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Endgame (Sirantha Jax Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Ann Aguirre
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Original edition (28 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193700774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007744
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing end to the series 10 Sep 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Endgame is the sixth and final book in the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre. Over the series we have seen Jax find love, loose people she loves, fight wars and travel Grimspace, a place where people can travel faster than light.

La'heng is a planet that was discovered by humans many years ago. In order to colonize the planet and make the hostile natives more compliant humans let loose a gas. This had the disastrous effect of making all of the native beings on La'heng reliant on the humans. If a La'hengrin didn't have a human to be their protector they would die. The humans took full advantage of this and forced the La'hengrin into being their slaves. In book 1 Grimspace Jax meets Loras and unwittingly becomes his protector only to leave him to die later on. In book 5 Aftermath Jax discovers Loras isn't dead and to help her right the wrong of leaving Loras to die she employs a scientist to find a cure for the enslavement of La'hengrins. Endgame tells the story of Jax trying to free the planet of La'heng.

I have loved reading about Jax's adventures over the previous 5 books and I was intrigued to see how the final one would play out. Would Jax end up with Vel the bug like Ithtorian who has been her constant companion who never ever lets her down? Or would she end up with the warrior March who she has a passionate relationship with but who constantly lets her down and leaves her when she needs him the most? Would she free the people of La'heng and right her wrong of leaving Loras for dead? I hoped to get answers to all my questions as well as enjoying a thrilling ride along the way. Well I can say that I got the answers to my questions however the ride wasn't so thrilling.

I admit I did struggle with the book at the beginning of the story.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the Sirantha Jax series 28 Aug 2012
By Pamela (@SpazP) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This review is spoiler free, but assumes a familiarity with the Sirantha Jax series.
I have put off writing this review, because it is, for me, the final step in accepting that the Sirantha Jax series is over. How do I write about a book that concludes one of my most cherished series, and somehow manage to do it the justice it deserves? I will certainly try now.

Engame starts out with Sirantha Jax continuing in her mission to liberate La'heng from the Nicuan nobles. A long time ago when humans first arrived to L'heng, they covered the world with a chemical that changed the La'heng natives, making it impossible for them to fight, and easy to enslave. Jax has funded research that has led to a cure, allowing the La'heng natives to become self-sufficient again, but of course the Nicuan nobles want nothing to do with that. After being denied an appeal by the Imperial board of governors to make the cure widespread and available to the La'hengrin, Loras and Jax start a rebellion to deploy the Cavati's Cure to the natives, and begin an initiative to train them to fight back on their own behalf.

As Jax says in the opening line of the book, "This is not a love story." No, this is a war story, and all the things that come along with with fighting a war are present. There is a lot of downtime and waiting, as much as there are chases and battles.

Those who were worried at the end of Aftermath over whether we'd see March again and when, need not worry. March meets up with Jax very early on, with Sasha in tow. Upon their reunion, with Jax's introspection I am easily reminded why I love her so much. This quote sums up one of the many things I love about her:

"He's said that about me before-- that I'm the strongest person he's ever met. I tend to think I'm dumb. No matter how many times I get knocked down, I always stagger up again. If I had a brain in my head, sometimes after one of those hits, I'd just kiss dirt a little while. Save myself the pain. But I always find myself on my feet, swinging wide, no matter what."

March and Jax have many grievances from events over the past five books that they must air in order to move on and salvage any kind of future together. Add to that the uncertaintly of whether they can remain in each other's lives during wartime, and the intensity is jacked up several notches. And then add to it the Sasha factor... you really just don't know if Jax and March will get that HEA, but you want so desperately to believe that they can and will.

"Fair winds carry you from my side and back again, brown bird." - Vel

And then there is Vel. Sigh... Jax has complete and unwavering faith in Vel, Vel is always there for her, always has her back and sadly... March has not. It's a fascinating situation, and the way it plays out is beautifully done. Readers will be pleased.

Once the rebellion turns in to an all out War, it is super consuming. I felt myself growing weary with Jax over all the death and waste. Endgame spans several years, and it is dense with battle, strife, drama, tension and loss. Along with all the battles and loss, come the silver linings. Now thoroughly trained in combat, weapons and gunnery, Jax is relieved to discover that when she returns to jumping the star roads, it will be out of love and not necessity. Her ability to do just that becomes part of that HEA I kept holding on to for her.

And what would a final book be without all the secondary characters we have grown to love? There is a lot of Constance, one of my favorite secondaries, Jax's PA. I looked forward to her in each book. I also grew to adore the adult Z, his charming nature kept the spirit of the book up when the events of war became too much to bear. And new characters are introduced that all complement this series conclusion.

Upon finishing Endgame, I was equal parts super sad, and equal parts thoroughly satisfied. Endgame is most definitely a worthy ending to one of my favorite series and now, I must go re-read the entire Sirantha Jax series again. Thank you Ann Aguirre for giving us this incredible series! *snarfle cry*
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jax Finishes with a Bang 29 Aug 2012
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Knowing Endgame marked the conclusion of the Sirantha Jax series, I wondered if the story would finish with a bang or a whimper. I'm happy to report that Ann Aguirre has managed the tricky task of wrapping up a powerful science fiction series with a thoughtful and satisfying conclusion.

In many ways, the highlight of this series has been the growth of its primary character Jax. And this final installment presents a clear-eyed assessment of a character who started out appealing if shallow and ended up willing to stick by her promises even at the risk of her life.

