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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Humanity is saved. But its troubles are just beginning.
To achieve their extraordinary triumph over the invading Metigen armada, humanity put aside its myriad of political and social conflicts and united against a common foe intent on annihilating civilization. In victory, unparalleled peace and prosperity are theirs for the taking—if they can keep hold of them.

When the s
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Hypernova Publishing
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Jeff Rayl
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The worst part about G. S. Jennsen's books is that I read them too fast. I want more! Guess I'll have to wait like everyone else.

This was another great addition to the Aurora saga. Picking up right where the Aurora Rising trilogy left off, Alex and Caleb are up to their usual "do what we want" lifestyle that always is for the betterment of humanity. Their journeys throughout Sidespace reminded me very much of Stargate. Traveling through alien portals and meeting strange new species with a strong
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sidespace was a thrilling and engaging story that introduces us to the new trilogy in the Aurora Rhapsody saga. I enjoyed the first trilogy, but this is easily my favorite of the four books so far and I am eager to see where the rest of the Aurora Renegades trilogy will take us. The story introduces us to new conflicts that arise naturally from the events of the Aurora Rising trilogy. Alex and Caleb set off to explore the pocket universes beyond the alien Metigen portal. Meanwhile, the merging o ...more
Stephanie Embry
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sidespace is the brand new addition to G.S. Jennsen’s Aurora universe. While it is a follow up to the first three books, collectively called Aurora Rising, Sidespace is the start of a new trilogy. In this act of Jennsen’s brillaint sci-fi, Alex and Caleb are cut off from their world, exploring other areas of space. Meanwhile, the Earth Alliance and the Senecans continue to fight back in the home galaxy.

Sidespace was absolutely no different from the first three books; I still consider Jennsen to
D.J. Bodden
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a trap!

When I finished the Aurora Rising series, I was happy. Content. I knew there was other stuff coming, but I was feeling pretty cool about stopping my reading there in the knowledge that things were generally going to keep going okay.

Now I must read the next book. I want to know, dammit. I have to.

Sidespace follows our erstwhile adventurers into strange new worlds where life took a different turn or didn't take at all. It has a very Star Trek, Farscape, or Quantum Leap feel to it, wh
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another fantastic book in a fantastic series from a fantastic writer! Some more specific notes: I really liked the alienness of the aliens I mean we all think humanoid, but inorganic life is nice to. I'm also very excited to see what Montegrew will do know that (view spoiler) I also liked the structure of the book jumping back and forth every five chapters or so seemed like mini-cliffhangers (I ...more
Katie Cross
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another awesome installment from Jennsen. After the Aurora Rising trilogy ended, I was sad to say goodbye to the characters, so ecstatic to find out that they are continuing on!

There's more adventure, space exploration, and Alex-sarcasm, which made me read it fast and end happy. I truly cannot wait until the next book comes out. Jennsen is making an obvious name for herself in sci fi.
Inês Martins
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's still a lot going on and at times it will defy your brains' ability to picture the complexity of the worlds and concepts you are reading about. But it's absolutely worth your time. As is everything in this universe so far. ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing story from G. S. Jennsen that only leaves me wanting more.
Right from the start I was immersed in the world of Alex and Caleb, shown their perilous situation and eager to know what was going on. Having come to love these two in Aurora Rising following them on their adventure in Sidespace was a given and there was no doubt I would be buying this book.
Am I disappointed? Not on your life. G. S. Jennsen has a way with words. Her characters are deep and believable. Every one of them ha
EJ Fisch
When I finished Transcendence, I was satisfied. I knew the story wasn’t over – there were plenty of hints that there was much more to come – but the Aurora Rising trilogy had been wrapped up nicely. There was something else coming, but I had no idea what it was.

Then I started reading Sidespace. At first I was thinking, “Whoa, I totally wasn’t expecting this!” but after a while that thought transformed into “Well obviously this was bound to happen!” Things happened that I would never have imagin
Excellent Continuation of Space Adventure

Jennsen weaves political maneuvering, space exploration, conspiracies and artificially intelligent human hybrids into one helluva tale. The mosaic of Metagen subworlds is fascinating as all life is not individual or carbon based. As Alex, Caleb and Valkyrie explore life on each subworld, back home, things have taken a turn for the worse.

