By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…
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 rogue 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…
Why do I love this book? Dearest readers, let me count the ways. First of all, Ann is a great writer. Very very few authors can take on first person present and not only keep it consistent but make it work. This story is better for the POV. That I know just how ridiculously hard it must have been for Ann to write it this way makes it even better. It’s the taut way the story is told, the sense that everything is happening RIGHT NOW and is urgent that really makes the tale zing. Next up is the voice. Jax is a messed up character, but she does not whine. She does not wallow. She does what needs to be done, even when it sucks and she’d rather not. She’s not always easy to like, which works because you’re pretty sure she doesn’t much like herself most of the time either. There’s a wounded and yet genuine feel to her character and the others that populate this series that really renders them three dimensional. They jump from the page. The world is interesting and tight (and continues to get better with each book in the series)
Oh and March. *swoon*
Anyway, I love it and I think you should too. So I’m going to give a copy to one lucky commenter to this post and announce in next Monday’s Winner Post. I’ll be sending this directly from Amazon or Book Depository so if you’re in a country where either of those places ships, the contest is open to you. Good luck!