Happy Sunday! I hope you all have enjoyed your weekend. I had nineteen books to choose from when deciding what book to share today and it was not an easy decision as I’ve enjoyed every one I’ve read this year. In the end I thought it would be fun to share a YA Science Fiction book. It’s not my typical genre choice, but this book is now one of my favorites and I love to recommend it to people. Here is my review for Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland is a fast paced, supernatural adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat with each turn of the page. Born just days before the dead rise from several Civil War battlefields, Jane McKeene spends her adolescence navigating a world overrun with death and disease. At fourteen Jane is taken to Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls in Baltimore, one of the many boarding schools to come out of the Native and Negro Reeducation Act, where she is trained in the art of slaying shamblers. While in her final year of training to become an Attendant, Jane, along with her enemy turned friend, Katherine Deveraux, is pulled into a dangerous conspiracy that threatens the existence of the human race. With those in power actively working against them, it is up to Jane and Katherine to use their skills and wit to stop the disaster threatening the lives of those they hold dear. I cannot sing enough praise for this book. Jane’s voice is so honest and real that if it weren’t for the zombies you would believe you were reading a real artifact of American history. Ireland tackles topics of racism, sexism, and colonialism forcing the reader to examine the country’s past in a way history class never did. Dread Nation is a powerful story of strong girls, friendship, and standing up for what is right. I highly recommend this book to the YA Sci-Fi fans out there.