Wednesday, December 16, 2020

"Dread Nation" A Favorite Recent Read

A family member recommended Dread Nation by Justina Ireland to me. Within just a couple of weeks,
I saw the ebook edition on sale. At my house, that is what is known as a sign, a sign for me to purchase and read.

I'm always saying that I'm not that big a fan of zombie books, but I seem to have read a number of them.  I'm not attracted to the idea of walking dead, by any means, or horror. I'm attracted to zombie books that have a unique world for the zombies to exist within. That was the case with the Rot & Ruin books I read, as well as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Rot & Ruin was a zombie/contemporary western mash-up. P and P and Z was, of course, a zombie/Pride and Prejudice mash-up. Dread Nation is a zombie/alternative history mashup. It takes place in a post-American Civil War world in which the dead rose during/after the Battle of Gettysburg. 

I believe I once read that zombie stories are never about zombies. That's certainly the case with Dread Nation. This book deals with race and politics, with a twist on a southern belle/mean girl secondary character thrown in, just in case there's not enough to interest you. And like with Rot & Ruin, the zombies in Dread Nation are not necessarily the worst things our hero has to deal with. Some of the humans who exist in this zombie world are pretty grim. 

Fantastic main character who would have been a male a decade or so ago but most definitely is not. Even the ending is good, though the story is clearly set up for a sequel.

Seriously, I can't think of any negatives for this one.

Dec. 17 UPDATE
Talk about a sign! (Which I was doing earlier in this post.) The eBook edition of Deathless Divide, the sequel to Dread Nation, is on sale! I just bought it! I just started reading a new book last night, so I can ditch that and read this instead!

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