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Dread nation : rise up /

by Ireland, Justina [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 451 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780062570604; 0062570609.Subject(s): Conspiracies -- Fiction | Zombies -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Horror stories | Horror fictionSummary: When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.
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<p>New York Times bestseller * Six starred reviews</p> <p>At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar--a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.</p> <p>Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania--derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever.</p> <p>In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.</p> <p>Please note that this book has deckle edges (the edges of the paper are purposely rough).</p>

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When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.

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Just days after Jane McKeene, notoriously known as the daughter of a white plantation-owner mother and an unknown Negro field-hand father, was born, the Civil War became a war between the living and the undead when bodies began to rise on the Gettysburg battlefield. Now seventeen, Jane is about to complete the combat training required by the Native and Negro Reeducation Act established in the aftermath of the Great Discord. Soon she will seek a position as a white society ladys Attendant, a chaperone/bodyguard providing protection from scandal and shamblers (the undead) alike. Her tendency to break the rulesincluding sneaking out to help her disreputable friend Jackson search for his missing sister Lilygets Jane and snooty classmate Katherine shipped off to the Survivalist (read: white supremacist) outpost of Summerland to be Attendants on the frontier (read: zombie fodder). But upon arrival, Katherines passing light appearance provides the girls with a handy, if distasteful, cover storyKatherine is a new-to-town white lady and Jane her Attendantas they gain the sheriffs trust, look for Lily, and uncover the towns sinister secrets. This absorbing page-turner works on multiple levels: as unflinching alternate history set in post-Reconstruction-era Maryland and Kansas; as a refreshingly subversive action story starring a badass (and biracial and bisexual) heroine; as zombie fiction suspenseful and gory enough to please any fan of the genre; and as a compelling exhortation to scrutinize the racist underpinnings of contemporary American sociopolitical systems. An authors note discusses the history of exploitative Native American boarding schools, the real-life basis for Dread Nations combat school system. katie bircher (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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