Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

Justina Ireland

fiction Fantasy Historical
adventurous challenging dark medium-paced
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

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Moods

adventurous 91%
dark 70%
tense 67%
funny 27%
emotional 24%
mysterious 24%
challenging 21%
inspiring 18%
reflective 8%
hopeful 5%
sad 5%
informative 2%
lighthearted 2%

Pace

medium 52%
fast 41%
slow 5%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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