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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 herse...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 2008 by Penguin Group (first published February 26th 2008)
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Emily May

I've always said that I'm a honest reviewer, so to continue being truthful it has to be said that this review is late due to me being stranded in London overnight, after spending the day getting ever so slightly drunk and then going to see The Avengers in 3D. So yeah, now we've got that out of the way, I can't see any reasons not to like Grimspace. Apparently, some people found it difficult to connect with the characters, but I had no such problem. I would liken the love/hate relationships - fi...more
new_user
Apr 12, 2010 new_user rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: UF, Kate Daniels, Jericho Barrons fans
Recommended to new_user by: The Flooze (Michelle M.) Zolkos
Shelves: romantic-scifi
Everyone's already said everything better in their reviews, so I will just say give a few brief points.

Her brilliance unfurls like... uh, like, a flower. Yes. Read to the end. (Many things make more sense later.)

The relationships cement too quickly, but everything else is legit.

This would appeal to urban fantasy fans more than scifi fans. That is, do you like action, first person and a dark, gritty tone? We have the girl for you.

Sirantha's conflicts are actually pretty unique. Paranoia, corpora...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
If you're looking for a science fiction yarn that will suck you right in, and keep your interest engaged at max warp speed, then this should work. Grimspace takes the concept of interplanetary travel, and integrates the idea that specific people have a gene that allows them to navigate the points within space to decrease the travel time and go to places previously impossible to travel in a reasonable distance. Sort of like a wormhole, but not really. This inner space is called Grimspace, and Sir...more
Lisa O.
Sirantha Jax is one cool name. (view spoiler)

She's a jumper. Jumpers are people gifted with a special J-gene who can take entire spaceships from one place in space to another through Grimspace, something similar to the hyperspace in Star Wars et al., a dimension which allows you to travel light years in no time. When we meet Sirantha, she's in a really bad shape. Locked up in a cell, she's the sole survivor of the Sargasso shipwreck, a spaceship wh...more
AH
What an awesome book! I was reminded of all of my favorite science fiction shows, the ones with the “rag tag” crews, the beat up spaceships, and the insectoid alien creatures. A little Star Trek, a little Andromeda, a little Battlestar Galactica. Grimspaceis all of that and more. More - because of the fascinating worlds that we get to visit and because it is great science fiction.

Grimspace is an exciting book. There is a lot of action and adventure. There is a lot of running away from scary spac...more
Catie
Jul 19, 2011 Catie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Catie by: Lyndsey, Flannery
So, what is this, like urban sci-fi? How did I not know that this type of thing exists until now?! This book takes so many of my favorite urban fantasy elements: kick ass heroine on the run from a dark past, complicated but powerful male lead, colorful supporting cast, lots of death defying action, snappy dialogue, and superpowers and marries them all to an exciting sci-fi environment. In my humble opinion, this is right up there with the greatest marriages of all time: chocolate and peppermint,...more
Felicia
Oooh, I created another category on my shelf for this book: Vaginal Sci-Fi! Yum!

I liked this book. I really liked the way it was written. There were some pacing problems though, especially towards the end, but it was a really interesting book that avoided a lot of cliches I've been reading lately, had a nice romance that didn't take over the whole book. I really liked it and just got the sequel, so yay! Urban-fantasy fans might want to check it out.
Regina
Feb 16, 2011 Regina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Regina by: Fans of science fiction; fans of gritty fantasy and urban fantasy; fans of Ann Aguirre/Ava Grey
4.25 stars. This is a new favorite series of mine. What I loved about this book (and the series so far), is that it is creative in terms of the struggle the characters are facing and how they resolve it. Aguirre introduces a cast of characters who are written with depth. The heroine -- Jax is a complex person. She has flaws (personality wise, emotionally and physically) and her flaws create problems throughout the storyline. But to me, she is written as a real person -- not perfect, not exceptio...more
Alisha
Jan 13, 2011 Alisha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: UF fans who are looking to delve into sci-fi.
Shelves: favorites
(From second read-through, August 14-17, 2011)
Still a favorite. What a magnificent book.

(From first read-through, Jan 4-6, 2011)
Rating: 4.5
Quick Take: Yessir, now THIS is what I call a supremely entertaining SF/F romp. The story is intimate character-wise, yet epic plot-wise. The relatively unusual 1st-person-present was used to excellent effect, and resulted in a close connection with the protagonist. An excellent series start.

I've got to make a confession. Though historically science fiction h...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

'The name’s misleading. Grimspace means inexorable, implacable. Not to be appeased. You see, grimspace will have its due from all who traverse it. But it’s beautiful there or we wouldn’t be drawn back, time and again, driven on by a jones stronger than anything mankind could devise. Jumpers burn out smiling for a reason.

