Dread Nation by Justina IrelandDread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation

byJustina Ireland

Hardcover | April 3, 2018

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At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. 

And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Please note that this book has deckle edges (the edges of the paper are purposely rough).

Justina Ireland is the author of the teen novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows. She is also a powerful advocate for representation and inclusion for marginalized voices, and can be found speaking on such topics at conferences and festivals around the country. She enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit...
Title:Dread NationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:April 3, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062570609

ISBN - 13:9780062570604


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review: Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** DREAD NATION is the most fun you can have wearing petticoats. After legislation forces black and native youths to fight the undead, Jane McKeene is sent to prestigious all-female school. She excels in training but always plans on returning home. On its face, DREAD NATION meets all the tropes of a YA novel, the fancy school, the female competition, the love interest, but it promptly overthrows them. As a black teen, Jane isn’t able to be as reckless as she wants. She has a temper but has to rein it in to when interacting with the white upper class. Throughout the novel Jane struggles with her temper, her memories of home, and her jealousy of lighter-skinned classmate Katherine. In lesser hands, Katherine would have been a constant annoyance for Jane, however a deep trust grows between the two girls as they start to work together. Their friendship is complex and difficult and entirely worth it. DREAD NATION deals with racism, colourism, and sexism with ease. The novel maintains a breathless pace as Jane deals with compounding issues, but it always feels organic. With a diverse cast of characters, complex plotting, and great worldbuilding, DREAD NATION is a kick ass period piece.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History Repeating à la Zombie Apocalypse I'll keep this short because I might give out spoilers... *clears throat* JUSTINA IRELAND DID THAT! This book is fantastic! Honestly, reading it as a black woman, there are often times where I cannot help to feel compassion for my ancestors. All that they had to go through is well illustrated in this novel. The way zombies (shamblers) are added does not feel forced, which was my initial fear. I see why some would not want to read this book. Some speeches in the book, especially from southern pastors and the confederates of the day, are quite triggering, yet I don't think it takes away from this fantastic story, the inspiring characters, and the very familiar tales of surviving a world where the mistreatment of your people is wanted, revered and longed for... a world where there is no assured hope.
Date published: 2018-04-15

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