Authors: Ann Aguirre
PRAISE FOR THE DRED CHRONICLES
“There's so much action, so much adventure, and more than that, it's great writing.”
“Spectacularly and spellbindingly perfect with high-octane action that keeps you on the edge of your seat and a romance that is surprisingly sweet and tender in a harsh and unforgiving settingÂ .Â .Â . This is honestly one of the best SF romance series I have read.”
The Book Pushers
“[A] fast-paced space adventureÂ .Â .Â . A raucous tale of grit and gumption.”
“Ann Aguirre doesn't let up on the pace in this action-packed second installment.”
“If you like science fiction with plenty of action and drama, blood and gore, and sequences you can see playing out in a J. J. Abrams blockbuster, then pick up this series.”
“Aguirre revisits the classic idea of survival within an anarchic, violent society, offering protagonists whose moral gray contrasts with the stygian dark of those around them. Sirantha Jax fans may be intrigued to see what befell Jael after his ill-considered actions there, and new lead Dred is a strong linchpin for a promising new series.”
“I didn't think Ann Aguirre could top the [Sirantha Jax] series, but she definitely did with
Â .Â .Â . The themes of the book were thought-provoking and gripping because it really explores the nature of what it is to be human in a place like Perdition, but also the nature of good and evilÂ .Â .Â . Overall, the fast, hectic pace, the intrigue, and the great characterization made this a breathless and amazing read.”
The Book Pushers
will give you no time to breathe, but it will make you appreciate your freedomÂ .Â .Â . It will also make you care for its characters despite their awful and violent histories.”
The Nocturnal Library
“Definitely a must for fans of Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series or Joss Whedon's
Vampire Book Club
PRAISE FOR THE SIRANTHA JAX NOVELS
“Infusing love and war together to make a pulse-pounding, heart-breaking read, the Sirantha Jax seriesÂ .Â .Â . will remain on my keeper shelf for some time.”
Under the Covers Book Blog
“Highly satisfyingÂ .Â .Â .
has all of the heart, soul, adventure, and sense of wonder that you could ask for in a character-driven series like this.”
“Aguirre's writing is tight, and the characters have plenty of depthÂ .Â .Â . [She] is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, and
is a big reason why.”
“Fraught with action, farewells, and sorrow, fans of this series won't be able to put
“An epic space operaÂ .Â .Â . Five out of five stars!”
The Book Pushers
“One of my favorite aspects of this series is Jax. I love her as a heroine, and this book really allows Jax to shine.”
“Ann Aguirre tells a good story, plain and simpleÂ .Â .Â .
was a fantastic installment in the seriesÂ .Â .Â . immensely satisfying.”
“Fast-paced and thrilling,
is pure adrenaline. Sirantha Jax is an unforgettable character, and I can't wait to find out what happens to her next. The world Ann Aguirre has created is a roller-coaster ride to remember.”
âChristine Feehan, #1
New York Times
“Aguirre has the mastery and vision which come from critical expertise: She is unmistakably a true science fiction fan, writing in the genre she loves.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable blend of science fiction, romance, and action, with a little something for everyone, and a great deal of fun. It's down and dirty, unafraid to show some attitude.”
“A terrific first novel full of page-turning action, delightful characters, and a wry twist of humor.”
âMike Shepherd, national bestselling author
“An irresistible blend of action and attitude. Sirantha Jax doesn't just leap off the pageâshe storms out, kicking, cursing, and mouthing off. No wonder her pilot falls in love with her; readers will, too.”
âSharon Shinn, national bestselling author
“A tightly written, edge-of-your-seat read.”
âLinnea Sinclair, RITA Awardâwinning author
Also by Ann Aguirre
Sirantha Jax Series
The Dred Chronicles
Corine Solomon Series
Cowritten as A. A. Aguirre
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To Karen and Maja.
This book wouldn't exist without you two.
Thanks for everything.
First of all, thanks to Laura Bradford. We're heading toward eight years together, and that's amazing. Thanks for being a wonderful partner and friend.
Next I must mention Anne Sowards. This book heralds our second completed SF series, and it's been such a pleasure. I've learned a great deal and greatly appreciate all of her hard work, expertise, and dedication. Likewise, thanks to the Penguin team for all of their efforts. I need to tip my hat to Bob and Sara Schwager, who have been my copy editors. They do such a fantastic job; it has truly been a privilege and an honor.
Sometimes my friends are all that keep me going. This was a tough year, but because so many amazing people believe in me and encouraged me to keep going, I made it through. Words are inadequate to express how much that support means, butÂ .Â .Â . Megan Hart, Lauren Dane, Vivian Arend, Bree Bridges, Donna Herren, Rae Carson, Veronica Rossi, Colleen Houck, Yasmine Galenorn, Courtney Milan, Kate Elliott, Sharon ShinnÂ .Â .Â . thank you all so much.
To my beloved children, thank you for taking care of Christmas. Writing
ransacked me, so I was too sick to do most of the things that I usually do. Because you guys are awesome, our holidays were still wonderful. It was touching, humbling, to sit back and see what competent, responsible young adults you've become. Thanks also to my husband, Andres, for making my dreams come true, no matter how difficult or improbable. I love you all.
Finally, thanks to my readers. My initial plan was to leave Dred and Jael drifting in space with a more open ending, so the reader could decide what happenedâif they made it out or if they died togetherâbut I decided that was a cop-out. Therefore, I hope you're as pleased with the end of their journey as I am. Truly, again thanks for staying with us all this while.