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The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America. After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America. After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodermus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880's America. What's more, this safe haven is not what it appears - as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her. But she won't be in it alone. Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by - and that Jane needs her, too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not. Watching Jane's back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it's up to Katherine to keep hope alive - even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.


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The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America. After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America. After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodermus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880's America. What's more, this safe haven is not what it appears - as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her. But she won't be in it alone. Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by - and that Jane needs her, too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not. Watching Jane's back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it's up to Katherine to keep hope alive - even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.

30 review for Deathless Divide

  1. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    *crying because I really want this book and need more Jane McKeene in my life*

  2. 4 out of 5

    viktoria

    How do I review a book that wrecked my heart so thoroughly without blubbering or spoiling everything or just keyboard smashing? Not well! But I'll try. → This was not the book I expected it to be; I enjoyed it nevertheless. I tried not to picture anything with Deathless Divide. Still, I had a vague idea of what I thought might happen. The book literally had nothing in common with my idea other than it being awesome. But thank goodness, because I never would've come up with this. → If Dread Nation How do I review a book that wrecked my heart so thoroughly without blubbering or spoiling everything or just keyboard smashing? Not well! But I'll try. → This was not the book I expected it to be; I enjoyed it nevertheless. I tried not to picture anything with Deathless Divide. Still, I had a vague idea of what I thought might happen. The book literally had nothing in common with my idea other than it being awesome. But thank goodness, because I never would've come up with this. → If Dread Nation is the awesome movie, then Deathless Divide is the gritty Netflix follow-up series. Like, eugh, my heart. I literally teared up several times (which is not an easy feat), and I outright cried once (which is really hard unless an animal is involved). → I didn't predict one major theme and plot device and I didn't expect a character to play the vital role they did, but Ireland foreshadowed it in the previous book and it unfolded so beautifully and masterfully. I literally went "Wait, how did I not see this coming? OF COURSE!" (view spoiler)[The vaccine and bioethics, in case you were wondering. I wondered why it didn't play a bigger role in the first book. Also, of course Katherine Deveraux was right about trusting the people she trusts. (hide spoiler)] .) → KATHERINE DEVERAUX IS AMAZING, and killed me like a shambler and broke my heart. → JANE IS AMAZING, TOO, and also killed me like a shambler and broke my heart. → BUT KATHERINE. → BUT KATHERINE AND JANE. → The "villain" in this is perfect. (I won't say anything more, other than kudos, Justina Ireland, for playing that like you did.) → There were a few things in the first book that I wondered about and/or seemed like a dropped thread and they were addressed and/or picked up here in a way that made me so happy. (I won't say anything more.) → YAY GIRL POWER. → Yay awesome side characters. → Yay so many awesome themes and motifs. → Yay so much detail and atmosphere. → THAT ENDING. (I won't say anything more, other than how perfect it was.) * * (view spoiler)[Okay, a greedy part of me would kill for a third book. But I really loved how it ended. (hide spoiler)] → As far as critiques and negatives go... Sure, I have some, probably, underneath the emotional post-read euphoria. Part of me would've liked to see one thing one way, or disliked a certain thing, or thought something was unnecessary, but then it might've been a totally different book. One day, I'll reread this (probably at least once when the audiobook releases, because the audiobook of Dread Nation is fantastic; Bahni Turpin kills it) and after a time or two, I'll be able to don my English major hat and librarian cardigan and properly analyze things. But today is not that day. tl;dr: This gritty Netflix series follow-up wasn't the sequel I expected; I loved it more. Disclaimer: Thanks to Edelweiss & the publisher for the free ARC, with no incentive or coercion on your parts. (I probably would've paid you, in this case.) ----------------------------------------------------------- Pre-read: At least once a week, I visit this page and look for news with great longing in my soul. edited 5/2/2019: We have a title! And a publication year! And joy in our hearts! edited 8/17/2019: That. Cover. My. Heart. edited 10/18/2019: That. Summary. Chills literally up and down my spine and arms and legs and all extremities. Surely the ARCs are about to be released?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    the Most Important 2020 release after the greatness that was book one the Most Important 2020 release after the greatness that was book one

