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by Ann Aguirre
Released: August 25th 2015
Series: Dred Chronicles #3
Published by Ace
“After reading the Dred Chronicles, I don’t think I could ever forget about Dred and Jael’s characters.”
~ Under the Covers
Let me just tell it to you straight: If you loved the Sirantha Jax series and haven’t read this series, you need to. I’m absolutely kicking myself because I didn’t read this one sooner. With BREAKOUT being the last book in the series, I can probably admit that despite the fact that I loved the Sirantha Jax series, the Dred Chronicles just might be my favorite of the two.
The Dred Chronicles is a trilogy so it’s quite impressive what Aguirre is able to accomplish is such a few short books. Each book feels so big and epic that you would expect it to be longer. However, I find that each book is tightly written, hitting all the emotional highs and lows that real war feels like and gives just the right amount of romance and heartbreak to keep me engaged.
There’s an overall dark and gloomy tone to this series. It’s almost harrowing but that’s what I love about it. These group of characters have nothing but their own skills to try and survive this battle with Silence and it really feels like a life and death situation. It makes the stakes even higher, the risks even more dangerous and I found that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Another thing that I absolutely loved about this series is the characters. Wow. Just wow. Dred and Jael are two unbelievable well written characters. Their strengths and weaknesses play off each other and I was glad that Aguirre took the time to really explore that in this book. A large part of the first book is dedicated to Jael’s backstory. Some readers thought it was an info dump but I didn’t see it that way at all. I liked how Aguirre revealed the bits and pieces of what made Jael the man he is today. So if you didn’t love him already, I think you’ll fall in love with him in this book.
But wait, I’m not done gushing! I still have to talk about the writing. In one word it’s GRIPPING! The dialogue, the descriptions, the action sequences….is there anything that Aguirre cannot do well? I’m so impressed with this series. If you’re looking for an epic sci fi journey that also packs an emotional punch, you definitely need to check this series out. After reading the Dred Chronicles, I don’t think I could ever forget about Dred and Jael’s characters.
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