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Thursday, May 24, 2012

REVIEW: Grimspace 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…

Book: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Release Date: February 26, 2008
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Sirantha Jax, #1
Obtained: Purchased
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I don't quite remember what I was expecting when I started reading Grimspace, but what I do remember is how much it exceeded my expectations, which were high enough to begin with. I really, really loved this book.

Jax, the main character, was harsh and abrasive and damaged, and I loved every bit of it. She was very realistic in that gritty way that only sci-fi books seem able to achieve, and she wasn't afraid to save a knight in distress every once in a while, but at the same time, she also wasn't afraid to be the one who needed saving sometimes. I've read a lot of books with "feminist" protagonists who were really just women who did nothing but be badass and save their love interests all the time, but I think that any time one person is the only one doing any saving, there is a distinct lack of equality. One of my favorite things about Grimspace is that Jax and March have a very equal relationship, which is what I believe true feminism should be. (Also, the entire time I was writing this paragraph, I couldn't stop thinking about Castle and Beckett arguing over how many times they've saved the other's life.)

I also loved how Grimspace really delved into how space exploration would affect not only humans, but other species and their planets. It was really interesting to see how humans interacted with aliens and how the cultures combined and interacted, and also very scary because humans aren't always the most considerate species.

Anyone interested in sci-fi should definitely check out this series. I can't wait to get to the other books. I know that I say this a lot at the end of my reviews, but I've read a lot of books over the course of my not-so-long life, and I know what I'm interested in and what appeals to me, so I usually pick books that I end up liking because I know my tastes :)