  4. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Seriously, though... Waiting on my library hold... Will I even survive?! Seriously, though... Waiting on my library hold... Will I even survive?!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Damron

    The action started on page one and did not let up. I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing is solid and the characters well developed. Katherine and Jane's friendship is wonderful and very real. I loved the trials, setbacks and triumphs their friendship endured. I also like the authors take on revenge and what that mentality can do to your psyche. I am glad I read this book it really is a great read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Sophia

    Junstina Ireland did not come to play with us in book 1: alternative Historical zombie sci-fi where the Zombie apocalypse abruptly ends the Civil War and black people are free but subject to a caste system that places them as trained zombie fighters to protect white people. I'm ready for book 2 and hoping for a Netflix series. Junstina Ireland did not come to play with us in book 1: alternative Historical zombie sci-fi where the Zombie apocalypse abruptly ends the Civil War and black people are free but subject to a caste system that places them as trained zombie fighters to protect white people. I'm ready for book 2 and hoping for a Netflix series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Anderson

    4.5 stars. I loved it!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    A rewarding sequel to the amazing Dread Nation. Ireland really digs deeper into her characters, and both Jane and Katherine have a chance to shine here. If you come for the zombies, you will definitely get that, but what will keep you invested is the fantastic portrayal of female friendship. The love and loyalty between friends is so well done, and one of the most interesting parts of the book. While mostly things are pretty fast paced, the story felt a bit lax in the middle for awhile while it w A rewarding sequel to the amazing Dread Nation. Ireland really digs deeper into her characters, and both Jane and Katherine have a chance to shine here. If you come for the zombies, you will definitely get that, but what will keep you invested is the fantastic portrayal of female friendship. The love and loyalty between friends is so well done, and one of the most interesting parts of the book. While mostly things are pretty fast paced, the story felt a bit lax in the middle for awhile while it was transitioning between its two main parts. I think the fact that Jane and Katherine were not interacting directly with each other at this point had something to do with that sense of slackening. Things do return to the pace set at the outset, though, and the book delivers a solid finish. On a last note, can I also say how nice it is to have an ace character just doing her thing, and not having everything revolve around her being ace? Another reason Katherine is starting to steal the show just the tiniest bit from Jane. I'm really hoping for a third book. This one tries up at the end, but there's also more than enough material here to continue the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Jane the zombie slayer is back and she’s definitely back with and for a vengeance. This time, we also get Katherine’s pov and it definitely enhances the story. Here, the plot picks up where it ended in Dread Nation and details were artfully woven to refresh one’s memory. Overall, it’s a satisfying read, where the ending could be continued or not. Some issues: the pacing was off. I was immediately drawn in and then it lagged about half way. It did pick up again. Even a bigger issue is the portray Jane the zombie slayer is back and she’s definitely back with and for a vengeance. This time, we also get Katherine’s pov and it definitely enhances the story. Here, the plot picks up where it ended in Dread Nation and details were artfully woven to refresh one’s memory. Overall, it’s a satisfying read, where the ending could be continued or not. Some issues: the pacing was off. I was immediately drawn in and then it lagged about half way. It did pick up again. Even a bigger issue is the portrayal of other nonwnite people during this time period. The author wants to tell the stories of black Americans during this time period. Their stories, their voices. The problem is she erases other stories, especially the Chinese in California at the time. They are in the background and that’s it. Telling the stories of the marginalized doesn’t mean that