In One Word

In One Word, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland is…

dread nation

Thrilling

  • This is been on my TBR shelf for long enough. Time to read it at last.
  • History of Jane is slowly built up, revealing just what is needed when it is needed, not before. She’s a good main character – headstrong but not reckless and sardonic but not spiteful.
  • Racism doesn’t go away just because the dead have risen – both sad and true.
  • I’m getting flashbacks to Bioshock Infinite as soon as we get to Summerland – a terrible utopia built on the worst ideals that give one a sick feeling at the pit of the stomach.
  • Lovely world building – big gaps between the rhetoric and the reality and all seeming privileges for the marginalised are either given for the wrong reasons or come at a terrible price.
  • Lucky that Kate has Jane but Jane had handle herself in her own way. Jane could have been annoying in the wrong author’s hands.
  • In a literary light, the zombies could be a clever allegory for America’s troubled history. People try to pretend it’s not there, go on making the same mistakes over and over again and make no meaningful effort to address it. But it’s not going to go away, not until one looks it right in the face and addresses it directly.
  • Nice to show how good ideas can be corrupted by bad intentions and bad people, though the idea of zombie power is still a little unnerving.
  • Great reveal at the end and a perfect lead to the next book, though this is a perfectly contained tale and could remain a one-off.

Goodreads Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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