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Perdition (The Dred Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Penitentiary ship Perdition orbits endlessly, filled with the criminal refuse of the Conglomerate. It is a prison of no return whose abandoned inhabitants are left to create whatever brutal societies they may. Dresdemona Dred Devos rules over one of the six regions within Perdition, her often-harsh commands leavened by unusual concern for her subordinates. Escape seems an impossible dream until the arrival of nigh-indestructible Jael, previously seen in Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series. Jael gives Dred and her faction the hope of survival and perhaps even freedom—but Jael has betrayed his closest allies before and may deliver only doom. Prolific science fiction, fantasy, romance, and YA author Aguirre revisits the classic idea of survival within an anarchic, violent society, offering protagonists whose moral gray contrasts with the stygian dark of those around them. Sirantha Jax fans may be intrigued to see what befell Jael after his ill-considered actions there, and new lead Dred is a strong linchpin for a promising new series. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Praise for the Sirantha Jax series
“Fast-paced and thrilling…pure adrenaline.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Christine Feehan
“An irresistible blend of action and attitude.”—National Bestselling Author Sharon Shinn
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This is a well-developed world in which no character has only one face or motivation. The inhabitants of Perdition are reticent to share their stories which adds a layer of mystery. Aguirre skillfully weaves in some psychic abilities, genetic experiments and aliens so that readers are constantly reminded that this is a truly unique world in which the rules can change at any time.
Dred is now on my top ten list of favorite heroines. Many female authors struggle to write truly tough heroines. I find that many urban fantasy heroines are immature and more prone to bravado than bravery. This is no self-sacrificing warrior maiden who needs her alpha mate in order to succeed. Dred never boasts - she delivers. She is flawed and scarred and brave and cruel and beautiful. I eagerly await the next addition to the Dred Chronicles.
Seriously. Dred's utter exhaustion over the day to day struggle of maintaining control over the inmates in her territory came through beautifully. Couple that with the fact she could show no weakness or she could very quickly lose her crown to someone with a little ambition and Dred doesn't have it easy.
Jael's appearance is part blessing, part curse. His ability to walk away from things that would kill others could help Dred's cause, but it also makes him dangerous. And he's not one to give his allegiance easily. I mean, he might give it on the surface, but he's always waiting for someone to betray him.
And the ship. *swoons* The broken, falling apart ship that is everything to these men and women. I'm in love with it. The hidden corridors and abundant ways one could end up dead walking down the halls tickled my fancy like you wouldn't believe. Perdition is a literal walking deathtrap. If enough systems fail, the inmates die. There's no fail safe to get them to safety if something goes wrong. They are entirely dependent on a city-sized ship that should have been retired and/or retrofitted ages ago and THEY HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO.
Most of the inmates have accepted they're going to die without ever seeing the sun again. Jael's crazy idea that he can escape isn't even a blip on Dred's radar. AND I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE HOW THEY PULL IT OFF.
Throw in brutal territory disputes, bloody combat, and a Dread Queen who can't afford to show mercy and I am so SO smitten.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal