Perdition by Ann Aguirre

Perdition by Ann AguirrePerdition (Dred Chronicles, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Published by Ace on August 27th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 337

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.
Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.
Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first.
Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…

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.

Ms. Aguirre, your writing slays me. It always has.

I wanted so badly to love Perdition as much as I loved Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, specifically because they’re set in the same world. Unfortunately, they are just so vastly different. Whereas Jax ‘s stories were ripe with space travel and wonder, Dred’s were rooted in Perdition, a maximum-security prison. Granted, Perdition is a spaceship, but it just arbitrarily floats through space. There’s no deliberate travel. Mehrp. I know it’s not fair to expect the same things from two different series, but tell that to my heart. It wants what it wants.

I could have gotten down with the prison and I did at first, but it quickly became monotonous. Basically, this a book about prison gangs fighting over prison territory. That’s a very basic summary. I gotta say, I got bored with the prison politics. By about 60% through, I just didn’t care anymore. What drove me to finish was the fact that I had a feeling about where the story was heading, if not in this book, then at least in the next. I’m happy to say that my prediction was correct, so finishing was totally worth it in the end. I hate to sound like it was a bad book, because it wasn’t. It just didn’t move, grab, or wow me.

Dresdemona aka Dred was a very likable MC. She’s tough as balls, but she’s not cocky about it. She’s very humble and that made me respect her. It made the other characters respect her also, because she lead a shitload of bery disagreeable men, which was impressive. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because the women in Aguirre’s stories (that I’ve read) are always kickass. Even the ones I don’t like. I can’t say Dred did a single thing that made me want to bang my head against a wall. She was a bit too trusting at times, but not to the point of being a complete dumbass.

As for Jael – he grew on me. Slightly. I’m not that forgiving about certain transgressions and Jael’s past actions in the Jax series have firmly implanted him on my shitlist. Is he redeemable? Possibly. Has he redeemed himself fully in my eyes? Fuck no. I’m still bitter. Very, very bitter. He’s heading in the right direction, though, and were it not because I’m a grudge-holder about certain things, I would have liked him a lot more. There was little angst, if any, between he and Dred. He was also such a departure from the black cloud that is March, that even through my bitterness, he was a breath of fresh air. Keep clambering your way in that direction Jael and I may reconsider your shitlist status someday.

Although I wasn’t blown away, I’m absolutely going to continue with the series. Despite there being no cliffhanger, there was promise for bigger and better things to come and I’m very excited for that. Give it to me, Aguirre. I know you got it. (I totally didn’t say that in a creepy way. Promise.)

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