other marginalized voices don’t exist. The way she described the Chinese in San Francisco was off. Nothing I could quite put my finger on, but an undercurrent of subtle racial bias. The author can and should do better. I received an arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own. ETA: 1/6/2020 - I realized part of what bothered me about the depiction of the Chinese in America in this book. Most of this book and Dread Nation, the author made sure to give voice to those who had been erased. And, she did so in historical context. With the Chinese, she didn't do so. She gave it a modern spin instead of how the Chinese were really treated in this country in the 1800s. (view spoiler)[ In the book, the Chinese were depicted to be prosperous and in power, which they weren't. White people were so scared of the Chinese, anti-Asian sentiment was used in advertising and other media (Yellow Peril, etc) leading to the first ban on a race and ethnic group with the Chinese Exclusion Act. The Chinese did have their own communities, bc they were only allowed to live in certain areas, AND immigrants weren't allowed to become citizens. The author treats the Chinese like a monolith with all Asians when each group, even within China, had its own issues. Plus, Angel Island (the Ellis Island for Chinese) was coopted as an immigration point for other groups. There were just so many instances like this. Overall, it's disappointing that an author who is so vocal about diverse voices and own voices, did such a disservice to another marginalized group. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The survivalist "utopia" of Summerland fell to a horde. Jane McKeene and Katherine Deveraux, along with six other survivors, escaped the death and destruction with one immediate goal: to get somewhere safe. But where can safety be found in a world where the dead walk the earth? For Jane, wherever they go is just a stop along the way. Now that she knows where her mother is, she plans to find her. Plans tend to go awry, however, and the small group of survivors will face calamities resulting in de The survivalist "utopia" of Summerland fell to a horde. Jane McKeene and Katherine Deveraux, along with six other survivors, escaped the death and destruction with one immediate goal: to get somewhere safe. But where can safety be found in a world where the dead walk the earth? For Jane, wherever they go is just a stop along the way. Now that she knows where her mother is, she plans to find her. Plans tend to go awry, however, and the small group of survivors will face calamities resulting in devastating losses that test the bonds of friendship—leaving one combatant questioning everything she thought she knew about the world, and struggling to find her place within it. Deathless Divide is a magnificent follow-up to Dread Nation . I had great expectations for this book, and high hopes for where the story might lead. Even so, my wildest imaginings weren't sufficient in preparing me for what actually happened, and that turned out to be a very good thing. As noted in the book summary, their first stop is Nicodemus, described in the book as "a Negro settlement founded by Freedman and runaways from the Five Civilized Tribes." Several familiar characters reappear in Nicodemus, but there is little time for readers to get reacquainted with them before the first bit of trouble strikes. The story is told in two parts, the first dealing with the journey to Nicodemus, and the events that take place there. This is the setting for THE most unexpected twist of the story. While it wasn't unique for a zombie apocalypse story, the way it was handled left me reeling in shock and feeling completely devastated. And that was it... just like that, I knew what was going to happen next. Except, I didn't. The story took a major turn from there, leading in directions I would never have guessed it would go. My imagination spun with all the possibilities, and I went into the second half of the story with an even greater sense of excitement. I won't mention anything beyond what I've already stated or alluded to above. Let's just say that the journey taken in this novel was more intense than I expected it to be, and veered off into directions I wouldn't have expected it to. New characters are introduced, and many of them were every bit as intriguing to me, in their own ways, as Jane and Katherine. The ultimate payoff I expected when I began reading didn't materialize in quite the way I thought it would, but it was just as compelling to read... if not more so. The ending of Deathless Divide leaves