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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 Let me just tell it to you straight If you loved the Sirantha Jax series and haven’t read this series you need to I’m absolutely kicking myself because I didn’t read this one sooner With BREAKOUT being the last book in the series I can probably admit that despite the fact that I loved the Sirantha Jax series the Dred Chronicles just might be my favorite of the twoThe Dred Chronicles is a trilogy so it’s uite impressive what Aguirre is able to accomplish is such a few short books Each book feels so big and epic that you would expect it to be longer However I find that each book is tightly written hitting all the emotional highs and lows that real war feels like and gives just the right amount of romance and heartbreak to keep me engagedThere’s an overall dark and gloomy tone to this series It’s almost harrowing but that’s what I love about it These group of characters have nothing but their own skills to try and survive this battle with Silence and it really feels like a life and death situation It makes the stakes even higher the risks even dangerous and I found that I was on the edge of my seat the entire timeAnother thing that I absolutely loved about this series is the characters Wow Just wow Dred and Jael are two unbelievable well written characters Their strengths and weaknesses play off each other and I was glad that Aguirre took the time to really explore that in this book A large part of the first book is dedicated to Jael’s backstory Some readers thought it was an info dump but I didn’t see it that way at all I liked how Aguirre revealed the bits and pieces of what made Jael the man he is today So if you didn’t love him already I think you’ll fall in love with him in this bookBut wait I’m not done gushing I still have to talk about the writing In one word it’s GRIPPING The dialogue the descriptions the action seuencesis there anything that Aguirre cannot do well I’m so impressed with this series If you’re looking for an epic sci fi journey that also packs an emotional punch you definitely need to check this series out After reading the Dred Chronicles I don’t think I could ever forget about Dred and Jael’s characters The Nightingale just tell it to you straight If you loved the Sirantha Jax series and haven’t read this series you need to I’m absolutely kicking myself because I didn’t read this one sooner With BREAKOUT being the last book in the series I can probably admit that despite the fact that I loved the Sirantha Jax series the Dred Chronicles The Polaris Protocol (Pike Logan, just might be my favorite of the twoThe Dred Chronicles is a trilogy so it’s uite impressive what Aguirre is able to accomplish is such a few short books Each book feels so big and epic that you would expect it to be longer However I find that each book is tightly written hitting all the emotional highs and lows that real war feels like and gives Immigrants in Our Own Land just the right amount of romance and heartbreak to keep me engagedThere’s an overall dark and gloomy tone to this series It’s almost harrowing but that’s what I love about it These group of characters have nothing but their own skills to try and survive this battle with Silence and it really feels like a life and death situation It makes the stakes even higher the risks even dangerous and I found that I was on the edge of my seat the entire timeAnother thing that I absolutely loved about this series is the characters Wow Just wow Dred and Jael are two unbelievable well written characters Their strengths and weaknesses play off each other and I was glad that Aguirre took the time to really explore that in this book A large part of the first book is dedicated to Jael’s backstory Some readers thought it was an info dump but I didn’t see it that way at all I liked how Aguirre revealed the bits and pieces of what made Jael the man he is today So if you didn’t love him already I think you’ll fall in love with him in this bookBut wait I’m not done gushing I still have to talk about the writing In one word it’s GRIPPING The dialogue the descriptions the action seuencesis there anything that Aguirre cannot do well I’m so impressed with this series If you’re looking for an epic sci fi PL / I Structured Programming journey that also packs an emotional punch you definitely need to check this series out After reading the Dred Chronicles I don’t think I could ever forget about Dred and Jael’s characters

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Silence’s trained tongueless assassins Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost who is their only chance at escape the Dread ueen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transpo The bare facts of the ending are satisfying enough but this has the most awkward pacing I've come across in a long timeAfter finishing up I can't help but feel this trilogy might have been better condensed into two books Perdition was one of my favorite books in the last few years Havoc was episodic with some encounters that were awkward asides And then this book mostly ends three uarters of the way through with an overlong wrap up that comes off like paddingMy biggest problem with the last two thirds of the Dred Chronicles is that the author seems too kind to her characters I know that sounds like a strange thing to say about a series so full of death and pain but I'll explain in the spoiler filled set of spoiler tags belowview spoilerIn the final two books I'm never left doubting Dred and Jael's ability to handle both the physical and the mental challenges of Perdition He's weakened by sharing his ability but that just means it takes him longer