Book Review: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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Jane Mckeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefield Gettysburg ending the Civil War and changing the nation forever. The safety of America depends upon a few and with the laws such as the Negro and Native Reeducation Act children are sent to combat schools. There are few other options available to Jane who is determined to be an attendant to protect the well off. For a negro like her, it’s a chance at a better life.

But she doesn’t want that life. She wants to go home to Kentucky but as families begin to disappear around the country Jane becomes embroiled in a political scheme to put the world back into its natural order. Soon the dead are the least of Jane’s worries for the living can be just as dangerous.

This book was phenomenal and much better than I expected it to be. The characters were totally awesome and the reimagined history was unique.  I loved reading about a different America. The book also confronted major ideas about race and the nature of humans. Overall it was a stunning tale that I would definitely recommend to others.

One of the main reasons I adored Dread Nation was because of the characters especially the main character, Jane. Jane was brave with a bit of a temper and she was an excellent killer of the undead. Her backstory was intricate and we as the reader were lied to about her past several times until the very end of the book. However, I really wanted to know more about her and Jackson’s past relationship. She carried her secrets and I liked how the book slowly revealed them. Jane’s character growth was decent as she continued to learn about the times that she lived in.

The other characters were also excellently rendered. Their pasts which intertwined with Jane’s intrigued me but sadly little was revealed about them. They were, however, all awesome in different ways by using the skills they possessed to their advantage.

Image result for i loved it gifBesides the characters, I loved the alternate history that the book portrayed. It included the undead and a hint of magic during one of the most interesting times in American history. It was excellently rendered and I loved reimagining the Civil War and the times after it. The book also included the topic of slavery and race which furthered the historical accuracy of the book since it was a major issue of the times. Dread Nation’s retelling of history was unique and thrilling and for that I loved it.

By the end of the book, I firmly decided that I adored this tale and hope for a sequel. I would recommend this book to one and all especially lovers of history.

Memorial Day

Image result for memorial day imagesIt’s Memorial Day!  So, I will be sharing with you a list of ten books based upon wars. They are stories of honor and courage whether they tell of the soldiers fighting or the common man or woman trying to survive in a time of war. Five are fiction and the rest are nonfiction.

A big thank you to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Let’s get this book list started.  They are in no particular order.

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  1.  The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  2.  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  3.  All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  4.  War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  5.  Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  6.  The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve    Sheinkin
  7.  Civil War Love Stories by Gill Paul
  8.  The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  9.  Night by Elie Wiesel
  10.  The Forgotten 500 by Gregory A. Freeman

Books I want(I actually need them as much as I need air) in 2018

I have a long list of all the books I need to read in 2018.  I want them all now and it is torture to wait but alas  I must.  Below is a continually growing list of all the books I want to read this year and when they come out.

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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – January 30th 2018

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – April 10th 2018

Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell – August 7th 2018

Rage by Cora Carmack – June 5th 2018

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – May 15th 2018

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian – June 14th 2018

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh – April 24th 2018

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – July 10th, 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – March 6th 2018

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross – February 6th 2018

The Defiant by Lesley Livingston – January 23rd, 2018

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – April 3rd, 2018

Secret Heir Dynasty by M. J. Prince – February 27th 2018

more……..