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Aguirre, Ann: Killbox

Killbox (2010)
Written by: Ann Aguirre
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 353 (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Book Four (ongoing)

The premise: ganked from author's website: TALK IS CHEAP WHEN LIVES ARE IN JEOPARDY.

Sirantha Jax is a "Jumper," a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best--by mouthing off and kicking butt.

And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.

Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers--out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace...

My Rating

Must Have: When this series started with Grimspace, I would've told you it was very much a space opera romance that was reminiscent of a Firefly/Pitch Black hybrid, in a good way. Now, I'm not sure how to describe this, only to say it's definitely more space opera than romance, and I'd be remiss in labeling the series as SFR, even though in terms of subplot, romance is there. But it's not the focus of the series, if it ever was. Jax is in the middle of a war, and she's making sacrifices left and right (and in some cases, those sacrifices are being made for her). Jax has certainly grown and changed from her debut in Grimspace, and that's a fantastic thing. Honestly, I can't wait for this series to end so I can sit down and read it ALL OVER AGAIN, back-to-back-to-back. That's quite the compliment, because there's few books, let alone a series, that I can honestly say I want to come back to and re-read, even if I loved them initially. But if Aguirre keeps this up, you can bet I'll be coming back to this series again, and again, and again. This is well worth the read, but don't pick it up until you're caught up on the series.

Review style: I didn't take any notes while reading this (sadly, I got a stomach bug while reading, which meant finishing took me longer than it should have!), so I'm going to talk about how this book fits in with the series as a whole and how the series is changing from its debut of Grimspace and why it's one of the few series that I can see myself re-reading in the future. Spoilers? No, I'll behave this time. Consider yourself lucky. ;)

For anyone interested in the full review at my LJ, please click the link below. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome!


Happy Reading!


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