Review: Breakout (Dred Chronicles #3) – Ann Aguirre

13421246All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up toHavoc 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…

Rating: 4/5

The third and final instalment in Ann Aguirre’s sci-fi slash space opera is as action-packed, thrilling and darkly entertaining as I’ve come to expect  from the author!

I picked up the first book upon reading a review from a fellow blogger whose UF/SF reviews I trust – and boy was I glad I did. Furthermore, sci-fi isn’t usually my preferred genre – sometimes I find the books a tad too dense for me – but I so enjoyed the disturbing, dog-eats-dog, every-man-and-woman-for-themselves world that Aguirre has created, set on a prison spaceship called Perdition.

This final book picks up right after the fierce battle that took place at the end of the previous novel, and wastes no time placing us right back in the middle of the action. The storyline focuses on Dred and her cohorts as they take on the last and maddest of their enemies, while planning a potential escape off this spaceship hellhole, for once and for all.

I really admire how the author actually had me feeling sorry for people who are essentially hardened criminals, and manages to humanise people who have done terrible things, some for better reasons than others.

And the ending? I was pleasantly surprised. I  wasn’t expecting something so upbeat. But I’m certainly not complaining. I’m always a fan of happier endings, and the way the book was going, I wasn’t sure our characters were ever going to make it.

All in all, give this series a go if you enjoy your action and violence tempered with some interesting alliances, scheming, imposing female characters and a dash of romance.

4 thoughts on “Review: Breakout (Dred Chronicles #3) – Ann Aguirre

  1. I like Ann Aguirre too, though I haven’t read this trilogy yet. What’s even more extraordinary is that, apparently, she’s been known to write and edit an entire book in a matter of weeks. That, to me, is mind-boggling!


    1. Jeepers. I suppose some authors are the feast-or-famine kind of writers! But yeah, I’m totally going to go back and read her Sirantha Jax and Corine Soloman series – I was wildly entertained with this one.


    1. If you’re into UF-type sci-fi (which is really the best way to describe it), then I’d really rec her adult stuff. I think she does sci-fi/fantasy WAY better than contemporary.


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