Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #27: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.  My pick this week is one I found on the Edelweiss website as an egalley.  The cover and synopsis both grabbed my attention, and now I am very eager to get my hands on it.  Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:  


A story of the undead like you’ve never read before, Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation is a fresh, stunning, and powerful meditation on race in America wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War.

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.

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.


What do you think?  Does it sound good to you?  I haven't read a lot of alternate history stories, but the ones I have read have been good!

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20 comments:

  1. I believe I saw this one on NetGalley or Edelweiss. I hope you enjoy it! And Happy blogiversary!

    CWW
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. That's where I found it as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love zombies! Yes, this one sounds interesting to me. Nice pick!

    Here's mine:

    https://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2017/08/cant-wait-wednesday-ravenous-by-amy.html

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    1. Zombies and alternate realities sound like a great mix to me. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I'm dying to read this too! It popped up on Edelweiss and I'm probably going to download it soon. Great choice:-)

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    1. That's where I saw it too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I featured this a few weeks ago and am sooooo excited for it. It sounds so good and I love the cover. Great choice!

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    1. I am very excited for it. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I've seen this one, and I am curious about it. It sounds good and I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it.

    Jenea's Book Obsession's Can’t-Wait Wednesday

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  6. AWESOME PICK!!! I can't wait for this one, either!! I don't usually read the horror genre, but I LOVE the elements in this one, so I'm making an exception! It's not every day that we have an African-American female hero in a book, and fighting off the undead? GREAT combo!! :) :)

    Thanks for featuring this one!! Hope we both enjoy it when it releases!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. I love all the different elements, and I love a good horror book when it is done right. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. This sounds really unique. IL definitely intrigued. I hope you are approved doe this one and enjoy it! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to look for this one too. Have a great day!

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  8. Well, this sounds awesome. I'll definitely be adding it to my list. So glad you shared! :)

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  9. Ohmygoodness I'm so excited for this one! I wish I saw it getting more love than it has been because it both looks and sounds awesome. Great choice.

    My CWW: https://scorpiobookdreams.co.uk

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  10. I've seen this around but it isn't on my list! I hope you love it :D

    Here's my can't-wait read!

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    1. I hope it is as good as it sounds! Thanks for visiting!

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