GENRE:  Horror, Alternate History

SERIES:  Dread Nation #1

PUBLISHER:  Balzer+Bray

AVAILABLE FORMATS:  Hardcover, Paperback,  eBook, Audiobook


Dread Nation

By Justina Ireland

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.

In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education 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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Dread Nation:  Dread Nation #1

Deathless Divide:  Dread Nation #2

Three for the Road:  Stories from the World of Dread Nation (Kindle only) 




Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, Finalist, 2018

Booklist, Starred Review, 2018

Bram Stoker Awards, Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, Finalist, 2018

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Blue Ribbon, 2018

Horn Book, Starred Review, 2018

Kirkus, Starred Review, 2018

Locus Award - Locus: The Magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field Young Adult Book, Winner, 2019 

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, Finalist, 2019

New York Public Library Best Books For Teens, 2018

New York Times bestseller 

Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel, 2018

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2018

School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

School Library Journal, Starred Review, 2018

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019

YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019


    Justina Ireland 



How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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