I love these books. I kind of don’t want to love them because March “How Do You Like My Darkness Now?” and Jax’s relationship shears a little too close to that Manic Pixie Dream Girl Teaches Man to Live problem that I talked about last week, but in this case it’s okay because:
1. Jax isn’t really a manic pixie dream girl. She’s tough, funny, drinks, swears, has sex, and frequently says the wrong thing. I don’t know why she’s supposed to have such a good reputation as a diplomat for making first contact and dealing with Class-P (Primitive) worlds, but we haven’t actually seen her do that yet, so I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt.
2. March was fine before she showed up. Now that he has her, losing her is the potential problem. I have hopes that he’ll get his head together soon.
3. She’s the main character and is there because it’s her story, not because she’s going to repair March and make him feel good about himself. Actually, what she usually does is make him feel bad about himself.
Another thing I love about these books so far is that we get a mission in the first couple of hours – Okay Team, here’s what we’re gonna do! – and within about forty five minutes that all goes to hell and it becomes a completely different book. In my review of Grimspace I talked about how I really never knew what was going to happen next – that’s why, and it’s great.
They’re just fun books – the kind of thing you listen to straight through and enjoy the whole time.