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Perdition (Dred Chronicles #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,633 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her cla
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Ace
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Back when Perdition was first mentioned, pitched as Prison Break in space (I kid you not), I immediately knew it would be a dream come true. Because seriously, violence and mayhem, Ann Aguirre style? In space?! Give me that, and then give me some more! So when it finally found its way into my greedy little hands, I was basically in ecstasy. And I remained in an absolute state of bliss throughout.

While this trilogy may be a Jax series spin-off, readers who aren’t familiar with Jax won’t be at a
Apr 13, 2015 JAIME marked it as dnf
I definitely have this on my kindle ready to go after Sirantha Jax.

Ann Aguirre binge read commence.

Update: I just read the synopsis for this one and missed something crucial. (view spoiler)

DNF 89%

While I'm DNFing things.... you're out too.

I'm disappointed in you Ann Aguirre.
Oct 06, 2013 Felicia added it
Shelves: sci-fi, vaginal-sf
Well I'm a big fan of this author's other Sci-Fi series, Sirantha Jax, so I was very excited to see this new series that is kind of a spin-off, it has the world and a character in common. And on the surface of it, this is a really pulpy fun concept: Prison that has no supervision, territory wars, no hope, badass woman lead, etc. And it did fulfill several of the things I really loved about the concept. I really liked them main character, I believed MOSTLY that she could keep a group of bloodthir ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Damn I just saw this now! Want. Give it to me or die -_-
Sep 14, 2013 Becki rated it it was ok

I'm a fan of Ann Aguirre and I've read several of her previous novels and found myself very satisfied. On the surface this was a book I couldn't NOT enjoy!

But something didn't work for me. The dialogue felt flat and no matter how hard I tried I couldn't summon up an ounce of feeling for the characters.

They had all the trappings of fantastic characters, a powerful female lead and a tortured male love interest but it just wasn't enough to get past the cliches in the dialogue. The storyline kept
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

When the Sirantha Jax series came to an end, I knew that I wanted to read the spin-off series. Ann Aguirre excels at writing Science Fiction and although I haven’t read much in the genre, I know a good book when I see one. First off, just from the premise alone, you know this is going to be a good book. I don’t know how Aguirre comes up with her ideas but a prison ship locating in the air? Who thinks of this stuff?

When Perdition becomes under attack, Dred must protect herself and her friends.
Praiz Sophyronja
Incredible! There is so much badassery in this I can't handle it.


Violence, Deadly criminals, Aliens, Floating prison city, IN SPACE. The concept is what got to me. How awesome does that sound right? I mean the first thing I read in the blurb was...

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.

And so I went and bought it straight away.

The characters were so enticing t
Sep 03, 2014 Damali rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens
This was different in a lot of ways from the Sirantha Jax series. There was no space travel or travel at all, but I'm hoping there will be further on in the series. The characters are serving life sentences on a prison ship for terrible crimes, and the ship is pretty much falling apart.

Jael from the Sirantha series is one of the characters who just arrived after serving 30 turns in an alien prison. It took me awhile to remember him. There's several gangs, and Jael is chosen by Dred to join her g
Nadine Jones
Dec 03, 2015 Nadine Jones rated it it was ok
I didn't expect this book to be so .... plodding, dull, amateurish, and uninteresting. This is sort of the run down of the book: they go here, they go there, they fight fight fight! Fight detail fight detail, scheme, side eye, feelings she has, feelings she once had, she feels this way because she felt that way, but she's never felt like this! Fight detail fight detail!! Will she still feel the way she felt? Smooch feels! Blood! Fight!
Pamela / SpazP
Sep 16, 2013 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing
I am soooo happy to be back in an Ann Aguirre Sci-Fi world!! I had high expectations for this Sirantha Jax spin-off series, my expectations were totally met. I glommed this story. This book was awesome, and I cannot WAIT for the next book in the series.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I was fond of this one. I'll read more, depends on how long she's going to keep them on Perdition.
Wow. After the last Sirantha Jax book covering turns of political and social upheaval with sparse and decimating action, this book comes roaring out of the gate. After scant chapters to set up the location and characters, the plot takes a death grip and doesn't let go. When I hear phrases like 'non-stop action', I immediately become skeptical, but Perdition's plot is constantly moving, barely offering time to rest between fights. There is even a large scale massacre within the last chapter, in t ...more
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Did anyone watch the movie Escape from L.A?
Well the basic premise is that L.A is an island and is used as an inescapable, unguarded prison for the worst offenders. There is no control only the chaos, the prisoners are left to their own devices to live or die. That is also the premise of this book except instead of the prison being on an island it is in a huge space ship.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that if you are a fan of sub-par 90’s movies you would not find this plot very original!
Suzanne McLeod
Aug 24, 2013 Suzanne McLeod rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Jael and Dred are AWESOME! Only problem, now have to wait for Havoc #2 to find out what they get up to next :-D
Nov 04, 2014 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
It took two months for me to finish this book, and it's revealing in itself. I'm pretty bulimic in my reading habits. I gobble down books as a Guinness-breaking man would gobble down hamburgers.

