Grimspace (Sirantha Jax Series #1)

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax Series #1)

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by Ann Aguirre
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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"Jax's brutal eloquence will twist your heart when you least expect it." -JERI SMITH-READY  "Exciting, evocative and suspenseful science fiction romance...Characters and a world you'll think about long after the book is done." -ROBIN D. OWENS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441015993
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Series:
Sirantha Jax Series , #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
510,523
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Jax's brutal eloquence will twist your heart when you least expect it." -JERI SMITH-READY "Exciting, evocative and suspenseful science fiction romance...Characters and a world you'll think about long after the book is done." -ROBIN D. OWENS

Meet the Author

In her life, Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband and two adorable children who sometimes do as they are told.

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Grimspace (Sirantha Jax Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Sirantha Jax is, or was, a jumper for The Corp - until that crash happened. The one where the pilot, crew, and political members being transported where killed. It was a miracle Jax lived. But now she finds herself incarcerated in a psych ward at the hospital with constant mental testing done on her, or maybe it's torture. Then a mysterious man shows up and breaks her out of the hospital. Jax now finds herself on a new mission that she thinks she doesn't want. But one that could start a whole new batch of jumpers for people other than The Corp. Now taken in by this new loner group; they plan on learning Jax's secrets to living through jumping for so long where others burnt out, then teach it to others to jump. A new system of renegade jumpers to eliminate the tariffs of trade and use of The Corp. But Jax soon learns this all goes deeper than that, all the way down to genetics. Where do I start on this book. This is a science fiction type read with the computers, technology used, and outer space setting. We go on a space exploration which kind of feels like Star Trek. But this is geared for even female readers who may not be big outer space fans. I really liked the idea of jumping. But I have to admit I had a hard time wrapping my brain around it at first. I think I was trying to hard to understand every minor detail of the idea before it was all completely spelled out for me. But once Jax was on her second jump, I was a pro to they systems and knew what was going on and loved what she saw. The characters! Oh, I loved the way these characters where all written. I loved the whole small crew that Jax works with now. They all have their own quirks and histories. And I want to know all of it. They humor and complement each other wonderfully. As it's hard to pick my favorite character here I have to say I loved the relationship between March and Jax. In the beginning Jax torments March with cruel death thoughts of him and straight forward hate thoughts. Then when Jax realizes there has to be something special about March she does it to just get a rise out of him. And it works! They have quick comebacks that where just fun and made me chuckle and smile. And the relationship grows between these two as the book goes. The writing is great Ann Aguirre through and through. She describes things in a way that is easy to understand and see in my minds eye. Yes, I had a little bit of troubles at first with the jumping, but I was jumping to try to understand before Ann got through describing it to us. Once she was through that I understood and could see it all working. The Chapters are short and direct. And the action never stops, which is a classic Ann Aguirre read. She kept moving with the action and the relationships constantly. I never got bored with the book. It we went fighting, we where laughing. I will be reading the next book in this series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Grimspace Ann Aguirre Ace, Mar 2008, $7.99 ISBN: 9780441015993 Thanks to being born with the J-gene Sirantha Jax is able to navigate through GRIMSPACE. Her skill makes her valuable as she can lead a ship through a shortcut bend in space though it comes at a cost, reducing her lifespan expectancy. On her last mission, Jax navigatd the Saragasso carrying Conglomerate delegates to a summit on Matins IV. She has no memory of what went wrong, but everyone else on board died in a crash. Jax is arrested and placed in a chamber where she is tortured and drugged by doctors who demand she confess that she caused the crash. March enters her cell and helps Jax escape. He and other interested parties want to know how she is able to ¿jump¿ like she does. They land on Lachion where she meets the people who set the wheels in motion to free her. They want her and March to go to ten worlds to find missing humans and others who can navigate Grimspace like she can. They hope to form an academy to teach them how to do so and break the interstellar monopoly of the Conglomerate. The Corps wants Jax back under their control and have sent her picture everywhere with the caption she is dangerous to every Conglomerate world. Hundreds of bounty hunters taste the reward of bringing her in dead or preferably alive. --- This is a grand space opera in the tradition of Star Wars with a romantic subplot that adds spice to the fast-paced, character-driven story line. Readers take a glorious roller coaster ride around the Aguirre galaxy filled with alien species on worlds that seem real due to the vivid descriptions. However, with all that going for it, GRIMSPACE belongs to the kick butt heroine. --- Harriet Klausner
