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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.
After the debacle of the trial, we follow her determined attempts to find redemption in good deeds.Read more ›
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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At the end of Killbox, Jax made a big decision. A decision she made on her own, To save the masses, she jumps into grimspace to change the beacons, hoping she can put the ever evil Morgut off track so they can't continue to eradicate species in the universe and take planets for their own. When Jax changes the beacons, the Morgut can't navigate. But neither can the Conglomerate.
As a result of her actions, she saves many (the Morgut lose many of their ships), but kills 600 soldiers. She knows deep down what she did was best for the universe, but those death weigh heavy on her. And the Conglomerate can't let her go unpunished for her actions since she acted on her own. With riots demanding her death, Jax goes to trial for her actions.
This only covers a very small portion of the book but I just don't want to give anything away. I had NO idea how this trial would turn out and there is so much more to this book. The journey we go on, stunned me. Aftermath starts out so emotional. Jax has no idea where March is, or if he is even alive. She is dealing with the guilt of 600 deaths. She is decompressing from this huge decision she had to make, only to be thrown in jail having no idea what her future holds. From page one, the emotional impact of this book is huge. And I thought to myself that this level of intensity can't endure throughout the book. And while it doesn't necessarily, what happens after the trial, just blew me away. And by the end of the book, we reach an entire new emotional high.
For a lot of this book, March and Jax are separated. March is desperate to find his long, lost nephew and having no idea how much time Jax's trial will last, he takes off to another land to start his search. Through a series of letters that Ann Aguirre includes, Jax and March stay in contact. But Vel - oh Vel. Solid, dependable Vel who has become so close to Jax is the one there for her. What we learn about Vel is so good. How did this bug, this non-human with side-set eyes and a cool, hard chitin body become one of my most favorite characters?
Why do I love this series so much? Ann Aguirre is an amazing story teller. She started with this crazy sci-fi world but what she really has given us are unforgettable characters. She doesn't give Jax an easy way out, but she stays true to her characters. She gives us characters that are flawed. That don't know if they are making good decisions but that is okay because the consequences are so fascinating to read about. Most importantly, she makes you realize there are different types of love, and a happily ever after doesn't have to fit into a box. And no matter how dark it gets, Sirantha Jax never gives up on the ones she loves. I have no idea where she will take us in the final book, Endgame, but I. Can't. Wait.
The Sirantha Jax series feels like it's changed so much from those first, frenetic, action-packed books, but I know that's not wholly accurate . Jax's world is as messy and political and fraught with peril as ever, but my relationship with the characters has deepened to the point where they are almost all I see anymore. Though not in an urban fantasy setting, fans will find the species and technologies in this world are written as accessibly as any magic, and the romance and action portrayed definitely fit the kick-butt heroine bill. AFTERMATH, more than any other book in the series, has the flavors of an epistolary novel. Not in the sense that current events are shown only through letters, but the characters that I've grown to love so much pour their hearts out to each other through the emptiness of space in letters and stories and memories.
Those letters are necessary, as political strife and responsibilities separate lovers Jax and March again and again. Nothing brings home the inexorable movement of life than March searching for his nephew on a far away planet while Jax is on trial for her life. That turns out to be the first of many necessary separations for these two over the course of the book. Of course, while March is physically absent, that doesn't mean Jax is alone. Vel is there for her, endlessly loyal and supportive and undemanding. Jax and Vel, each so different from others of their own species, have joined together in a singular tribe of two. Aguirre writes the most human of relationships, without ever glossing over the truly alien differences between them. Aguirre has not created anything so common as a love triangle between Jax and March and Vel. Rather, she has written two distinct futures for our heroine, in which Jax's dreams take on distinctly different, though beautiful, forms.
