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Deathless Divide

(Dread Nation #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  379 ratings  ·  129 reviews
The sequel to Dread Nation is a 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
Hardcover, 551 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Feb 03, 2018 marked it as arc-to-read
*crying because I really want this book and need more Jane McKeene in my life*
How do I review a book that wrecked my heart so thoroughly without blubbering or spoiling everything or just keyboard smashing?

Not well! But I'll try.

This was not the book I expected it to be; I enjoyed it nevertheless. I tried not to picture anything with Deathless Divide. Still, I had a vague idea of what I thought might happen. The book literally had nothing in common with my idea other than it being awesome. But thank goodness, because I never would've come up with this.

If Dread Nation is
Elise (TheBookishActress)
the Most Important 2020 release after the greatness that was book one
Seriously, though...

Waiting on my library hold...

Will I even survive?!

Samantha Sophia
Oct 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
Junstina Ireland did not come to play with us in book 1: alternative Historical zombie sci-fi where the Zombie apocalypse abruptly ends the Civil War and black people are free but subject to a caste system that places them as trained zombie fighters to protect white people. I'm ready for book 2 and hoping for a Netflix series.

The survivalist "utopia" of Summerland fell to a horde. Jane McKeene and Katherine Deveraux, along with six other survivors, escaped the death and destruction with one immediate goal: to get somewhere safe. But where can safety be found in a world where the dead walk the earth? For Jane, wherever they go is just a stop along the way. Now that she knows where her mother is, she plans to find her. Plans tend to go awry, however, and the small group of survivors will face calamities resulting in ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Jane the zombie slayer is back and she’s definitely back with and for a vengeance. This time, we also get Katherine’s pov and it definitely enhances the story. Here, the plot picks up where it ended in Dread Nation and details were artfully woven to refresh one’s memory. Overall, it’s a satisfying read, where the ending could be continued or not.

Some issues: the pacing was off. I was immediately drawn in and then it lagged about half way. It did pick up again. Even a bigger issue is the
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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Deathless Divide was the perfect sequel to Dread Nation. PERFECT.

Whereas Dread Nation (which everyone lost their minds for, myself included, because Civil War era zombies and a black female warrior lead? Oh. My. God. Yes.) sold itself on 'combat school for Negro girls', it really wove in a plot that expanded beyond the school and into a dystopic settlement called Summerland, where a young scientist was trying
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it was better than the first book it was so well written. I loved the characters so very much especially Jane and Katherine I loved the friendship between them and Katherine's unwillingness to ever give up on Jane no matter the things Jane does with Jane being willing to do anything for Katherine. I loved Jane for her strength and her vulnerability she rarely shows I really loved her character so much. What I loved about Katherine was her tenacious will and how she never ever ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I have to say that Justina Ireland makes a glorious comeback with the second and final book in the Dread Nation series! The friendship, the girl power, and the plot twist! Holy wow I didn't see all these clues coming together and exploding like a bomb!

I have to say that while Jane kind of annoyed me I loved Katherine's POV! She is smart, reliable and also trusted all the right
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2020
Deathless Divide was a mixed bag for me. First off, I can't imagine how hard it was to write a sequel to a book as beloved and hyped as Dread Nation.

This is in some ways tonally quite different from Dread Nation, which made sense for plot reasons though I found it a bit disappointing. In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, that's all I have to say on that matter.

The world-building in Deathless Divide was just as incredible as its predecessor and it was so neat to see more of this alternate United
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I rarely re-read books, but after finishing Deathless Divide my first thought was, "Yes I would dive back into that". I don't know what higher praise you need? Deathless Divide not only features these two bad ass black heroines fighting both racism and zombies, but also it turns out that my fave heroines are both queer (and Katherine struggles with anxiety). Besides these amazing
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
WINTER 2020????? I STG THAT BETTER MEAN JANUARY FEBRUARY BECAUSE...................... ...more
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*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


Deathless Divide is the second and final installment in author Justina Ireland's Dread Nation duology. As a backdrop, in 1863, the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. Laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act required certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Attendant's Jane McKeene and
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book was just as wonderful as the first! I laughed, cried and felt the suspense through out the story.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I loved Dread Nation . Loved, loved, utterly adored. And yet somehow, I lovedDeathless Divideevenmore. So that has to tell you some stuff right off the bat! Now, in the interest of not spoiling anything for either book, I shall do my best to do a vague-ish review that still makes you want to pick up this incredible duology, because tbh you need it in your life.

The Awesomeness:

• The
Shauna Yusko
Could almost be a stand-alone as it gives enough backstory to catch readers up to the story.
Shannon Dyer
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Round up to 4.5 stars. A thrilling sequel! Review to come at AAR.
jess bennett ⋆
Oct 08, 2019 marked it as wishlist
Gosh, this cover is gorgeous.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can see the full review (with gifs!) on my dumb tumblr blog here.

So I absolutely loved Dread Nation. And if you loved Dread Nation as I did, you will not be disappointed with Deathless Divide because holy shit, it's amazing.

Deathless Divide begins exactly where Dread Nation left off - Jane and Katherine (NOT Kate, only Jane is allowed to call her Kate) have barely escaped the shit-show town of Summerland, Kansas with their lives. Now, along with Jane’s kind-of-sort-of boyfriend, Jackson and
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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With this book our two main characters, Jane and Katherine really go through a lot. Things seem good at the start as they are out of Summerland and free, but as they get to the next place they find their past hasn’t been left behind and things aren’t quite what they seem. From there things go from bad to worse with the women getting separated and having to survive on their own. Each of them thrives in their own way, yet they seem off. It’s only when the women end up back together again things ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is a fantastic sequel to Dread Nation. I knew I was going to love this, but I had no idea the plot was going to take us in all these directions. My only complaint is that Katherine's and Jane's voices weren't as distinct as I would've liked. Their actions were VERY different, but their voice wasn't as distinct as it could've been.

Everything else was wonderful. I loved, loved, loved the character development and especially how this character development affected their friendship.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another excellent entry into this series. I love both these characters and Deathless Divide goes a long way towards exploring and solidifying their friendship. The straightforward manner in which both Jane's and Kate's sexuality is presented is refreshing as is the depiction of Kate's anxiety. Ireland can't write these books fast enough.
rachel ☾
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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3.5 stars. A worthy followup to Ireland's first in the series, but whooooeeee was it LONG. Everything seemed necessary, though, so I'm not sure how it could've been pared down... Looking forward to the third installment!
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Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), the middle-grade novel Star Wars, Flight of the Falcon: Lando’s Luck and Spark of the Resistance, a Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Books), the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster), and Scream Site (Capstone Editions), a middle-grade thriller. ...more

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