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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Ann Aguirre
Originally Published: 2008
Publisher: Ace books, a division of Penguin
Source: Purchased

The Story

GrimspaceFrom the back of the book:

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 that 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.

Imprisoned and subjected to 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 – grim space – and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…

The Response

How on earth did I let this sit on my TBR pile for 3 years? I so should have read this sooner!

Grimspace is like a mix between Firefly and Farscape, except with the lead being a kick ass female. And since I am a complete sucker for good scifi, I really REALLY enjoyed this – right from the first paragraph. It starts off with mystery and jumps immediately into the action, while building up both the story and characters slowly. I’m really excited to continue getting to know the characters, to really learn who Jax is, and to see where this story leads us… especially with how everything ended!

My goodness!

I love that there’s such a huge difference in the personalities and backgrounds of the characters. This really is one of the best things about all my favourite scifi series – a bunch of people are thrown into a situation together, who wouldn’t have had anything to do with each other in normal circumstances. They have to learn how to deal with each other, and there’s so much conflict at times, but it leads to great story telling.

And each of the characters in this book had so much to offer the plot of the story – each of them gives a different glimpse at the political, economic and cultural environment that this story takes place in. We come into the story in a similar position as Jax – she had been very sheltered working for the Corp, and so we get to learn about the universe along with her. Definitely a great way to start off the series.

The Bottom Line

This was a great way to start the series! Can’t wait to pick up the next one.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:30 pm February 19, 2014.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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  • Kelly Rogers

    I have this! I should dig it off my TBR and try it!

  • Courtney Wilson

    Yes! Read it! Then maybe we can read the second together? (Though I have to buy it first!)

  • Kelly Rogers

    Sure! I just need to find my copy. My mass-market books are not as organized as they should be.