Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1)
by Ann Aguirre
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.
Hooray! This is my first official introduction to the world of science fiction...and it was awesome! Sirantha Jax is this woman with a rare gene that allows her to jump ships through grim space, something that is highly sought after but could also kill her one day. After a crash with a previous ship, Jax is jailed until one day when March, a member of a rogue fighting group comes to rescue her in return for help in their mission. Jax reluctantly accepts.
Jax is an extremely character (for me, anyway) due to her strength and her ability to be honest with the people around her. A lot of female characters come off as being too perfect in my opinion, but Jax is very much flawed which makes her character worthwhile. Also, March could have come off as a possessive jackass, but his character is much like Jax's in that he wears his heart and flaws on his sleeve. The supporting characters, Dina and the doctor are also quite likable as well, which is awesome. Mix the great characterization with a science fiction backdrop and it works for a person who isn't doesn't know her sci-fi.
Great story to get into if science fiction isn't totally your thing yet. And the love story is really nice and realistic (yes, even though it takes place in space). Also, sex. You've been warned if that's not your thing.