Review: Dread Nation

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

30223025Series: Dread Nation
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 3
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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.


Dread Nation was okay. It was fun enough, but for a book billed as a zombie-slaying social commentary I wish there had been a little more action and a little more modern-relevant social commentary. Continue reading “Review: Dread Nation”

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

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Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this one! I’m really intrigued by this tag for a couple of reasons. First of all, the zombie apocalypse, obviously. Second, it’s different than the usual book tag. It kind of resembles all those stupid things my friends paste on facebook. (Pick the first 5 friends on your list to find out how your bank heist would go! No cheating!) On facebook I find them stupid, but since book characters are involved here I’m ready to have some fun.

The Rules:

  • Choose 5 books!
  • Randomly set up your books in order.
  • Flip to a random page in the book and write the first two names you see.
  • Put the names in the categories listed below in the order you saw them!
  • Cry at how screwed you are…

Okay, I’m just using the goodreads random feature to choose five books, and an online random number generator to pick the pages. Because I like ACTUAL randomness, haha.

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