers
August 20, 2016
It's a science fantasy short story. The story is quite an interesting take on a world where humans are no longer in control. And an enhanced series of humans is responsible for various tasks. They're designed to carry out their tasks with utmost efficiency. They cannot feel or think for themselves, they do whatever they're modified to do...
Except Avendui 5ive and Virgil 9ine. They've broken out of their minds. They think for themselves, know that there is something very, very wrong in the world they're created for. Unfortunately, they've no idea what is actually going on or how to overcome it...
I loved it and I'm looking forward to read the up coming novel which will be set in the same amazing world.
I'd like to thank the author for a complimentary copy of this book. It's an amazing read.

P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Profile Image for Susan.
1,455 reviews
August 23, 2016
This is a short introduction into a future world. There are groups of workers, called teks. My understanding is they are born human, but while they are children they are categorized and then genetically and surgically enhanced based on that categorization. They are discouraged from mingling with those not in their category. It also appears that they are supposed to just do their job as a mindless "robot". I'm sure that in this world not everything is as it appears on the surface.

While this short introduction left me with a lot of questions, it also left me with a desire to read the next book just to find out more about this strange world.
September 25, 2019
An interesting cyberpunk sci-fi dystopian short story about of world where humans and alien technologies are merged to save our species from extinction. What happens when two "Teks" - augmented humans - do something they were never supposed to do and fall in love?

It's well-written, but there's evidently much more going on in the world than the short length allows for. While I got the gist of things as the story went on, it didn't help that at the beginning all the talk of Teks and their numbered series were just names rather than actual explained concepts. The romance wasn't very obvious; more tell than show. There's also some kind of conspiracy theme going on, but what it was and why things were happening were never explained. The ending... Well, I'm not sure how or why that happened either.

Still it sounds like an imaginative setup, one that nods to the science fantasies where religion plays a part as well as aliens. Perhaps this would be better read as a companion story to the Jakkattu series rather than a prequel, as you'd already have some grounding in the setting.
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867 reviews58 followers
December 7, 2016
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.

Originally posted at Whiskey With My Book.

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Author 2 books12 followers
January 12, 2018
It was very vivid, I liked the descriptions, could really see and feel it. The immersion was good, each character had their own perspective, with thoughts and feelings. There was tension but it wasn't too heavy. There was wonderful not too detailed, but enough to understand hinting and clues about the world around, that really set the setting.

The characters felt very human, their cyborg enhancements more ornaments than defining qualities, but my understanding is that that was the intent, to convey they are just like the rest of us, and this was accomplished.
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379 reviews5 followers
December 3, 2016
I admit I had no idea what to expect when I read this. I got characters I love, a society I am curious to learn about, and a story that broke my heart. A tale of forbidden love, in an unlikely place. Isn't that the way it goes though :D
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440 reviews
December 13, 2018
A very short story set in an interesting world. It jumps around & summarises a few scenes more like a trailer for the main book than an actual story
282 reviews1 follower
January 2, 2021
An interesting and thought provoking short looking at a time when tech implants are the norm...at least for some.
A well thought out story and good intro to the series to come.
429 reviews2 followers
August 26, 2016
Fascinating short story; the start of a thoughtful, imaginative new hard sci-fi series

I have read a few other things by PK Tyler, and with this short story, she continues to impress me with imaginative speculative fiction that has real depth. I think that sci-fi fans would find that this story is well worth $0.99. Here is fair warning: don't read this if you require a story to have a happy ending, but I did not find the story depressing at all.
Like the author's short story "All These Bodies" in "Clones: The Anthology", this Andui 5ive story gives us a glimpse of a couple of people's lives in the future universe controlled by the Mesna species. In Earth's future, humans have made Earth nearly uninhabitable with pollution, and humans have accepted control by the Mesna in order to survive, but at what price? Note: Be sure to read the author's note at the end that further explains the situation in this series. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing the first novel (The Jakkattu Vector) in this series that will be published in October.
I love the author's flowing prose and the exploration of what it means to be free as a person. The characters Avendui 5ive and Victor 9ine are distinctive individuals who are likable. The characterization could have been a little better, but it was good enough for a short story. I love the clever way in which numbers are used in the Tek series names; it seems very realistic as a future way of spelling things. One minor complaint: with my geological training, I think that iron is a bad choice for Victor's metal components; instead, I would have chosen a metal that is not prone to oxidation.
P.K. Tyler has great imagination and a deft touch at pacing and description. I recommend this story and the upcoming series to all fans of hard sci-fi. This is an author that is so good that she deserves to more famous in the sci-fi community.
I received a free copy in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not paid for my review.
397 reviews1 follower
September 7, 2016
Good Read

