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

Reviews Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    this book inspired me to start going to the gym because I've realized that at this rate if zombies arrived, I would be truly, absolutely, unequivocally FUCKED
  • 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 th...
  • 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...
  • Heidi Heilig
    This is what i'm envisioning after every zombie slay.
  • Kaylin (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...
  • megs_bookrack
    Set in a historical United States, just after the end of the Civil War, the country is plagued by the walking dead. Jane McKeene, our intrepid protagonist, is attending Miss Preston's School for Girls and struggling to find her place in the world. Life hasn't always been kind to Jane and she has had to develop a thick resolve to push through the hardships. Unfortunate as that may be, this fact has served her well when it comes to cutting down zom...
  • Bang Bang Books
    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...
  • Erin
    4.5 StarsWhen I first heard about this book last year, I knew I needed to read it. I'm not usually into zombies. I've never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and I usually laugh at zombie movies but this book peaked my interest immediately. I love Historical Fiction, add to that African American Historical Fiction and I'm sold.Justina Ireland took one of the most dark and terrifying times in history Reconstruction and made it even more terri...
  • Joe Valdez
    When the dead rise from the battlefield of Gettysburg, the Civil War is called off and to help fight a new war, the Negro and Native Reeducation Act requires qualified children to attend combat schools to slay the shamblers. That's the synopsis for Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, whose narrator is a mixed race teenager named Jane McKeene. Civil War era zombies? Yes! Black heroine? Yes! Silly Young Adult conventions? No! Annoying patois? Hell no!...
  • 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...
  • Jeweliana
    "Her voice is deep, and she sings a fine baritone in church. She's the tallest of us here, big and dark and imposing with arms like John Henry. That's how Jane describes her best friend and how the author pretty much describes anyone who isn't light skinned. The colorism in this book disgusted me. Besides that, the story is stagnant and the characters are never developed. Let's dive into this dumpster fire, shall we?Plot: There isn't one. I'm not...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    4 stars! “It’s a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part.” I listened to this audiobook on the recommendation of a friend and I really enjoyed it. Dread Nation is a book that's been in the back of my mind and I am really glad I read it, especially because there's another book coming out.Dread Nation is about a young woman named Jane about 15+ years after the Civil War. The twist is, the Civil War ended in this world because...
  • 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...
  • shady boots | #WatchPOSE
    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...
  • Jane
    Wow! Wow! Wow! So much fun! 5 very enthusiastic stars for the audiobook as narrated by Bahni Turpin.I'd been putting this book off for quite a while and boy, do I regret that! This is the second book I've read in as many months that follows a tough chick in an alternate timeline where something supernatural has altered American history. I'm not sure what that genre is called, but gimme more -- I love it!In Dread Nation, we're introduced to a worl...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Dread Nation #1 by Justina Ireland is a book I found from the library. I got the audible version. Now, I don't normally read historical fiction even if it is altered and I hate reading books those that have slaves or racism but this book has both! Why I started it I will never know but once I started I couldn't stop. Our main character is a gal born from a rich white plantation last while the Lord of the major had been gone fighting in the Civil ...
  • Helen 2.0
    So.... don't take this personally, Justina, but I may have cut up this novel after reading it and glued it to my wall as wallpaper. If it helps any, the wall looks awesome. I love the fake faded look of the pages.--------ANYWAY! Incredible premise. LGBT black girls fighting zombies during the Civil War era. Hell yes? Dread Nation has great bi representation, great ace representation, great representation in general. It deserves a full five stars ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Absolutely stunning. This will absolutely be one of my top 5 favorite books of the year.
  • 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...
  • Tatiana
    2.5 stars (an extra 0.5 star for Katherine)Strong elements outweighed by weak plot.I wasn’t even going to read it (zombies are so 5 years ago and I am so over them!), but then I saw 6 starred reviews - and succumbed to my curiosity. Actually, zombies do add an interesting dimension to this post-Civil War alternative history. In this novel, they shift power dynamics away from white supremacy (anyone can fall prey to shamblers, even and especiall...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Josh
    Zombie and survival horror in general has long be a staple in horror novels and young adult novels where post apocalyptic themes run rampant. While some books can be same-same, Dread Nation introduces a historical element to its tale of woe by virtue of the period it is set in; the dark days of American History - the civil war. On the battlefield the dead rise to feast on the living, bringing an end to the war but peace remains elusive. Slavery i...