Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1) by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation 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 Atten...

Details Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

TitleDread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherBalzer + Bray
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror, Zombies

Reviews Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    The worst thing about this book is that I mentally read it with a Southern drawl. It is unbelievably annoying.Most of the time, I go into a book with certain expectations. "I'm going to love this book" "Oh, this sounds just awful" so on and so forth. I have to admit, the premise didn't sound that great to me. Zombies are boring. Civil-war era America (even after a zombie apocalypse) doesn't sound terribly awesome either. So I have to admit I star...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    I shrug. “My momma always said the best way to get what you want from people is to give them what they think they want. Sometimes you have to live down to people’s expectations, Kate. If you can do that, you’ll get much further in life.”Honestly, black zombie hunters in the Reconstruction era is definitely the best historical fiction concept of all time. And the fact that this totally, completely lived up to my hopes? Even better. I thi...
  • Heidi Heilig
    This is what i'm envisioning after every zombie slay.
  • Kaylin (The Hiatus Queen)
    3 Stars "It's a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part." I just want to preface this review by saying I think this book is extremely important. It's historical fiction with zombies, sure, but it also centers on a very strong, biracial woman. I can't speak for the representation as a whole, but I will say I loved how unapologetic Jane is.Taking place in an alternate US where zombies rose up during the Civil War, this takes a long h...
  • ☆♥☆Kotyonok♥☆♥
    Initially I wasn’t going to read this because I had absolutely no interest in it, but after seeing a reviewer remove their RATING because apparently you can’t give a black author anything less than 5 stars (see the comments of the review, how pathetic. How fucking pathetic.) because of a "power imbalance", I’ve decided to read this. Because I’m brown and we all know because of that I cannot be racist and have no fucking power in society, ...
  • Dawn Abron
    2.5The year is 1880 and slavery has kind of ended in the traditional sense but blacks and native Americans are now forced to enter combat schools to learn how to fight zombies.Our main character is Jane who is a sassy bi-racial zombie killing machine that takes no shits from anyone. This book has all the fixin’s, Katherine a snooty student who is passing as white, Jackson a sexy hustler/sexual harasser, a racist sheriff, and a corrupt mayor. Ou...
  • Zoraida
    This book is fucking badass. Yes, there are zombies, but there are also young girls trying their damndest to survive in a world that doesn't want them. This book is just as important as The Hate U Give and Dear Martin. We like to romanticize the past and the old west, but need constant reminders about the ways that things haven't changed at all. It's an examination of America, old and new, and the idea that perhaps humanity is worse than a plague...
  • shady boots | #20gayteen
    Originally started as a buddy read with Lola but she wasn't into it so I went ahead and finished it myself. :pI thought this had a pretty strong start. I was really enjoying it up until around the 40% mark. From then on, my interest sort of waned. I guess its partly due to the whole zombie thing; let's be honest, they're not the most exciting supernatural monsters to read about. Most of the time they're just lumbering, brainless things designed t...
  • Laura
    2.5 stars It’s a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part. Now I really liked this book up to a point and the concept is original. It also explores racism in an original way. And damn, did it outrage me at certain points. But it also inspired me to learn more. (Mainly about what the author's note refers to at the end - the real life boarding schools Native American children were sent to to learn to be "civilized").Here we have an a...
  • Gary
    8.1 out of 10 @ https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c...Dystopias are popular settings for YA novels; while most imagine a future where a class of people is oppressed by a system of authoritarian social control, Justina Ireland’s canny new horror western Dread Nation locates its dystopic vision in America’s past. History diverges when the dead start returning en masse, hungry for human flesh, bringing an early end to the Civil War and the ins...
  • Krista Regester
    Just wow. I am so impressed with this novel. Dread Nation is a mosh posh of all the best things in life: zombies, hardcore heroines, BISEXUALS, and some superb snarkiness. Can I get an amen? Seriously. I couldn’t put this down. I didn’t want it to end. Every single character matters. Every single line is important. Jane McKeene is a badass lady. She is relatable, smart, strong, and somehow kept her shit together when everything went down. Som...
  • Justine
    I absolutely loved this book. Of course the alt-history post-civil war era setting tells you that the story will be harsh. It's a zombie book, yes, but the walking dead are just part of the larger landscape of horror that non-whites have to live in. The relationship between the two main characters, Jane and Katherine, is incredibly well done. They start out barely tolerating each other, but over time they become friends. How that relationship com...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Absolutely stunning. This will absolutely be one of my top 5 favorite books of the year.
  • Scarlett