open the possibility of a third book in the series, something I hope will come to fruition. While I'm completely satisfied with the way the story ended, there is clearly more to be told in this story—and I, for one, can't wait to find out what happens next. If there is a next. (Please, let there be a next... I want to know more!) Highly recommended for readers who enjoy reading a mixture of young adult historical fiction with a big slice of horror (courtesy of a zombie apocalypse). With strong characters who face seemingly insurmountable odds at every turn (from both the living and the dead), this book will leave you on the edge of your seat in breathless anticipation—and dread—of what will happen next. I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Balzar+Bray via Edelweiss.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    CW: violence, death of people, unwanted experimentation, and general gore I was so looking forward to this book. The first part was, like, 3-4 stars but the second part completely tanked it. This really is an example of a book that didn't need a series. While I was excited for it, just how the book played out was lame. And that ending? I don't want a third book and it was left open enough for that to be a possibility down the line. Just, not the book I wanted to read and I was really disappointed CW: violence, death of people, unwanted experimentation, and general gore I was so looking forward to this book. The first part was, like, 3-4 stars but the second part completely tanked it. This really is an example of a book that didn't need a series. While I was excited for it, just how the book played out was lame. And that ending? I don't want a third book and it was left open enough for that to be a possibility down the line. Just, not the book I wanted to read and I was really disappointed by it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    3.5 stars Dread Nation was a completely surprising read for me in spring 2018.  A YA novel about the dead rising at Gettysburg and combat schools teaching former slaves how to fight the dead and be bodyguards for wealthy white women.  Of course I was intrigued --- and it did not disappoint! The sequel, Deathless Divide, managed to surprise me also.  The book opens with Jane, Katherine, and Jackson in the aftermath of the Summerland attack but quickly shakes up the direction I thought we were heade 3.5 stars Dread Nation was a completely surprising read for me in spring 2018.  A YA novel about the dead rising at Gettysburg and combat schools teaching former slaves how to fight the dead and be bodyguards for wealthy white women.  Of course I was intrigued --- and it did not disappoint! The sequel, Deathless Divide, managed to surprise me also.  The book opens with Jane, Katherine, and Jackson in the aftermath of the Summerland attack but quickly shakes up the direction I thought we were headed. Jane and crew are on the road headed for Nicodemus, yet another supposedly protected town and there are both losses and reunions in short order.  A series of deceptions in Nicodemus leads to a shambler (zombie) attack that separates Jane from Katherine and places Jane on a dark and brutal path. There's a time jump that explains what Jane and Katherine have been doing in the interim and suddenly our story becomes a Western set in a zombie apocalypse with both young women haunted by the events at Summerland and Nicodemus.   Jane and Katherine cross paths and team up once again to track the man they hold responsible. First of all, it's so hard to review this book without spoilers!  I was completely invested in this sequel but I was disappointed that it had trouble finding an even pace.  There is so much happening all at once and then a sudden time jump.  Readers are given a brief summary of the lost time and placed into an entirely new location and different atmosphere where our MCs conveniently cross paths again. While the book is action packed it also gets stuck at times in Jane's obsession over particular events and begins to feel repetitive. Deathless Divide is a worthy sequel to Dread Nation even with its struggles with pacing.  I really enjoyed the Western vibe and Jane's character development. I'd definitely be willing to read more books set in this world. I recommend this book to fans of Dread Nation or readers who enjoy YA, historical fiction, alternate history, and/or zombies. Deathless Divide was released on February 4, 2020.  Huge thanks to my library for purchasing a copy! For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nemo (The Moonlight Library)

