Published by Ace on August 25th 2015
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…
First Date: Whoa. Dred, man. She’s the kind of leader that you’d want ruling the roost if you were stuck in a never-getting-out-of-here prison filled with the absolute worst of the worst in the universe. She doesn’t take any crap, doesn’t show any of her conflict of conscience (to be fair, she doesn’t have much of one anyway), and runs her little slice of the prison with an iron fist. Plus, those chains of hers are kind of hot. *hands her a shot of rotgut whiskey* For two books, Dred’s held her queendom, taking on all encroachers.
Second Date: But now, the prison is on its last legs, the other prison factions are either all dead or in open war with those left under Dred’s flag, and the soldiers sent to exterminate everyone have done a pretty darned good job of it, too. However, with the air becoming poisonous and nothing left to eat or power the station, they’ve got to find a way out. Fast. So Dred teams up with the remaining soldiers (mostly because they’re good fighters and relatively sane, as compared to Silence’s assassins. Along with her honey, super-soldier Jael, Dred and her people might actually have a fighting chance. Maybe.
Third Date: I’ll be really sad if this is the last Science Fiction book that Aguirre writes. She’s got a way of building her worlds so that they’re believable and understandable, even if you’re new to the genre. Her characters are what set her apart, though. They’re certainly not perfect, and I love that I want to root for them even if they are in prison for the terrible things they’ve done and are actually more anti-heroes than shiny, white-hatted heroes. *raises glass in Dred’s honor*
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