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:
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.