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
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Zombies, Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. “It’s a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part” Mark my words, this is going to be one of the biggest books that 2018 will offer, and it will be completely deserving of every award it will win. Dread Nation is the perfect mix of action and suspense, while always having oppression be at the forefront of the story. This book was thought-provoking, m...
  • 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 expectations? Even better.I...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    The day I came squealing and squalling into the world was the first time someone tried to kill me. I guess it should have been obvious to everyone right then that I wasn't going to have a normal life. This has been on my "most anticipated 2018 releases" since the first time I saw its cover. A hist-fic/horror book about a young black woman killing zombies during the Civil War era? Gimme! Let me tell you the first thing I learned, though: this is n...
  • Kaylin (Hiatus) (The Re-Read 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...
  • Heidi Heilig
    This is what i'm envisioning after every zombie slay.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    The cover! The cover! The cover!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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 (chinchilla hunter, shameless reader of trash)
    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...
  • Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
    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...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I'll go ahead and say it: Jane McKeene is my new favorite character. She's got to be Top 5 all time, for real. I loved everything about her. And I'd read about doing any mundane thing, but reading about her fighting the hell out of zombies (and assholes, because a lot of times the assholes are scarier than the zombies) is basically epic....
  • Mel Hawk
    Zombies, badass ladies, history and a smart way of talking about race relations. Dread Nation should be required reading for school. What Justina was able to do in a book about post Civil War zombies was brilliant. Jane is a one of a kind main character. Quick-witted and smart, Jane used other people's ignorances against them. There were multiple times where she dumbs herself down because that's how white men thought all Negros were. Jane was bad...
  • Christy (TheReaderBee)
    WOW. This book gets all the stars. ALL THE STARS! A must read!!Full review to come.
  • Chelsea
    I’m going to go ahead and make a prediction: this is going to be one of the biggest books in 2018, and I really hope I’m right about that. While it isn’t exactly my cup of tea, it’s a good book without a doubt. 3 starsBefore I get into the review, let us all take a moment to admire that cover. More covers like this please!This is an alternate history novel, in which zombies rose during the Civil War. Our protagonist, Jane McKeene, attend...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    DREAD NATION is high-concept, high-reward, which feels like it doesn't happen nearly as often as it should. It's such a smart premise that gives Ireland so much room to explore complex themes and characters, it makes it seem like nearly everyone else is phoning in their speculative fiction.You don't need to know much more than the premise to get excited about this alternate reality: the Civil War ends abruptly due to a zombie outbreak. There's no...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “We can either die peacefully or survive by any means necessary.” I honestly can’t remember how long I’ve been waiting for this book and I’m so happy to have finally read it! Dread Nation is an epic alternative history tale where the dead began to rise during the American Civil War, effectively ending that battle as a newer threat emerged. Dread Nation is an action-packed thrill from one page to the next that you can’t miss. Things I...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I have no idea how to even start this review.  I was worried going in that I wouldn't love this book like everyone else seems to.  I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I was intrigued by the zombies and story.  This book absolutely lived up to the hype for me.  I loved it so much!Jane was such an amazing protagonist.  She is smart, fierce, and loyal.  The girl can lie, but it is almost always for a good reason.  I loved her person...