by Ann Aguirre
Released: August 23 2014
Series: Dred Chronicles #2
Published by Ace
” The way Aguirre is able to add layer upon layer to her characters is astounding. And the fact that they are living in a world that is so different to ours should make them less relatable, but Aguirre takes everyday issues and puts them into her books so that our own beliefs and ethics all come into play. Suddenly Dred and Jael are just regular people like this, trying to survive.”
~ Under the Covers
The third book in the series, BREAKOUT, recently released and it kind of kicked my butt into gear because it made me realize just how behind I was. I meant to get the first two books in the series and read them all one weekend but I ended up finding them at the library, just sitting there, waiting for me to get them. So I did.
And when I got home, I promptly jumped into reading book one.
Or, at least, what I thought was book one.
Only I would be stupid enough to start this book, book two in the series, thinking it was the first. I feel like I should mention this because now it has affected my reading experience and it’ll help better explain some of the things I will be talking about in the rest of this review.
So… That being said, HAVOC is book two in the series (Get it straight, Annie!) and this continues Dred’s saga. This isn’t a series that you can read out of order, as depicted in my recent mishap of mistaking this as book one. Aguirre doesn’t do any recap at all so I would suggest reading the books back to back. With the amount of details and worldbuilding here, it’s nice to stay within the same world to avoid confusion. Since the last book recently came out, you’re able to do this easily.
I want to skip over the plot of this book because I think it’s better if you experience it yourself. But it’s also because I need to rave about Aguirre’s characterization. I feel like I repeat myself in every review but Aguirre does such a great job with Dred and Jael’s characters. As an avid reader, I “meet” new characters every day but after the course of their books, I don’t often find myself thinking about them after.
With Dred and Jael though, they get into your head like no other. The way Aguirre is able to add layer upon layer to her characters is astounding. And the fact that they are living in a world that is so different to ours should make them less relatable, but Aguirre takes everyday issues and puts them into her books so that our own beliefs and ethics all come into play. Suddenly Dred and Jael are just regular people like this, trying to survive.
If you already can’t tell by this long, rambling review, I loved this book and will be no doubt jumping straight into book three. I cannot wait to find out how Dred and her friends will conquer over Silence’s tongueless assassins!
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