Sirantha Jax has the rare J-gene that gives her the ability to jump ships through Grimspace. Even though this talent cuts her life expectancy, she's practically considered a celebrity until a freak accident kills her pilot and leaves her the sole survivor. She's accused of killing everyone on ship and is unable to defend herself because she has no memory of what truly happened. Jax is taken to a facility and is interrogated and forced to go through dream therapy with the belief that her superiors are trying to help her. What she soon finds out is that helping her is the farthest thing from their minds.

A mysterious man breaks her out before she breaks under the stress and offers her freedom, if she's willing to help their cause. March, the man who got her out, needs Jax's help to establish a new breed of jumpers not under the Corp's thumb. He's willing to do anything to accomplish this. Jax has always only been good at one thing - Grimspace. She should have burned out years ago. Will it finally kill her this time?

Grimspace is a gritty, action-packed science fiction story. It definitely packs a punch; it's mystery, adventure and romance all in a fantastic package. It's one of those books that make you forget to eat or that you should be studying for your exam on Monday. Aguirre's storytelling can go from being heart-breaking eloquent to down right edgy.

Book Blurb for Grimspace

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…

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2008 4.50