10 reasons why Dread Nation is THE MOST anticipated release of 2018

Or falling desperately in love with the promise of a book!

After DAYS of browsing countless lists of 2018 releases and reading THOUSANDS of words of blurbs, TAAAA DAAAA… Here it is! THE MOST anticipated book of 2018!

Dread Nation

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

And these are the ten reasons why…

  1. Title. DREAD + NATION. Wow. Two powerful words. Imposing combination. WHERE IS THIS BOOK??
  2. Cover. The most superficial and vain reason to choose a book… UNLESS… The  cover is pure awesomeness like this one. A cover that tells a story already: A beautiful BLACK woman [Do we hear #girlpower #Diversity here???] holding a bloody shotel [badass Female MD?]. And, whatever it is she is wearing looks fantastic! Insta-love!
  3. Alternative History. Is there anyhting better than a “what if”?, than rewriting history? NOPE. Because we go PHEWWW every time we remember that the Nazis could have won the war [they didn’t right??? Well not according to AH-MAZING Wolf by Wolf!] and PHEWWW when we remember that slavery could have continue longer…
  4. “Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.” OK. Let’s stop here. This book should be read JUST because of that sentence. SAY NO MORE.
  5. Historical Fantasy. So, yes. Sorry. There is something better than Alternative History… Alternative History + Fantasy = PURE AWESOMENESS! [AKA Historical Fantasy]. Let’s twist history in every possible way, let’s make it fantastic, let’s even add…
  6. Walking Dead! “Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever.” Just in case reason 4 wasn’t enough!
  7. Badass females. “Attendants” “Trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do” “Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore” HELL. YES.
  8. Biracial families? During the Civil War? “not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman” MORE PLEEEEASE.
  9. Politics. “of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose.”
  10. Conspiracies. “one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.”

Only one more thing..

Where is the ARC?? ARC WANTED!!

NOW

[pretty pleeeeease]

Thank you for visiting!

Daniela Ark

Bookworm, book blogger, writer, collector of stories that matter and passionate about feminism, diversity, and equality.

email: contactme@danielaark.com

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