It seems in times of war you can get away with murder, but in times of peace, the power hungry GERBs get in there and ni
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure with Alex and Caleb as they explore the pocket universes of the Metigens. As in the previous Aurora novels, Jennsen weaves a multi-dimensional plot that keeps the reader interested in what is going to happen next on several fronts. Having read all of the previous Aurora novels, I am familiar with the characters and the Aurora universe. Even so, I found myself having to occasionally pause in order to sort out the numerous characters, their associated AI's and their places in the ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Sidespace has been a great continuation of an already great adventure that started in Aurora Rising.
But this time the stage sees the addition of new worlds and new species as we follow Alex and Caleb during their journey. The Trekkie in me loved this part very much, especially their visit to Ekos 2.
The character are great and it was nice to meet them again... almost as meeting some good old friens. And I love when a book gives me this lovely feeling.
One of the aspects I appreciated the most is
Julie Jamison
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read sci-fi for over 50 years, and now being in my 70’s, it had never occurred to me that a new author could astonish, bedazzle, delight, and generally knock my socks off. But that is what happened when I read Starshine. I gobbled up the Aurora Rising trilogy and breathlessly awaited the publication of Sidespace. And GS Jennsen did it again. Sidespace is the perfect beginning of this second trilogy. And as others have said, it was great to be back with the characters. Ms. Jennsen has made ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex and Caleb are exploring the pocket universes they found while previously in Metigen space. They find amazing things. Planet's inhabited by sentient plants, some nice, some not so nice. Another planet inhabited by more "humanoid" aliens which they help fight off a rival that attacks their planet. In the process they find that the Metigens are using these species in experiments, throwing rivals of the same species against each other in a vicious war. Alex and Caleb are determined to get to th ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You cannot really read this book without having read the first three in the series. However, that is one of the things I'm enjoying the most. If you are looking for a series with some really good world building and an extensive set of characters, this one should strike your fancy. I like that the author didn't end the story after the first three books as there was potential for so much more. In this book we are just starting to see what that is. I'm really enjoying the whole exploration end of t ...more
Tim Cox
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great book in the Aurora series from GS Jennsen. The Characters are familiar and yet each has grown including the Prevos. The current peace is falling apart a new government oversight unit is causing havoc and the saviors of the recent war find themselves under attack. An old nemesis gets an upgrade which is going to be very bad probably. New alliances are forged. Meanwhile Alex and Caleb are dashing around trying to uncover the secrets of the Metigen pocket universes and as usua ...more
Marcus Dean
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whereas Transcendence was the finale to the first arc of this story, it is clear that Sidespace has set us on a new and exciting trajectory!

Sidespace hits hard with the science fiction (nearly fantasy) elements in this installment. We get to know various alien life forms, some that are similar enough to relate to, while others are foriegn in the extreme. Each species is well thought out and magnificently portrayed.

On the Aurora side of things, we get to see the fall out and repercussions of the
Amy Cranford
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As in the Aurora Rising series, Jennsen paints a vivid picture, not only of other, alien worlds, but of our future as humans. The story pulled me in from the very beginning, and it was a difficult balance between wanting to find out what happens next, and wanting to read very slowly to take in every detail. This is definitely one that I will want to read again, and I expect to enjoy it just as much the second time around, as a new reading will reveal even more of the subtleties and details that ...more
Tom Bauckham
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very imaginative and compelling. The characters are well developed and the scope is broad.

