Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1), by Justina Ireland
Publish Date: April 3, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**
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 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. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.
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.
This is one of those books that hooks you from the start and holds on tight throughout the story. I almost skipped reading it because I was falling behind on the egalleys I needed to read, but I am so glad I read the prologue “just to see how it was.” The writing was so immediately engrossing and spectacular that I knew I needed to continue. Justina Ireland has a voice that is distinct and radiant, and has created a unique story that is both thrilling and eye-opening. Continue reading “Book Review | DREAD NATION, by Justina Ireland”