30/08/2017 um 11:53
Book review: Grimspace, Ann Aguirre (Sirantha Jax #1)
They always say you should read widely in the genre you want to write for. So I’m on a quest to read more Science-fiction with kick-ass female leads, preferably written by a woman.
Genre: “Grimspace” is more Sci-fi romance than Adventure or Space Opera. Or, like one reviewer on Goodreads said: It’s Space Soap Opera.
The blurb: 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.
My verdict: 3/5
“Grimspace” is by all means not a bad book. Entertainingly written, nice pace, and interesting world. I read it over the course of a day, it’s a perfect “beach read”. But I realised, a first-person narration is so not my thing. Especially not when the character we’re inside is so borderline stupid like Sirantha is. That she never asks “Why?” until the last quarter of the book is infuriating. She has absolutely no clue whatsoever about anything, and doesn’t bother to ask on top of it. I’m willing to hand-wave a lot of things. Like the instant-love between her and March. The constant bickering between them, in best Pride & Prejudice style. The deaths of characters that were frankly more interesting and capable than Sirantha herself. But what I can’t stand is stupidity. That the other characters don’t even bother to clue her in, is equally maddening. You’re about to land on a planet that has deadly creatures triggered by the smell of blood? Yeah, better not mention it. The thing with e-readers is that you can’t throw them across the room in frustration over silly behaviour of characters. It’s unlikely I’ll pick up the rest of the series.
My take-away: Give your characters substance. And make them use their brains. Ditch the angst. Make them act like adults, who talk to each other, and not like immature teenagers.