by Ann Aguirre

Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, #2)

Sirantha Jax doesn’t take chances… she jumps at them…

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. Jax has worked for the Farwan Corporation her entire career. But now the word’s out that the Corp deliberately crashed a passenger ship, and their stranglehold on intergalactic commerce has crumbled—which means that Jax is out of a job.

She’s also broke, due to being declared dead a little prematurely. So when the government asks her to head up a vital diplomatic mission, Jax takes it. Her mandate: journey to the planet Ithiss-Tor and convince them to join the Conglomerate.

But Jax’s payday is light years away. First, she’ll have to contend with Syndicate criminals, a stormy relationship with her pilot, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body. She’ll be lucky just to make it to Ithiss-Tor alive…

My novel for NaNoWriMo is science fiction so I have been reading the genre for ‘research’ :D.  Wanderlust is the second book in Aguirre’s Jax series.  The first is Grimspace so definitely feel free to check my review before diving head first in to this one.  Wanderlust picks up where the last left off.  Jax is still her crazy, unpredictable self, but she is now broke and agrees to act as an ambassador to help bring some sort of order to a galaxy that is quickly descending in to chaos.

This book was tough to read because it kept me on the edge of my seat.  I’ll just let you know that it takes the entire novel to get to Jax’s final destination where she is to act as an ambassador.  In the mean time she must deal with genetic refugees, man eating aliens, a massive clan war, traitorous family members, and being kidnaped.  All while coming to terms with her relationship with March.  And, once again, Aguirre provides readers with realistic relationships between people crammed in a space ship for an extended period of time.

Wanderlust left me feeling happy, anxious, sad, and down right pissed at the characters.  I kept talking to the book while reading:  ‘man up Jax!’ or ‘ARE YOU KIDDING ME MARCH!?’  Oh the frustration!  But what more could you want from a genre piece?!  It hit every emotion and still kept me from putting it down.

Yes some of the personalities are exaggerated.  Yes you may think ‘SERIOUSLY!?’ as something else happens to our favorite cracked jumper.  But Wanderlust will take you on an awesome action packed trip across the stars!  Let me know what you think of the Jax series.


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