Series: Dred Chronicles #3
Published by Ace on August 25th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
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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…
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Plot: Well, Havoc sure left a whole lot of bodies in its wake, but that doesn’t mean there’s less action and drama in Breakout. Oh, no. Instead, due to the depleting food supply – and general deteriorating condition of the Perdition – Dred and the surviving members of her team are throwing their lot in with the remaining mercenaries, hoping they’ll now have the numbers to make it past Silence’s crazies.
Cue the double-crosses and ambushes, because what’s a good space drama without either?
The Characters: Our heroine is tired – of losing her people, of the constant watchfulness, of not being able to trust anyone other than Jael. She’s hopeful that her alliance with the mercs will last long enough to get them off the dratted ship, but the bodies falling around them force her to re-evaluate.
Dred’s got all of the qualities my favorite heroines possess: she kicks ass, doesn’t put up with crud, and cares for her people. She’ll do what’s best for the group every single time, even if it’s not what she personally prefers; and even if she knows she might not survive it.
And while Breakout‘s not all-Dred all the time, she is my favorite character in the series. Jael is cool and all, and I liked learning the rest of his story, but there’s only so much “wow” left for the indestructible love interest, ykwim? I actually liked the merc leader’s backstory and motivations, though I wasn’t a fan somewhere around the middle-isn of the book. But, he had to trust his instincts, even if they’re not quite the right ones.
The Story: Breakout rounds out Aguirre’s Dred Chronicles trilogy nicely. There’s plenty of action and drama to offset the mystery of Silence, just enough romance to not be annoying (I read sci-fi for the sci-fi, not the romance), and tension so taut you could feel it, as you wonder if your favorite characters are going to make it off the Perdition.
Space drama fans should start with Perdition, and meet Dred properly. Happy reading!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Breakout? What did you think?