    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library See original review for GIFs! Deathless Divide was the perfect sequel to Dread Nation. PERFECT. Whereas Dread Nation (which everyone lost their minds for, myself included, because Civil War era zombies and a black female warrior lead? Oh. My. God. Yes.) sold itself on 'combat school for Negro girls', it really wove in a plot that expanded beyond the school and into a dystopic settlement called Summerland, where a young scientist was trying This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library See original review for GIFs! Deathless Divide was the perfect sequel to Dread Nation. PERFECT. Whereas Dread Nation (which everyone lost their minds for, myself included, because Civil War era zombies and a black female warrior lead? Oh. My. God. Yes.) sold itself on 'combat school for Negro girls', it really wove in a plot that expanded beyond the school and into a dystopic settlement called Summerland, where a young scientist was trying to find a cure for the restless dead that plagued the nation, threatening to wipe the continent off the face of the planet. However, the scientists' experiments led to the fall of Summerland, and when Jane and Katherine escaped and headed off to another safe haven, disaster and heartache dogged their steps the whole way. This novel was more an exploration of the Wild West + zombies. There was a fair amount of travelling, but I appreciated that, since literally nowhere is safe in this world. The descriptions of the traveling and the world were so well done. I could almost feel the road dust in my mouth, feel my feet aching after all that walking, and I was in a constant state of low key anxiety knowing that my beloved characters could be attacked at any moment - and not just by shamblers, but by highwaymen bandits, white people, sheriffs, basically for any reason. It is a terrifying world to be in, and I'm no warrior, so I kind of felt like I was hiding behind Jane and Katherine at times, knowing they were the best girls at Miss Preston's. It didn't save my heartache. Ireland's not a helicopter author. Characters I cared about died, many with little ceremony. Others swam in and out of the story, which was filled with betrayal and shifting loyalties and everything else that makes for great conflict. The one constant I had was Katherine (and her point of view). She was so loyal and brave and true. I believe she even outshone Jane, who was driven by revenge for the entire novel, and turned into someone I still respected but didn't admire as much as Katherine. Jane became hard and difficult to love, but Katherine always found a way, which I loved so much because it was such a huge character growth for her. Like, she wears a corset because it helps her anxiety? I totally get that! Her response to every man that looks at her? Not interested. I absolutely loved seeing everyone struggling with the same problem. All the cities, even the ones that look safe, were faced with an overhanging threat of shamblers, but also dealing with racism, sexism, classism, and all the other horrible things that keep people not born into privilege down, while fancy white folk go about their business, safe and rich and reasonably healthy. I loved even more the characterisation of our two leads, Jane and Katherine. They were enemies at the start of Dread Nation, and I have loved so much seeing them come to rely on each other and consider each other friends (not that they would admit it to each other? Hard love). I also love so much that while Jane is bisexual (possibly pan? Not really confirmed and it's just another label) and Katherine is ace, they have such a strong platonic bond. That is something I'm always looking for, and I'm so pleased that in this book there is diversity but no romance between the two female friends. It's hitting bullseye on everything I love. I also have to mention how easy it was to read this book. Both Deathless Divide and its precursor Dread Nation have the most phenomenal narrative voices, and they are by far the strongest I've read in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Deathless Divide, and I was always keen to get back to it after the real world took me away. I do however feel that there are a couple of threads still not answered, and I hope to god there's a third book exploring more of this: - The first thing is - will the cure become widely accessible and lead to America surviving this undead plague? Or will the shamblers just slowly destroy everything like a successful Plague Inc game? - The second thing is: what caused the undead in the first place? I'd really love to see those two questions explored and answered in a third book. I think there's enough plot, characterisation, and demand for a third book. I'm basically begging down on my knees for a third book. PLEASE? I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Deathless Divide was a mixed bag for me. First off, I can't imagine how hard it was to write a sequel to a book as beloved and hyped as Dread Nation. This is in some ways tonally quite different from Dread Nation, which made sense for plot reasons though I found it a bit disappointing. In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, that's all I have to say on that matter. The world-building in Deathless Divide was just as incredible as its predecessor and it was so neat to see more of this alternate United Deathless Divide was a mixed bag for me. First off, I can't imagine how hard it was to write a sequel to a book as beloved and hyped as Dread Nation. This is in some ways tonally quite different from Dread Nation, which made sense for plot reasons though I found it a bit disappointing. In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, that's all I have to say on that matter. The world-building in Deathless Divide was just as incredible as its predecessor and it was so neat to see more of this alternate United States. This book also tackled some big questions in nuanced ways that added to the plot rather than bogging it down. My biggest hangup from Deathless Divide was just how different it felt from Dread Nation. At times this felt like a standard zombie novel and others like a classic Western. For me, I found it missing that spark that made Dread Nation one of the best novels I read in 2018. I think this may boil down to an expectations versus reality situation and would still recommend giving this a try if you really enjoyed Dread Nation. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    HOLY SHIT BATMAN!!!! LOOK AT THAT COVER!!! FIVE STARS AUTOMATICALLY FOR THE COVER ALONE!!! THE FOUNTAIN PEN DIVA HAS SPOKEN. MAKE IT SO!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie.dorny

