Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Natio5n

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Fantasy Series: Book 1

4/5 Shamblers

What is it about?

This story takes place about 10 years after the civil war was ended. Only, the civil war was not won by the North. Instead, there was a cease-fire to fight the rising dead on the battle fields.

10 years later, slavery has a new form in which almost every person of color is sent to combat schools in order to train to kill the “shamblers”.

Jane McKeene is very good at killing shamblers. But, she is also clever. This gets her into trouble because white people don’t like clever negroes that are good at killing.

Was it good?

I loved the characters, except for the ones I hated because they were exactly the right kind of villain for this story. (I mean, I think I was supposed to hate them.) I loved the world, and I loved the story. What I didn’t like was that the ending felt too rushed. It’s a lot of build up, and then you crash into a brick wall and the book is over. It’s probably my fault because I went into this thinking it was a standalone book. It does appear now that there will be a second book. One that will hopefully address everything left unsaid and un-accomplished at the end of book 1.

Overall, I think this was a really great read.

If you like historical fiction, zombies, clever girls, friendship, or zombies…. this is the book for you.



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