Few authors can write despair as well as Ann Aguirre. She creates bleak landscapes, hardened characters and almost hopeless lives but gives her readers just enough warmth and light to make the reading of her tales possible. In her newest offering, Perdition, we are introduced to a prison spaceship for the worse possible criminals. The criminals are divided into various factions and these disparate groups are always engaged in battles for resources. Dred is the leader of the least noxious of the factions and recruits a newcomer, Jael, to her side when he is sent to ship. The book unfolds with various political machinations, a lot of bloodshed, enough humor to keep us sane and surprising moments of tenderness and loyalty to give us hope. Dred and Jael tentatively form a relationship that is based on mutual respect rather than the instalust dynamic that most authors in this genre utilize. The unfolding of their relationship and the stumbles towards trust and intimacy are believable and a little heartbreaking. Like most epics this book leads up to an ultimate showdown between Dred and her enemies with long, well written battle scenes.
This is a well-developed world in which no character has only one face or motivation. The inhabitants of Perdition are reticent to share their stories which adds a layer of mystery. Aguirre skillfully weaves in some psychic abilities, genetic experiments and aliens so that readers are constantly reminded that this is a truly unique world in which the rules can change at any time.
Dred is now on my top ten list of favorite heroines. Many female authors struggle to write truly tough heroines. I find that many urban fantasy heroines are immature and more prone to bravado than bravery. This is no self-sacrificing warrior maiden who needs her alpha mate in order to succeed. Dred never boasts - she delivers. She is flawed and scarred and brave and cruel and beautiful. I eagerly await the next addition to the Dred Chronicles.
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- Publisher: Tantor Media; Unabridged,MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (27 August 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452664110
- ISBN-13: 978-1452664118
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 9.1 g
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