    Jane and Katherine are the boss girl friends I need in my life!! I will stan this friendship forever. We pick up with this sequel months from where we left off but little of the landscape has changed. Apparently from the towns being in ruins and our girls scattered across the country. We continue to follow Jane and Katherine’s point of views as they search for vengeance and a new life now that east America is completely overrun by the undead. Saying anything more would be potential spoiler territ Jane and Katherine are the boss girl friends I need in my life!! I will stan this friendship forever. We pick up with this sequel months from where we left off but little of the landscape has changed. Apparently from the towns being in ruins and our girls scattered across the country. We continue to follow Jane and Katherine’s point of views as they search for vengeance and a new life now that east America is completely overrun by the undead. Saying anything more would be potential spoiler territory. The plot was brilliant, the storylines, the dialogue and the character development that accurately portrayed trauma and anxiety!! was all so amazing and I enjoyed everything. The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars was the slightly too easy plot point that lead to the ending. It was just too obvious for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Books on Stereo

    Brilliant and brutal in every way.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    Deathless Divide was an exceptional read. It was a worthwhile sequel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Vid review will be available here https://youtu.be/5eK_oHICrAI on Feb, 12th, 2020 Vid review will be available here https://youtu.be/5eK_oHICrAI on Feb, 12th, 2020

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindee

    I loved this book it was better than the first book it was so well written. I loved the characters so very much especially Jane and Katherine I loved the friendship between them and Katherine's unwillingness to ever give up on Jane no matter the things Jane does with Jane being willing to do anything for Katherine. I loved Jane for her strength and her vulnerability she rarely shows I really loved her character so much. What I loved about Katherine was her tenacious will and how she never ever g I loved this book it was better than the first book it was so well written. I loved the characters so very much especially Jane and Katherine I loved the friendship between them and Katherine's unwillingness to ever give up on Jane no matter the things Jane does with Jane being willing to do anything for Katherine. I loved Jane for her strength and her vulnerability she rarely shows I really loved her character so much. What I loved about Katherine was her tenacious will and how she never ever gave up on Jane. I loved the plot so very with its highly emotional and action packed parts the story continues with the group running from zombies it just got better from there I really loved reading this book. So overall I loved this book and would read more by this author for sure.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books* I have to say that Justina Ireland makes a glorious comeback with the second and final book in the Dread Nation series! The friendship, the girl power, and the plot twist! Holy wow I didn't see all these clues coming together and exploding like a bomb! I have to say that while Jane kind of annoyed me I loved Katherine's POV! She is smart, reliable and also trusted all the right peo I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books* I have to say that Justina Ireland makes a glorious comeback with the second and final book in the Dread Nation series! The friendship, the girl power, and the plot twist! Holy wow I didn't see all these clues coming together and exploding like a bomb! I have to say that while Jane kind of annoyed me I loved Katherine's POV! She is smart, reliable and also trusted all the right people! You won't regret reading this!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Oh, I'm so torn with my feelings on this one. It was going great, and then halfway through it changes. It felt so abrupt and really bothered me. I was disappointed with the storyline at that point. It got a little better towards the end, but I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. Ugh...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    Stellar, and while it didn't resolve the bits I wanted, it felt true to the first book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    3.5 stars Dread Nation was a unique take on post-Civil War era United States with a dash of zombies. I enjoyed how Ireland still managed to address inequities in an alternative setting and the cliff-hanger ending promised more adventures. Deathless Divide satisfied those adventures, but it didn’t feel like the book I knew. One welcomed surprise was the inclusion of Katherine’s perspective who was framed as Jane’s rival. The second part of the book sadly took me out of the story because it felt li 3.5 stars Dread Nation was a unique take on post-Civil War era United States with a dash of zombies. I enjoyed how Ireland still managed to address inequities in an alternative setting and the cliff-hanger ending promised more adventures. Deathless Divide satisfied those adventures, but it didn’t feel like the book I knew. One welcomed surprise was the inclusion of Katherine’s perspective who was framed as Jane’s rival. The second part of the book sadly took me out of the story because it felt like I was suddenly reading another series. I wouldn’t have minded as much if this was a trilogy but as a two-book series, it felt awkward.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Justin Ireland is brilliant. The story unfolds, giving us perspectives from Jane and Katherine. It was fascinating, terrifying and addictive. Ireland brought this character-driven story to life and pulled me in. Summerland falls but Jane along with Katherine and others survive and make their way west. Before they reach Nicodemus, the next settlement, they will lose some in their party and discover that the horde of zombies is following. I was biting my nails and loved Jane’s inner dialogue. Jane i Justin Ireland is brilliant. The story unfolds, giving us perspectives from Jane and Katherine. It was fascinating, terrifying and addictive. Ireland brought this character-driven story to life and pulled me in. Summerland falls but Jane along with Katherine and others survive and make their way west. Before they reach Nicodemus, the next settlement, they will lose some in their party and discover that the horde of zombies is following. I was biting my nails and loved Jane’s inner dialogue. Jane is bitter, set on revenge and positively kickass. Katherine is kickass but determined to protect those in her group. I loved the different threads and places we traveled, but when the two come together and work side by side, well, it’s awesome. Ireland gave us a villain you’ll love to hate. I wanted to throttle him on more than one occasion. While I was satisfied with the ending, the author left enough open-ended threads for a third audiobook. Let me assure the publishers and author that I am OK with this! 🤣I need more Jane and Katherine. Bring out your dead! The Audio…. Some books & authors demand to be listened to on audio. The Deathless Divide and Dread Nation did exactly that. Bahni Turpin, who is absolutely brilliant as the voice of Jane narrated the first. In this installment, the POV of Katherine was introduced and narrator, Jordon Cobb stepped into her role. She delightfully captured Katherine from her personality to her upbringing and enhanced my enjoyment. Ireland’s writing style from conversations to prose translated beautifully on audio. Dialogue between character was smooth and engaging. I should mention that Netflix needs to option this series post haste. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    4.5 stars I loved this story and the audiobook narrators! This was everything I was hoping. FRTC

