Author: Ann Aguirre
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre: sci-fi romance
Copy for review was purchased by me
50 words or less: Sirantha Jax's abilities as a navigator make her a hot commodity in the Corp. Unfortunately, she's the missing piece in a puzzle that involves a crash that left everyone but her dead, and the Corp. is not happy. Not happy at all.
Grimspace was another title I picked during the read-a-thon, after hearing a lot of great things about the series and about the author. I've been known to enjoy a good sci-fi romance so I hopped on board, and I was pleased overall with the results.
Sirantha Jax starts off the story in a bad way. She's being held for her own protection in a Corp facility and the bad guys are hoping that her brain will implode from the isolation and the "treatments" that she's subjected to. When a mysterious guy shows up and shorts out the security system in order to help her escape, she figures her ship finally came in. Little does she know that she's in for, quite literally, the ride of her life.
Sirantha is a neat character. She doesn't take crap from people and fully appreciates the value of her skills, which is nice. She's impulsive but, when things don't go according to plan, she owns her share of responsibility in the fallout. Marsh (the pilot in the band of rogue fighters) is in many ways a good match for her- he's strong and level headed but he's also very self aware.
One of my favorite elements of the story was Sirantha dealing with the loss of her lover and her pilot, who was on the ship that crashed. He was the love of her life; in a second, he was gone, and so was Sirantha's entire support network. She feels guilty for moving on with her life but feels guilty for considering not moving on, because he wouldn't want her to be unhappy. Quite a conundrum.
There were lots of details and information embedded throughout the story but they didn't overload the story or bog it down. Likewise, there's plenty of fodder for development for future stories and I'm definitely interested in seeing where the series goes from here. The foundation is definitely laid for a good series with a fun romance and lots of adventure.
Overall Grade: B+
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