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Aftermath

(Sirantha Jax #5)

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DEAD HEROES GET MONUMENTS. LIVE ONES GET TRIALS.

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…

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Mass Market Paperback, 307 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Ace
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
► ► Because there's no stopping Shelly, Jaime and I at this point ◄ ◄

✘✘ WELCOME TO MY DESCENT INTO INSANITY COURTESY OF ANN AGUIRRE ✘✘



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
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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
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Pamela / SpazP
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
JAIME
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.

Robyn
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
One thing that I really love about this series is the slow silent triumph of Vel. He's my favourite and I'm not sure Jax deserves his partnership! Um, anyway. Another instalment down, only one left!
Jen Davis
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Cheryl La Pa
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-apr
4.5 stars! Emotional, surprising & heart-breaking.

This book takes a very different turn to the others and I loved it!

Sirantha must deal with the fallout of her actions – both emotionally and judicially. She altered the grimspace beacons to prevent an invasion but it was at the cost of 600 soldier’s lives. As well as being subjected the public’s ire and condemnation, she must face trial for her life and defend her actions.

Dead women get monuments; live ones get trials

She is haunted by thei
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Candace
***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.
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Brittany
I can understand why many lovers of a certain romantic duo may have had issue with this book. However, in reading the series and following the trials and adventures of the characters, I found that this book traveled in exactly the proper path that has been set for them. This book has been nothing but real emotions and real trials in life and showing that no matter how much you care for another, you can only concede so much of yourself before you lose who you are and find yourself in a place of r ...more
Rhiannon Frater
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Felicia
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-sf, sci-fi
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
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Katyana
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
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Sarah
It's taken me a long time to write a review of Aftermath, probably because I still can't quite decide what I think of everything that happened in it and I'm kind of torn at this point over whether I even want to read the final book in the series. On one hand I want to know how it ends but on the other I'm pretty nervous because I'm not sure I like where the series is going. Anyway, let's focus on Aftermath for now and leave fears of Endgame until this review is finished!

I knew that the aftermath
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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
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Catherine
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
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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
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2011
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
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Kathryn
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
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Brandi
Jun 16, 2012 rated it did not like it



I'll write up my review later on or tomorrow. 1.5 Stars.

This is already not starting out good! I'm 5% into it right now, and I have highlighted several things already that annoy me. We're brought in where the last one left off, which is Jax going into Grimspace to change the frequency of the jump beacons. Then she'll say she has no idea how long she was out for, followed by a little later referring to her long time in Grimspace. The planet is being attacked, and she sends a message to Tarn about
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ᑭIᑭEᖇ⒤ᗩᗰ
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Sandy Williams
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Probably 3.5 stars because I missed March. I have to say, though, Ann Aguirre knows how to make her characters (and readers!) suffer. This was a painful book from the first chapter.

This remains one of my favorite series. I hope Jax gets her happy ending in the next book, but I hope it doesn't come after eight more years! I want to hook March up with some nanites so they can slowly grow old together!
MISS VAIN
Frag you Sirantha Jax, and I have had enough Of You!!!!

I Love March <3 <3
Regina
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Cathy
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
Angela
It's really hard for me to even put thoughts down about this book.

I feel like all the growth I saw in Sirantha in the previous book was nullified here. I hated her decision at the end of Killbox, and though - with more thought - I would have agreed with it, she didn't give it that thought. She made it rashly, without concern for all the consequences, and thought to die there. Only coming back because she didn't have the forethought to warn March that no one should jump.

I didn't think about the c
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

Opening line: Dying isn’t like living; it requires no effort at all.

Ann Aguirre started this series with a heroine who was strong and kickass, but in the fifth book, AFTERMATH readers come to realize just how much growth Sirantha Jax has done since the first book. Jax makes a decision that results in the death of 600 soldiers. In life, that’s an obscenely large amount of souls lost. But in war, that’s a lot of manpower gone. As people burst out in outrage, Jax must do w
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Julia
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Keertana
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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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

Other books in the series

Sirantha Jax (6 books)
  • Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)
  • Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, #2)
  • Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax, #3)
  • Killbox (Sirantha Jax, #4)
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