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Dread Nation af Justina Ireland
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Dread Nation (udgave 2019)

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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)
Medlem:Amy0129
Titel:Dread Nation
Forfattere:Justina Ireland (Forfatter)
Info:Balzer Bray (2019), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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I usually have a hard time enjoying zombie apocalypse books because the scale of cultural, technological, scientific, and historical loss tends to really bother me above and beyond what the story addresses. That was not an issue in Dread Nation, because we are shown the true underbelly of American white supremacy and it's very obvious how little is actually worth saving. I loved that aspect of this book. It's subversive and implicit, but I was ready to burn it all down alongside Jane. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Jan 25, 2021 |
During the Civil War, the un-dead rise and the (white) people in power conscript Negroes and Native Americans to fight the zombie horde. We follow Jane McKeene, a young black girl in combat school. She is a smart, talented fighter but also a rule breaker (she can read!) with sass that frequently gets her into trouble. This was an exciting and engaging survival story with a surprising amount of nuance for a historical zombie apocalypse setting. The author touches on the horrors of slavery, "civilizing" boarding schools for Native Americans, the role of religion in the subjugation of black people, and the difficulties and dangers of "passing" as white. The ending was left open enough for a sequel and I'm looking forward to it. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
To start, I have no idea what I was thinking when I decided I HAD to read this. I shall quantify this by saying, as someone who has lived her intire life dealing with the reality of slaver, racism, and mysoginy, I despise dealing with it in my fantasy world. I actively avoide books and movies that are racially charged or heavy with the sexism. Sometimes you can't avoid it, and sometime and book/movie is so effing fantastic that I can give it a pass. Dread Nation is going on the list. But make no mistake, the racism really grated on me. Also, it was in first person perspective, which I normally loathe; this was not bad.

With that being said, this was an amazing story, and what drew it to me was zombies, combined with historical fiction, and black people in the forefront. The characters were fun and likeable, even when they were unliekable. The world building was amazing and the writing was incredible!

We follow Jane McKeene a half black/white girl who is a student at Miss Preston's School for Negro Girls (I think that's what it was called.) Basically when the dead decided to get up and walk during the battle of Gettysburg The Civil War "ended" and the war vs the Dead began. The North still "won" and blacks were given freedom, but not really. They, along with indigenous tribes were swooped and placed in combat schools where they taught them how to be on the frontlines in the battle against the dead, as well as beat their culture and "savageness" out of them so that they can better serve their white betters. Sigh, I'm letting the bitterness bleed into the review.

Anyway Jane gets thrust into crazy adventures and all around bad situations with her nemisise Kathrine Devaraux, who is also of mixed race, but a goody-goofy know-it-all, which irks Jane to no end. There are devious plots, secret "utopia" towns, crazy scientists with vaccines and terrible experiments. There is also the dead, which the characters refer to as shamblers. There's a lot of death, allies, betrayals and grudging friendships.

I've heard the narrator before and they were amazing. They captured the voices and brought the world to life.

Just read/listen to it; it was great! ( )
  ViragoReads | Jan 3, 2021 |
Excellent!
I have really enjoyed the Walking Dead novels that I have read; this series/novel is heads and tails above those novels/series!

I love the "historically accurate" aspects of this series, how preachers used the Bible to justify their treatment of "darkies".... I also liked the aspects of the novel that can be juxtaposed with today, 2020, and how we're dealing with the global pandemic -- you have people who are following the science and observing how the virus spreads and then you have people with their heads so far up their asses that they're "It won't effect me for I believe in the Good Lord and He will save me!" ... you see that same thing in this novel and I think that's great -- history continuously repeats itself. Will we ever learn?

I'm looking forward to the next installment and hope this series continues. I'm fascinated by it!

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  Adrianne_p | Dec 21, 2020 |
A fun read. But I have mixed emotions about a book like this. The story is great. There is no doubt about that. The characters are fleshed out and interesting. The premise and world are fantastic.

What puts me at odds with the book is the "modernness" of it and the defanged narrative, all in the name of making it palatable to our 2020s "young adult" sensibilities. It's set in an alternative American Reconstruction time period, where racial tensions still run high (of course) . . . But high tension aligned to the standards of the 1940s or 50s, not the 1860s. And the language is utterly neutered.

I feel for the author. Today, the only way she could have gotten away with more realistic language (and agency-dynamics) would have been to target an adult and not a young-adult audience. And, frankly, I really wish she did. Either that or the publishers could have shown some bravery and trust that the young-adult readership is more sophisticated than the publishers believe.

Anyway. I liked it. And I think we need more books about PoC and by PoC. But . . .

I debated speaking out about this. But, well, there I did. ( )
1 stem ErrantRuminant | Dec 20, 2020 |
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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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