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Monday, May 16, 2011

Review: Killbox by Ann Aguirre

: Killbox

Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Sirantha Jax, book 4
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher: Ace
Format: E-book
“Talk is cheap when lives are in jeopardy
 Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.
And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.
Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers—out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace…”
Killbox is the fourth book in the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre.

This book starts where we left in Doubleblind. After leaving Ithiss-Tor Jax contacts Chancellor Tarn and resigns at her post as ambassador. After all the events in Ithiss-Tor they are in need of some time off and decided to head to Emry Station where they are reunited with Surge and Kora. While in Emry Station Chancellor Tarn contacts them again, but this time he is asking for March help. He wants him to be the Commander and organizer of the new Conglomerate’s Armada. This Armada would have as a focus to fight the pirates, slavers and the biggest threat of all, the human-eating Morgut. With the lack of available ships March reach to smugglers, pirates and similar and offers them amnesty in exchange for their services. Many accept the dead and beging their training in the new facilities at Emry Station. March thinks he shouldn’t be involve with Jax while he is the Commander of the Armada because it won’t look good to others and temporally ends the relationship with Jax until after the war is over.
The situation in the universe is worst than expected, Morgut’s attacks are increasing and they start to have a pattern. Also Jax realizes Morgut’s attacks are almost impossible to anticipate because they do not need to use the beacons to flight through grimspace.
In these dire circumstances extreme measures need to be taken and sacrifices need to be done, without knowing if it will ever be enough.

In this book we see all the characters we love and others we thought lost are brought back to enrich its pages.

The Jax of this book is not the same from book one (Grimspace); she has come a long way and grown immensely. She is more mature and more conscious. Now she is thinking of the consequences before acting, and when she acts is always thinking in others first. Jax has become a selfless woman willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good, without playing the victim role.
Jax is also having a difficult time, the end of her relationship with March is been very hard on her, also her closest friend Vel is sent back to Ithiss-Tor to help the new ambassador. Vel’s departure is even tougher on her than March situation. In the course of the events there are more loses for her, making her feel more lonely and isolated.

March is still March. I like him sometimes, I don’t like him others. I know Jax is a new and better person in part to him, but still some of his actions don’t let me accept him completely.  March is in many pages in this book, but I didn’t feel his presence as a strong as in previous books. Also I didn’t understand his need to end things with Jax, I think he could have handled things better, they were a stable and a known couple. What would have happened if they had been married?

One of the characters I love the most is Vel. He is the noblest being ever. The relationship between him and Jax confuse me. I wish Jax was with him and not with March. I know he is a different kind and nothing less than a bug, but he is the best. I don’t even know how to explain it but he complements Jax so perfectly, he is her support and anchor and had always been there for her. Their scenes together were so emotional that they had me in tears. I really hope for something else for them.

In this book Dina let us see her without her hard façade and what she show us made her more real and approachable. Dina and Hit’s is relationship is tested as was many others. But even though hearts were hardened or broken, the friendships intensified and bloomed.  

Killbox is written from Jax’s point of view, but Mrs. Aguirre narrative is so rich and detailed that you know what the other characters are feeling and thinking, almost as much as with Jax.
The world building is superb and innovative. And it’s done with such elaboration that sometimes I was wishing I could experience for real what they were experiencing. For example the description of grimspace and the passion Jax feels for it makes me wish I could experience grimspace for myself.  That’s how talented Mrs. Aguirre is.

Killbox is a roller coaster of emotions that will take you from the highest point to the lowest in a turn of a page. It will have you smiling, crying and wishing for more pages. I take my hat off to Mrs. Aguirre.

I cannot recommend enough this book and this series. Sirantha Jax series must be read in order, and let me tell you the other books are as good as this one. So when you get them prepare yourself for a “Jax marathon” because you won’t be able to put them down.

Favorite quotes:
  • “What happened?” – “March went back for you,” Vel says. - Dina adds, “And I went for him.” – “And I went out for her,” Hit finishes. - There's something sweet, if suicidal, in this. We're bound by chains of love, but they don't weigh us down. Instead, they allow us to be bigger and better than we are.
  • "Men can be very stupid," he says bitterly. "We cease to value what we have until it's gone, and only then do we realize the gold we glimpsed in distant hills paled as dross compared to treasure we had in hand." 

My Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
Aftermath (9/2011)
Endgame (9/2012)

Other reviews Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. Great review!! ARE YOU DYING FOR AFTERMATH, OR WHAT?????!

    i <3 Vel :)


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