My pretty poisonous mistress, I’m coming back.'

Grimspace is the first book of the Sirantha Jax series and, as is often the case with a new series, there’s a whole lot of world...more
Nisha
Aug 04, 2011 Nisha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody who wants to read something good.
Recommended to Nisha by: new_user
I would like to thank everyone who recommended or enticed me with tidbits of this book because it one of the most worthwhile books I've ever read. This is a nice mix of urban fantasy, space opera, and futuristic romance. It's really an urban fantasy set in the future with space travel. It kinda reminds me of Firefly - except with an actual relationship between the lead characters.

The main character is Sirantha Jax, stuck in a facility being mentally tortured for supposedly killing an entire ship...more
The Flooze
Apr 17, 2010 The Flooze rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Serenity. Those who champion the underdog.
*4.5*

The short of it?

It's gritty, unapologetic, and fast-paced. Jax and her shipmates are thoroughly unhinged, but mostly pragmatic, with a biting humor that gets them through the dark. Worthwhile introduction to the series. Can also be read as a stand-alone.
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The meandering version?

Not too long ago, I read a book where a character claimed he wasn't a good man. He was just a man, doing the best he could do with whatever life threw at him: trying to make a difference in those moments he coul...more
P. Kirby
2.5 stars.

Sirantha is "kick-ass?" Really? I have bunny slippers that are more fearsome.

Ahem, the review...

Sirantha Jax is a navigator, a human with a particular genome that gives her the ability to navigate the space in-between-space known as grimspace. Typically, the lifespan of navigators is short, since all that time in the nether reaches of space turns a person's mind to moosh. But Sirantha, now in her thirties, is a veritable ancient in her profession.

The novel begins with Sirantha in a hol...more
Flannery
I felt kind of like I was reading portions of Battlestar Galactica (maybe mixing in a little ST, The Matrix and Stargate) as a book--and I mean that as a total compliment. I enjoyed the space drama and the descriptions of the universe and the ships they flew, as well as the descriptions of jacking in to grimspace and sharing experiences.

My one major gripe was with the description of the main characters. Obviously every character has flaws--I get it--but if you keep trying to make a character so...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Guess what made me choose this book! Anyone? You! The boy wearing the creepy frog mask! Tell me the answer!

...



Never gets old...

Ooor maybe it’s the coolness of Mass Effect. Good times being Commander Shepard...



Aaaanypoop let’s put an end to this useless jabbering! Back to our precious book!

Overall the story was very interesting. A sh*tload of action, a bunch of remarkable characters and some well-placed drama. I just mostly care about the action. And March. Mmmmmmmm…. I immediately got attached t...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Nov 17, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Pamela
Shelves: 2008, sci-fi, favourite
Sirantha Jax is a rarity, a jumper: she's a carrier of the J-gene, enabling her to navigate grimspace and take spaceships with her through a pilot, dramatically decreasing the amount of time it takes to travel the galaxy. Jumping shortens her life expectancy but she's highly prized by the Corp - an arm of the mighty Conglomerate. She's also the only survivor of the disastrous crash of the Matins IV which killed her pilot and lover, Kai, as well as over 80 dignitaries on their way to meeting. She...more
Jon
Apr 08, 2013 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: Shannon
Dija
Oct 25, 2011 Dija rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-fi and alien fans
Recommended to Dija by: Anzu and Miss Vain, albeit indirectly
Are you afraid of falling, baby?

No, I’m afraid of landing.

I'm ashamed to admit it now, but the only reason I put off reading these books for so long is because of the covers. They simply never caught my attention enough for me to actually read the synopsis. Shallow, I know, but I do love a pretty cover.

Another reason is because I'm not really a huge fan of sci-fi and spaceships and talking gadgets or whatever. As for aliens...



And then...



Jax is our very selfish and traumatized heroine. She's als...more
Monica!
Grimspace, my friends, begins with a horrific shuttle disaster.



There’s only one survivor. She has a genetic anomaly that gives her rare space-jumping powers. And she’s a little crazy.



She escapes from the evil all-seeing government institution that controls who can fly where through space, and joins up with an unlikely band of cutthroats and ne’er-do-wells who aim to misbehave.



She’s particularly attached to one ne’er-do-well. The ne’er-do-wellest, if you will.



There’s a little bit of romance. Al...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted at Under the Covers

Grimspace is my first jump into science fiction romance. I was missing out big time! I don’t usually enjoy first person narration. It’s even worse when it’s written in present tense, so I had a bit of trouble getting into it at first. But once I got the hang of things, this book really took off for me.

