Speed Date with Dred: Havoc by Ann Aguirre

Posted 21 August, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Speed Date | 30 Comments


Speed Date with Dred: Havoc by Ann AguirreHavoc by Ann Aguirre
Series: Dred Chronicles #2
Published by Penguin on August 26, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 320

The Conglomerate’s most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it...

Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility—and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission.

Dresdemona “Dred” Devos hasn’t survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerate’s armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down...

FIRST DATE: First off, I’d be dead if I were imprisoned on Perdition. Actually, back up. I’m way too much of a goody-goody to end up at Perdition in the first place (unless I really just pissed off the wrong people because I have a big mouth that I can’t always control). But Dred…Dred found a way to practically thrive within Perdition’s walls. She clawed her way up the ranks to become the Dread Queen, feared and fascinating. She even found love (of a kind) with a particularly hot bad boy, Jael. This is a girl that, should she ever get out and I happen to run into her, I feel the need to run away as fast as I could or, because I’m pretty intrigued by Dred, buy the woman a couple of rounds.

SECOND DATE: As crappy as Perdition is, it’s going to get even worse since the Conglomerate is determined to clear the place out (aka, kill everyone) and shut the prison down. Dred and Jael are not going to let that happen, not until all of their people are off the ship. But Vost, captain of the mercs hired to do the cleaning, isn’t about to give up his hefty payday just because some lousy criminals are making his life difficult (killing his men, stealing his equipment, and generally making it absolutely miserable for him). Actually, I kind of feel like Dred, Jael and Vost could be colleagues, if circumstances were different. Maybe I should buy them all rounds and let them sort it out…sans weapons of any kind (of course, they’re all the type that could kill with a teaspoon, if necessary, so that end in blood and death).

THIRD DATE: Even though she’s still got a handle on her Queendom, she’s getting tired of the Dred Queen persona. It’s hard being a badass all day, every day, kickin’ in heads and ever letting her guard down. She needs some girlfriend time. Maybe a mani/pedi. Nah, she’d wind up stabbing the manicurist in the eye with a nail file. Maybe just some alone time with Jael, without the threat of imminent attack or disaster. Really, it’s Dred and Jael who need the speed date, away from prying eyes and maybe on a beach somewhere. Smexytimes are in your future, Dred! If only you can get off that damned ship.

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30 Responses to “Speed Date with Dred: Havoc by Ann Aguirre”

  1. Dude! I so admire Dred for not only surviving over there, but thriving as well! I would probably shoot myself on day one, just to put myself out of misery.
    But really, isn’t this trilogy just amazing? I’m practically an addict, I can’t get enough of these two. I love how well they function together and how they respect each other. So awesome.
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  2. Yet another UF I need to get to, apparently. I’ll have to check and see if there’s an audio version of this. I can usually squeeze those in while reading other review books. Hope these two get to that secluded beach sometime! Great speed date, Mary! 🙂
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  3. Alexandra

    Oooh I LOVED Perdition and am so excited to get back to the world of the Conglomerate. Dred and the whole Queensland gang are fascinating. I have seen almost no promotion for this book which seems a little weird. I follow Ann Aguirre on Facebook and she’s publishing the first book in a New Adult series the same day Havoc is released so I get that. She had a new YA series out in August, too (what a busy lady!), which I bought for my sister. Still, a little excerpt or teaser would have been nice.