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February Book-of-the-Month Club

I read a book early in February so great that I predicted it would be my favorite of the month.

I’ve highlighted some of my other favorite February reads without mentioning this one.

It deserves the spotlight.

Dread Nation

by Justina Ireland

Dread nation

“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.”

 

Favorite quote

“See, the problem in this world ain’t sinners, or even the dead.

It is men who will step on anyone who stands in the way of their pursuit of power.

Luckily there will always be people like me to stop them.”

 

The paperback comes out June 4.

Until then, you can find Dread Nation in hardcover wherever books are sold.

 

Author:

She/her. 4w3. Lover of vegan cream cheese and performative angst. Seattle-based writer currently dabbling in socialism and progressive Christianity. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

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