6. Endgame (Sept. 2012)
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 herself: she has no memory of the crash.
Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom—for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel—and establish a new breed of jumper.
Jax is only good at one thing—grimspace—and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…
Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict
I found the third book in this series in a stash of my dad’s books. Even though science fiction isn’t a genre I normally enjoy, I thought that I would give it a try based on the fact that I enjoyed other books by Ann Aguirre (Enclave) and that Kelly highly recommended it. While I still had some issues with the science fiction stuff, I really loved this book, and plan on continuing with the series.
Part of my problem with science fiction books has always been orienting myself in the world — or in this case, worlds. Perhaps because there is so much to include: space travel, how it works, different worlds, different species, different rules, how the government — if any — operates, all of which are vastly different from building a world even loosely based on earth (paranormal books, for example). I’ve also not been exposed to much science fiction — in book, TV, or movie form — so I think this also puts me at a disadvantage. Grimspace was really no different from other books in this regard, but I stuck with it, and I am incredibly glad that I did. I am still a little disoriented about the world(s), but there is enough beyond that to keep me reading.
The biggest reason why I loved Grimspace is Sirantha Jax herself. It’s narrated in first person present tense, and while the narration took me some getting used to, I made a very strong connection with Jax. At the beginning, we find Jax imprisoned by the Corp after being the only survivor of a ship crash. We know as much as she does — which is pretty much nothing — but there is also a sense that there is something wrong with the situation and that there is more to it than what is presented. But Jax is tough. And even though she does not quite know what is going on, she continues to plow forward. She makes mistakes and realizes she doesn’t quite know who she is, but beyond all that, I found Jax to be a compelling and likable character who changes and grows throughout the course of the book. More than just being the main character, she makes Grimspace shine.
Very quickly, we are introduced to March and his crew. While the answers about why he needs Jax and what his overall goal is are only slowly answered, we are gradually introduced to the politics of the Corp, being a Jumper, and why Jax is so important in the game. There is some romance in Grimspace, but it felt more ‘romance lite’ to me, in the way that the romance is not an integral part of the plot or overall story, but it is a nice diversion. I love me some romance, and it was nice to see it here, though I loved Sirantha Jax enough that Grimspace could have been a stellar book even without the added romance. And yes, March makes for a very delicious love interest.
This is quite obviously only the beginning. March and his crew are on a mission to find and create more jumpers, but this mission was derailed by Jax’s problems with the Corp and the ship crash that was supposedly her fault. Still, Jax is important to accomplish the mission, and not just because she is a jumper herself. There is something that sets her apart from other Jumpers, something that could be key. I already have the second book, Wanderlust, on my to be read list, and look forward to picking it up.
You Might Enjoy This Book If…
Even if you are not a science fiction fan, Grimspace is a worthy read, especially if you prefer character driven books and kick ass female MCs. Sirantha Jax carries this book, and it was she who kept me picking up the book despite the fact I had other things that I should have been doing.