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Overpopulation, disease, and ecological disaster were edging humanity toward extinction. Hope arrived in the haan, an alien race that promised us a future.

And what they wanted in exchange seemed so harmless...

 

Sam Shao has found out too much about the haan, by accident. All humans have to get along with them—we owe them our lives—and Sam even counts a haan among her best friends. But the more she learns, the less she trusts them

                                                           

It doesnt help that the building of new haan colonies seems to be coinciding with a rash of missing persons cases. Sam and her hacker friends are determined to reveal the truth about the haan, before its too late. The aliens are still promising salvation, and they seem set to deliver, but with things already spinning out of control Sam is confronted with a possibility no one wants to admit—that what salvation means to humankind and what it means to the haan may be two horribly different things.  

 

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The Conglomerates most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it…

 

Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility—and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission.

 

Dresdemona “Dred” Devos hasnt survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerates armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down…

 

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WELCOME TO HELL

 

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerates most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid. 

 

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perditions six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.

 

Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dreds attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn't betray her first. Unfortunately, that's what he does best. Winning Jaels allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

About the Author

In her life, Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband and two adorable children who sometimes do as they are told.

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Rachel B, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by Rachel B)
I just finished re-reading this series for the 3rd time. What I enjoy immensely is the fast paced adventure, the friendship between the main character and an "alien", and the transformation that the character makes throughout the series.

What I am less enthused about is that some of the writing is less good than I like. But, I am picky like that.

If you can handle the writing (and it isn't that bad) and you enjoy this first book you will want to read the whole series.
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emmejo, June 7, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
When the passenger ship Sirantha Jax was jumping through Grimspace crashed, 82 people died including her lover and co-pilot. The Corp says she did it on purpose, and begin a fierce interrogation program. So when a man walks into her cell and says he can get her out from under their thumb, Jax says yes. He wants her to help form a rebellion and train jumpers who who aren't part of the Corp. But with bounty hunters and the Corp hot on their trail, the rag-tag crew she's joined are going to have a rough ride. Jax doesn't mind. She likes danger.

This first book in the series isn't as smooth as the later books, but is still very enjoyable. I don't read a lot of first-person books, and Jax's sharp narration with heavy use of sentence fragments took getting use to. I don't recall it being as obvious in the later books, so perhaps the author realized it was a bit too much.

The characters are the strong point of this series, each one wonderfully complex, morally grey and most with unpleasant backgrounds of one sort or another. Jax and the mechanic, Dina, feel a little underdeveloped in this book, but both ladies improve over time.

The one thing that I was getting rather frustrated with was that the author kept setting up to explain some more of the hows and whys of grimspace jumping, but kept veering off and not delivering the info.
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Katie Walker, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by Katie Walker)
Grimspace is a witty SciFi novel which is a cross between Babylon 5 and Star Wars.

The main character Sirantha Jax is a carrier of a rare gene allows her to pilot spaceships through the space between worlds, grimspace. After an accident leaves her the sole survivor of a horrific crash, she is ruthlessly interrogated by her employer, who want to blame the incident on her. A mysterious band of fighters breaks her out of her prison and offers her chance to redeem herself by starting an underground movement against her employer. Reluctantly, Jax joins the band and havoc insues.

The novel has wonderful pace and humor. I was a little worried that Aguirre wouldn't be able to keep these qualities through the whole book, but I was delightfully surprised again and again when she did.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441015993
Author:
Aguirre, Ann
Publisher:
Ace Books
Author:
Decker, James K.
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Space flight
Subject:
Interstellar travel.
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Subject:
Science / General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A Sirantha Jax Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.78x4.32x.98 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
The Conglomerates most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it…

 

Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility—and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission.

 

Dresdemona “Dred” Devos hasnt survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerates armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down…

 

"Synopsis" by ,
WELCOME TO HELL

 

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerates most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid. 

 

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perditions six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.

 

Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dreds attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn't betray her first. Unfortunately, that's what he does best. Winning Jaels allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

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