Thursday, August 27, 2015

Breakout (Dred Chronicles #3) by Ann Aguirre

Science Fiction

From Goodreads:

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.

In Book Three there are not that many characters left alive on Perdition.  That does not stop Dred and crew from trying to breakout.  It seems like an impossible thing to do but of course after many trial and troubles they succeed.

Now what do they do?  How do they live?  Well that is the interesting part of the story.  

While Dred was in charge on Perdition Jael takes charge after their escape.  They need a very different mindset after the escape and Jael provides it.  There is a world of difference between the first half of the book and the second half.  The first half is very violent.  The second is about building a new life and leaving the old behind.

One interesting fact and a small spoiler: Information about Silence helped them to set up their new life.

It is a good ending to the series even though it seems a little to good to be true.  Aguirre crafted characters who I should have hated and made them into characters I was pulling for.  I was glad we got to know how they all did after breaking out.  It put a nice period to the end of the series.

The Dred Chronicles is set in the same universe as the Jax books.  I saw what I thought were hooks that could be used for future stories.  I would not mind a new series in the same setting.

ACE published Breakout by Ann Aguirre in 2015.


I received an ARC of Breakout from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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