Dread Nation | Sticky Note Reviews

Justina Ireland was not on my radar until a bunch of people I follow liked or retweeted something she wrote that Twitter thought should be on my radar. I suppose you would chalk this up to a time when a social networking algorithm actually did what it was intended to do.

I’ve been telling people about Dread Nation all week because of its awesomeness. It’s alternate-history (with zombies, of course) set in post-Civil War time. I was lucky enough to have been the first person to request the audiobook at the library, so I got it the day it came out. Hooray for public libraries.

And here’s my Sticky Note Review:

#bookaday Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. #SNRtbs Imagine that the dead rising is what ends the Civil War. One of the things I liked about this reimagining of history is that the zombies aren't actually the antagonists. They are a looming threat, yes, and interactions with them move the plot forward, yes, but they aren't the Big Bad that Jane and Company are fighting against. Without giving too much away – when we meet one of the actual antagonists, we find motivated the pursuit of power, and a desire for things to go back the way they were before the Civil War (read: slavery). I wanted them to be more complicated. Or I wanted the motivation to be something else, which was unrealistic of me. I do recognize that not seeing these antagonists as more complicated is a function (and limitation) of the first person narrator. And I thought the first person narrator was the best choice to tell this story – any other POV might have decentralized Jane in a way that would have lessened the impact of her experiences.

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Out of curiosity, how do you feel about zombies? And if you like zombie stories, what historical time period would you love to see an alt-history narrative about?

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