to heal and he always seems to have that extra time She's ground down by the coldness it takes to play the Dread ueen but every time it gets really bad she's always got Jael to raise her spirits They never falter even in moments like when she messes with his head that seem purpose built for additional conflictDespite the body count I only really cared about two of the deaths in the whole series The most impactful loss in Havoc also felt partly about removing a key skillset from the team Having Vost do whatever it took to keep his word to the others made for a poor final sacrifice He deserved to face the conseuences of his actions but his slow motion suicide was a cheap out that handed the survivors a neat solutionThe biggest thing that made that ending feel like a draggy bloated mess was that nothing serious went wrong for Our Protagonists after launching their homemade ship The welds held They dodged the debris They got picked up They overheard their saviors Vost sided with them They landed on the best possible world for fugitives met the right people had a massive stockpile of money There was a little too much happily in that ever afterOh and then Jax showed up giving us a moment that must have been utterly bizarre for those who didn't read her series Part of my weariness with Breakout might be directly related to my disgust at having that cake and eat it too resolution of her love triangle crop up again hide spoiler God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater just means it takes him longer to heal and he always seems to have that extra time She's ground down by the coldness it takes to play the Dread ueen but every time it gets really bad she's always got Jael to raise her spirits They never falter even in moments like when she messes with his head that seem purpose built for additional conflictDespite the body count I only really cared about two of the deaths in the whole series The most impactful loss in Havoc also felt partly about removing a key skillset from the team Having Vost do whatever it took to keep his word to the others made for a poor final sacrifice He deserved to face the conseuences of his actions but his slow motion suicide was a cheap out that handed the survivors a neat solutionThe biggest thing that made that ending feel like a draggy bloated mess was that nothing serious went wrong for Our Protagonists after launching their homemade ship The welds held They dodged the debris They got picked up They overheard their saviors Vost sided with them They landed on the best possible world for fugitives met the right people had a massive stockpile of money There was a little too much happily in that ever afterOh and then Jax showed up giving us a moment that must have been utterly bizarre for those who didn't read her series Part of my weariness with Breakout might be directly related to my disgust at having that cake and eat it too resolution of her love triangle crop up again hide spoiler

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Rt 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 The Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre is one of my favorite odysseys of all time It left an indelible imprint on my reading life So when the author started the Dred Chronicles I was beyond excited I’ve tore through the first two books savoring the stories and waited with great anticipation for the final book in the trilogy This book is everything I wanted it to be and then some We return to Perdition a prison outpost located in the outer edges of the galaxy Perdition houses the worst of the worst criminals The prisoners are beyond warehousing they are incarcerated and then forgotten They have created factions along with social and political norms As in most prisons there is a informal hierarchy and each inmate must choose a faction for protection and survival The conglomerate has sent a troop of mercenaries to take back the prison by any means necessary Now the prisoners are not only fighting each other but are now facing a single minded deadly special ops force Situations change and alliances are re formed At the end of Havoc there only a few people left and it is race to get off the outpost The action and suspense is wound very tight In the confines of the prison there is a sense of claustrophobia There is no place to escape to As a reader you can feel the walls closing in Tension spikes as survivors are running out of time Silence’s deadly crew stalks them This is an exciting page turner with finger nail biting stress I had a certain amount of dread no pun intended when reading this book Ann Aguirre can be unpredictable She is not shy about unexpectedly killing off her characters I’m the kind of reader that gets emotionally invested and thus fear for their lives You can always expect the unexpected It is what makes Ann Aguirre such a great storyteller and this story so compelling On a side note there is a happy ending The Epilogue is my favorite part Throughout the Dred Chronicles the narrative is told mainly from Dresdemona’s point of view Her strong character her struggles her justifications her redemption is a highlight of the series However for Sirantha Jax fans the epilogue is about Jael It brings his story full circle to a very satisfying end And here’s a shout out to my friends at Girls Guns Grimoires on Goodreads There is a game changer for Team March and Team Vel Make sure to read this seriesIN A NUTSHELL Breakout is another successful and satisfying ending to a highly suspenseful science fiction trilogy Consider it a cross between the movies The Longest Yard and Aliens with a large dose of romance Could it be any better I don’t think soOriginally posted at Love Affair with an e Reader