Dread Nation (#1 Dread Nation)
Publication Date: 04/23/2018
Themes: African American, Racism & Prejudice, U.S. Civil War, Zombies, Survival
Age: 14+ years old
Pages: 464 pages
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.
"This is the zombie novel I've been waiting for my whole life."--Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives
" Dread Nation is everything I love--it's beautiful, unflinching, lyrical, tender, and vividly imagined. Don't miss this book!"--Ann Aguirre, New York Times bestseller and coauthor of Honor Among Thieves
"Tremendously original, subversive, sharp, and all around badass, Dread Nation is not your mother's Civil War-era zombie story."--Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Dumplin'