Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m pretty much going to be throwing this book at every one I interact with from here on in because it’s absolutely fantastic, to the point where I’ve put off writing my review because there aren’t words to describe how much I loved this book.
I did think I would enjoy Dread Nation, but I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did – mainly because I’m a wimp who can’t even get followed up the stairs without getting palpitations, so the thought of being chased by zombies? That causes a cold sweat and full-on arrhythmia.
But I decided to test myself with this book and I’m so bloody pleased I did – it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a book so much that I’ve actually forced myself to slow down in order to savour it.
Set in America in the 1800s, this story is narrated by Jane, who quickly became one of my favourite heroines of all time (Like, she’s up there with Aelin. That is a big deal). She’s absolutely hilarious, and a total badass; she’s bark and bite combined, and she left me in awe every couple of pages. She attends a school which teaches young black girls how to fight the dead, protecting their white “superiors”, and being named an Attendant to a white lady after graduation.
Our other main character is Katherine (who hates being called Kate – so, naturally, that’s what Jane calls her), who is black but whose skin is light enough that she can pass as a white woman, and whose beauty sets her apart from her classmates. Jane is one such classmate, viewing Katherine’s beauty as something to be envious of. I absolutely adored seeing the girls’ friendship blossom – that, for me, was the star of the show (closely followed by a certain tinkerer – but you’ll need to read the book to meet him *wink wink*).
I think reading this book has been one of the greatest decisions in my literary career, and I can’t wait for the sequel.
*Thank you to Titan Books for providing a free review copy*