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Aftermath (Sirantha Jax #5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  2,795 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
During the war against murderous, flesh-eating aliens, grimspace "jumper" Sirantha Jax decided to go it alone. The cost of her actions: the destruction of modern interstellar travel-and the lives of six hundred Conglomerate soldiers. Now she's on trial fro dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder, high treason...and her life.
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Ace Books
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Because there's no stopping Shelly, Jaime and I at this point


I'm updating this review as my rage grows. Lots of cursing to be expected.

March 27, 2015 - 1 AM: I can't do this. I don't know what I'm feeling anymore. I cried. I fucking cried while reading a book. Sirantha Jax, you've done the impossible.

Updated March 27, 2015 - 8 AM: okay so I've slept on this. I feel hungover. I'm still an emotional wreck. And I'm still rating thi
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Imagine yourself chasing something. It's so close, you've almost got it. So wonderful.

You missed it. But it's okay. You laugh and realize it was kind of fun. No, it was a LOT of fun. So you keep chasing. Running, running, along for the ride...

Suddenly, you start to slow down, and start thinking. Wait, why am I running again? What am I chasing? Oh yeah. Ok. I remember. So you make the effort and soldier on because you think it's worth it, only to finally realize there has really been no point and
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Grimspace is a bitch mistress who carries unearthly delight in one hand and a crop in the other. We bear the latter to receive the former.
(From Killbox)

Nobody builds worlds better than Ann Aguirre. Nobody destroys them quite like her either.

At the end of Killbox, Jax did the only thing she thought could save the worlds threatened by the Morgut. In doing so, she betrayed the Conglomerate, the Armada, but most of all March – both as her lover and as her commanding officer. She now has
Pamela / SpazP
Aug 26, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
This is a spoiler-free review.

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 i
Mar 18, 2015 JAIME rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely more of a 3.5. But, I'm bumping it up because I'm a nice guy.

There are two very good reasons why I marked this low. But I'm not saying. Yet. Because.

Spoiler free 3 days and counting.

All Things Urban Fantasy
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 def ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 31, 2011 Mandi Schreiner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I’ve probably said this in every Sirantha Jax review I’ve written, but I’ll say it again. I don’t read a lot of Sci-Fi. The thought of Sci-Fi just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s like one step too far past paranormal and I don’t have interest. But long ago, someone recommended Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, and I picked it up. And I loved it. I can’t help but to compare Sirantha Jax to Kate Daniels (from Ilona Andrews series). They are both so unselfish, honorable, loyal to their friends individuals. They ...more
Nov 08, 2011 Felicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, vaginal-sf
I will say this: The covers of this series are absolutely the best. I love this artist, whoever it is. INSTANTLY makes me want to pick up a book.

So, I LOVE this series so much, I think I feel mixed about it because it doesn't go the way I PERSONALLY would want it to go. It's a really well-done book that ties up a bunch of loose ends in the lead character Sirantha's life. I just am confused about why the path is what it is, considering the arc of the series thus far.

There is a LOT of trauma and
***WARNING: This is more of a rant than a review, and contains some parts that people might consider SPOILERS.***

I must admit that, as much as I have been relentlessly plowing through this series, I was pretty nervous to start reading Aftermath. Based on the plot summary, I knew that this book was going to be more like Doubleblind (my least favorite book in the series) than the more action-centric books.

I wish I could say that this book proved my fears to be unfounded, but, in truth - it didn't.
Rhiannon Frater
Sep 09, 2011 Rhiannon Frater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Katie Michaels
Jan 18, 2016 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am such a complete and utter wretched mess after reading this book, I barely even know where to begin. I feel conflicted. The journey I have taken with these characters has brought me to places I could have never expected… and they are not all places I wanted to go. Things don’t feel the same. But they’re not supposed to. It’s kind of the point. But I loved what it was before and change is hard. Especially if it breaks your heart.

The book is aptly titled. It’s all about the aftermath of Jax’s
This book, this whole series, is so incredibly hard to read. And I mean that in the very best of ways. I just finished Aftermath moments ago, and I am crying my eyes out.

There are so many things to say about this book. This is the book where Jax ties up loose ends. All of the dangling bits from the reckless, selfish person that she used to be, all the promises she made to herself and others, all the things weighting down her soul... that is what is handled here. It feels like.... a ritual cleans
Yep, 5 stars. I love where this is going. I've got to sit on it for a bit longer, but hell, I cried like a damn baby. But Sirantha has been through A LOT! Direct jumping, arrest, trial, Baby Z, tons more. And March has his own agenda. They are both self starters. Its no surprise that he can't wait around for her while she's in prison.

I don't think this is a love triangle. I think she has enough room in her heart to love multiple people (I have a backstory that aligns with this, so sue me). She
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
It must have been love, but it's over now....

I wanted to punch Jax in the face during this novel, repeatedly. This series was so damn good when it started. Now i see it should have ended a long time ago. One thing I have to ask is this; why does Jax, a jumper, a rebel, a fighter, and over all such a badass constantly find problems when it comes to something so simple as her relationship with March? Seriously, just why even bother? It's not like the sex is any good.

And him? This woman repeated
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains spoilers.

