Book review: Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland (2 stars)


Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland

Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy, Horror

Rating: 2/5 stars


(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Jane was almost killed as a baby since she is black, but her birth was 2 days before zombies roamed the world, changing it forever. Jane studies combat, training to become an attendant.

The pacing was definitely on the slow side and by half the book I was already really bored and started speed reading.

It doesn’t seem to talk about the origins of the Shamblers and I did not care for the characters or story, but know that there was a good message behind the book.

One major thing that turned me off was definitely the author claiming that Asians are not People of Colour (POC), but Asians clearly are? That was why I actually didn’t want to pick up this book. I loved her other book, Promise of shadows, but did feel that this book was way too over-hyped.

I would recommend it for addressing real life issues, but not for zombies, I think there are a lot more better zombie books out there.

Nothing also seemed to be happening in the story and I read a spoiler (Leave if you don’t want to be spoiled) that Jane is actually bisexual, but it was only revealed at the end of the book. I did feel that it could have been brought up in the beginning and maybe that would have made me like the character more.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Book review: Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland (2 stars)

    • Firstbooklove says:

      Same here, I heard a ton of hype about this book! And honestly I’m no longer a fan of the author (even though I liked her other book, Promise of shadows) after an incident that she mentioned that Asians are not considered POC on twitter (the tweets have since been deleted).
      Thank you!❤️


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