This was a good read about what we would be willing to sacrifice to survive, such as having our DNA changed( I don't want to give too much of the book away.) to support the type of work that's needed to be done for survival, but for whose survival? That is yet to be seen . This was a good book and I will be reading more of them to see what happens. Nice job P.K.
5,246 reviews23 followers
October 24, 2016
This is a fascinating story. It takes place on Earth but in the future. Something has happened (and I don't know what) and somehow aliens have become involved. Pure humans are in reservations while other humans seem to have been operated on to adapt them to specific jobs. This can include physically changing them, inserting microchips, etc. These modified humans are also broken into very specific classes such as 5ives and 9ines.

The story is about Avi, a 9ine, who is in Greenland. There is a kind of dorm where the various classifications are put into specific areas of their own. There's also a curfew and some kind of priests and nuns.

Avi really likes this one guy. Together they find out at least one of the dark secrets of the place and this could change Avi's life forever. It's a very dark book and still very good.
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609 reviews12 followers
October 26, 2016
This story is set in a desolate but very intriguing post-apocalyptic future with aliens and cyborgs. Don't expect a feel-good story with a tidy happy ending. However, the story is well-written and I really liked the characters. It's also a clean read, and I don't recall seeing any typos or other editing problems.

I generally prefer more upbeat stories, but I admit that after reading this, I found myself wanting to know more about this world, and I'm looking forward to reading more of the Jakkattu Saga. If you enjoy scifi in dark settings and don't mind the lack of happy ending, give this a try!

I volunteered to review an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Author 32 books88 followers
January 15, 2017
This reminds me of some of the "hard" science fiction of the '50s and '60s with dystopian themes that were more of a warning than a promise of a better future. Not (yet?) as dehumanized as the Borg, the humans known as tecs are being genetically modified into different "series" to perform specific functions. This short story is meant to introduce a future world we would NOT wish to inhabit, occupied by an alien species which is responsible for the "adaptations." And yet the few tender moments between two of the tec series promise that mankind has not utterly lost its way.
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Author 100 books259 followers
August 24, 2016
Always a Pleasure to Read Tyler

As a fan of this author, I'll read just about anything she writes. I have yet to be disappointed. Avendui 5ive is a great quick read that makes no sacrifices even in its brevity. If you like sci. fi. or lit fic, definitely give this one a try.
2 reviews1 follower
October 20, 2016
This was such a great book! U can see straight away why this is an award winning author, I loved the characters and found myself drawn into the story, I read it in one sitting and cannot wait to read the series.
Definitely take some time and give it a go u won't regret it
Profile Image for Tera Comer.
2,136 reviews40 followers
July 9, 2018
Excellent start to a new series. This was a quick short read that gave just enough details to keep you wanting more and can not wait to see what is in store for the rest of the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Author 13 books52 followers
November 2, 2016
I was given a copy of "Avendui 5ive" in exchange for an honest review. This is a super short story, sci fi, dystopian. Hard to judge by such a little book, but the writing of this author looks promising. I give it three stars "I liked it."
10.1k reviews112 followers
November 29, 2016
I was given this book to review, if I wanted to and it's just amazing. Gives you an insight as to what will be in the Jakkattu series of books to come. Can't wait to get more
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Author 35 books56 followers
September 5, 2016
An intriguing introduction to the world of Jakkattu.
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