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4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the last book of the series?
After finishing Aftermath I wondered if it could be the last book in the series. It seemed as if it was.

Sirantha Jax is a gungh ho woman. She goes into grimspace with Hit and saves mankind from a fate worse than death. Being eaten by the lovely Morgut just isn't my idea of a fun time. Unfortunately, there are people who are killed because of the new settings...
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by humanitysdarkerside

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3.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath
At the end of Killbox, the conglomerate worlds face cataclysmic defeat by the Morgut armada. Jax manages to alter the jump beacons to wipe out much of the Morgut attack, saving an untold number of lives, but she didn't involve March, fearing he would try to stop her in this suicidal act. Jax didn't expect to live and by acting independently outside military command, she...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath, 19 Jun 2012
At the end of Killbox, the conglomerate worlds face cataclysmic defeat by the Morgut armada. Jax manages to alter the jump beacons to wipe out much of the Morgut attack, saving an untold number of lives, but she didn't involve March, fearing he would try to stop her in this suicidal act. Jax didn't expect to live and by acting independently outside military command, she undermined both her own selfless actions and March as her Commander. She now faces huge public condemnation and trial for treason and the mass murder of 600 conglomerate personnel who perished as a direct result of the changes she made to the beacons.

The fact that she was willing to die to save others shows how much Jax has grown as a person throughout the series, largely thanks to March, who has awakened her conscience and saved her mind, body and soul. Their relationship has faced many challenges, but they've developed a deep love that they are both willing to live and die for. She no longer hides behind the spirited, superficial, wise cracking nav-star façade she invented to cope with the trauma of knowing all grimspace navigators die young. Jax now desperately needs the love and support from March and her friends to help her though this ordeal, but the judicial authorities keep them apart throughout the trial, which is set to last months. Understandably, March tries to use this time constructively by searching for his lost nephew as a way to manage his fear of losing Jax. By this point Jax is overwhelmed with grief, unable to cope with such trauma and incapable of sound judgement to deal with the enormity of her actions and the emotional turmoil in herself and others.

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After the debacle of the trial, we follow her determined attempts to find redemption in good deeds. Naturally Jax finds further trouble, including time travel and being stranded through a portal gateway. Jax is unaware of the desperate attempts by March, Dina and Hit to get her and Vel back. Although she has deliberately used these quests to avoid facing her more personal commitments, her ongoing fragile emotional state since the trial eventually makes Jax question everything. She imagines slights and abandonment, even when the evidence shows her the opposite is true. Only older, wiser exiled Vel, with his similar social pariah status is now trusted completely thanks to his steady, non-judgemental, subservient good nature and convenient close proximity, reinforcing the impression that he is always there for her. But he's also an ace manipulator, albeit benevolent one. Jax has been victim to this before when Vel was a bounty hunter, but she has since allowed his quiet manipulation to provide her with alternative future options and avoid making future personal commitments.

I have loved following Jax so far and reluctantly have to admit that unlike other reviewers I was disappointed in Aftermath. This is mostly because her relationship with March is thrown into turmoil yet again when he goes to find his nephew, creating a physical and emotional division between them, which encourages the deepening relationship with Vel, clearly intended to create further painful tension for the next book. As if there isn't enough trouble already brewing for her intentions to help Loras! There was also something missing to give it the sort of edge found in books 1-4.

Jax seems to revert from a strong, independent woman going through understandable emotional distress into not much more than a stereotypical selfish and shallow 'career woman'. She's like a version of her old nav-star persona, unable, or unwilling to see acceptable compromises that don't compromise who you are. By the end of the book I found it hard to like Jax because she is knowingly instigating emotional damage to people she apparently deeply cares for. Other reviewers see these events giving Jax wonderful alternative future lives, but my respect for Jax definitely dropped, as she knows she is unfairly hurting others for her own selfish ends. And someone is going to get well and truly hurt. Overall, it's a great series and I highly recommend it, but hope to see the return of a feisty, yet more caring Jax in book 6.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the last book of the series?, 22 Dec 2011
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After finishing Aftermath I wondered if it could be the last book in the series. It seemed as if it was.

Sirantha Jax is a gungh ho woman. She goes into grimspace with Hit and saves mankind from a fate worse than death. Being eaten by the lovely Morgut just isn't my idea of a fun time. Unfortunately, there are people who are killed because of the new settings of the beacons. Someone has to be made a scapegoat for that, and that scapegoat is Sirantha. Fortunately, she has the money to hire the best lawyer to be found, and a case is made in her favor. She is eventually let go and her new adventures can begin.

In the meantime, Marsh is off seeking his nephew. This means that Sirantha and he get to be apart, and their relationship enters a new phase.

Vel is becoming more and more important to Sirantha. The two of the end up saving each others' lives time and time again.

This book is incredibly entertaining. The action level is high while the mushy level is low. The hero's journey is always fun to take part in, and we get to do that in this book. Enjoy.
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