Maturity feels like too light a word for the transformation Jax has been going through over the last few books. Perhaps Vel has given me a chitinous frame of mind, but I can see Jax breaking free from a brightly colored chrysalis. AFTERMATH is the book where she begins to dry her wings, pulling free of the bonds that have kept her to earth for so long. I would definitely recommend readers start at the beginning for the entire, glorious ride. As for me, my heart is in my throat at the thought of reading the last of this series, ENDGAME. Part of me can't wait for Aguirre to continue weaving her spell, but the rest of me will always remember Jax at the end of AFTERMATH: poised between the poles of two such beautiful destinies, limitless possibilities laid out at her feet.
Sexual Content: References to and descriptions of sex, sex scenes.
Aftermath is the 5th novel in the Sirantha Jax series,and it's just brilliant. The author really puts Jax through the emotional and physical ringer in this one,and while Jax is no stranger to strife,she's also not the same fun-loving party girl she was in Grimspace. Older,wiser,and in many ways deeply wounded,Jax is a complete woman,in nearly every way,though her struggle to balance her love for March (and his new reason to settle down) and her need to jump is a constant stressor. However,one of my favorite parts of this series is her relationship with Vel,the Ithtorian bounty hunter that Jax forges a bond with early on in the series. Yes,Jax's relationship with March is passionate and fraught with uncertainty and danger,but what she has with Vel is steady and pure,and I'll admit,I've always rooted for them. Vel is a insectoid being from a world as far apart from ours as you can imagine,but he's very different from his own kind,as is Jax,and this is part of why their relationship is so enduring,and their bond so strong. Their relationship is tender (no,I'm not talking about sex),enduring,complicated,and at times heart wrenching. It's also one of the things that has brought me back to this series again and again. In Aftermath,Jax goes on trial,is thrust into another world with Vel that may reveal new secrets about the Makers,and learns new things about herself that will change her life forever. Don't like sci-fi? Doesn't matter. I didn't think I liked it either,then I discovered Jax,and a whole new world opened up for me. Ms. Aguirre has struck gold with this series. The writing is superb,the pacing is flawless,and Jax's world is nothing short of fascinating. Jax will delight you,break your heart over and over,and keep you coming back for more. I urge you to give this series a try,and will hope you'll fall in love with Jax,just like I did.
This novel literally picks up where the last one ended. I would not recommend reading them out of order, they won't make sense. DO go and buy the other Jax Grimspace novels, read `em then enjoy `Aftermath'. That is -- enjoy it until you see that Jax has totally give over herself to being a selfish B. With a capital `B'.
What has happened to Jax? Our lively fun loving, never give up `Churchillesque' never die attitude, bundled in a brilliant mind, that is - no scratch that WAS capable of doing anything. She toppled governments, effortlessly performed impossible astounding feats, saving BILLIONS of lives, and giving selflessly. But she can't show her love for March. She has also taken to giving herself impossible grail-like tasks thinking to appease her self imposed and IMO `unearned' guilt.
Jax abandoned March when the going got the tiniest bit `rough'. Her excuse this time, is the allure of grimspace, the freedom of traveling the stars, and that March is planet bound raising a child. Jax doesn't like children, so poor `ole Jax has to go and make a martyr of herself by taking on a task which in all actuality is not hers to begin with, so she has some noble excuse for not living her life with March.
Love isn't about tying each other down or keeping each other from doing what their heart and soul cries out to do. Love makes each partner better. It provides comfort and warmth, and where one person has a shortfall, the other has a strength. It's about small compromises. Like a very wise author pointed out once, "Love is patient, love is kind,....It keeps no record of wrongs". Jax doesn't act like someone who loves March. She is more than human now (a la "Jump Gate Twist"), with a much longer life span than average. Yet, she can't devote eight years to March and tolerate the situation until his child grows up?
I have news for Jax, when the 8 years is up, March doesn't stop being a parent. The love, responsibilities, and drama go on until `death do them part'. And even after that. March has become a package deal, and Jax won't budge. I hope March moves on.
There is a lot of build build build in anticipation in the story line, then IMO a crash. In other words, no payoff for the reader. This is a mulling over backgrounds of March and Vel book. I wanted more angst and emotional "Aftermath" for Jax too! I gave it 2 stars because I was so disappointed in the way Jax behaved.
