Waiting on Wednesday: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland
Coming April 3, 2018
Balzer & Bray

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.

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See above! Seriously, that summary is killer, if you'll excuse the pun.


  1. Nice!! Been seeing a lot of this one around! Definitely sounds intriguing! Can't wait for the reviews to trickle in to help me decide! I'm likely leaning towards needing it! Lol! Hope you love it too!

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  2. Wow this is right up my ally! It looks so good! Thanks for this!
    Here's our WOW http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2018/02/waiting-on-wedenesday.html

  3. I'm so excited for this one! I think it's going to be amazing!

  4. I don't normally like zombie books, but I'm so excited for Dread Nation. My preorder swag arrived last week, which just got me even more hyped up.

  5. This seems like such a badass book! Thank you for putting it on my radar! -Jessica @ The Book Bratz :-)