This novel, much like Grimspace
before it, took a while to draw me in. Once Aguirre hit her stride, however, I was engrossed.
A few thoughts:
*I'm missing something in the March/Jax dynamic. On a thematic level, I get it--he's the brooding anti-hero to Jax's brooding anti-heroine. I'm a bit burned out on the trope, though. It would be nice if one of them was happy, for five seconds, at least. I was relieved that the couple was separated for half the book.
So, why then, did I give this book as many stars as I did?
*Teamwork! Everyone in Jax's crew provided their own skill--no one was a waste of space. Aguirre added more characters to Jax's band of merry people, and despite my early reservations, the characters to gelled really well. We'll have to see what March's reappearance does for that group dynamic.
*Velith! The alien bounty hunter with a heart. He was, without a doubt, the most steadying influence on Jax.
*The Grimspace universe is opening up, giving us a sense that bigger things are happening. Unlike the first book, Wanderlust ups the stakes in a big way. And Jax finally grows a bit as a character when she sees that there is much more to be concerned about than just her own internal drama.
I sincerely hope this trend continues, and the books don't get bogged down in the inevitable angst I'm sure March will bring. The universe is a fascinating one, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the larger plotlines pan out. If I'm right, then we're seeing the beginnings of an over-reaching war arc that will culminate in the final Jax book.
I'm looking forward to it.