Feb 25, 2011

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Review: Grimspace by Ann Aguirre (Sirantha Jax #1)

Science Fiction
February 26 2008
Mass Market Paperback
320 pages
Ace Books

Kick Ass Chick – Sirantha Jax

From Goodreads
“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.”


Your dare, if you choose to accept…

That’s the email’s subject line that I received from Jessica.  She asked me to take part in her first ever Dare.  I dare her and she dares me to read a book that neither of us would have necessarily chosen on our own.  Here is the rest of her email…

Julie, I dare you to read Ann Aguirre’s “Grimspace”, the first Sirantha Jax novel.  I know you don’t read Sci-Fi, but then it wouldn’t be a very good dare if I didn’t pick something a little bit challenging. *Evil Grin*  But, don’t fret there’s a kick-ass chick {understatement} and a couple yummy men to get you through.

Yours truly, The Spinecracker

I was quite excited to try Grimspace by Ann Aguirre.  I love her writing as Ava Gray.  With that series, she is a smart and thorough writer.  The only thing that worried me was the fact that this book takes place in the future and *gulp* in outer space!  But I’d heard only good things about the main heroine and I was curious to see if she lived up to her hype…so I accepted my Dare and cracked open the cover.

Before I get to Jax, I just want to say that I’m not even going to begin to try to tell you what happens in this book.  It’s just too much to write.  If I try, it will all come out gibberish and I’ll probably slip some pretty impressive spoilers…and that’s not what I’m about.  So I’ll just tell you what I thought about it.  I’m not saying that it was complicated in the least; I’m just saying that a lot happens.

Ann Aguirre can write!  The way she builds the world in this book is exceptional.  There are different planets, different species and vegetation, ships and cars and even a multitude of living quarters.  Everything is described in a way where you can totally envision it.  You don’t feel lost in this new world.  Now if only this world was in New York…

From reading Ann’s Skin books, I’ve come to expect thoroughly developed characters from her.  I’m glad to see that her characters are just as amazing in this series.  Sirantha Jax.  First, I LOVE her name.  Jax is a little confused in this book.  She is being blamed for a crash that she doesn’t remember.  She lost someone very special in that crash too.  You really feel her loss, her pain.  You witness her dealing with losing her friend, finding new friends, perhaps finding love and a new purpose to her life.  She was wonderful to read.  Now if only she lived in London…

March wasn’t so bad either.  He is Jax’s new captain.  He’s yummy.  A battered soul and a damaged man, he’s a great hero.  He’s also someone who apparently will threaten to blow up a building if the woman he’s into gets killed.  Now who wouldn’t want a man like that?!  I quite enjoyed reading Dina too.  She’s a sassy one that made me smile with her attitude.  She worked very well with Jax and March.  Now if only they was from Findland…

The only reason I’m not rating this book higher is because of a realization that I came to while while reading this book.  Me and Science Fiction mix just about as well as me and Historical Fiction books.  And unfortunately that’s not really well.  I thought the world was interesting and well written, but I just couldn’t completely get into it.  I thought the characters were amazing, but I thought that if they were in downtown Toronto I would be able to relate to them more.  I read this book, I finished this book, and I enjoyed it while I was reading it but I don’t think I would be able to continue with this series.  I’m afraid the fact that it’s set in space, my mind wouldn’t give it the fair shot it deserves.  My imagination just doesn’t seem to stretch that way, which is too bad because Jax was an amazing character to read.  Maybe if Ann writes Jax into her Skin series?  She could help save that security guy from the experimental plant’s soul…what?  Not ever gonna happen?  Oh well, it was worth a shot.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’I will not forget you,’ the Gunnar clansman says.  And yeah, he’s looking at me.
I give him my best grin.  ‘Nobody ever does.’”
“Nodding, I fall behind March, not because I acknowledge his authority in any fashion but because if by some chance we were wrong, and there’s something big and ugly left in these wetlands, I really prefer it eats him first.  Give me a chance to run.
‘Nice,’ he says, sparing a glance over his shoulder.  ‘Really nice.’
Oh sure, that he hears.”
“I already knew March is practical.  He’s never going to sit at my feet and write me poems, which is good because I hate poetry, except dirty ones that rhyme.”

Chill worthy quote

“As I walk up the ramp to the Folly, I glance back once and see my shadow.”

Now if you are curious to see what I Dared Jess to read, you can go here to check out her review!

  1. oh that’s too bad the world didn’t quite do it for you. I’m not huge into sci-fi but I LOVE this world!! Jax and March are awesome.

  2. I was surprised at how much I loved this book, because I’m not much into sci fi either. The closest I normally get to sci fi is Gini koch’s books-which I adore.

  3. I really enjoyed this review Julie (of course I enjoy all your reviews, but that is besides the point!). I love how you are honest with your preferences but still gave the book a chance and enjoyed it while you read it! I might have to look into this book to see what I think, I’ve never really read anything about space before…I find it funny that Jax is a girl and March is a guy…for some reason I think it should be the other way around. Oh well! I enjoyed the challenge between you and Jess and hope to see more in the future from people. 🙂 It’s nice to make ourselves step out of our comfort zone every once in a while.

  4. Mandi – The world was impressive, I just felt like an outsider looking in. Which sucked, because the writing is amazing!

    Colette – You’re a fan of Gini’s books? Really? I had no idea. 😉

    Deanna – Once in a while it’s nice to push yourself, but as I’m getting more and more reading done, I’m really noticing what I like and don’t like. And that it’s okay not to like what everyone else likes too. lol

  5. Julie I’m so glad that you seemed to love Jax as much as I did. But it’s too bad that you and the setting didn’t mesh. 🙁

    Thank you for accepting my first dare!


  6. Nice review! I love this series!! I see you didnt really love this one, but I have to say… it does get better with each book =D

  7. Jess – I’m honored that I was your first. 😉 Can’t wait to see what you have to read next month!

    Larissa – It’s not the story, it’s the genre. 🙁

  8. Oh see I loved the world and really appreciated that I was not overwhelmed with it. Sci-fi is not my favorite genre but I think Ann Aguirre knock it out of the part in this case. Really enjoyed this series so far. Great review.

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