February 3, 2019

Series Sunday: Dread Nation

(Dread Nation #1) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"That's the problem with walls: they don't just keep the enemy out." ~ pg. 177

My Series Sunday pick is Dread Nation, the first book in the series of same name by Justina Ireland. Remember Gettysburg? Well Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields. In this new nation, safety depends on the work of a small group. Due to the Native and Negro Reeducation Act, children aged 12 or older attend combat schools to learn how to put down the dead. Their lives and society depend on it.

Jane was born to a wealthy southern white woman. But that is not enough to save her. Before long, Jane is trained in both weaponry and etiquette. She's set to graduate and return home, hoping to find her mother unharmed by shamblers. It is not in Jane's DNA to lay low though. She notices families begin to go missing. She sets out on a mission to find them and gets caught in a conspiracy. Despite all she is taught, whom does she defend? And will America return to its glory days?

Listen. I am not a fan of science fiction or zombies or shamblers (the undead). This is so not a book I would normally read. But this year, I am broadening my reading culture to include genres new to me. Hence why I paid attention to a recommendation by my Sistah K: Read Dread Nation! 

"I ain't waiting for an opportunity. I'm making one." ~ pg. 195

Another buddy read with my Chickadee! Surprisingly, I was all in. The main character is an intelligent black young woman. She thinks before acting, unlike a normal teenager. Her will to live and defend was extraordinary. I felt her determination through the pages. I felt when she quickly analyzed a situation and followed her instinct. And I admired how she looked out for others, sometimes risking her own life in the process.

The story jumped off into action and there were no unnecessary chapters or mindless dialogue. It seemed almost every part was needed to tell a complete story. Even though this is book one of a series, there were not many cliffhangers or loose ends. All the more reason to give it a try!

"Newsletters and novels are considered unnecessary distractions." ~ pg. 19

I recommend this new series because it's really good, but most importantly, it features a main character of color. Perfect book for Black History Month! It is based on actual historical events whereas Native American children were sent to boarding or industrial schools to learn how to be "civilized." This practice implies that Native American culture is wrong while white/European culture is the norm. Ugh—don't get me started how our country did minority groups WRONG! Anyhoot, fans of The Walking Dead, The Passage, and 1800s history will definitely enjoy Dread Nation. This book ain't got almost 10,000 positive ratings for nothing!

Title: Dread Nation
Author: Justina Ireland
Published: April 2018
Pages: 302
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤


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