Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland

download (1)Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania–derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education 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 book is about Jane McKeene, a teenager learning how to kill shamblers (zombies) and getting into quite a bit of trouble along the way. So, as you can probably guess, I loved it. I was engrossed in the story and can’t wait to read more of Justina Ireland’s writing.

Justina Ireland’s writing style was amazing!!! I was very impressed with her ability to describe everything and introduce us to so many things so quickly. I loved how Justina Ireland always wrote with sass, just like Jane. It was very interesting and I was engrossed in Dread Nation from beginning to end. I loved how Justina Ireland was able to describe the setting and the racialism and how bad it was through Jane’s eyes. Well, Justina Ireland’s writing style wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be, it was still very pleasant to read to.

The characters were amazing and I can’t wait to read more from them. Jane was very sassy and it was so nice. I loved how funny everyone was and I can’t wait to see how the characters react after the events of the last book. Jane, Kate, and Jack were the epic trio and I loved them. I was very interested in the way that the characters reacted to racism, and most of the time, they did not disappoint. They reacted the way that I would have, given the circumstances. I did think that they should’ve protested a little bit more though.

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My favorite thing about this book was the zombies. It provided a very interesting setting for this book and also a good way to protest.  I loved the way that Jane and her friends talked about zombies and the advice that everyone gave on how to fight them. It will definitely come in handy when the zombie apocalypse shows up (because it will). I loved the way that the zombies were described. I loved the way that the characters (especially the Attendants – zombie killers). 

The plot was very intense. I didn’t want to move because I just wanted to sit there and read this amazing book. I can’t wait to read more of this book. I loved the way that the characters interacted with the problems that Justina created. The way that the problems were written made them seem insurmountable. Until Jane and her crew solved them, that is. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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