  27. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I rarely re-read books, but after finishing Deathless Divide my first thought was, "Yes I would dive back into that". I don't know what higher praise you need? Deathless Divide not only features these two bad ass black heroines fighting both racism and zombies, but also it turns out that my fave heroines are both queer (and Katherine struggles with anxiety). Besides these amazing cha (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I rarely re-read books, but after finishing Deathless Divide my first thought was, "Yes I would dive back into that". I don't know what higher praise you need? Deathless Divide not only features these two bad ass black heroines fighting both racism and zombies, but also it turns out that my fave heroines are both queer (and Katherine struggles with anxiety). Besides these amazing characters, Deathless Divide celebrates friendship at the end of the world while also asking questions about revenge. I cannot even begin to tell you how much it makes me happy that Katherine is aroace, struggles with anxiety, and still loves to wear perfectly ironed dresses. Deadly with blades and guns, I don't know what else I could have wanted from a heroine. In Deathless Divide the friendship between Katherine and Jane is fragile, newly formed, and Katherine is a steadfast friend. Friendship themes in books are my ultimate favorite and Deathless Divide does it so well. When we're hurt we can want to push everyone away. To not let warmth into our heart to remind us of our pain. Friends are what keep us from turning cold. Turning us into those without warmth. Deathless Divide continues to blur the line between the monsters within our walls and those struggling outside. Those who seek to use the end of the world to advance their own means. To parade progress in cleverly packaged deception. The illusions of justice just waiting to be twisted by prejudice and racism into something else entirely. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deep_Abyss

