Perdition; Anne Aguirre
***Set in the same world as the Sirantha Jax’s series, with Jael being a carry over character.***
Perdition is a prison ship, orbiting an asteroid out in the middle of nowhere, in poor repair and with very little supplies. And the poor repair is dangerous in an environment as deadly as space–where lights, food sources, even oxygen depends on machines.
Only the worst, unredeemable criminals are sent there–every sentence is a life sentence–and violence is a way of life. And if those sent aren’t homicidal… Only the strong survive for long, with leaders rising to carve out kingdoms for themselves.
Dresdemona ‘Dred’ Devos, known as the Dread Queen, controls one of Perdition’s six territories. This is a throne she has to defend from threats from without–who want to take over her resources–and from within–who want her power. A new recruit, the mercenary Jael, might just help Dred keep a hold of her power. That is, if she can trust him…
None of these characters are strictly good, but they are still fascinating and complex, with glimpses of loyalty and compassion. These hints of humanity in such a dangerous place made me connect to these criminals, and hope for the possibility of freedom. The story itself is complex, problems layered upon problems, as politics are a big issue among the different kingdoms, and many people have to be appeased for something as simple as traveling through the ship.