Unlike many science fiction authors, Jennsen is able to maintain a set of well developed characters involved in a wide range of settings spanning a multi-universe. The story is adventurous and is able to explore many dimensions of the human condition. Sidespace ends without resolution. This is somewhat disappointing. It seems that Jennsen requires about three novels in series to come to a point of resoluti
Beth Johnson
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, quiltbag
Such a great series. I'm glad to get back to the stories of Alex and Caleb and their associates. This novel, in particular, looks at how people are dealing with living in a post-Metigen War universe. Alex and Caleb are off exploring the portal system, which gives Jennsen a chance to imagine different extraterrestrial intelligence outcomes. Meanwhile, politicians and nutjobs are mucking up the very uneasy peace between the Alliance and the Federation. And then there are the Prevos (AI-enhanced hu ...more
E.D.E. Bell
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Well, this is just fantastic. A little piece of me wondered - can Jennsen really keep the excitement building after the powerful conclusion to the first trilogy? And the answer is a universal yes. Sidespace is exciting from start to finish with new worlds, fresh concepts, and good old fashioned human intrigue. The characters I loved got better, and the stakes were raised higher. It's just that good - and it keeps getting better! ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worthy follow-up to the fabulous Aurora Rising trilogy with the perfect blend of mystery, romance, political machinations, and vivid new worlds. G.S. Jennsen has crafted a universe that always leaves the reader wanting more and eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the story.
Jason Mitchell
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, like the rest of her work

I'm glad the author decided to continue her work in the Aurora universe and others. Very enjoyable! Three more words. Quantum powered back massager. (You know what I mean ;)
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
My only complaint with this book was that, having read it on my kindle, it seemed way too short, almost more a short story than a full-length novel. I just checked: the print version is 400+ pages.

So what I'm saying is, it's a page turner.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dragged out finishing this one as long as I possibly could. Now I will just have to pout until the next one comes out. Hey, that rhymed!! Best series I've ever read!! ...more
J.S. Bailey
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read G.S. Jennsen's novels yet, you should start, like right now. ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining story.

It was a good read. Nicely developed characters with easy to follow story lines. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Bobby Bullard
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice Transition

The hardest thing to do in literature, in my opinion, is to have an interesting plot once the end of the world has been averted. Sidespace not only manages to do this by allowing the characters to continue to be true to themselves. Alex continues to explore the universes trying to find answers with Caleb by her side. As history will testify, keeping an alliance is easier during wartime is much easier than maintaining it in the peace that follows. The rest you can discover by read
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Alex and Caleb explore Mosaic, and their interactions with different aliens are one of the things I remember most about my first reading. Akeso! I would like to explore this planet so much! And I also remembered very well this passage:

“Before we continue, I have a question. Why do all of you gather to meet? Why bring your mech avatars here at all? Can’t your central hubs simply communicate with one another?” Silence lingered for several seconds, then several more. Had she offended
A creative start to the second trilogy in the series. I liked the continuity of the characters, but also the new themes for this trilogy.

Love the "sidespace" concept!

And kudos to Jennsen for concise summaries of the first three books, available at the beginning for anyone who wants a refresher or synopsis.
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G. S. Jennsen is a science and speculative fiction author, as well as a futurist, geek, gamer, programmer and editor. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two dogs. She has become an internationally bestselling author since her first novel, Starshine, was published in March 2014. She has chosen to continue writing under an independent publishing model to ensure the integrity of her series an ...more

Other books in the series

Aurora Rhapsody (9 books)
  • Starshine: Aurora Rising Book One (Aurora Rhapsody, #1)
  • Vertigo (Aurora Rising #2; Amaranthe #2)
  • Transcendence (Aurora Rising #3; Amaranthe #3)
  • Dissonance (Aurora Renegades #2; Amaranthe #5)
  • Abysm (Aurora Renegades #3; Amaranthe #6)
  • Relativity (Aurora Resonant #1; Amaranthe #7)
  • Rubicon (Aurora Resonant #2; Amaranthe #8)
  • Requiem (Aurora Resonant #3; Amaranthe #9)

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“What emerged from the portal was not the feared armada. Instead, it was a single ship. A familiar ship. I felt a quickening in my atoms.

Clever, dangerous girl. I have been expecting you.”
“I frankly expected a far more negative reaction from you on discovering…” she glanced around the lab “…the situation. Why are you helping?”

“I’m not helping—I’m merely not hindering in as strenuous a fashion as I am able.”
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