Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for Ann Aguirre's Breakout, Book 3 in the Dred Chronicles. We are excited to share with you an excerpt, review and giveaway to celebrate this release. Breakout is an Adult Romantic Science Fiction novel set in the Jax Universe. If you are a fan of highly suspenseful, action-packed stories, you do not want to miss this series.
by Ann Aguirre
Book 3, Dred Chronicles
All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up to Havoc and Perdition fromNew 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 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…
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 "clean up" 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 tightly. 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 series!
IN 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 so!