Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)


I went into this book without any expectations but I ended up really enjoying it!

A historical fiction book with zombie hunters? It’s basically all I knew going into this book. It was about A LOT more than just that. There’s so much going on here, politics, racism, religion, friendship, death and finding who you are.

I really liked Jane. She was so outspoken and never took no for an answer. She didn’t back down from a fight and she is so clever. Her acting and lying is basically what saves her and others in this book. It’s quite entertaining too.

Although, I liked Jane, I think I loved Katherine! She had such a great story and was so developed and interesting. I almost feel like she could have been the main character. I do think that she does fight for that claim though. She’s black but light-skinned enough that she can pass for white. It ends up putting her on this path that she despises but it’s to save her life and others. I was in awe of her character and how she handled herself. To be pretending to hate what you are, is such a horrible spot to be put in.

I really liked the relationship between Jane and Katherine, as friends. They start off not liking each other (of course) to ending up friends and saving each other. I am not sure how I feel about the boys in this book. I think there’s way too many love triangles blooming and I’m not okay with that.

This book grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. I really loved all the nods to history and the fact that this could really be reflective of the times. For instance, the whole immigrants thing, Mexico and the wall and all that. I don’t want to get all political but I can definitely see this happening. Not just to one group of people but ALL who are not white. It would include me, since I’m Mexican, even though my skin passes as white. It’s scary and yet not surprising. As they say, history repeats itself and that’s something that is mentioned in this book.

I think one of my favorite parts of this book were the letters. We start off with tidbits of letters from Jane to her mom, before each chapter. Later on in the book, it switches to letters from her mom to Jane. It was a really nice touch and I really liked that.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I didn’t realize there was some controversy until I started reading reviews on Goodreads. Whatever, I’m not about all that drama. I read books for enjoyment! I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.




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