This final adventure takes Jax and company to La'heng for a confrontation against an occupying force that "protects" the natives from themselves by enslaving them. Through this conflict, we see a grown up Jax take what amounts to a back seat. As the story progress, others are leading, and she's supporting the effort. It's a different role from her past experience, and it was interesting to see her perspective as a member of the team as opposed to a part of the leadership. In many ways, it confirms how she has grown as a character.

One event in particular highlights how Jax has evolved. When presented with the choice to change her appearance permanently to support a mission, she does so, despite misgivings about what it means to no longer look like herself. I suspect the old Jax would have declined (granted, she wouldn't have been a part of this effort in the first place). This Jax makes the decision that lets her help.

I also think this series has done an excellent job of demonstrating the cost of war. In battle after battle, we see that lives are lost and hard decisions are made with huge consequences. Through the eyes of Jax, March, Vel and other great characters, we see how war changes people, we see how sometimes change is only accomplished through loss.

With Endgame I find myself torn. It's a great conclusion to a series that I think deserves more attention. And yet...I also have to say goodbye to characters I've grown to admire. Jax and company will be missed.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent wrapup for a great series 5 Sep 2012
By readzabit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, I should point out that this review will be spoiler free in terms of the plot.

Second, until August 2012, I had never read a Jax novel. Then I read them all. To read all the books in a series and stay that involved in them says a lot for the author's ability to craft a good tale. Of course, the Jax series is not a convoluted set of books - the plotline is always very direct with little divergence and a limited number of characters. For this particular series, that tack worked very well. Note: I have not submitted reviews on the other books - they've already been reviewed enough.

Third, Ms. Aguirre's website said the book would be available 8/28. I went to Amazon on that date and the book was not scheduled for release until 8/30. Interestingly, there were already reviews (all wondrous) for the book. Shame on the publisher. It is one thing to get pre-reads from other authors to promote the book, but another thing entirely to put them on Amazon.com.

Fourth, while this is a lengthy book, there were times when I felt that Ms. Aguirre was rushing through certain points in order to get to the next section. This is more of an impression than a fact, folks - just my humble opinion.

The book is entertaining, certainly. It wraps up a great many plotlines, for better or for worse. There are, however, areas that I felt should have been complex that were not, such as the Marsh-Sasha and Constance plotlines. Some characters found in all (or nearly all) of the other books in the series were not present here, and their loss is felt. The best part of the book was when Jax joined another team member in an undercover op. This particular section of the book revealed quite a bit about a character that I found enjoyable to discover.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of the book is Jax's lack of emotional response to a number of changes in her life. She keeps attributing this lack to "compartmentalization," and I get that word - we all do it to some degree. But there is a plotline limit to that kind of excuse, which has been overused in the series and was truly over-applied here. That is why I only gave the book three stars.

It is my hope that Ms. Aguirre will reconsider the series in a few years' time and issue a follow-up book. There are a lot of interesting characters in the Jax series and lots of potential plotlines waiting for her attention.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Happy Ever *yawn* After 29 Nov 2012
By kittenwheels - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
**A few spoilers**
One of the unique aspects - in my mind - of the Sirantha Jax books is that there has rarely been a happily ever after ending (especially with March). Emotionally unsatisfying, but memorable and realistic.

Endgame? Sigh. Jax and crew were there, but the most unique aspect of this series - Grimspace - wasn't. Not that saving La'Heng wasn't a BAD thing...but it was Mao and Revolution starring Lorcas and the La'Heng (looking like pissed off Barbie dolls). I'm not mocking the goal. It's just not Jaxian.

Groanworthy/Yawn worthy: Many of the situations/relationships are predictable and boring, esp. March and Sasha (and his band of teenage mutants). None of the major players gets hurt/dies. March and Jax - yawn. Z-Yoda with a detonator. March (who has become a whiny doormat) wants to get matching "tatts"? Ew. The three way group hug with Vel? Really.

Vel? I love Vel. Finally, some spy skill detail. Of course he can dance! Only key character who shows personal development. And is that sexual tension between him and Jax? This is the most interesting, complex and dynamic relationship in the novel by far, the only one that perked me up while reading Endgames. The only relationship that makes me wish for another book in the series....

I suggest one about the adventures of Vel, Jax and Zeeka (he's on rejuvenix) after March storms off in a huff or dies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet 14 Sep 2012
By Nita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Two years ago I picked up a book called Grimspace. I loved the cover, and the premise sounded neat. I figured I'd give it a try. I was hooked from the first chapter. I loved Jax. She's flawed, but so brave and so dedicated. She's so human; I couldn't get enough of her. And it wasn't just Jax. Aguirre introduced such fascinating and complex characters, some human, some alien - Vel, March, Loras. They are what kept me picking up each book in this series. So it was very bittersweet starting Endgame. I was so happy to get back to the characters I love, but sad to know that once I finish this book, that's it, that was the end of the series.

For the finale, Jax is on La'heng to fulfill her promise to Loras to help him free his people and planet from the Nicuan Empire. Diplomacy doesn't work, so they start a resistance. It's exhausting for Jax, all the fighting and blood shed. This is not a fast fight; a few years pass in this book. The La'hengrin refuse to give up and are very brutal in their determination to get their world back. But it's needed. The Nicuan are just as brutal in their retaliation. They do not want to give up their slave world and slave labor.

Jax and March hash out their relationship a lot in this book. They both haven't been completely honest with each other on how they feel and those truths finally come out in this book. Jax and Vel also come to some conclusions on where they stand with each other, what they actually feel for each other. We get to see Sasha become a young man. And Zeeka is always a sweet, happy presence. I did miss Dina and Hit, who don't appear at all. But I was very satisfied with where all the characters ended up by the end of this book. Though I wish I could remain with them as they continue their adventures. But since I can't - goodbye Jax.
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