Dread Nation

Dread Nation

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New York Times bestseller * Six starred reviews

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).

Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062570604
0062570609
Branch Call Number: YA IRELAND
Characteristics: 451 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dread nation

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LPL_EricaS Feb 05, 2019

As an avid reader of zombie books, I was very excited to get my hands on Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. However, I was completely unprepared for this engaging alt-history where the Civil War came to an end due to zombies - or shamblers as they are called in this book - rising and quickly taking... Read More »

"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."

A book set in antebellum United States... Only the war ended because zombies began walking the fields of Gettysburg... With a bi-racial main character (the daughter of a rich white woman and a slave)... Yeah, okay, I'm all in.


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LPL_EricaS Feb 05, 2019

As an avid reader of zombie books, I was very excited to get my hands on Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. However, I was completely unprepared for this engaging alt-history where the Civil War came to an end due to zombies - or shamblers as they are called in this book - rising and quickly taking over the South. The freed slaves are sent to combat training schools along with Native Americans to learn the skills needed to put the undead to rest. Two main heroines keep the action and banter going as they use scythes, guns, and sickles to deftly put the undead down. Jane McKeene, a biracial teen, and her school mate, Katherine, often mistaken for being white, struggle with racism and homesickness as they are educated at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, but matters take an even worse turn when they accidentally stumble upon the corrupt mayor's plans and end up at a Kansas outpost called Summerland - an outpost that has many secrets the least of which is that it is in danger of being overrun by the shamblers. Differences in treatment of due to class, race, or nepotism make this a great book to discuss in book clubs or school.

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