Deathless Divide (Dread Nation) Hardcover – Import, 4 February 2020
"Irascible Jane McKeene and posh Katherine Deveraux, zombie-dispatching graduates of Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls, are back in this suspenseful, satisfying sequel to Dread Nation. Ireland threads her thrilling plot with incisive commentary about race, gender, and power that will appeal to today’s activist teen readers." -- The Horn Book
"Shambler attacks, narrow escapes, and heartbreaking decisions keep the pace riding high in the first part, but the transition to the girls’ separate journeys west pulls in the reins, giving thoughtful consideration to the layers of racism and oppression that continue to plague a society already literally plagued by the past." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
About the Author
Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation and its sequel, Deathless Divide, as well as Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows. She is also one of the authors creating the next generation of Star Wars novels entitled the High Republic and is the author of the middle grade Star Wars adventures Lando’s Luck, Spark the Resistance, and A Test of Courage. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. You can visit her online at www.justinaireland.com.
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- Publisher : Balzer + Bray (4 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062570633
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062570635
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 590 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 4.19 x 20.96 cm
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Following characters from the first book graduates of miss prestons school of combat for coloured ladies this book is a continuation of the storylines from book one don’t try to jump in here.
This is a darker book then the first stakes are higher and the cost of living in a world such as this takes its toll more and more things don’t become completely unbearable for the reader because unlike book one Katherine is now a POV character sharing every other chapter with Jane both are likeable characters while being quite different, Jane is still personable and quite likeable even as the events of the series push her in a darker direction with events always out to break her heart while Katherine a more traditional “Southern lady “who is proud of her black heritage in a world that would treat her as being white if she was willing to pretend and forsake her parentage the bond between her and Jane becomes one of the strongest parts of the novel even as everyone else betrays Jane in one way or another.
Fast paced, heart breaking Characters and while obviously not a historically accurate novel in regards to there being a undead rising the author has done a lot of research in giving the book the feel of the period racism is a big part of the book but the author makes her point without being preachy the first book was impressive the 2nd is spectacular.
There were so many things I loved about this book, much like the first book. Once again, Jane is an increible main character, but this time she shares the spotlight with Katherine. I actually really enjoyed the dual POV because it gave us more background to Katherine after she established herself as a force to be reckoned with in Dread Nation. I felt that she balanced Jane’s stubbornness and urge to physically tackle problems nicely, offering a more level-headed and carefully cunning aspect. It also shed light on their developing friendship and all the ups and downs they face, but it also just helped to develop Katherine. She’s a really interesting character, it turns out, and she’s full of nuances and little things that make her - much like Jane - feel so real and human and really jump off the page.
The tone of this is also much, much more fitting for a horror novel than Dread Nation. Not to say that that’s soft and full of joy and happiness, because it’s not. Deathless Divide amps things up and really goes to a dark place. Jane and Katherine face a lot more hardships and their exhaustion, exasperation, and general attitude of being done with the world and everyone in it is a lot more apparent. Especially as we enter the second half of the book. I really enjoyed the shift in tone, it was bleak, depressing, gritty, yet still managed to contain a tiny spark of hope that the girls nursed in their own unique ways. The way that they reacted to their setting, too, was really well done and a testament to Ireland’s talent as an author. Both Jane and Katherine continued to feel realistic and yet entirely separate and full of their own agency, but their stories intertwined flawlessly.
I also really liked how the plot and characters were mirrored - a physical journey across the country as well as internal ones for both Jane and Katherine. All the new characters and settings fell right into place as we followed the girls, and I loved seeing the diversity across the cast. Ireland set out to give Black Americans a place in history with Deathless Divide and she certainly managed it. This is a fantastic sequel that I could rave about for hours - but I'll save you the spoilers and just implore you to read it instead.
This was a great follow-up to the first, it didn’t go where you expect it would and in this book you get Katherine’s POV for every other chapter, which I liked. You really get to see how the characters change and develop.
This book really shows the systemic racism and horrendous persecution that black people faced during slavery and continued to face after it was abolished (and still do).
Even though it’s a fictional book about zombies, it’s an important book to read as it has historical aspects of what life was like then for black people and it also has great lgbtq representation, where it’s not just background characters either.
The story feels like the author has gotten into her stride and the prose is more natural, the characters engaging and it ensnared me from beginning to end.
Justina Ireland is definitely an author to look out for in the future I think.