Sirantha Jax may have saved New Earth and its allied planets from a war they cannot win against the flesh-eating Morgut, but it came at the cost of six hundred Conglomerate soldiers. Returning to Venice Minor after changing the beacons in grimspace to prevent most of the vast Morgut fleet from jumping to their part of the universe, Jax quietly lets herself be taken into custody by her best friend and commander of the Ithtorian fleet, Vel, and taken to New Earth for
Anzu The Great Destroyer
First of all I have to say that I’m never reading a book like this. 10 days - what the hell? And postponing it made me forget certain things/ thoughts so eventually I ended up giving it the neutral score: three.

I’m not sure if the book was good for you guys but it was strange for me. Whenever I’d start reading Aftermath something would happen. Vampires Suck playing on HBO, my PC needing to be formatted or moving to another freakin’ country (true story)! So of course I had to postpone reading in
Wow. I have waited for this book all year and it was worth it. I set my alarm for 3 am, to go to bed, so I would not remain awake all night reading. I snuck the book into work and though I was never able to crack it open, I thought about it all day and continued reading the second I arrived home.

Aguirre is such an amazing writer. I am in awe of the world she has built, how skillfully she sucked me in, how deeply I care for her characters. This book was beautiful and had everything I could possi
Frag you Sirantha Jax, and I have had enough Of You!!!!

I Love March <3 <3
I am speechless. Ann Aguirre is a very brave writer. 5 stars for the last 40%, 3 stars for the first 40%. I may adjust later, I need to think about this book and review.
Mostly it was great. I really like the woman Jax has grown up the be, that part of the long story arc is terrific. What she did should have consequences, even if it was justified, and I agree that it was. If she was the type of person who could do that and not care then she wouldn't be the type of person that we've all fallen in love with, so exploring that was interesting. And I've always loved Aguirre's storytelling. And Vel, this book is full of Vel, which is wonderful. Everything Vel is wond ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. The friendship between Vel and Jax grows more and more beautiful by the day, and Jax's love life is continually running afoul of her and March's greater responsibilities.

It is th
Jul 17, 2014 Keertana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swoooon
Aftermath got off to a promising start, what with Jax on trial against the Conglomerate, but it quickly became apparent that Book 5 of the Sirantha Jax Series was very much a--and I hate to use this word--filler novel. Essentially, nothing much happens. Jax isn't acting as a diplomat to a foreign planet, she isn't off fighting a war, and nor is she doing much jumping. Aftermath fills in the gaps that we've forgotten about since Doublebind burst onto the page and, as such, it isn't a favorite of ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Darcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I loved about this book was that at the heart of it is all the relationships. I really love Jax and March together, but they are all about drama and this book is no different. There were times that I hated March and his actions, then he had a way of worming his way back into my good graces and by the end of the book I was crying. Do I like the way things ended with them, no, but do I think it is for the best, yes. Timing always seems to be an issue with them.

Vel is a character that has chan
Jan 29, 2012 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been testing for me, even as I write this review I don’t know what rating to give it. The first half of the book I really struggled with. So much happened but with no real detail to back it up. I found it to be Jax did this then Jax did that and then this happened whereas in the earlier books the events would have been fleshed out. Then I got to the middle of the book where Vel and Jax have an adventure and it was brilliant and riveting. But then the ending of the book was written ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
God this book broke my heart! i predicted what was going to happen with vel and jax so that wasnt a big surprise, very sweet though. at the start i was excited about the growing relationship between them but now im somewhat confused how i feel about it, lol. also how they disappeared for so long and how the world went on without them brought tears to my eyes especially when it came to March.
im not sure how i feel about this book, i miss the old characters and from now on there will mainly only b
Aug 10, 2016 ᑭIᑭEᖇ⒤ᗩᗰ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf-series
Regrettably I just can't finish this book, I am utterly heartbroken at what has become of one of my favorite series of all times. I went ahead and read Sarah and Shelly's reviews for Aftermath and Engame (view spoiler) and because of that, decided I needed to remember Sirantha and March as they were and not what they do or become in the last two books of this series. I am so saddened at the direction Mrs. A ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't written reviews for these (yet). They are enjoyable enough, fun for a bit of brain candy. But the covers drive me crazy!! They look nothing like the character described... GAH!
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Jul 26, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, naughty-bits
This series is definitely not the best thing I’ve ever read, but it is darn fun (especially if you like sci-fi and you’re a lady — it’s always refreshing to have a female lead in a sci-fi book, and it’s even better when they’re competently written). I was a bit worried at the start of this series that the romance would take over the plot, but I needn’t have worried. Love and romance is an integral part of Sirantha Jax’s story, but it’s also interconnected with her growth as a character, and in m ...more
Devastating. This cast breaks my heart every single time. Aftermath is particularly crushing because so much time is lost, our beloved cast changes a lot and we're reminded how brief life is. Jax, March and Vel ruin me and I can't even count how many times I wanted to cry for (and with) them.

A lot happens in Aftermath. 600 souls have been lost as a result of Jax's actions at the end of Killbox and people want Jax to pay. No matter that she saved thousands. But Aftermath isn't only about Jax's tr
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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Sirantha Jax (6 books)
  • Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)
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