By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…My Thoughts: I'm having a lot of love for this book. I mean, A LOT of love. It reminds me so much of the sci-fi books I grew up on that I'm almost giddy. The fact that Ann Aguirre is a crazy-good worldbuilder and she creates these characters that are insanely addictive to read about - especially when they're doing questionable things - has a lot to do with this.
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…
Jax is pretty messed up when we first meet her and she's resigned herself to dying in the near future - whether at the hands of the Corp or by burning herself out in grimspace. She's an emotional wreck before March pops in to save her and being tossed onto a ship where everyone either resents her for living or resents her for taking the place of a beloved crew mate shoud have made things tougher. But Jax, being Jax, uses that animosity to rebuild herself.
March... oh, March is a bit of a mystery. He's got that certain something that makes you root for him to succeed at whatever he attempts to do. He's dangerous and dark. He broods and scowls. And then he goes and does something utterly heroic. I just... liked him.
With fast-paced action and plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, Jax's story is full of heartbreak and triumph. I love that there's so much potential in this world and I can't wait to see what the future holds for Jax.
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Grimspace was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.