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Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2008
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Sirantha Jax is a great leading character. Her heart and motivations are fully bared for the reader to see her, faults and all. Who can't help but love her prickly attitude, her unwillingness to give up even when all common sense says it's over? Only a woman like Sirantha Jax could have survived that initial crash and the resulting imprisonment afterwards. It is a pleasure to read about such a strong female heroine.
GRIMSPACE is written entirely in the present tense. I had thought this would be distracting but instead it drew me further into the story. It was as if I was right there in the moment as each event occurred. Bravo, Ms. Aguirre for such a daring move!
Ann Aguirre does a phenomenal job at world building, creating several different worlds as Sirantha and March jump through GRIMSPACE. GRIMSPACE itself is well described as is each world they encounter. The details aren't so descriptive as to lose the momentum of the story but instead enhance the fast pace. Who didn't shiver when reading about the Teras or want to meet and cuddle with Baby Z? Ann Aguirre made the various worlds and their inhabitants spring to life.Read more ›
Anyway - Ann kindly sent me an early peek at Grimspace some months back and when I read it, it blew me away. It's one of those books what you look at and think, first person? Present tense? But it works. It conveys a sense of urgency, of breathlessness but every once in while it slows, tensing, making that pause sort of delicious before speeding up again. Aguirre's words are sharp and tensile and some of the passages are so gorgeous in their description that even alone they'd make Grimspace an above average read.
But there's more of course by way of a story well matched to the breathless manner in which Aguirre delivers it to the reader.
The first time in the book when Jax sits in her chair and she's describing how grimspace is indescrible? I was there. Aguirre leads me through as Jax prepares and then jumps. I'm now jumped into the book and the journey begins. I love science fiction and futuristics and I read across sub genres and authors but I tend toward the edgy sort of delivery you see with Gibson and Morgan and Grimspace has that. It's lush in places but the pace keeps it stark at the same time. I loved the action element as well as the romantic storyline. March is as well drawn as Jax, even through Jax's eyes and they're well matched on the page. There's a lot to March but he's like an iceburg character - much of what he is is below the surface and so we learn it slowly but surely.
There's something deliciously flawed in Sirantha Jax. Deeply wounded. Prickly, bitchy at times, defensive and guilt ridden.Read more ›
The protagonist, Sirantha Jax, is a jumper. She has a rare gene that allows her to navigate in Grimspace - which is essentially wormholes that can move spaceships massive distances in one jump. The story starts with her accused, and actually believing, that she somehow intentionally caused a crash that killed her entire crew plus ambassadors and other dignitaries. She is confined to a mental ward wondering what happened, and why, when along comes March who either abducts her or rescues her - at the time she is not sure which. March is part of a underground group trying to break the monopoly on traveling through Grimspace from the Farwan Corporation, which turns out to be a multiuniversal (as opposed to multinational) corporation that essentially operates as the government of a very large segment of habitable space - and is able to do so because it controls all movement in Grimspace. Jax is a key to breaking this monopoly because March's group is trying to replicate the gene, possibly even in non-human sentient species, that allows pilots to navigate through Grimspace. Once Jax escapes, the wild chase is on while the Corp tries to hunt her down and March's group is trying to evade the Corp and carry out their plans to break the Corp's monopoly on Grimspace.
There is a lot to like about this novel. First, Sirantha Jax is a great character, as are March and the rest of his group. They are well thought out characters with both commendable traits but serious flaws as well. Second, it is a fairly fast paced novel with a good plot, lots of action, and interesting interactions between the characters.Read more ›
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Sci-fi doesn't get much better than what Ann Aguirre has created in this book and seriesPublished 13 days ago by gypsy
An easy fun read with a book that has a bad ass heroine and a little romance. I see a lot of reviewers calling this urban fantasy - I consider it more sci-fi. Read morePublished 20 days ago by BellaGrace
Great part about Amazon Kindle is you can see when a book is part of a series. Bought this book years ago and after thinking I might like to reread as an ebook, I bought it again... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Weckbacher
this is a new author for me, and I'm glad I found her! Good story, can't wait to read the others in the series!Published 2 months ago by Carolyn J. Hilty
This is such an amazing story. It's easy to get sucked in. I couldn't put it down. I high recommend reading this.Published 2 months ago by chris
After waking up the sole survivor of a horrific space shuttle crash, Sirantha Jax's external injuries don't take long to heal, but it is the pain of losing her pilot, her greatest... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kickarse Heroine Reviews
The people in this story had a bit too much baggage. It is hard to decide if you really like this very flawed group.Published 4 months ago by BTS
It starts with action, ends with action and the pages are full of ACTION. It is edgy and mostly fast paced. There are life & death conflicts with the Corp. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Debra Johnson
Just loved this book! It's an unusual blend of Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction. (Think UF set in space, I guess.) I loved the narrative voice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sheryl