Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax Series #2)

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Broke and unemployed, 'Jumper' Sirantha Jax accepts a diplomatic mission for the government? only to find herself up against Syndicate criminals, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspaceweakened body.

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Overview

Broke and unemployed, 'Jumper' Sirantha Jax accepts a diplomatic mission for the government? only to find herself up against Syndicate criminals, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspaceweakened body.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441016273
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Series: Sirantha Jax Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 407,133
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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In her life, Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband and two adorable children who sometimes do as they are told.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Angieville: WANDERLUST

    GRIMSPACE was one of my favorite books of 2007. I loved it because it was nonstop excitement and action, with freaking awesome characters and witty, passionate dialogue. I loved how it ended and would have been happy with that. As I loved the characters so much, I was thrilled to find out Ann Aguirre had a contract for three more books in the series.

    WANDERLUST picks up shortly after the cataclysmic close to GRIMSPACE. Sirantha Jax is at a bit of a loss. Having been declared legally dead puts a damper on your spirits, not to mention access to your bank accounts. Jax is in need of a job and so, against her better judgement, she accepts an offer to serve as, of all things, a diplomat on a suicide mission to a hostile planet in order to forge an alliance with the Conglomerate. Fortunately, March, Dina, and Vel are along for the trip to watch Jax's back. And she needs it as things go south rather quickly.

    My heart was in my throat for the majority of this book. And even though it was painful to watch at times, everything played out as it should. The characters were their old selves and their new selves (in some cases) and, in the end, it was just a ripping good time being in their company. Particularly Vel. Man, I love that bounty hunter. His developing friendship with Jax was one of the highlights of the book. WANDERLUST is a sadder but wiser sister to GRIMSPACE for sure, but I was highly entertained by it and, until DOUBLEBLIND comes out in a year, I remain a faithful, slightly concerned (I heart you, March!) fan.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    Definitely Recommended!

    This review contains spoilers of you have not read Grimspace, the first book in the Sirantha Jax series. Just warning you. Wanderlust is the second in the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre. These are great SciFi adventures set in a universe where the human empire is run by a large corporation know as Farwan. Or rather, was run by a large corporation. As of the end of the first novel, Grimspace, Farwan has been brought to it's knees by none other than Sirantha Jax. All because they tried to screw her over to cover up their own bad deeds. So the first thing that ought to tell you is don't mess with Sirantha Jax and friends. But if everyone learned that lesson right away, there would be no series! In Wanderlust, the future of the human universe is a bit uncertain in the aftermath of the corporate collapse. The Conglomerate is trying to fill the power vacuum. It has hired Jax to be an ambassador to Ithiss-Thor, the home world of Vel, the bounty hunter that Jax became friends with in the first book. Jax's crew includes March, the man she has fallen in love with and mechanic Dina, also from the first book, along with Vel. On the way, they pick up Jael, a manly addition to the crew and Hit, a manly woman. Many ?fun? adventures happen along the journey. Jax's mother makes an appearance. They encounter Morguts, the nasty giant bugs that think humans are delicious. They get embroiled in war on Lacian. And they run into the Syndicate. Jax begins to wonder about ulterior motives for her assignment and she and March run into difficult times. The thing about a series that has the same primary characters in each book is that you can't have one-dimensional people. Not to worry! Ms. Aguirre delivers complex emotional characters that make you gasp in surprise, horror, happiness or whatever feeling is plaguing the character at the time. This is especially true with Jax since the story is told entirely from her stand point. In Wanderlust, Jax becomes sick, weak. Not your typical kick-butt heroine. It really adds to her ongoing inner dialog we witness throughout the story. In Wanderlust, we see a dark side of March that was only hinted at in Grimspace. Even Vel, Dina, and to some extent, Jael are showing that they are not always what they appear to be. For both Grimspace and Wanderlust, I listened to the audiobooks, read by Suzanna Duff. I thought they were both well done and was looking forward to listening to the next book, Doubleblind. But it does not appear to be available in audiobook format. I'm not sure I'll like the change of perspective, but I've got to know what happens next!

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    Posted May 21, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Highly recommended - you must check out the series!

    Great second book in a five book series.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    LOVE THIS SERIES

    I can't wait for each book to come out!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Quick Scifi read w/great action & Characters & scifi NOT over done.

    With Farwan's fall the Conglomerate is scurrying to keep control over things. Siratha has been summoned to the conference room for the umpteenth time expecting to be put through another round of questions. She's surprised when she walks in to see March and the others, whom she's been separated from since the day of upheaval. The Conglomerate wants to make Jax an Ambassador and help them with a mission to Tarn with the bounty hunter Velith as the liaison to help. Then Jax's mother shows up... As Jax goes on her journey she heads back to Lachion to see Doc as something is slowly happening to her. Now things are starting to get even more dangerous in space with Farwan gone. Will it be better or not with out Farwan's control? Will Jax be able to succeed her mission as Ambassador or will she be sidetracked and trouble find her?

