Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Sirantha Jax #1
by: Ann Aguirre
$7.99 mass market paperback
Ace Books
Science Fiction
Released: February 2008

Sirantha is a jumper, one of only a handful that possess the necessary gene to safely jump ships through grimspace.  When a mission to carry dignitaries goes horribly wrong, she finds herself the sole survivor of the crash, with no recollection of what happened.

Imprisoned and tortured, Sirantha is rescued by a mysterious man, one who claims he needs her help.  His ragtag group is trying to end the tryrannical rule of the current government, and needs her help tracking down others like her.

But with every jump, she gets sucked deeper and deeper into the lure of grimspace, and she fears the next jump will be her last.  And when the end of the line looms in sight, you might as well have a little fun before you reach the end...

Carla says:

When I started this book, I wasn't too sure about it, since it's written in the present tense, and as a rule, I shy away from stories written like that.  But after a few chapters, it ceased to matter.  The character of Sirantha is written in such a bold, humorous voice that the present tense ceased to exist, and the only thing that mattered was the story.  It was a bit difficult to get into the world, mostly because of the tech-lingo.  Once you figure out what the words mean, though, you're golden. (Hint: grimspace is like hyperspeed through wormholes, and it can only be accomplished by a person navigating a ship through it)  This is the first time I've seen it pulled off so well, and I find myself mad because I have to wait for payday before I can get the other three novels in the series.

Carla gives this book a

Annette says:

I had a difficult time getting into this book and it has nothing to do with the story except the fact it is Sci-Fi I have never been able to get into the genre.  With that said once I started to ignore some of the terminology and started paying more attention to the characters it made it much easier for me to read. 

I found myself laughing once in awhile at the interaction between Sirantha and March and discovered they both have sense of humors.  When they find themselves connecting to each other it begins to show a vulnerable side to Sirantha.

Will I read the others maybe just to find out where things go for Sirantha and March but they are not on my must read list.  If you enjoy Sci-Fi with some romance thrown in then I would say go get the books.

Annette gives this book


  1. This is one of my favorite series, the Jax series. I normally read mainly urban fantasy, but once in a while I seem to have a space-ship craving. when I do, Ann Aguirre satisfies this craving very well - it's hard to find any other space-ship books that I enjoy as much as these. One I'm reading right now is coming close, though. Bitter Angels by C.L. Anderson (also known as Sara Zettel)

    It's great fun that you both enjoyed Grimspace, and the other three books are just as good, if not better.

  2. I plan on getting the rest of the series. I've been an avid reader of sci-fi since I was a teen, and recently discovered the joy (and addiction) of sci-fi romance. I'm sure her other books are going to be just as good as, if not better, than the first one.

    Mardel, have you tried Linnea Sinclair? She's another really good one for sci-fi romance. She also puts enough space battles and technology to keep my inner space nerd satisfied.