November 23, 2015

Review ~ Breakout (Dred Chronicles #3) by Ann Aguirre

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All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up to Havoc and Perdition from New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre…

The prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of Dred’s soldiers still standing and now being hunted by Silence’s trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost—who is their only chance at escape—the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station.

If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedom—a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her grasp…

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I must say I am satisfied with the conclusion of the Dred Chronicles.

The Dred Chronicles began in a prison ship called Perdition, on an asteroid in outer space. Perdition is the final place where the worst of the worse criminals are sent. It is a so-called dump site for those deemed too dangerous by society, where no ordinary prison can hold them.

Perdition has long since been left to the inmates, where the most powerful claimed territories and subordinates. All manner of bloodthirsty fiends can be found in this place.

The way Ann Aguirre wrote this series is riveting. Sci-fi fans can have their imaginations taken for a ride into a new place. The twists and turns are not frustrating but they keep you excited. It is truly a well-researched and thought out novel.

The characters are realistic (or as realistic as they come), and they can give you an unexpected pleasure on how they react. I usually judge how well a character is by how much they come alive inside my mind, and Dred really does as well as some of the other characters. Dred will surely be imprinted inside your mind as one heck of a kick-ass heroine.

Don't even get me started on the setting. The idea about a whole place with tons of high profile criminals crammed together means that it will only be a matter of time before they take over so what did the author do? She placed it on a barren rock in outer space and made the whole thing manned by machines and computers. The place being operated by machines means no human guards can be killed by riots. The criminals have the place to themselves, running it how they see fit. The strongest and smartest are on top, Dred being one of them when she took over her side of Perdition with other key characters. Of course, being outside a planet means there is a limit in how destructive the tenants can be or else they risk killing everyone on board, including themselves.

Expect a lot of blood bath, betrayals, and a dark and gloomy tone in this book, with a lot of exciting twists and sucker punches that you wouldn't want to miss.

The Dred Chronicles is a great read for those who are searching for a little sci-fi excitement, and if you've been following the Sirantha Jax series, you'll get to see some of the stories of other characters like Jael and Tam. Bored is an emotion you'll never feel once you've turned that first page.

~ Djan


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