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.



Grimspace by Ann Aguirre


As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace – a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom – for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rouge fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel – and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing – grimspace – and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime.

Grimspace, the first of the Jax series, opens with Sirantha Jax in prison just days after she is pulled from the Sargasso wreck that killed hundreds of diplomats and the love of her life. Readers meet Jax when she is at her lowest and spiraling the mental drain, and then we are drug along on a wild wide as she is rescued within the next few pages and whisked off on a desperate mission. The rest of the story progresses at a similar speed and Aguirre drops you in to this new universe expecting you to just pick up the pace. And it works folks, because by the end of the novel I was totally invested in Jax’s universe.

The novel reads as a faced-paced space opera and the story revolves around Jax (who is beyond mentally scarred), March (the pilot with a tortured past), and the rest of the odd crew determined to bring down the Corps and establish their own jumper training facility. Jumpers, like Jax, are navigators with a genetic mutation that allows them to ‘plug in’ to the ship’s mainframe and guide the ship through celestial beacons found in grimspace. I spent the entire read wishing that this was a real occupation because I would definitely sign up to do it!

Just know that this is a rough book. The team is stuck on a ship together for an extended period of time and Aguirre has no problems airing all of their dirty laundry. Jax comes with a lot of baggage; she is a tortured and damaged individual who resists human connection and delights in her fantasies of death. I liked her, but some readers may find it difficult to connect with the character. Just remember that Aguirre pulls no punches and enjoys showing the gritty aspects associated with living in space. Grimspace is rugged, jumpy, and at times hard to handle, and yet these are all the things I enjoyed about it.

Let me know what you think about Grimspace and check out the rest of the series!