MiddleagedSFfan More than 1 year ago
I am a old SF fan from way back but not a fantasy or vampire, etc fan. I was looking for a little more emotional interaction between characters and found it with this book. Liked it and recommend it to non-fantasy SF readers.
9Nikki9 More than 1 year ago
Grimspace was such a great book! I love how Sirantha Jax is so headstrong but not annoying. Jax is being contained because the ship she was on crashed leaving everyone on board dead except for herself. She is prodded for information while the Corp (government type organization) begins to investigate the situation. March (funny name), a handsome man with a serious attitude, saves her from her cell and now the chase begins. This is an awesome story about love, adventure and of selflessness. This book is based in space and I was never an outer space book reader but this one won me over. I will definitely buy the second one.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was the best book I've read in years
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! This book is cover to cover awesomeness. I actually need to recover from the awesomeness that is this book before I could sit down and actually write a coherent review. Simply put - I fell completely in love with this book. When I first heard about the buddy read planned by one of my Goodreads groups, I almost didn't join in. I am so far behind in my reading that I wasn't sure I had the time not to mention the fact that I had not heard of this series before. At the last minute, I found a copy of this book at my local library and decided to join in on the fun. I am so glad that I made that last minute decision. When did I become someone worth dying for? I really love so many things about this book but the main character, Sirantha Jax, really was one of the best female leads that I have come across in a long time. She's in her 30s and she has done a lot in her life so far. I cannot tell you how nice it was to find a main character that is over the age of 25. Jax is tough and she adapts to situations as needed. She is willing to do what needs to be done but still takes the time to think about the people around her. I'm Sirantha Jax, and I have had enough. I really like the male lead in the book almost as much as I liked Jax. March is fantastic. He is one of those people who seems to know how to handle almost any situation. He is a natural leader. He is a protector and is more than willing to risk himself for others when necessary. I will admit that I really hoped that romance wouldn't play a part in this book but then something happened and I started falling for March. I understand why Jax was drawn to him because I was under his spell by the end of the book myself. Call me cynical, but anything that makes March happy cannot be good for me. It's no secret that I love it when a book is able to make me laugh. I don't need to laugh constantly but a little bit of humor really adds to a story in most cases. This book was funny. It's not a comedy by any stretch of the imagination but the characters just have such a great sense of humor. The way that they talked with each other and their thoughts were just so entertaining. I really must applaud Ann Aguirre for her skill in incorporating such a wonderful sense of humor into these character so flawlessly. Nodding, I fall in 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. The world building in this book was not only solid it didn't bog the story down in any way. One of the reasons that I almost backed out of the buddy read was because sometimes a first novel in a series can get really heavy with information and are often not as exciting as later books. Somehow, this book made me fall in the love not only with the characters but with the world that they live in incredibly fast. I will admit that I was quite confused about how Jax's ability worked at first but I decided to just go with it. I will always come for you, Jax. I thought the romance in this story was fantastic. If you had told me that there was a little case of insta-love in this book before I started it, I may have skipped reading it. I am glad that nobody told me. For some reason, the insta-love in this story works for me. March and Jax are real with each other and can see parts of each other that nobody else can see. I really had my own case of insta-love for March happening so I really can't blame Jax for it anyway. For the first time I grasp that bending doesn't necessarily mean weakness. Defiance doesn't always equate to strength. I would highly recommend this book to anybody that enjoys urban fantasy. The characters are wonderfully done including all of the secondary characters. The concept is unique. The pacing is fantastic. This book is simply hard to put down. I cannot wait to start reading the next book in this series.
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There are the occasional interesting spots, but the characters are so shallow that you never really have any empathy for them.
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Space opera at its finest, but character-driven. Page-turner. You start caring about Jax immediately and holding your breath to see if she makes it through each situation with her friends still intact. Fun to read.
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...interesting is a good way to put this book still over all a good book and a must read
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I have been looking at the comments and most of them say they are great so should I try try this series out? Please respond back.
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Ann writes superbly. She takes you in her imagenry mmind and you are sweped in her world of fun and adventure,
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