Aftermath by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So much happened in this book and I can sadly see the final installment in the works.
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…
During the war against murderous, flesh-eating aliens, Sirantha went AWOL and shifted grimspace beacons to keep the enemy from invading humanity’s homeworld. The cost of her actions: the destruction of modern interstellar travel—and the lives of six hundred Conglomerate soldiers.
Accused of dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder, and high treason, Sirantha is on trial for her life. And only time will tell if she’s one of the Conglomerate’s greatest heroes—or most infamous criminals…
Sirantha is imprisoned and put on trial for her decision to change the beacons to stop the Morgut from destroying the galaxy. She and Vel have quite the adventure on Marakeg and finally she and March have to make some decisions about their relationship.
Really this was quite a heartbreaking read in so many ways. While Sirantha is definitely evolving into a better person, it is quite tragic at the sacrifice and personal pain that she has to endure to get there.
I very much look forward to seeing how Aguirre ends this fabulous series. I am going to be sad to say goodbye to this wonderful cast of characters, but I do want to read their end story.
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