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Eternity's End by Jeffrey A. Carver
This is the most recent of a set of books set in the same universe. The handwavium for FTL is called Flux -- a kind of mystical quantum sponge that must be conquered with visualizations by the riggers. In this book, a rigger who has been captured by a pirate escapes only to find he's in manufactured trouble back at home -- manufactured by the planetary officials who are secretly in league with the pirates. He agrees to make an undercover trip back to pirateland and to look for a ship, the Impris, which is caught in the Flux, which will free another species from disgrace. This is a fast-moving, late-night-reading, danger-dodging book. I love it.