To get you a nicer pictures, this book is like some modern piece of arts. They tell you it's art, that it has a great value, but it leaves you totally cold.
This is Perdition for me. It really did nothing for me, I couldn't engage with any characters, death, betrayals, they had no value. I could have bee
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The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the falle
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Oct 20, 2013 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Perdition is a dark book full of violence. You would think that would be a turn off but for me it was not. I enjoyed Perdition and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Back Story: That can be summed up in a few words. This is an old mining ship converted to a prison where the worst criminals are sent for life. There are no guards, little outside support and the convicts run the place. If the back story for any of the characters is revealed it is in conversation as part of the action
Nov 03, 2013 SueM rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, don't expect this story to be something along the same lines - you will be disappointed.There are similarities -- it takes place in the same universe, though at a later date; there's a strong female lead character with a tough outer skin hiding a more vulnerable side; a strong but flawed male lead character who did appear in the Jax series; and, of course, Aquirre's impeccable writing skills. But the similarities end there.

This is a dark tale of
Rosalind M
Sep 03, 2013 Rosalind M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 stars. A gritty and engaging ride through an abandon-hope-all-ye-who-enter-here prison ship. I caught a few metaphor slips that used comparisons that should have been unfamiliar to characters with limited educations or "ancient" comparisons that would likely not still be used this far in the future. But Ann Aguirre made me care about these unredeemable prisoners, and I look forward to the next chapter in the Dred Chronicles.
Rhiannon Frater
Feb 08, 2014 Rhiannon Frater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! A bit like Max Max in space. I can't wait for the next one!
Nov 11, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
4.5 stars; I am expecting great things from this series. It has a lot of potential. Everything you would expect from Aguirre, great story with awesome characters, not too descript, and we get all of the necessary info from dialogue - not from an info dump.

This is a spin off, so the spin character is Jael (pronounce J.L.)which I never knew in the original series - I always pronounced his name in my head: jail. But, I couldn't remember what he did in the Sirantha series...I remembered he was part
Aug 27, 2015 Veronica rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book, I really did but sadly it failed to live up to my expectations. And maybe that's part of the problem. It seems that I enjoy books more when I go in with no preconceived notions about how awesome it's going to be. In any event, the writing in this book just didn't seem to live up to other works by this author, other works that I have mostly enjoyed. This time around though the dialogue seemed stilted and/or cheesy by turns and the relationships felt superficial and une ...more
Zoe and the Edge
Reading this is pretty damn exhausting. It turned my stomach. Dred is human but in everything that matters and the way she carries herself, she is other-worldly. Her resilience and desperation for life in her squalid conditions is flabbergasting.

She wouldn’t go down.

Dred wasn't quite what I was expecting. I thought she'd be Deuce but a hundred times worse. Surprisingly, she's actually a little more socialised than Deuce. I suppose that's because she decides the rules so she can give herself a
Feb 01, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Ann Aguirre give us an action-packed sci-fi fantasy in Perdition, book one of the Dred Chronicles. Here, we journey through the vastness of space to Perdition, a retrofitted ship charged with housing the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy. Orbiting a barren asteroid, convicts sentenced to this bleak outpost learn to accept one thing: There is no hope of escape. Within Perdition, six rival leaders have carved out their own territories, holding them with ferocity and death. Dresdemono Devos, k ...more
Oct 16, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
“Hope is a waking dream,” Jael quoted softly. ”And it’s the last thing to go. It torments you like a bird killing itself slowly against the glass.”

Perdition means eternal damnation and that’s exactly where this book takes us—this abandoned space vessel turned prison is the perfect place to send the most hardened of criminals—-really well written book with plenty of action and a great cast of characters
Faye, la Patata
Sep 26, 2013 Faye, la Patata rated it it was ok

Cool, but lacked execution.
Could have been good, but just wasn't... It felt bland and absolutely contrived.

Check out the comments for the link to the full review.
Dec 02, 2015 BrokenMnemonic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's an entertaining read, but not a great one; the world-building is very strong, with the claustrophobic guts of a derelict mining vessel used as a prison for the irredeemable forming a great backdrop to the story, and there's great mileage in the antagonists, be they death cultists, sadists or cannibals. The lead protagonists have interesting backstories, and the setup for Queen Dread is nicely done. The writing was a bit off, for me - it feels very much ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
This was a little bit to "no hope" for me. I really enjoyed the story it's just not my type of story
Feb 24, 2015 Brownbetty rated it it was ok
welp, that was definitely a book by Anne Aguirre.
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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds ...more
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“But Perdition was a much asylum as prison, and when you were standing in somebody else's delusions, it was both polite and politic to play along.” 4 likes
“Hell is our own memories, our bad choices.” 4 likes
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