This book feels like the author is setting up Jax and Vel to be like the two old characters in Foster's "The Tar-aiym Krang", where a giant bug and an old man wander about saving the galaxy. I'm still going to buy each and every Jax novel (they are awesome), but this book feels like "The Empire Strikes Back" and left me.... angry, unsettled, and at loose ends.
I have had to allow myself 24 hours to digest Aftermath, the stunning fifth book in Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, before writing up my review. I will give my usual disclaimer I provide in my reviews of Jax books: I am not a huge Science Fiction fan nor am I an expert of the genre. I picked this series up at the strong recommendation of Mandi from Smexybooks, and could kiss her for it. What I think makes the series so incredibly appealing is the powerful character development that spans many genres, so please do not let its Sci-Fi label deter you from giving it a try. This latest Sirantha Jax installment made me feel deeply, made me hold my breathe, left me speechless. It grabbed my chest, closed around my lungs and heart and didn't let go.
Vel fans (claws up!) will be very pleased as we get much more of him than we did in Killbox (bk 4). Previously, my favorite up to this point had been Double Blind (book 3) mostly in part to getting so much time with Vel and learning so much more about him. Vel is one of those characters that you will slowly grow to cherish and adore. Ms. Aguirre has built him subtly yet significantly over the last four books, and it is his time to shine. As a friend. As a partner. As a being of complete worth. What might be surprising to find out if you have not read the series is he is Ithtorian, making him similar in appearance to a tall walking bug, he has a carapace and side-set eyes and claws. The beauty in Ms. Aguirre's writing is that Jax, and you as the reader, never forget what he looks like... but you find you just don't care what he looks like. The developments that are made in Jax and Vel's relationship are resonant.
The Sirantha Jax of now is most definitely not the Jax we met in the first book, Grimspace. She has suffered tremendous loss, endured significant physical and emotional pain. She has found herself in even more trouble by doing her classic authority defying, a fly by the seat of her pants stunt, and it has landed her in some seriously damaging trouble. She also sets out to keep two promises she has made, and cannot allow herself the freedom to live a life as a jumper she so craves until she sees her seemingly-daunting promises followed through to completion. In Aftermath, Jax is hell bound and determined to protect those whom she loves at all costs, and to pay back her debts any way she can. Ms. Aguirre does a superb job with keeping Jax completely true to her character, no matter how we wish some things might be different.
And then we have March. :deep sigh:. March. The deadly cold soldier, who cannot and will not turn his back on his great love, Sirantha Jax. But as we learn through Aftermath, no matter how deeply their love runs, their ways of life at this point are not guaranteed to be compatible. You'll just have to wait and see on that one, but I will say this: What Ms. Aguirre pulls off is sheer genius and it works in every way. I can think of a million ways this book could have fallen flat, or dived off a horribly executed character cliff. It never did. Not one false line. I was left sitting here with so many parts highlighted throughout the book that deeply shook me up. As a woman, as an emotional creature, and as a socially aware being.
I promise you the Sirantha Jax series will appeal to lovers of all genres. The lavish world building and profound relationship development between all the characters continue to be top-notch. Aftermath is about wandering the road less traveled; doing things to help others outside of yourself; and most importantly... embracing the many shapes love can be given and accepted in. I look forward to everyone reading this and experiencing the supreme storytelling this book provides. In short: Aftermath is a masterpiece and is one of my favorite books of 2011.
This has been a summer of 5 star books but I beg of you, try the Sirantha Jax series if you try nothing else. Don't let it get lost in your To-Be-Read pile, or at the very least, move the first book Grimspace up higher in the pile. You are really missing out on something so unique and special, and I would love for you to have this adventure. If you are already a Jax fan, then I know you'll be reading this one on release day and cannot wait to discuss it with you! There is only one Jax book left, Endgame, out next year. I am so very eager to see where Ms. Aguirre takes us with it and how she brings this beautiful series to a bittersweet close. Here is the full Sirantha Jax series reading order:
Aftermath - 8/30/2011, Tuesday!
Endgame - 9/2012