Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1)
Written 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…
I think I'm going to start every book my friend Adam (Yes click the link because you need to go check out his blog!) enjoys because I greatly underestimated how much I'd enjoy Grimspace.
First off I didn't even realize there was a sub genre of Sci Fi called Romance Sci Fi nor did I realize that Ann was such a fun writer. I picked this book up since its been on my list for a while when I spotted it at the bookstore downtown. (Same bookstore I work for, different location). It took me a few days to read since there was so much detail which meant I definitely did not want to skim and miss anything which is something I tend to do when tired. So my reading time was limited to reading it on the bus to/from work in 20 minute increments.
Sirantha Jax comes to us from the Psych Ward after a mission gone horribly wrong. Her Pilot, her everything Kai is dead and she's alone. Alone with her thoughts, dreams and memories trying to piece back together what happened on Matins IV. A mysterious stranger enters the room, forcing her to decide if she wants to take this one opportunity to attempt an escape with a stranger or stay put and be thrown through more memory games by Unit Psych.
Sirantha is a strong female character who seems to have a good sense of what she should do in pretty much every situation. Well maybe she's not always right, but if I were her I'd feel like kicking butt as much as she does. I enjoyed getting to know the other characters, March intrigues me. He is full of mystery and I'm hopeful that this series will show us more of what has brought him to this point in his life.
I recommend this book. I will say that while I know it's a series I feel that this book could easily be a one off if you don't want to start a new series. Everything seemed tied up in a little neat bow at the end. I felt like my questions were answered. I am excited to read book two and I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to try something a little different in the sci fi section.
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Disclosure: I purchased this book because Adam made me do it. All opinions and notions are my own.