    4.5 shamblersThis was one of my most anticipated books for spring from the moment I heard of it and laid eyes on that cover. I have no idea what struck this chord other then I love history and figured this alternate derailment (from the current one) will be epic. A dystopian setting in the past versus the future as in most YA novels. BAM…a dystopian, YA, alternate historical fiction genre has been created. And I am all for it!The setting for Dr...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Brilliant. Dying for book two, and I didn't even know there was going to be a sequel when I picked this up. I loved Jane and Katherine (enemies-to-friends is a trope I'm fond of). They had some major personality differences but still had common ground and appreciated each other's skills. Still not sure how I feel about Jackson -- can I get a novella on his backstory and/or his and Jane's past... thing? The supporting characters were amazing too. ...
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    The cover! The cover! The cover! #representationmatters and this cover had me doing all kinds of happy dances when I first saw it. As is my usual, I own both the physical copy of Dread Nation, which goes on my steadily growing diverse bookshelf, and an ebook copy which has all my highlighted quotes. Dread Nation receives a full five stars for several reasons. The biggest one is the rare author - regardless of color - who can get me to read a nove...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/04/14/...Dread Nation was my kind of YA. It explores history, politics, social issues, and racial relations. It features strong diverse characters, and a protagonist with one of the most powerful voices and charismatic personalities I’ve ever met. Oh, and it’s also got zombies. But leaving all that aside, I just loved this book, because at the end of the day it was a damn good s...
  • Suzanne
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Five humongous stars! This book was so incredible. You have the girls who are just trying to survive in an unjust world while also being the front line fighters against zombie like creatures. Jane and Kate were so amusing to read about and amazingly well written and deep characters. There is so much more to this book than just being a zombie book so I hope people take more from it than that. My quick and simple overall: this book w...
  • rachel • typed truths
    • bloody brilliant• adored the characters so much• AN AMAZING AROACE CHARACTER!! and a bi female protagonist in a histfic• just adored it
  • Chris
    First off, before anything else, if you called yourself a feminist and don’t see this cover and go ‘gimme’ you are not a true feminist. Woman, that cover. Whoever designed it – props. Major props and hopefully a large raise. I first noticed this title last year because of the cover. It popped up on my GR feed. I don’t normally read much in the way of zombie titles –for a variety of reasons – but this looked awesome, though for some...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: racism, slavery, violence, death, zombies, gore, seriously there's so much racism, death of a friend, I'm not kidding about the racism you guys, racial slurs. I've been excited about reading this book basically from the second I heard about it. I mean...it's a zombie story set in the 1880s with a smart af African-American, zombie-killing protagonist. Y.E.S. Sign me the hell up. And this did not disappoint. Jane is such a fierce ...
  • Jazmen
    What a read. This book grabs you in a choke hold, and does not let go until the very last page.Reminiscent of Alice in Zombieland, Dread Nation is the Walking Dead, immediately post slavery.Jane McKeene, is a black girl during the most difficult of times. Although slavery has been abolished, the negro is no more accepted than they were before. Educated in the art of killing the dead, Jane is a force to be reckoned with. With sass, that is unmatch...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis alternate history tale involving zombies had  more humor and heart than I could have hoped for. Jane sets out to learn what she can to protect herself from the undead at Ms. Preston's school of combat. She encounters formidable enemies and racist beliefs, but never backs down.  The combat schools in this book were inspired by the Native American Boarding Schools established in the 18th & 19th centu...
  • Celeste_pewter
    I’m going to preface this review by confession: I spent a good five minutes trying to figure out how to write this review, because Dread Nation is one of those books which deserves that type of consideration. It’s not only an entertaining, beautifully written book - Ireland writes with a confidence that pulls you into the book, and refuses to let you go - but it’s also a book with themes, context and ideas which tie directly into the societ...
  • Cyn
    After wondering how to do this review, it's finally here!Title: Dread NationAuthor: Justina IrelandFormat: Audible AudiobookRating: 3.5* rounded downEnjoyment: 2.5*? I really wanted to enjoy this (mainly cuz of ace rep!), but I frankly did not :/ (but yes it is great ace rep! I'm v happy 'bout that :3 )What kind of reading is this? Is it light and fluffy, or thought-provoking? A bit thought-provoking. Brings a fresh take on slavery World-building...
  • Camryn
    THIS IS SO FREAKING GOOD. SERIOUSLY. I don't even like zombies, but this was impossible to put down. The action scenes were great and Jane is so badass that you just want to keep hearing about her fight. There are love interests and lots of surprises and twists and turns. I love the relationship between Kate and Jane a TON, but also all of the themes that this explored. There were awesome characters and a great story and basically I need everyone...
  • Laurie Anderson
    I loved, loved, loved this book! Action-packed, but with strongly defined characters, terrific world-building, acid-drenched, laser-focused social commentary (just the way I like it), an alt-history setting, and.... zombies!This review (https://www.tor.com/2018/04/03/book-r...) does a pretty good job summing up my feelings, except that The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (my favorite book of the last decade) should be mentioned whenever ...