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337 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published August 27, 2013
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
I have no idea how to write a review for this fantastic book.
Pain was a flower.
It began with crimson petals, threaded white, and ended with a black, black heart. Like mine.
Perdition is a floating prison ship where all the worst criminals are sent. A prison divided into six territories, 4 ruled by would-be "kings" and 2 by "queens". And of these queens are Dresdemona “Dred” Devos, the Dread Queen. Declared as one of the worst female serial killers of her time, she is used to having to constantly guard her section from the other rulers, who is always eager to claim more territory. Violence and lying is constant among criminals, and Dred has learned to trust very few, and never completely. When a new batch of prisoners arrives, only one is good enough to join Dred’s men.
This woman was incandescent in her fearlessness—and her absolute lack of regard for her own safety spoke to him.
The mysterious Jael, is definitely deadly and would be a great addition to her team. But there is more to Jael than meets the eye, and Dred is not sure if he can be trusted. Most criminals aren’t. But when two kings band together to take Dred’s territory, Dred will need all the help she can get, and she and Jael will have to prove to each other whether they can be trusted.
She had become what she despised most . . . and she belonged here.
I am the Dread Queen.
Dred was freaking amazing!! I just loved this kick-ass convict with her chains, how brutal she could be, but also her unfailing strength to survive the darkness of her gift and her past. How she was the only ruler who actually cared about her territory and about the men who served her.
“Do you think you could fix me, queenie?”
“No,” she said. “I can’t fix anything. I can only break it. Or kill it. But you’re welcome to come sleep in my boneyard.”
“Now there’s an offer I can’t refuse.”
And I loved the very intriguing Jael, who is so used to being seen as a monster, a freak. Only to find that among violent convicts what he was didn’t matter, only who he was and whether he would fight with them.
“It doesn’t matter where you started,” she said. “Or what you’ve been through. That shit just means you’re strong. In here, if you’re tough enough, you dub yourself whatever you want. You think anybody called me Dread Queen before? I made that happen. So can you . . . because from where I’m sitting, you look pretty damn special, and not because of the fast healing.”
At her words, the warmth turned into longing too fierce to deny. So he kissed her.
I love the potential of a romance between Dred and Jael. Both are unused to trusting anyone, and it was fun seeing them circle each other, trying to figure the other one out. I really can’t wait to see what is going to happen next between them, whether they will realise that they finally found the one person they can just be themselves with.
There were a great cast of secondary characters, and I really liked the men in Dred’s inner circle, all with their mysterious pasts, which I can’t wait to learn more of. Of course I knew that one of my favorite characters were going to die, and it just broke my heart :-(
The plot was magnificently done, with the power struggles between the six territories, the violent battles, and trying to discover who the traitor was. The story line kept me rooted to the pages from start to finish. And I can’t wait to find out what will happen next after that final battle. Will Dred and Jael ever be able to escape the prison that is impregnable?
This is sci-fi romance at its best. And a must read for all who enjoys a kickass sci-fi with convicts, violence, war and the fight for victory.
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. Again, it’s a story that packs quite a punch. It’s filled with world politics, action and suspense but as well, there’s also quite a few layers to Aguirre’s characterization as well and this might actually be my favorite thing about this new series.
Amongst all the science fiction details and the action, Ann Aguirre creates amazingly unique characters. I wondered how Dred would compare to Sirantha and although I see many differences in both, Dred also has that core strength that makes her more than just the strong chick in the novel. Her emotional ups and downs mimic the struggles they go through and Aguirre’s underlining thread of humanity does play a part in this book as well.
If you’re a fan of the TV show, Prison Break then you’ll undoubtedly see some similarities here. It paves the way for a lot of interesting fight scenes and intelligent plotting from the author. The more I read the book, the more of a bigger fan I became of Ann Aguirre.
As much as I love the writing and world, there is another thing that makes me fall head over heels in love with this book and it’s Jael. OH MY! Where have you been all my life? After reading countless books this year, I haven’t come across many new heroes who have caught my eye like Jael has. Reading him with Dred just makes me SO HAPPY and I don’t even know why. He just oozes this charisma that makes me adore him. He’s lethal side is what most people fear but if I was a character living in that world, I would watch out for when he smiles because man oh man, I’ve never come across a hero recently that was so compelling the first moment he walks into a scene.
So yeah, if you can’t already tell, I’m claiming Jael. I just know he’s going to be amazing in this series.
Reviewed by Ann
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