    I don’t have any clue what the next book will be but I need more badass Jane Mkeene in my life! So looking forward to the next book. The title sounds so alluring. I better get another badass cover! And we have to wait another year for this to come out?! No!!!! Edit: we have a set date! Yasss!!!! Update: we have a cover?! Well...book 1’s cover still seems pretty badass to and this...is nice... but I still can’t wait!!! You can bet I will be reading this. Now that I take a closer look,it seems to me t I don’t have any clue what the next book will be but I need more badass Jane Mkeene in my life! So looking forward to the next book. The title sounds so alluring. I better get another badass cover! And we have to wait another year for this to come out?! No!!!! Edit: we have a set date! Yasss!!!! Update: we have a cover?! Well...book 1’s cover still seems pretty badass to and this...is nice... but I still can’t wait!!! You can bet I will be reading this. Now that I take a closer look,it seems to me that the girls on the cover are ready for anything. Still,there could have been a better cover... Maybe Jane looking around the fog with her sword with Catherine by her side as they are surrounded by Shamblers ready to fight? Or better yet just Jane? That would be nice...and darn it I loved the first cover in the series...it might not be bad though...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    While just about as riveting as its predecessor the story in this second volume in the "Dread Nation" series leaves a bit to be desired. Thought I don't know if there are more stories to come this has a bit of "second in the series" syndrome hanging over it. The horror, violence, and excitement are certainly on point but some of the heart that made "Dread Nation" so impossible to put down is missing this time around. We pick back up exactly where we left off with Jane McKeen and her friend (even While just about as riveting as its predecessor the story in this second volume in the "Dread Nation" series leaves a bit to be desired. Thought I don't know if there are more stories to come this has a bit of "second in the series" syndrome hanging over it. The horror, violence, and excitement are certainly on point but some of the heart that made "Dread Nation" so impossible to put down is missing this time around. We pick back up exactly where we left off with Jane McKeen and her friend (even if Jane doesn't do friendship) Katherine Devereux leading a small band of survivors out of the hellish Summertown where a whole bunch of evil shit including attempts at reinstituting slavery, experimenting on innocent people, and outright murder were regular daily occurrences. Left with practically no options the duo are headed to Nicodemus, a town run by peace loving pacifists where African Americans and Native Americans are treated as equals. But of course it turns out that Nicodemus has its own issues. Because the dead don't give a crap what your views on racism are. Pretty soon the girls are separated and alternating chapters from each of their perspectives reveal the hard roads they travel on their own and the allies and enemies they find. Giving Katherine her own voice is a genius move, she's just as amazing a character as Jane. But even so the story itself gets very bogged down in a lot of traveling around but not a lot of actual plot. It's hard to get a handle on where everyone is going to end up. Things end up sort of fizzling out and that's not how I wanted to leave this story. There's another thing that bugs me a bit. All the men in this series are largely unlikeable. Even the ones I think I'm supposed to like. I'm not sure what's up with that but it's a bit of an odd choice. None of them are trustworthy and most of are entirely self serving. The "good" ones are relegated entirely to background love interests with no dialogue or dopey hangers on who act as comic relief. It feels...forced I guess? Like because we have always had zombie apacolypse stories with men as the heroes now they are going to be totally unimportant, evil, or useless. I think it's rubbing me the wrong way because Justina Ireland absolutely effortlessly created two main characters with distinctive sexual orientations that in no way define them but are absolutely vital to see in this kind of book, especially for YA readers. It's just another part of who they are and of course it's brought up sometimes but its not the focus of the story. So I question why her other characters couldn't be equally fully formed. Is there hope of curing the zombie plague? Can anyone ever hope to find any place to live peacefully with the threat of zombie hordes that can possibly adapt and evolve constantly on the horizon? Can racial lines that have been carved in stone for hundreds of years ever really be overcome even if it means the difference between the end of the world and the survival of the human race? I'd really, really love to see Justina Ireland explore all of those things, she's certainly more than capable of coming up with some fascinating answers. Even if they end up being hard or sad or outright tragic. I'd rather the story not end like this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you so much to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this book. All views and opinions discussed here are my own. I enjoyed this book and think it was a good follow up to the first book, but there is just one overall issue I had with it. The time jump. I hate time jumps in books because I feel it really ruins the narrative and I think it really did in this book. We jump from the point of Jane coming back to life and Callie telling her she's going to have to cut her arm off... and then sudde Thank you so much to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this book. All views and opinions discussed here are my own. I enjoyed this book and think it was a good follow up to the first book, but there is just one overall issue I had with it. The time jump. I hate time jumps in books because I feel it really ruins the narrative and I think it really did in this book. We jump from the point of Jane coming back to life and Callie telling her she's going to have to cut her arm off... and then suddenly it's a year later and they've been murdering their way across the world, and they're also a couple, but no they're not anymore because Callie leaves and we never hear from her again. This is classic telling the audience but not showing. There was absolutely no impact for me on any of these plot points because we didn't get to experience this time with Jane and Callie, and also Katherine!! There is so much alluded to in her chapters but not once do we explore what happened to her during this time. Also, what happened to Lily - because when Sue and Katherine talk about her they share looks but we learn nothing more!! In my opinion, and this is just my opinion, I feel like this should have been two separate books; one to focus on that journey for Callie and Jane, and also Katherine's time, and then a separate book for when they reunite. I feel like for me this would have just been a lot better because it would have allowed us to get emotionally invested in the characters and their arcs. I would have loved this to just been developed more. And this is ultimately why i've rated it three stars. I just couldn't quite connect to the plots in this one and didn't feel like we really got the opportunity to connect to these story-lines. I also feel that the ending was quite rushed?? And this again is why I feel it should have been split into two books. There were also some actions of the characters which just felt contradictory at times? It is also far too long. It doesn't need to be this long at all. I still enjoyed it largely though and was eagerly anticipating Jane and Katherine's reunion. This book has some really good representation and I definitely feel it is an important read. Out now so you can make your own judgement!

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