“We’re both a little broken,” he says quietly. “But we’ll take care not to cut each other on the sharp edges.”
This is one of my favorite lines from Wanderlust, Ann Aguirre’s second installment in the story of Sirantha Jax and it starts right after Aguirre’s first Jax book, Grimspace, ends. Like Grimspace, the book sucks you in from word one and the action pulls you along. This, along with the POV of the book – gives you a sense of instant recognition of the story.
Jax is a character you like even though she’s flawed and broken and jagged. Her life has fallen apart, her body is failing, she doesn’t know which end is up but she doesn’t quit. You want to know more about her, you care about what happens to her and that’s the lure of this book and indeed this series. In Jax and March (not to mention Dina – who provides some great insight into Jax and some laughs with really funny scenes, Vel and Jael too) we have the kind of characters that can take you from book to book, story to story, because you want more.
Grimspace was breathless, Wanderlust, while action packed, is more introspective – Jax is facing battles on multiple fronts personal and political. It’s a lot for one person to deal with. And her relationship with March, which is complicated and stretched very thin here – I don’t want to give any spoilers but for me, it was a really emotional read in places.
Wanderlust is solid proof that Ann Aguirre is a talented writer with a bright future (thank goodness!)
Blurby Bit: 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…