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Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: Aftermath by Ann Aguirre

Title: Aftermath
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Sirantha Jax, book 5
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: E-book
Sirantha Jax has the right genes—ones that enable her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. But it’s also in her genetic makeup to go it alone. It’s a character trait that has gotten her into—and out of—hot water time and time again, but now she’s caused one of the most horrific events in military history… 
During the war against murderous, flesh-eating aliens, Sirantha went AWOL and shifted grimspace beacons to keep the enemy from invading humanity’s homeworld. The cost of her actions: the destruction of modern interstellar travel—and the lives of six hundred Conglomerate soldiers. 
Accused of dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder, and high treason, Sirantha is on trial for her life. And only time will tell if she’s one of the Conglomerate’s greatest heroes—or most infamous criminals…”
Aftermath is book five in the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre.

Aftermath starts immediately after events in Killbox. Jax is in Grimspace trying to come back after changing the beacon signals, therefore altering space travel in general. Jax achieved her purpose, she has saved thousands lives, the Morgut ships are lost in Grimspace, but with the Morgut ships three of the Conglomerate ships are lost too and with them six hundred soldiers.
Now Jax is back and needs to confront the consequences of her actions, she has acted alone and even though she has saved many lives and worlds from extinction, public demonstrators want her to pay for the lives of the soldiers lost in Grimspace, lives that weight heavily on her conscience.

While Jax is in trial, March cannot sit idle not knowing how long it will take to get a final verdict and decides to leave to Nicu Tertius in search for his lost nephew, leaving Jax a little bit desolated because of his decision. But Jax is never alone, her friend and trustworthy companion Vel is with her in every step of the way.

In detention Jax has a lot of time to think; she is willing to face the consequences of her actions even if she has to pay with her life. She might have done things different, but she knows what she did was the only option/solution for the Morgut problem.
Jax also has three promises to keep, the first is to continue Doc’s research about the burnout in jumpers, the second is to return baby Z to Marakeq and the third is the one made to Loras whence to his people. If she is acquitted of her charges, before doing anything else she will have to teach the jumpers how to navigate using the new beacons signals, and just that is something that will take her months to accomplish.

This is one of those reviews in which I just want to say this book was amazing, one of the best in the series and one you “have” to read. But that won’t make justice to the masterpiece that is Aftermath.

Too bad I survived it. Dead women get monuments; live ones get trials.

Jax is one of my favorite heroines, she is far from perfect but everyday she tries to be the best she can be, not for her but for others, she is selfless to a level that she was willing to give her life to save others. Even though she may be perceived as a rebel she is an honorable person. She wasn’t always like this; she was selfish and immature and lived a life in which she was the center of the universe, but time, experiences and friends has made her the woman she is now days. And we have seen her transformation through the pages of this series.

“You’re clumsy. But it can’t be helped. You are who you are.”

March is March, in his own way he loves Jax very much but time has show that sometimes love is not enough, there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration, factors that are lacking in their relationship and even though they really want to be together sometimes things are not possible.

Sometimes, love isn’t enough, even when it’s all you have.

Ok, if you know me or have read my previous review of this series you will know I’m Team Vel all the way. Vel is one of those characters that slowly grows on you and when you less expected he has grabbed you and you won’t want to give him up. You will love him although he is from another planet, race, culture and may look like a giant bug. Vel is such a perfect character that you will forget he has a hard chitin, a side-set eyes and claws instead of hands. His physical form is not important because his hearts are what make him who he is. And is just appropriate that he has more than one, because of his capacity to love.

In Aftermath we also see Dina and Hit, their relationship has evolved too, they are a stable couple with a future ahead of them.
We also see other characters from previous books and met new ones. All of them interesting, complex and compelling.

Mrs. Aguirre is a master storyteller with the gift of words; there were some amazing parts, so beautifully written that I had to read them over and over again before continuing with my read. Page after page Mrs. Aguirre will transport you to another place, to the magic world she has created in the Sirantha Jax series. A place you would really like to visit, with characters you would really like to meet. In Aftermath she takes us through unexpected paths and as always she leaves us wanting for more.

I couldn’t put this book down once since the moment I started it to the moment I finished it. I ended up going to bed almost at four in the morning and in bed I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so much I had to get up to get my cell phone and started taking notes of what I wanted to tell you in this review.

Aftermath is not a walk in the park read, it’s a heart wrenching one. And I can say Mrs. Aguirre has done it again, she blew my mind completely with Aftermath.

The Sirantha Jax series is one of the most (if not the most) solid series I have read and it’s the only one in which I have gave all of its books a 5 Paws rating. And a five Paws rating is not enough for Aftermath, it deserves at least a purr with the paws.
The next and last installment of this series Endgame will be out next year; I’m very sad to see this series come to its end, so I will be waiting with mixed feelings for its release date.

I cannot recommend enough Aftermath and this series in general. Aftermath is not a stand-alone book, it should be read as a part of this magnificent series. If you haven’t read this book or this series I really don’t know what you are waiting for. Believe me, you NEED to read them now.

My Verdict: 5 Paws & A Purr

Other books in the series
Double Blind
Endgame (09/2012)

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  1. Wow. Wonderful review Marcela! I loved your paragraph about how Ann is a master storyteller. Great job! :)

  2. I just sop by the BAWW site and I wanted do a shout out of appreciation for your blog, I'm always coming back to read your review, I think they're great, but anyway, first I put my name instead of your blog name dah.... and the I misspelled Bookaholicat..double dah.... sorry, the links are correct, but I'm just sorry, very sorry about that, and once you enter the link you can edit it or correct it, but the link works, so maybe some new people discovered how good your reviews are.

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  4. Fabulous review Marcela. This is another one of those series I hope I don't lose in the shuffle of my TBR list! BTW, loving the 5 stars & a purr. That's just adorable!

  5. julie, Thank you.

    Lupdilup, You are very kind and I really appreciate your shout out :)

    Mel, I stopped by your blog too, your cats are lovely. I hope to see you around.

    Deanna, You should/need to read this series. I think it's my favorite series ever or at list top 3.


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