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On the Defense: Grimspace

Review number: 34


OK, right. At some deeper level of consciousness I would agree with most of Thea’s points (the “Frag” thing was particularly eye-popping) but I ended up not caring about the bad and the ugly because the good was fun: Grimspace for me was, even taking into consideration all of its weak points as Thea pointed out, surprisingly good.

I start reading it and as a fan of Sci-fi movies and TV shows I recognize the much used and tried formula of ” space travel adventures of band of misfits in a run down spaceship who fight against an all-controlling eeeviiiiil government” (as seen in Star Wars and Firefly, for example) and I am a bit wary about it. But Ann Aguirre succeeds in captivating my attention by adding some pretty original elements to it with the whole Jumper – J-Gene thing and with her cool characters. And let’s face it, I AM a sucker for the aforementioned “space travel adventures following a band of misfits”, etc etc and so I had a good time reading it.

I specially love the heroine, Jax even though she is not a lovable character at all. Yeah, I am crazy that way. Jax is selfish, annoyingly smart-mouthed, with rude remarks at the tip of her tongue for everyone, full of one-liners. She is self-centered, with a celebrity complex and who cares about little else than her own pretty little world.

The fact that she is a navigator without knowledge of the intricacies of space travel can certainly be seen as a coup out. But to me, it felt like that was exactly the point of the character and it worked well– that she was happy with following the corps orders and has never questioned them – she knows nothing about space travel because she never cared about learning stuff about it or about the ships she is in, she accepts her J-Gene as a present from God (or the Goddess? or Mary?) and which makes her special without considering anything else. Basically she is in it for the thrill.

So when she is cut off from the Corp, charged with the murder of everyone on board her last mission including her lover-pilot Kai, with no friends or family she finally gets to have a look at herself and what she sees is not very nice. Even though she doesn’t berate herself for who she is, she starts a journey of self-discovery that will make her more aware of other people and other responsibilities in life. And this for me, was very appealing in Grimspace. That, and the romance aspect of it.

I loved the March and Jax relationship. I was rooting for them from the get go – even though it did seem that March was head over heels in love with Jax far too quick, far too soon but I quite liked the fact that Jax on the other hand, was not very fast in falling in love – she fought it all the way and I thought it was a nice touch by the author, to give her some measure of respect for what she had with Kai, who had died recently.

Their relationship starts uneasy, sparks fly in a mixture of love-hate, fuelled by grief, lust, trust-issues but once they get inside each other’s minds, literally, by connecting in the necessary pilot-jumper symbiosis they are goners. They have some sort of deep in-mind Psi-Jumper connection via the random Theta Waves (which was a bit of an easy explanation, I will admit) but what the heck, they were cute together.

It is a fast-paced, easy read that had me turning the pages and I am definitely picking up the next one in the series. Grimspace is not brilliant and I wouldn’t have it’s babies but I think it shows a lot of potential: I want to learn more about Jax, see where Ann Aguirre is taking her next in her journey of self-discovery and in he relationship with March and what is going to happen in the universe that has come crumbling down at the discovery of the Corps corruption. And I sure hope we get another glimpse of Velith, which was a cool alien but quite possibly the worst Bounty Hunter in the known universe.

Notable quotes/parts: The sci-fi parts are cool but the romance part was my favourite. I love the relationship between March and Jax, how he fell in love hard and fast. And when he goes completely mental in the end when he thinks she is dead? Nice.

Additional Thoughts: A sneak peek of the next book in the series is out:

Verdict: There is a lot of potential in this series so I will keep reading. It may not be to everyone’s tastes but I would give it a go specially if you think you would like a page turning, space adventure with a nice romance to boot.

Rating: 7 very good.

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  • Katie(babs)
    April 11, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Jax is close to being my favorite heroine of 2008. Between Ann and Linnea Sinclair, I am becoming addicted to sci-fi.
    Can’t wait to read the sequel in September…. or maybe if I am lucky, before that? *hint hint to Ann* LOL

  • Carolyn Jean
    April 11, 2008 at 5:05 am

    I have to read this one. I love sci fi, and I am really digging the sci-fi romance intersection in books like Linnea Sinclair’s.

  • Christine
    April 11, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I really enjoyed Jax’s emotional struggle in this book. It was nice to see her grow as a person and become much less self absorbed by the end. She really grew as an individual. Maybe for the first time ever in her life. I look forward to seeing where Ann takes her next. 🙂

    I totally loved when March went mental, too. It just screams ‘LOVE’ doesn’t it? lol

  • Stacy~
    April 13, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I just finished this book and enjoyed it very much. I had to read Thea’s review and laughingly agreed with some of her points, but they weren’t strong enough to make me dislike the book.

  • Morganne
    July 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I am a Thea-ist. Not my favorite. 👿

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