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.
“Grimspace steals my soul a sliver at a tim, and I love it too much to mind. Each time I leave, I forget a little of the majesty, or I wouldn’t survive the loss.”
I read this once, in 2017, and I fell in deep love with it. However, I always new it wouldn’t stand up to a reread, which is why it took me this long to reread it, even though I desperately wanted to. The first time I read Grimspace, I was taken away on the wave of emotions constantly coming out of Sirantha Jax. I ignored everything else, chasing the emotional highs (or more aptly, lows) of Sirantha Jax.
Unfortunately, without that emotional hit, Grimspace just wasn’t as good the second time around. I still enjoyed reading it, but it had a lot of flaws. There are a lot of ill-defined things throughout the book. The entire beginning of the book doesn’t make sense, after they break Jax out of jail. I have no idea who the players actually are in any specific terms, only generic. It is a bit of a mess
Grimspace opens up with Sirantha Jax, being held in an institution to “help” her get over her experiences when the ship she was piloting crashed into a planet killing everyone aboard but her. Unfortunately, what they were doing was more likely to make her break – and oh well, that would have just taken care of the problem. After that, a whole bunch of things happened and I’m not certain I could tell you why they did, even if I tried.
Sirantha is still grieving after her lover that died in the ship’s crashing, and she is still reeling from the “treatment”, so it causes all of the emotional output of the series. Yet there is also the relationship she has with March, the pilot who “rescued” her. They spend most of the time fighting before an “Oh no I misread you! You’re making me hate you so I have something to focus on other than grief!” fight. Ridiculous. Also only a few months (two?) after she escaped. However, I do like the connection they have between Grimspace and March’s telepathy. The start is pretty dumb, but I want to see where it is going.
Grimspace is filled with a lot of side adventures throughout the book. It was kind of all over the place. All of it dumping into an incredibly quick ending. Which is actually the best part of the entire book. I love the character introduced at the end of Grimspace, and he makes the entire book. The instant connection Sirantha and Vel have is amazing. It made the book worth reading.
Seriously, not the best book ever. It was great the first time I read it, but less so the second time. Yet there was something about it I loved reading. I had fun. Even when I was complaining about everything going on on the page.
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