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Aftermath (Sirantha Jax Series #5)

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Keep going in this seires as we are seeing the aftermath of actions here.

    Jax has reconfigured the beacons to stop their enemy, but its disabled the Conglomerate and everyone else from jumping as well. And what about anyone who might have been jumping at the time she reconfigured? She needs to tell everyone not to jump, and how to jump the new configurations. When Jax and Hit make it back to Venice Minor they see the Morguts have attacked the planet, burning the hanger and buildings. There's no sign of life. Jax is worried the Conglomerate will find her guilty of working without orders, High Treason, going AWOL, and death of ships full of crew in grimspace. Jax fights to get back to civilization and is imprisoned for her way of saving so many lives. Then Jax has a whole journey to correct her wrongs, and hold her promises and Vel goes with her.

    By the time you have gotten to this book, you know what's going on. You don't need the rehashing of all the previous events and you are ready to move on. This book briefly mentions the ending of Killbox, but that is because Aftermath starts exactly at that point. This is the wonderful thing about this series, you are fully invested by now. As we come to the carrying through with promises and old friends revisited, you remember the feelings and happenings right with Jax as you need them. Ann does a wonderful job of bringing back those feelings and not bogging down the story with old events.

    Jax has grown so much as a person in these books. She is now aware of the results her actions leave behind and tries to correct those, or at least make amends with them. Then we have all the promises Jax has made along the way through the last four books. This book is one that ties a lot of those up, cleaning up lots of lose ends. Jax is paying her debts, training the new patterns, and making visits on needed promises.

    While Jax was incarcerated we get to read letters back and forth between Jax and March. We start to see these two might have different paths to follow, but love each other so. But this is the way we get to keep March in the picture. We get Vel back in this book. God is he a great friend to Jax. The only one who seems to completely get her and her ways. Vel is the rock that Jax needs here. They get their own adventure in the Makers land, which brings them EXTREMELY closer.

    We still have correspondents between Edun and Tarn. This gives us a small glimpse of the political end and what they are doing to help with the trial. These letters seem more personable along with business. Then Tarn and Edun are done with their business here as well. But! I'm hoping we might get to meet Edun in person in the next book. I am left with a small glimmer of hope that it could happen.

    This series has taken me on an amazing ride of emotions. We have had fun and laughed, been serious, fought a war, lost friends along the way, fell in love, and now cried when life's paths go askew. This book brought tears to my eyes for the last hundred or so pages, and I cried at the end. I loved how Ann has taken these characters to the point of no return and makes those tough choices. All along the way I have fallen for these characters.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    A Must-Read Series!!

    I have enjoyed the Jax series from book one, and they have progressively gotten more and more amazing. I love the characters and their dynamics with each other, I love the perspective in which the story is written, and I love the wit and charm of Aguirre in her writing. If you are a fan of urban fantasy / science fiction, put this on your "must-read" list. Here are some books that I think you would also like: "Survival" and "Beholder's Eye" by Julie E. Czerneda (Two different series), "Dead Witch Walking" by Kim Harrison, "Moon Called" by Patricia Briggs, "Blood Engines" by T.A. Pratt, and

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    a powerful outer space thriller

    Sirantha Jax saved the galaxy from total annihilation from the invading flesh-eating Morgut armada. To do so, she disobeyed orders and destroyed the grimspace beacons that enabled interstellar jumps and six hundred Conglomerate soldiers died (see Killbox).

    Jax manages to return from grimspace, but is arrested for dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder and high treason. If convicted on any of these charges she will be executed. Adding to her sense of isolation, her friends and allies are not allowed to visit her. She knows she has no chance of acquittal as almost no one believes the Morgut threat now that it is over. However, Jax knows if she survives her trial, she must find a way to liberate the Lorcas as pledged by her.

    This is a great science fiction tale in a strong series as the heroine disobeyed a direct command in Killbox and must pay the price for her actions. The overarching theme moves forward as several subplots end while Sirantha Jax knows saving her galaxy is not enough to keep her from being haunted by her decision to kill six hundred of her comrades in arms or being potentially spaced if the jury verdict is guilty. The trial is handled deftly providing a refreshing legal procedural subplot to a powerful outer space thriller as anyone who visits the Ann Aguirre universe knows is an entertaining exciting realm.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    Gearing up for book 6

    Aftermath is the fifth book in a six book series, which means if you love science fiction with rich detail and characters, grand world-changing adventure and a dose of romance this isn't the book to start with. (You should start at the beginning Grimspace.) And if you're already a fan of the series, well you don't need me to tell you to check out this book.

    But I enjoyed Aftermath quite a bit, though within it Aguirre is attempting to wrap up several strands in Jax's universe. In the last book Jax, March and crew took on military orders and faced down an invasion of the flesh-eating nasties of the universe, the Morgut. In the process she reprogrammed the entire system of markers inside grimspace which makes interstellar travel possible. Now her actions see her facing treason charges, arrested and waiting in prison for trial, trying to deal with the public and personal cost.

    A lot happens in this book, and the pace is larger scale than the previous books. This is the first book in the series that doesn't feel like a complete story of its own, but it does a necessary job of both wrapping up some plot threads and pushing Jax and company into new paths in life.

    Aguirre proves that her Jax-universe has plenty more secrets, and that the character arc of Jax herself doesn't include giving up all the wanderlust and charm that readers came to love for a happy ending. Aftermath is an enjoyable, vivid read. I recommend the whole series, especially for character-based science fiction fans (like those who enjoy Star Wars and Serenity).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Tying up loose ends

    I really like this series and have read all of them. Most series wrap ups are a bit tedious, but Aguirre weaves the plot very well in this book. It is a good ending place for the series or could easily open the door to a whole new set of adventures. This book in particular is more reflective than some of the others as it explores the inner life of Sirantha Jax and a major turning point of hee life, including and the nuances of love and friendship. But the inner explorations were not overdone and a surprising adventure adds a very unusual plot twist. I rarely find these kinds of books moving but this one touched me in surprising. Kudos to the author for taking me places I did not expect. Well done.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 30, 2013

    Lived it

    None stop adventure.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Great story I can't wait till the next book

    Great story I can't wait till the next book!

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