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Title:
Deathless divide
ISBN:
9780062570635
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
551 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
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 Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s 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 the New York Times bestselling epic Dread Nation is an unforgettable 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 Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s 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.


Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

Irascible Jane McKeene and posh Katherine Deveraux, zombie-dispatching graduates of Miss Prestons School of Combat for Negro Girls, are back in this suspenseful, satisfying sequel to Dread Nation (rev. 5/18). After surviving the fall of false utopia Summerland to the undead, Jane and Katherine flee to the neighboring settlement of Nicodemus, where they hope to find temporary safety. But no sooner are they within its gates than Jane is imprisoned for past crimes, and Katherine must find a way to break her out before the horde breaks in. Multiple betrayals, back (and front) stabbings, and an arduous trek to California test Jane and Katherines bond, along with an abrupt separation and the tragic death of one of their closest allies. Ireland threads her thrilling plot with incisive commentary about race, gender, and power that will appeal to todays activist teen readers. Her alternate Old West (a mirror of current societal woes) is full of warring ethnic and cultural factions, each more suspicious of the other, until the undead are the least of their worries. Katherine laments, How can we make the world a better place if we are always at odds with one another for every single kind of reason under the sun? The answer may lie in future adventures, as the novels ending leaves room for possible exploits to come. An authors note contains further reading about the role of Black Americans in the Old West. Jennifer Hubert Swan March/April 2020 p.82(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Two young black women kick zombie ass from the post-Civil War East to the late-1800s American West. This sequel to Dread Nation (2018) is told from the perspectives of the irascible Jane McKeene and her unlikely best friend, Katherine Deveraux, after they escape the unholy hell of Summerland, a social science experiment run by a maniacal minister through which black people were forced to protect whites from attacks by throat-chomping, undead shamblers. Alternating between Jane's haunted life with its Shakespearean overtones and Katherine's more devout but no less deadly existence, each chapter takes readers farther west, with hopes resting on happy endings for the duo in California. The pacing is steady throughout the first part of the story, building and exploding into a gut-wrenching plot twist halfway through. Then it's a glorious race to the finish, with compelling moral examinations of human experimentation and killing for hire to fuel reader interest. At its core the book delves into a spectrum of black girls' and women's experiences, kinship, and necessary resilience. That focus never strays even as Ireland touches briefly on social tensions between Native and black characters along with passing commentary on immigration and relations between Chinese families and other communities. The imaginative integration of real-world historical players into an equally messy, gruesome chronology artfully developed by the author makes this stand out.A seriously satisfying, worthy, and well-crafted sequel. (author's note) (Historical fiction/horror. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In Ireland's riveting sequel to Dread Nation (2018), Summerland has fallen and Jane McKeene is headed west to find her mother. She and Katherine embark on the journey together, trying to stay ahead of the undead by hopping from settlement to settlement. Their goal is to reach the village of Nicodemus, which is supposed to be a safe haven; however, once they arrive, Jane and Katherine find more danger, lies, and deceit. The devastating turn of events plunges Jane down a path of violence that may consume her. Meanwhile, Katherine, who is warring with her own inner demons, tries desperately to be a beacon and friend to Jane. This feat may prove impossible for Katherine, as both girls seek a peace that their identities and the terrifying state of their country could prevent them from achieving. Ireland tackles heavy questions about racism, nationalism, and identity against a historical fantasy backdrop set during a time when America is reeling after the Civil War and African Americans are trying to find their place in society, while still suffering under the ills and oppression left behind from slavery. This novel will challenge readers to confront how people strip others of their humanity and how America has always exploited and abused Black bodies.--Enishia Davenport Copyright 2020 Booklist