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 get crap handed to them, and they keep persevering. At one point in Aftermath, Jax is in a pretty dire situation. But she won’t use the word “if”. It is only “when” she can find her way home. She never gives up on herself, nor the ones she cares about, and for that you can’t help but admire her character.
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 that is okay because 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.
Giveaway: Since I enjoyed this book so much I’m going to give away one book from this series. Your choice as to which book you want. I do suggest reading this series in order – Grimspace, Wanderlust, Doubleblind, Killbox, Aftermath.
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