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Add to Cart. To play this game on PS5, your system may need to be updated to the latest system software. Oct 24, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-love , mine , gr , 5-stars , heroines-i-love. 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.
I have no idea how to write a review for this fantastic book. Pain was a flower. It began with crimson petals, threaded white, and ended with a black, black heart. Like mine. And of He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. This woman was incandescent in her fearlessness—and her absolute lack of regard for her own safety spoke to him.
She had become what she despised most. I am the Dread Queen. I can only break it. Or kill it. You think anybody called me Dread Queen before? I made that happen. So can you. So he kissed her. Of course I knew that one of my favorite characters were going to die, and it just broke my heart :- The plot was magnificently done, with the power struggles between the six territories, the violent battles, and trying to discover who the traitor was.
Oct 21, pstreads rated it it was amazing Shelves: absolute-faves , bad-assery , books-i-have , dope-weapons , dystopian-vibes , fantasy , fighting , cool-plot-twist , sci-fi. There is so much badassery in this I can't handle it.
The concept is what got to me. How awesome does that sound right? I mean the first thing I read in the blurb was And so I went and bought it straight away.
The characters were so enticing t Incredible! The characters were so enticing to read, I fell in love with all of them. Oh my god. Dread is definitely one of the kick-assest female leads I've ever read, I'm still in awe.
This is one of those books where you simply enjoy reading the prose. Ann Aguirre has perfected the art of unpredictability. There is always the possibility of major events occurring anytime, which kept me on edge throughout the whole book. I really wish I picked this up sooner!
Can't wait to read the next one. Nov 03, SueM rated it it was amazing Shelves: prisoner-slave , sci-fi-romance , m-f , sacrifice , criminal , series. If you are a fan of Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, don't expect this story to be something along the same lines - you will be disappointed. There are similarities -- it takes place in the same universe, though at a later date; there's a strong female lead character with a tough outer skin hiding a more vulnerable side; a strong but flawed male lead character who did appear in the Jax series; and, of course, Aquirre's impeccable writing skills.
But the similarities end there. This is a dark tale of If you are a fan of Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, don't expect this story to be something along the same lines - you will be disappointed. This is a dark tale of murder, betrayal and political intrigue set in a world where the entire cast consists of prisoners who have killed on a grand scale. Yet as unlikely as it seems, Aguirre's deft writing draws the reader in and makes it impossible not to grow attached to the characters, as she highlights both their humanity as well as their inhumanity as they struggle to make their way in a world where only the strongest and harshest survive.
Amidst the darkness, there is just the merest glimmer of hope, and I think it is this glimmer that keeps the reader hooked to the end -- and hope the next book won't be to long in coming. Nov 05, Damali rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , aliens.
This was different in a lot of ways from the Sirantha Jax series. There was no space travel or travel at all, but I'm hoping there will be further on in the series. The characters are serving life sentences on a prison ship for terrible crimes, and the ship is pretty much falling apart.
Jael from the Sirantha series is one of the characters who just arrived after serving 30 turns in an alien prison. It took me awhile to remember him. There's several gangs, and Jael is chosen by Dred to join her g This was different in a lot of ways from the Sirantha Jax series. There's several gangs, and Jael is chosen by Dred to join her gang. There's constant fighting over space and resources, and everything described sounded pretty disgusting to me.
None of the characters are nice people, but I did find myself rooting for some of them toward the end. Interesting start to the series. View all 8 comments. I was fond of this one. I'll read more, depends on how long she's going to keep them on Perdition. I knew I wanted to read it after reading my first Sirantha Jax book last year and realizing that there's just something about Ann Aguirre's style that appeals to me.
It only took me a few days to come back to this after I put it down the first time because I'd had to go to sleep, but I hadn't intended to leave it to the wayside for so long. Once I picked it back up, I got sucked right in and stayed up too late to finish it because well, I was almost done, anyway and needed to know the ending. Right away, I knew that I was going to love Dred. She's bad ass. Even though so much of what she does is persona, there's still Dresdomona underneath the Dread Queen facade.
