meilufay’s #CBR4 review #20 Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1) by Ann Aguirre
Romance-y paranormal fantasy novels (Felicia Day calls them vaginal fantasy) are a dime a dozen. Romance-y science fiction, not so much. In fact, the only romance-y science fiction series I can think of is Catherine Asaro’s Skolian Empire series which was one of the eye-rollingest series I’ve ever read. I was pleasantly surprised by Ann Aguirre’s series because it’s not only romance-y science fiction, it’s GOOD romance-y science fiction. I can actually see a guy reading this series. Sirantha Jax is like Starbuck from the Battlestar Galactica reboot – she’s an impulsive bad-ass who happens to be the best navigator ever. Navigators possess a rare gene that allows them to perceive “grimspace” (folds in the fabric of space) enabling near-instantaneous space travel. The problem is that jacking into grimspace is dangerous – which is why Jax is a live fast, die young, leave clean underwear kind of a girl. Her success as a navigator has lead to galaxy-wide celebrity and her party-girl lifestyle means that she’s a little bit like a Kardashian (complete with the sex tape). Jax has just survived an accident which killed everybody on her ship including a very important diplomat and her lover, Kai. She’s being held and interrogated to determine her blame when a group of rebels breaks her out. They don’t care about her (in fact, they all despise her), but they need her for their cause. Essentially from the first chapter, this book is balls to the wall action. I absolutely loved it. I loved the character of Sirantha Jax and I loved the fact that from page one she has no idea what’s going on and she has to prove both to herself and the people around her that she’s worth her survival. I had an absolute blast reading this book.