Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Grimspace was one of my Want Books picks back in July but it was out of stock then. I was planning to order it but I was surprised to see it available in Fully Booked for P315 when I passed by there last week. Since I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately, I thought I’d give this one a try since it’s sci-fi and I haven’t read a lot of books from that genre.

Here’s the summary from Ann Aguirre’s website:

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…

Sirantha Jax used to be a superstar navigator of the Corp. She has the J-gene, which enables her to navigate in grimspace. It will eventually lead to her demise because grimspace drains away jumpers but they rather burn out than stay away from grimspace. Jax is in her early thirties and should be pretty near her burn out point when the ship that she’s navigating crashes and she’s the only survivor. The story starts while Jax is incarcerated, a man suddenly shows up to break her out. From then on, it’s one adventure after another. The action in Grimspace never stops and the book has short chapters so it’s easy to read one chapter right after the other.

I’m a fan of strong female protagonists so Jax is my kind of character. She’s feisty, snarky and brutally honest. She certainly met her match in March. I knew that guy was special the moment he walked in Jax’s cell. I love how those two interact. They’re both broken, complicated and find it hard to trust another person. Most of the time, March remains aloof so Jax does her best to annoy him and get on his nerves. The secondary characters add more spice to the mix. Overall, Grimspace is a gripping, absorbing novel and I highly recommend it even to those who aren’t fans of space opera. Here’s a quote from the book that I really liked:

“No matter how interminable something feels, there is always, always an ending. Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes it’s bad; sometimes it’s a matter of indifference, and sometimes it’s heartbreaking, and your life is never the same thereafter.”

I don’t read a lot of sci-fi but I’ve read the ones that came highly recommended: Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and now Grimspace. I’ve been lucky in my space opera picks because even though I’m not a fan of the genre, I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books. Also, this one has more romance than the other two. What I like about the three books that I mentioned is that they stand well on their own so even if I know there are more books in the series, I’m not in any hurry to read them. There’s no cliffhanger ending although there’s plenty of plot threads to pick up in the next books. I’d like to hear what others think of the latter books because I want to read them when my TBR goes down.

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19 thoughts on “Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

    • Ladybug, I hope you do! Grimspace is a lot of fun to read and it’s easy to fall into the world created by Ann Aguirre.

      Ender’s Game is amazing, isn’t it? I wasn’t planning on reading the sequels because I was happy with where that book ended but so many people have said that Speaker of the Dead is even better so I bought it. Haven’t had time to read it though.

  1. Sounds interesting! I don’t read sci-fi much either (still haven’t read Ender’s Game), but this sounds more like something I will like. Thanks for another great review!:)

  2. Jax, the fun scifi premise and the romance plot make this sound like my kind of book. Not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet. Thanks for the review.

  3. Ah. I thought this was just a rollicking good ride through space. And that ending. Love that ending. Jax and March are awesome and anything that reminds me of Firefly is a good thing.

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Oooh yes, that ending was wonderful! So fitting for Jax and March. 🙂 It’s one of the reasons why I’m okay with not reading the next books – I like where I left the characters.

      Wait, is Firefly really good? I know I’ve heard of it before but I’ve never watched it.

  4. I’m glad you liked this one, because it really is a good ride. Even though I did like this book the best out of the entire series (so far) the rest is still intriguing and very, very fun.

    • Michelle, really? I guess it’s pretty hard to top this one because it’s so good. It feels like a standalone too. I plan to read the other books in the series when I’ve brought down my TBR to a more reasonable number (like two digits!)

    • Kristen, I agree, it was easy to get lost in this one. For some reason, I used to think that it would be hard to understand sci-fi books because of the high tech terms but that’s not the case in the books that I’ve read.

  5. This sounds interesting, Chachic! I hope I can still get a copy at Fully Booked. It’s interesting to me that the book is classified under YA when the protagonist is in her thirties. I don’t mean that in a bad way or anything. 🙂 YA books tackle a lot of adult themes than they are given credit for.

  6. do you line SF that’s a little steam punk with a liberal dose of Victorian romance and space opera? maybe you will also like Harm’s Way by Colin Greenland, another favorite of mine. the title is relatively obscure, though.

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