Grimspace by Ann AguirreGrimspace on March 2008
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback
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As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

I was looking for a good Sci Fi Romance a few months back, and the description of this one stuck with me. I finally bought the book, and I’m…underwhelmed. I really expected to love this book/series. So many of the reviews from trusted friends are 5 star amazing reviews and I kept waiting for the awesomeness.

That being said, it’s still really good, but it’s not as amazing as I had hoped. I think what got me were a couple things. I think Sirantha Jax has been through a ton. Her ship crashed killing everyone (including the love of her life) on board except her. Then she was put into a cell and constantly barraged by a creepy psychologist. She doesn’t remember the crash, she doesn’t know how she survived, and she doesn’t know why everyone keeps trying to blame her. There’s more to this than meets the eye. All of that goes to show that I get how hard this must be for her. BUT, the pity party she keeps throwing herself should have ended before at least halfway. It got frustrating. Most reviews made her sound like this kick ass amazing pilot, but she’s wallowing in self-pity and bad decisions.

Okay, so I don’t connect with Sirantha Jax, not the end of the world, I like the writing and the world-building. But then she’s falling for the captain of the ship that broke her out of her cell. He’s a jerk. Also no big deal since I don’t mind jerk heroes…as long as they grow. He did for the most part, but he was still kind of jerky to her. And she kept thinking of her dead lover as “the love of my life” and that’s so frustrating to hear when she’s falling for another guy. I have no issues with her still loving him, I mean he’s just died! But why keep calling him the love of her life when she’s in a new relationship that will span the series?

The plot though? A+ plot. Seriously, I loved it. I think that’s what had me turning pages so quickly. Sirantha is a hotshot jumper. She’s made more jumps than anyone, and she hasn’t burned out. Most jumpers can only handle grimspace so many times before they lose their minds. Sirantha is 33 and nowhere near burnout. But for some reason, she’s chosen by the Conglomerate as a last minute replacement to fly a political ambassador to an important meeting. The ship is forced into a crash by the Conglomerate and Jax is supposed to take the blame (and die).

But Jax doesn’t die.

March breaks her out of her cell and gets her away from the Conglomerate. But there are bounty hunters, space kings, and adventures galore! This is the part that I loved. The plot is fantastic.

So short version, this was a good and well-written Science Fiction, but I don’t know if I like the characters enough to continue with the series. I have the second book, so maybe I’ll read it later on, but I’m not loving Sirantha Jax or her love interest March, so we’ll see.

***I bought this book