    I have to say I am liking the new characters in this book. And to meet Ramona Jax, Siratha's mother. Nice. She shares some big pieces of information about Jax and the story here. And we bring together a few new people into the crew, and I'm hooked on them. I do hope they stick around a while longer. And the old characters, well, we keep them around and learn soooo much more about them... good and bad. I like how these characters are taken to a brink and grow from there. Some grow to be leaders and others start to break apart. But this is where we leave off and leave us wanting more.

    Here the world opens up and becomes more dangerous to Jax and everyone in it. The fall of a powerful controlling unit has left the outskirts of space, and even closer areas to the Central system of the Conglomerate open to raids and damage by dangerous human eating creatures and pirates looking to turn a profit.

    Jax being in her new position doesn't realize she can attract attention and trouble quicker than normal now. When she appears at places there are thoughts of armies coming with her, or even assassination attempts on her. Her newly acquired position could end up being the death of her faster than the jumping was. And if not death, at least the destruction on the universe.

    Another good read of Siratha Jax. This book seems to be the one leading you into Doubleblind. So have Doubleblind ready for you when you read this one, as you'll want to keep going with Jax on her missions. I will definitely be continuing with the series as I'm hooked.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    What a Great Main Character!

    Jax is such a fun character to read about! She is sarcastic and sometimes macabre, but I love her the most because she is just...human. These books are excellent because of their fast-paced, well written, and totally absorbing. I rarely read a series one right after the other, so the best recommendation I can give is that I haven't been able to stop! If you like this story, you would also like the Species Imperative series by Julie E. Czerneda. If you like the writing style, you might try the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison!

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Loved it!

    Great journey and intense characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Compelling and exciting!

    Sirantha Jax is about to learn that breaking the Corp's hold on the world was just the beginning of her troubles. Sure she's gotten justice for the death of her lover and crew, and exposed the crash that the Corp arranged and tried to pin on her to the Conglomerate. But now a powerful piece of the world government system is missing and visionaries and bullies from all over are trying to take up the slack. So when the Conglomerate offers to make her an ambassador, Jax finds herself not only in need of the job, but also in a unique position to be one of the first Conglomerate citizens to make it to the home world of a notorious race of insect-like beings. If only she can get past the space pirates, civil wars, the Syndicate and her own mother first. Like Grimspace before it, Wanderlust is more than just a story about a girl who navigates space ships through the unfathomable depths of grimspace (something akin to wormholes and subspace pathways combined). This story is about Jax, shattered spirit and failing body, in the middle of a complete life upheaval trying to figure out which pieces fit, which don't and what to do with her new sense of responsibility and loyalty. It's hard not to be paranoid and hopeless when everyone seems to either want to kill you or kill for you, when even your body is betraying you and life seems unwilling to give you the time to heal. Aguirre takes readers there, to a flashy science fiction world with a dark side where even the planetary civil wars, human-eating aliens and missions to save the world fade under the compelling clutches of the small band of characters that have come together under enormous pressure and against monstrous odds just to do what they think is right. Wanderlust is an exciting new tale in the science fiction genre which captures the humanity in even the most odd of aliens and takes the reader for a nonstop action ride that's hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2008

    great space opera

    The Farwan Corporation ¿Corp¿ s is dead after the revelation that it deliberately destroyed the ship the Sargasso carrying hundreds of passengers. The Conglomerate rushes in to fill the power vacuum and be in charge of controlling tariffs and jump-traveling voyagers. Sirantha Jax, who played a role in revealing the Corp treachery, is made ambassador to the Ithiss-Tor world where she is to convince the inhabitants known as the ¿Bugs¿ to join the Conglomerate. If they fail to do so,, they will be subject to ¿jumping¿ bans and a stiff tariff. --- Jax navigates through several conspiracies and jumps because she contains the J-gene. . She takes on two passengers one being pregnant and near giving birth, which she does in the spaceship. They travel to Emry Station to drop off the new family, but all are dead there killed by Marguts. They escape the station only to land in the middle of a clan war on Lanchion. Jax and some of her crew escape again, but are kidnapped her only hope for freedom lies with her and her crew¿s ingenuity. --- WANDERLUST is a great space opera starring a crew who looks human, talks human, behaves human but Jax knows there is a breed on board ( a bio-experimental engineered intelligent being). The other non-human is a ¿Bug¿ who acts more human than humans do. The heroine remains brave though a little strapped for cash after losing her job by exposing the Corp¿s atrocity (the fate of whistleblowers has not changed). Sci fi fans will enjoy her roller coaster thrill ride as the turns, twists, and upside down spins make for an exhilarating outer space voyage. --- Harriet Klausner

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