By Ann Aguirre
Paperback, 312 pages
A Science Fiction Romance Comedy of Errors
Published by Penguin Group
Sirantha Jax’s whole world is turned upside down when she becomes the only survivor of a crash that kills eighty two. Accused of engineering the catastrophe, confined to solitary and subjected to invasive psych tests, her life is all but over. That is, until March rescues her – though she’d be willing to call it kidnapping – and she’s asked to do something she never saw coming.
Surrounded by people she can’t trust, who won’t seem to give her a straight answer, Sirantha has to find her place in a world where she’s special because of a genetic defect, a defect that draws her to grimspace like a junkie to his drug.
Grimspace is entertainingly unpredictable. The plot is driven by mistakes and assumptions that quickly snowball into a conflict that bounces the reader about, but never truly jostles them. The problems are very real and quite distressing. And Aguirre manages to steer clear of several clichés, while there are some familiar tropes, they are integrated in a manner that is far from boring.
One of the very few complaints I have in the book concerns a secondary character who shows up at the end of the novel. I don’t feel that his motivation is fleshed out enough to warrant his personal resolution and that left some of the ending pages a bit hollow for me.
Another minor complaint is in the pacing toward the end… there is an entire chapter that just drags. I understand why it was necessary, but I also feel that it could have been more pertinent to the plot.
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