Dread Nation

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Riveting alt-history post-Civil War zombie thriller.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

Loved it! Zombie Apocalypse in Reconstruction South

I loved this book and immediately got it for my fantasy-loving 12 year old and she loved it too. It is well written with complex themes regarding slavery, self-determination, and good and evil. Zombies, of course, are never just zombies, but metaphors for the ills of society. It straddles the lines of historical fiction and fantasy well. Jane and Catherine are great, strong, complex characters. I love a story where the heros are teen girls of color. Zombie fighting is a major plot point so there is a fair amount of violence. Some references to kissing (same sex and hetero).

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Educational value
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Too much violence
age 13+

Civil War Zombie Apocalypse

Book Details

  • Author: Justina Ireland
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Topics: Friendship, History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Publication date: April 3, 2018
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: April 20, 2018

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