Sci-Fi is generally not my genre of choice. Intergalactic travel and alien life forms just don’t do it for me. I picked up Grimspace because of an online recommendation and wasn’t expecting to like it, but it really surprised me.
Sirantha Jax is a jumper, meaning she can jump spaceships through wormholes in order to travel to different planets/areas quicker. She uses a pilot to actually navigate the ship, but it’s her duty to tell him where to go. Well, things go horribly wrong on a run, and she’s blamed for the deaths of her crew, her pilot, and a ton of dignitaries.
What I liked best about this book was that it took me a hundred pages to realize it was written in the present tense. That is a miracle. The last book I tried to read (great big emphatic try on that one) in the present tense was put in a garage sale box by page twenty-five. I just couldn’t connect with the story; the present tense was too distracting. But that didn’t happen with Grimspace. It flowed naturally with no hitches.
Jax’s love interest is a man with a dark past named March. I liked him, and I’m excited to read Wanderlust in order to see how their relationship progresses, but he switches from a hard-ass who couldn’t give a crap to a woe-is-me simpering boy. A slow progression through that change would have been more acceptable, but I feel it occurred too quickly. My favorite character, though, was Dinah. She’s just this side of crazy and I love her for it.
The power of Jax’s story doesn’t lie in the adversities she faces but in her redemption – not only to others, but to herself. It was heart-warming, and for me to say that is something. I like to see people get blown to bits in books, but in this one, I was rooting for the characters to live!
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ace; First Paperback Edition edition (February 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441015999
- ISBN-13: 978-0441015993
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