Violent and brutal, the story positions Dred and her dubious ally Jael as the good guys — or at least the less bad guys — by surrounding them by rivals who are far, far worse. Dred has an extremely low threshold for ordering executions and Jael is a nihilistic killing machine but at least neither claims to be a god and neither of them is going to eat their victims. As well, Dred exhibits a laudable loyalty to her subordinates, risking much to keep as many of them alive as she can. Perdition uses such classic science fiction tropes as the hell world (or ship) of no return in service of a more modern, gritty narrative. Fans of the Sirantha Jax series, which first introduced the morally compromised Jael, will want to keep an eye out for this book.