She just can't allow for that to really be seen. Dred is a force to be reckoned with, though. I sure wouldn't cross her. And for all that at her core, she isn't an awful person, she's done some awful shit in her life. Dred is a killer, but senseless death isn't something she cares for. She's pretty tired of all of the killing required in order to keep surviving in Perdition as well. She can't allow herself to be soft because she's likely end up raped and dead faster than a speeding bullet.
The woman has serious charisma, though. The Psi abilities help with that, but a lot of it is just her. Seriously, I'm totally crushing on Dred. She opens up a little once Jael comes along. I liked seeing that side of her. Dred has killed a lot of men in and out of Perdition, but her humanity isn't gone. I admire that about her. Somehow, Ann Aguirre has me completely wanting happiness for a damned hardened woman. The road won't be easy for Dred, but damn do I want her to get there. Jael has me utterly hooked on him.
If you've read the Sirantha Jax books I haven't finished the series, but his name seems familiar , then you may recall him.
It's been a looooonnnggggg time since the events of that series, but Jael hasn't forgotten. I don't think Jael has forgotten anything ever. The man remembers every betrayal and he protects himself from future betrayals by betraying those he's fighting for or working with first. He was pretty sure he was going to do the same to Dred, but he fell completely under her spell.
I don't blame him for that in any way. Once you see just how the majority of the inmates in Dred's Queensland territory follow her, it's a damned hard thing not to join the status quo. Even if Jael knew just how much of what she was doing was a persona.
He let her in and she did the same with him. That went a long way to curtailing any betrayals on his part. He was just shocked that someone seemed to actually give a fuck about what happened to him.
That she would fight on his behalf astonished him and he fought with an equal fervor for her. I think our Jael--strange as it seems and strange as he is--is falling in love. This isn't quite a romance, not yet, but I think it can evolve into one. At least, as much of one as two fucked up people as Dred and Jael can manage. The plot is pretty action-oriented and gory what with all of the killing, Queensland defending itself against attackers or Queensland taking the fight to would-be attackers.
There isn't much by the way of down-time as the time spent not fighting was spent planning. When you're living in a prison ship in space, it's not like you have time to have down-time. Especially when you're the leader of a section of said ship that needs to be defended on two fronts. Not long after Dred brings Jael into Queensland, she's warned that "he will destroy everything. The traitor came from a very unexpected source. I probably should have seen that coming, but I so didn't.
I'm glad that asshole got what he had coming. Right now, Dred is pretty on top, but there are other enemies on the ship and it likely won't be long before they come sniffing along. Silence may be out of commission for now, but she's a devious, crazy bitch, so I expect her to try something. Then there's Mungo. I'm not looking forward to meeting that guy. And of course, there's Jael's plans to escape somehow and take Dred with him. I'm very much looking forward to the next book. I'm very interested in seeing where this goes and if Dred and Jael can have an actual romance despite the odds.
Sep 06, Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it. When Perdition becomes under attack, Dred must protect herself and her friends When the Sirantha Jax series came to an end, I knew that I wanted to read the spin-off series. Mar 18, Veronica rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction. I wanted to love this book, I really did but sadly it failed to live up to my expectations. And maybe that's part of the problem. It seems that I enjoy books more when I go in with no preconceived notions about how awesome it's going to be.
In any event, the writing in this book just didn't seem to live up to other works by this author, other works that I have mostly enjoyed. It probably didn't help matters that I never felt any real connection with either of the male or female leads despite this being told in third person. A primary character, the "hero", is Jael, who was a secondary character from the author's Sirantha Jax series this series being set about years after the conclusion of that one. As I never found Jael all that intriguing in that series I found him equally as uninteresting in this one.
The female lead, Dred, fared little better. I was actually more interested in and liked some of the secondary characters better, namely Dred's two lieutenants. As for the story itself, I wasn't invested in the various battles for turf on a prison ship going nowhere. I might give the second book a shot to see if things get more interesting but it definitely won't be a must-read-it-on-release-day event for me.
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