Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax Series #2)

Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax Series #2)

by Ann Aguirre

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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 grim, space-weakened body.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441016273
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Series: Sirantha Jax Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 652,908
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
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.
clairesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book! I thought it was better than the first book, as I am now aware of what grimspace is and what it is to be a jumper, I'm familiar with the world building and the characters feel like friends. We have the usual crew from the first book obviously there is Jax, her lover and pilot March, ships mechanic Dina and bounty hunter Vel. Doc is back on Lachion after Vel had locked him away whilst he stole his identity when he was capturing Jax. We also meet some new characters in this book but I won't go into that as I don't want to spoil it for you however I will say they are fantastic. There is action galore and quite a few times it felt very much like the film Aliens. There are also quite major shocks, one in particular that left me feeling betrayed and reeling. Jax is definitely changing in this book from the self centred prima donna she is quickly becoming a caring unwitting leader. Vel also comes into his own in this book and is fast becoming one of my favourite characters. This book flew by and totally engrossed me all the way, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to give it 5 stars.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Didn't like this one as much as Grimspace. The plot got a little muddled and Sirantha a little more whiny-angsty. Still an interesting world. Horror movie elements, lots of danger (although didn't feel very suspenseful, for some reason).
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to Grimspace and takes up where the first book left off. Many worlds banded together and the Farwan corporation ruled them through economic control, a space jump monopoly, and their security apparatus. Jax and her crew were able to bring the corporation's manipulation and crimes to light, resulting in the collapse of the corporation, and with it their governmental functions. The confusing aftermath creates a power vacuum. The social power structure comes apart, and there is economic and social chaos. In space, pirates, the mafia, and aliens, the Morgut, who hunt and eat humans are trying to build their own empires and harvest snacks.Jax and her crew are sent to an insectoid planet, to try to get them to join the other worlds, and hopefully deal with the Morgut (the are poisonous to them). Jax has befriended a bug and he has agreed to teach her the finer rules of their society. They depart New Terra for Ithiss-Tor. The book is the story of their journey, and does not actually cover the diplomatic mission. It ends as they arrive at Ithiss-Tor. I actually hate books that do this, set up a goal and then end as it appears. However, I did enjoy the book in spite of the bait and switch of the blurb.The same characters from the first book are included and there are 2 new ones added to the crew. All are good and fit well together. One of the old characters, March the hero and love interest goes off to do his own thing for the middle part of the book. It saves us from continuous goopy romance and allows Jax to become the leader. But the whole split and his return and condition seem contrived and annoying. Again it is an adventure book and a quick light read. The way the book ends, it could be the finish of the series, though there is room left to continue. It appears her next book in April 2009 is with a different publisher and about a different character.
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wanderlust is the second in a series about Jax and March. The first book was a wonderful read. This second book is just as good. The story continues with March and Jax, who are supposed to be on their way to a planet so Jax - who has never played a role like this - is to be a diplomat. Jax is trying to keep from grimspace jumping, which is like trying to stay away from an addiction, because each time she jumps, she pays a higher physical and mental toll. The huge conglomerate that owned so much and so many people has been broken. On the way to fulfull their diplomatic mission, they are waylaid, and get stuck in the middle of a war. Bad things happen.This book is just as well written as the first. I was pulled into the story and when the book ended, I wasn't ready for it to end. Thank goodness there will be a third novel. Ann Aguirre is one of those writers that I feel will always write an interesting story, no matter what she writes about. All of her characters have such rich personalities, and the planets that Jax and March visit are described well, without giving the feeling that you are drowning in descriptive phrases and purple prose. The love story between March and Jax is not a HEA, but there is a strong connection between the two.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Can I just say how much I am loving this series?! Jax is paranoid, fatalistic and basically the universe (including her own mother) is out to get her but she is infinitely likable due to her honesty and that quirky trait of fragility cased in bravado. She never fails to spout off some irreverent smart-alecky remark in the midst of tragedy and pain without seeming flippant and I think it makes me love her all the more. We meet a variety of new characters in this second book and I loved them all. I am especially curious to see what becomes of Jael ¿ he¿s got quite the past (and future) it seems. I love Jax¿s transformation from galaxy superstar to responsible ambassador ¿ albeit in trademark Jax fashion. And March ¿ poor crazy March. I think I bawled the entire chapter where he makes the decision to stay and help Keri¿s clan fight their war ¿ and Jax¿s reaction to him. There is so much going on in these deceptively fast-paced novels that I immediately went back to reread several of my favorite parts after finishing each one. I can¿t wait for more! Gentle readers beware there is quite a bit of language..
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forced to jump for her life in Grimspace, Wanderlust finds Sirantha with the opposite problem. Returned to Lachion only to trigger a bloody civil war, Blackmail, relatives with dirty secrets, and alternatives that lead nowhere she wants to go... Sirantha's once again under the gun with no good way out. Grim, gutsy and gritty - gripping adventure with enough loose ends to wrap up that you'll want to have the third installment somewhere nearby.
MelHay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A lot of suffering and tragedy which is sometimes necessary for growth. This was a very memorable read. This is a great series.
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ramore More than 1 year ago
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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Great second book in a five book series.
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