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Dread Nation

Justina Ireland

Ireland's (Promise of Shadows, 2014) explosive novel is an alternate history set in Reconstruction-era America that examines the relationship between equality and freedom. Shortly after Jane McKeene was born, the dead rose and attacked the living on the battlefields of Gettysburg derailing the Civil War and changing the nation forever. The dangerous task of killing these shamblers rests on African American and Native American boys and girls who, at an early age, are forced into combat schools. Now 14, Jane is almost finished with her training and anxious to return home to Kentucky. But when families around Baltimore begin to go missing, Jane finds herself in the middle of an evil plot and in a desperate fight for her life!