Aguirre sets a fast pace, taking you by the throat and never letting go until the end of the book. I found my eyes glued to these pages and murmuring, “Just one more chap...more
Zeek
Jax carries a rare gene that allows her to basically jump through space- have you seen Star Wars? Of course you have, well she has the ability to become a hyper drive for a space ship much like the star ships of Star Wars. This makes her valuable as people with her ability burn out and die fast.

On her last jump something went horribly wrong and the government for which she works has imprisoned her. The only thing is, she can't remember what happened on her last jump. All she knows is that she cr...more
Jamie
"No matter how interminable something feels, there is always, always an ending. Sometimes that's good, and sometimes it's bad; sometimes it's a matter of indifference, and sometimes it's heartbreaking, and your life is never the same thereafter."

4.5 stars, easily

I have found a new series to obsess over, although it's unfortunate that this series will only run 6 books. This was definitely not the kind of book I read all the time, and it was heavier science fiction than I usually read.

This book c...more
Kathleen
The series begins with this fast-paced science-fiction romance, set across the galaxy. POV is first person, with the entire story seen through the "special" silvery eyes of gutsy yet tormented heroine, Sirantha Jax.

Her love-hate interest is March, a gamma anti-hero with a soft center. He's hot, and entering grim space is an erotic rush with him. There are a few sex scenes — two, I think, and one is fairly explicit. I liked the physical and emotional relationship between March and Jax. I chuckle...more
Kerstin
Sirantha Jax is one of the rare people, born with the J-gene. This allows her to jump ships through grimspace, but also shortens her life expectancy, as jumpers tend to die young due to burnout. She is already doing her job a lot longer than anybody expected and is pretty much living the life of a Rock star.
One day a passenger ship full of dignitaries she has just taken through grimspace crashes. Nobody but Jax survives, including her pilot and lover Kai. Jax can't remember anything about the c...more
Lady Jaye
★★★★½

I am sure this is the start of a new and beautiful friendship with Ann Aguirre.

Sirantha Jax is a rare carrier of the J-gene, meaning she can jump through space, a talent which makes her a valuable asset - she can lead the charge in charting space, discovering territories - you know the kind of thing that space ships do. She also suffers from major survivors' guilt over her last jump, which went terribly wrong and killed quite a number of people. She is in prison, waiting for it to all end,...more
MISS VAIN
Oct 09, 2011 MISS VAIN rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: UF/Sci-Fi/Romance fans
Recommended to MISS VAIN by: Names located at bottom of my review
"Farwan shot down some proxy terrorist. In retaliation, her people set bombs all over Ankaraj headquarters, demanding the head of the bloke that gave the order. They're holed up with hostages, and the Corp's shut down all air traffic within two hundred kilometers of the city."

I feel as though someone punched me in the chest. He believed I'm dead, or he wouldn't be doing this. It's vengeance now, he doesn't see a way for us to win. In his own eyes, he failed me, so this is the only thing left.

I
...more
Angie
So I hadn't read any actual Sci-Fi in awhile and was looking for something fresh and good. I read a blurb Sharon Shinn wrote for Ann Aguirre's Grimspace and eagerly picked it up the day it came out. Space opera meets urban fantasy, Grimspace is, justifiably, being compared to the most excellent Firefly and Serenity. In other words, it completely rocks.

Sirantha Jax, known simply as Jax, is a rare J-gene carrier, which means she is able to "jump" into a parallel kind of hyperspace known as grims...more
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
Smexybooks Lays the Smackdown & Challenges Me To A ‘Read Off”…Let’s Get Ready to Rummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmble!

I mean whoa! Me, a dyed in the wool, happily ever after fanatic was expected to read a science fiction/fantasy book that had no guarantee of an aforementioned happy ending. Sayyyyyyyy what!! Oh no she didn’t! So, like any other person who has been triple dogged dared, I hiked up my big girl panties, cracked my neck and said…. ‘you want some of this? Come get sum!!’
Well, that might have...more
Damali
Jun 26, 2012 Damali rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Battlestar fans
Recommended to Damali by: Regina, Katie
I've finally found a scifi series where space is being explored the way I want it to be. This series has quirky aliens, creepy planets, shady outposts, slick spaceships, cool gadgets, dynamic cast, witty dialogue that doesn't get annoying. It's like Deep Space Nine meets Battlestar Galactica!

Jax has a gene which allows her to travel in grimspace -- a faster mode of travel than by FTL -- and so her kind is sought after and glamorized. Jax is the lone survivor of a crash that killed all of her cre...more
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“No matter how interminable something feels, there is always, always an ending. Sometimes that's good, and sometimes it's bad; sometimes it's a matter of indifference, and sometimes it's heartbreaking, and your life is never the same thereafter.” 96 likes
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