November 9, 2009

Review: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre


By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…
As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.

Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper.

Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…

(Book Blurb)

I so love science fiction and this book gets an extra point for being such a great book in this genre. The created world is developed in such great detail and with so much love that it sucked me in from the beginning. The concept of the J-Gene is thoughtful and gives the whole story a ethical and moral aspect. Ann Aguirre’s writing flows and she knows how to give each character just the right words to say. Every person in this book is an individual and talks like one too.

Jax is a real kick-ass heroine. She always says what she thinks and is one of the truest and most candid characters I ever met or read about. She doesn’t care if her opinion is hurtful or if it will cause her trouble. She can’t shut up and sometimes that's the worst character trait imaginable. She has to earn the trust of the crew and before she can even think about that she has to clear herself off all the prejudices the crew has. She’s not the perfect heroine, she makes mistakes and shows a few not so good character traits but this only made her more real in my eyes.

The side characters are mostly hostile in the beginning. They all have lost something or suffered in the attempt to rescue Jax. This makes the getting to know each other really complicated. They don’t want to give her a chance but they realize soon that not everything is like they thought it is. I really loved the Doc who’s the only one to be without prejudice against Jax. March is difficult in the beginning and needs a few talks and fights with Jax till these two warm up. The bonding of the characters (not only between Jax and March) is well described and we learn to love them on the way. The bunch of people becomes a group while the story is told and you can feel how they start to respect each other.

The story is complex, full of moral questions and has a few bloody and disturbing scenes too. The bad ”guys” are disturbingly frightening and the solution of the conflicts isn’t a walk in the park. Loved the plot, loved the genre, loved the characters, loved the romance- perfect book.

To learn more about Ann Aguirre and her books please visit her website here.

The Sirantha Jax Series:
1. Grimspace:

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2. Wanderlust: reviews @goodreads, buy @amazon
3. Doubleblind:

reviews @goodreads, buy @amazon

4. Killbox (release October 2010)

I bought this book on my own.


Blodeuedd November 9, 2009 at 1:40 PM  

Aye a nice twist of sci-fi. Something I can like for sure :)

Wendy November 9, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

Sooo loved this book, I definitely need to read Wanderlust and Doubleblind soon!

Leontine November 9, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

So you *erm* loved the book huh...didn't get that from your review *said with cheeky voice, wink*

I have Blue Diablo on the shelves for me to try but it sounds like this is a series I can apreciate too. I went by blurbs and the one from Blue Diable "spoke" more to me. Adding another one to my christmas list ;)

SusiSunshine November 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

@Blodeuedd It is indeed! ;-)

@Wendy I read Wanderlust and loved it too. Have to finish Doubleblind but it's really good so far too.

@Leontine I don't know what you are talking about...*wink* You will nor regret putting this one on the xmas list.LOL

Book Chick City November 9, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

This sounds really great. I've heard a lot about this author and really think I should buy a couple of her books! :)

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] November 10, 2009 at 6:46 AM  

Enjoyed your review. This is another series, I need read soon. Jax sounds like the type of heroine I like to read about.

SusiSunshine November 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

@Book Chick City Give her a try! I love her writing style and this series is only getting better and better.

@Donna I agree, you will like Jax. She's a wonderful character.

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