Dread NationBook - 2018
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ArapahoeTiegan Nov 08, 2019
There was quite a lot of hype for this book. I finally picked it up, and feel kind of meh. I was expecting quite a bit more from a book set post-Civil War that only ended because zombies started rising. I *may* try book 2, or just find spoilers somewhere, to see if this world develops better, but... Read More »
Possibly the best take on the zombie apocalypse that I've ever read. Jane is a fantastic character. Also, listen to this one. The audiobook is outstanding! - ArapahoeCatherine
Even if you don't generally pick up books with supernatural elements, you will be riveted by this story of Jane, a black woman forced to train as an "attendant" who will protect wealthy young white ladies from the Undead who have risen up from their Civil War graves. Jane is spunky and ... Read More »
ArapahoeStaff14 Aug 01, 2018
What would happen if zombies rose up on the fields of Gettysburg? Justina Ireland paints a compelling picture of what it would be like!
ArapahoeMary Apr 18, 2018
Even if you don't generally pick up books with supernatural elements you will be riveted by this story of Jane, a black woman forced to train as an "attendant" who will protect wealthy young white ladies from the Undead, who have risen up from their graves of the civil war. Jane is spun... Read More »
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Parents need to know that Dread Nation is alternative-history zombie thriller that takes place after the U.S. Civil War ends not with the South's surrender but when the dead begin to rise up on the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville. Author Justina Ireland explores what would've happened had zombies (or shamblers, as they're called in the book) stopped the war in order for Americans to come together to battle the undead (or force black and indigenous folks to fight them). Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the book features a good deal of violence, as is appropriate to a story about zombie slayers (lots of deaths either from the undead eating live humans, or from humans shooting, stabbing, decapitating the undead, or people beating, stabbing, and shooting one another). There are also some racial slurs of the era ("darkie," "colored," "pickaninny," "coon," etc.) in the story. Parents and teens who read the book together can discuss a host of socio-political and historical issues, from institutional racism and white supremacy to shadism, passing, educational segregation, well-intentioned but ineffective white benevolence, and more.
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"It's a cruel, cruel world. And the people are the worst part."
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