Written by: Ann Aguirre
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 302 (Mass Market Paperback)
The premise: Sirantha Jax hasn't always been known for putting others before herself, but as an ambassador to the Ithorian people, she needs all the help she can get. The Conglomerate is falling apart thanks various criminal organizations, and that doesn't include the Morgut, who've started attacking human outposts in earnest and leaving no survivors. Jax needs to convince the Ithorians to join the Conglomerate, because the Ithorians are the only race the Morgut respects and fears. But it's not easy: Ithorians can't stand humans, and Jax's companions aren't making her job that much easier, especially her lover March, who's stuck in kill mode after returning from a very bloody war, a mode that could destroy Jax's mission, or even take her life.
Must Have: if you're already a fan of this series, just camp outside of the bookstore the morning of 9/29 and get it. Read it. Be happy. I think it's the best book in the series so far, and that's saying something since the first book, Grimspace, was so damn amazing. For those of you who haven't checked out Aguirre's space opera/romance, here's who needs to pay attention: this series is a MUST for readers of science fiction romance, but if you're a fan of space opera and don't mind a little romance? This is a must. Aguirre's writing is smooth, enjoyable, and a really fast read without her prose being light. Does that make sense? The prose has no pretensions (which is impressive, as it's written in first-person-present tense) and Aguirre has no trouble giving the reader the details they needs. Its fulfilling on an emotional and story level, and the world-building really isn't too shabby either. Sure, the world-building of these books embraces the type of space opera we see in shows like Firefly and Farscape, but those are two great shows, and that smooth transition is what makes these books come to life. They could be a television show of that caliber, or if you prefer another description, Ann Aguirre is writing what Firefly and Farscape would've been if those tv shows had been a book series instead. The point? If such shows interest you, then it's criminal to miss Aguirre's books. Start with Grimspace, the read Wanderlust, and then pick up the latest, Doubleblind. You won't be disappointed. Those of you who're already on the wagon? Get this as soon as you can. You'll be thrilled to pieces and oh-so-very-sorry that you'll have to wait another year for the fourth book. I know I am.
Review style: I'll be nice. NO SPOILERS. Not for this book anyway. Expect spoilers for the first two books, Grimspace and Wanderlust, but for Doubleblind, I'll talk generalities, so no spoilers. Don't say I never didn't anything for you. ;)
If you're interested in the full review, you may find it in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)
REVIEW: Ann Aguirre's DOUBLEBLIND