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.
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?