Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Sirantha Jax, Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Recommendation: A quick and easy to read story, would make a good beach read.
Summary: Sirantha Jax is held prisoner by Corp following a landing on Matins IV which only Sirantha survived. She is losing her mind, when March sneaks in and gives her a chance to escape. Together with a new crew, Sirantha heads off to discover if Corp's monopoly on trade can be broken and the truth surrounding the Matins IV accident.
Reactions: I finished this paperback very quickly. It was easy to get into the story and the pacing kept up pretty well until the end of the book. I felt the ending itself was a little rushed. It also felt like the resolution was a bit too easy while the impact somewhat extreme.
Character-wise the story is pretty interesting. Jax is a jumper who thanks to her J-gene is able to navigate a ship through grimspace. March, is a strong and handsome pilot who is also able to read minds. The ship's mechanic Dina is bitchy, while Doc Saul is calm, and finally Loras is an alien with talent for languages. The crew interaction while predictable is pretty well written and fun to observe.
Overall, it was a fun, action-packed read. Nothing deep, a good book for a day out at the beach.