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Review: Breakout by Ann Aguirre

BreakoutTitle: Breakout

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Dred Chronicles (Book #3)

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425258165 (Ace/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425258163 (Ace/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: In the game of thrones you win or you die…well, you get the drift!

Opening Sentence: Chaos reigned in Queensland, and Dred was too tired to come down with an iron fist.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Dred, Jael and the others are back, minus quite a few. They are down to limited numbers after losing ground and are facing losing all of her hard won territory. They are working with Vost, the mercenary commander, who lost all his men except for two. They can only hope to hold out long enough to build a ship and leave Perdition. Soon, they realize it isn’t just the Silence hunting them, things have mutated in the dark and it’s an all out game of survival.

Will Dred be able to keep what remains of her crew together long enough for them to escape? Even if they escape, will they be able to make it to another planet or be rescued? Or will hope be the most dangerous adversary of them all?

I wish I can say that I loved this series from the start, and yes, I did go and read the first two books before this one. However, either my mood or trying to keep from being overwhelmed with everything on my reading plate led me to skim them for the most part, and I feel like I lost out a bit. I enjoyed most of the other books I have read by Aguirre, and when I settled in for this one I found it no different. I had no major issues falling into the story despite not giving Perdition or Havoc the attention they probably deserved. I do think overall some things would have been a lot clearer had I paid more attention. That being said, don’t start with this book, go and read Perdition if you haven’t read any of them.

I did enjoy it and I found that I really loved Dred, she is such a bad ass and despite or in spite of being a criminal she is like the best, honestly. You could tell that her people loved her, those that made it this far. Jael as her love interest (swoon) and even though I am not entirely sure what a Bred is, he suited her to a T. They were like, ahh words fail me. He is completely indestructible and he was able to share his gift with her. So that made them literally the power couple to beat. Not only could they kick major butt, they could take huge amount of pain and trauma. The things they survived in Breakout is mind blowing.

A great finish to a good series. Ann Aguirre always delivers and with such variety! I think she covers just about every genre out there!

Notable Scene:

“Jael’s words filled Dred with a deep and incandescent joy, so out of keeping with this place.

She dropped her voice low, just in case anyone else was awake. “I’ve never said it before. But I love you, too.”

She didn’t mention how difficult the last five days had been taking care of him such basic facilities. Tam and Keelah had scrubbed sheets and helped her change the bedding, often more than once a day. At one point none of other beds had sheets or blankets because they were all stained with blood or vomit–that or hanging up to dry.

I thought I might lose you… that Silence brought you too close to death.”

The Dred Chronicles:

1. Perdition

2. Havoc

3. Breakout

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FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of Breakout. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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