Review | Grimspace by: Ann Aguirre

Title: Grimspace
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Ace
Date Published: February 26, 2008

Summary:

As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships  through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for  the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail  cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun’s not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her…for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

Why I Read This Book:

There are a myriad of reasons as per why I have picked up this book.  Urban  Fantasy, and paranormal romance can be attributed to it – yet this book isn’t either  of those.  In both of Patrick Rothfuss Heifer fundraisers these past two years, books of  hers have been in the raffle.  Something about seeing them this year had me  checking out the authors website, thinking hmmmm…. I should read her material.

Review/Reaction:

I found it in the Science Fiction section and to be perfectly honest I thought it  mislabeled.  Yes there are elements of Science Fiction, but it is soft science fiction,  not hard science fiction.  Furthermore, the driving element to the story is a love  plot.  I would have placed it as Romance with a flavor of Science Fiction.

How the narrative was told turned me off. First person present.  It felt choppy. Which was a major factor in how I reacted to this book.  Also, when starting sentences she would often drop the I when it should have been there.  Understandably, it is jarring reading sentences that always start in I, and that it takes the reader out of the moment, but the same can be said for incomplete sentences/thoughts. The character also says So a lot. A LOT!

Jax is rescued from breaking point from Corp facilities by these renegades who want to start up a jumper school that is not Corp led.  This is not Jax’s fight and I don’t truly feel that she is on board for it.  It is simply a hiccup to figuring out other plots.

Corp is a monopoly pulling the strings, and Jax was previous Corp property now on the run discovering the true nature of Corp propaganda.  She went from being completely ignorant, to damn they’re at it again.  I didn’t find this to be a smooth transition from being on one side then the other, which of course agitated me.

Also the overall story arc seamed to take a back seat to the love story with March.  Don’t get me wrong.  That was totally yummy.  But all that was resolved at the end of the book was that Corp was bull and now the whole world knows (which by the way felt rushed and manufactured), and that Jax saved March from destroying shit.  It all just felt so anticlimactic.

Final Thoughts:

It was all right, but nothing worth getting excited for.  Consequently though, I will be finishing the series, and testing out some of her other work to see if it sits the same way with me, or if it’s just this one style/story.

Additional Stuff:

Some technical stuff you might want to know but is easy enough to pick up while reading the book:

  • Jumping: the ability to travel through Grimspace
  • Grimspace:  Faster than light travel
  • J Gene: the ability to Jump
  • Fragging:  overused curse word akin to Fuck
  • Grimspace is highly addictive and costs the body, generally Jumpers die young – 20’s.

Rating: 6/10 Good – Some Faults

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