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Dread Nation

af Justina Ireland

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Jane McKeene is born two days before the dead begin to walk the battlefields of Civil War-era America---derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Years later, 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. 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.… (mere)
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Dang, this really is such a phenomenal world Ireland has created! I adore the blend of history and zombie, and the main characters (Jane and Kate) are a BLAST to read. They're both so well fleshed-out and their dynamic together is phenomenal - I would have either of them on my zombie-fighting team in a heartbeat. This book loses nothing on the reread, but just allows the reader to appreciate all the details, humor, and action all the more. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/EShbj6t1fgQ

Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Jan 24, 2024 |
A review in dualities:

1. Action-packed zombie thriller *and* very smart, illuminating commentary on American history.

2. This book kept me up at night because I couldn't stop reading *and* because it gave me nightmares.

3. It's a perfect October read because of Halloween *and* because of upcoming elections in November.

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  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Such inventive worldbuilding, but my reading experience was mixed, mostly due to elements that will probably play well with the intended audience.

Dread Nation is the "Reconstruction era with zombies" novel you didn't know you wanted. The protagonist is a powerful and self-assured black girl from Kentucky with a complicated past and a talent for confabulation.

So far so good. The first third of the book is intriguing but I found it pretty slow. There is just so much exposition, and Ireland is being mindful of an audience who doesn't know the rules of her world or, potentially, the first thing about post-Civil War U.S. history.

Things pick up when we figure out this is a Weird West novel. I wasn't super invested in the new setting (and was somewhat offended on behalf of the state of Kansas by the total lack of descriptions of the landscape), but I did begin to care more about the story and characters.

Ireland is so thoughtful about her worldbuilding, storytelling, and the lived (and intersectional!) experiences of her characters. She does her homework and delivers a nuanced take on what could easily be a super trope-y novel.

Still, as an adult reader I would have enjoyed the grownup, psychological horror version of this book, with more atmosphere and fewer speeches where racist and sexist characters outline their white supremacist platforms. Yet again, I can see what the author was doing in terms of her audience - YA novels lean heavy on dialogue to explore complex ideas (see: all of John Green), and if the bigotry here had been conveyed mainly through action and atmosphere, this book could have ended up as an even more traumatic read.

We do get the atmosphere I'm craving near the end, where the central conceit of "zombie apocalypse as metaphor for the totality of American history and its inherited traumas" really shines. All in all there was a lot to like, just didn't hit the sweet spot for me. ( )
1 stem raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
In Justina Ireland’s fascinating young adult novel, Dread Nation, the world is upended when the dead rise from their graves at Gettysburg all zombie-like. In order to salvage what’s left of the US, the Civil War ends in a compromise that frees the enslaved but forces them into combat schools that train them to slay the undead which are called: shamblers. Jane McKeene, a Black teen born to a white mother, and our complicated hero, is shipped off to the most prestigious of schools, Miss Preston’s, where she hones her skills. During the day she trains with other brown-skinned girls eager to be selected as an Attendant to a wealthy white family (thus sparing them from the hardship of fighting shamblers on the frontlines), and at night she haunts the countryside, taking out shamblers and saving the innocent.

When her sometimes love interest, Red Jack, asks for her help in locating his missing sister, Jane and frenemy classmate Katherine run afoul of a corrupt mayor and his clan of Survivalists, a political party made up of mostly white people looking for new ways to inflict old oppressions and subjugations on African Americans. The trio are hauled off to a fledgling town in the middle of Kansas built on secrets, lies, and horrific exploitation. All Jane wants is to get back to Baltimore and find her mother, but first she’ll have to outlast flesh-eating shamblers and racist white people.

All the classic elements of the zombie novel are present, but Ireland has obviously created a very layered story, one that is instant classic. Dread Nation is very much about sociopolitical and historical issues as it is slaying zombies. It’s no coincidence that the novel will prompt readers to make connections with today’s racial climate, as it should.

Dread Nation is immensely readable. The action is so compelling in this fantastic alt-history zombie thriller that re-imagines post-Civil War America, it's the kind of novel that's difficult to stop reading once you start. Dread Nation's main character, Jane, is everything you want in a protagonist: courageous, clever, funny, willful, and impulsive, but also vulnerable, generous, and selfless. She has the perfect voice to guide us through the treacherous setting Ireland has created. Jane's a wonderful heroine you'll wanna cheer on.

This novel deserves to be more popular than it is. I’m excited to see where the story takes Jane next. And I'll be following Ireland's career. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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Jane McKeene is born two days before the dead begin to walk the battlefields of Civil War-era America---derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Years later, 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. 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.

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