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Deathless Divide

(Dread Nation #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,251 ratings  ·  331 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
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.

Jennie Damron
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The action started on page one and did not let up. I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing is solid and the characters well developed. Katherine and Jane's friendship is wonderful and very real. I loved the trials, setbacks and triumphs their friendship endured. I also like the authors take on revenge and what that mentality can do to your psyche. I am glad I read this book it really is a great read.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
A rewarding sequel to the amazing Dread Nation.

Ireland really digs deeper into her characters, and both Jane and Katherine have a chance to shine here. If you come for the zombies, you will definitely get that, but what will keep you invested is the fantastic portrayal of female friendship. The love and loyalty between friends is so well done, and one of the most interesting parts of the book.

While mostly things are pretty fast paced, the story felt a bit lax in the middle for awhile while it
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Jane the zombie slayer is back and shes definitely back with and for a vengeance. This time, we also get Katherines 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 ones memory. Overall, its 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 portrayal
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
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Dread Nation was a completely surprising read for me in spring 2018.  A YA novel about the dead rising at Gettysburg and combat schools teaching former slaves how to fight the dead and be bodyguards for wealthy white women.  Of course I was intrigued --- and it did not disappoint!

The sequel, Deathless Divide, managed to surprise me also.  The book opens with Jane, Katherine, and Jackson in the aftermath of the Summerland attack but quickly shakes up the direction I thought we were
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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
Books on Stereo
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and brutal in every way.
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
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
Adah Udechukwu
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deathless Divide was an exceptional read. It was a worthwhile sequel.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2020
Justin Ireland is brilliant. The story unfolds, giving us perspectives from Jane and Katherine. It was fascinating, terrifying and addictive.

Ireland brought this character-driven story to life and pulled me in. Summerland falls but Jane along with Katherine and others survive and make their way west. Before they reach Nicodemus, the next settlement, they will lose some in their party and discover that the horde of zombies is following. I was biting my nails and loved Janes inner dialogue.

Jane is
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
4.5 stars

I loved this story and the audiobook narrators! This was everything I was hoping.

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
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I dont have any clue what the next book will be but I need more badass Jane Mkeene in my life! So looking forward to the next book.

The title sounds so alluring. I better get another badass cover! And we have to wait another year for this to come out?! No!!!!

Edit: we have a set date! Yasss!!!!

Update: we have a cover?! 1s cover still seems pretty badass to and nice... but I still cant wait!!!

You can bet I will be reading this. Now that I take a closer look,it seems to me that
While just about as riveting as its predecessor the story in this second volume in the "Dread Nation" series leaves a bit to be desired. Thought I don't know if there are more stories to come this has a bit of "second in the series" syndrome hanging over it.

The horror, violence, and excitement are certainly on point but some of the heart that made "Dread Nation" so impossible to put down is missing this time around.

We pick back up exactly where we left off with Jane McKeen and her friend (even
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Trigger warnings: death, blood, gore, zombies, seriously so much death and gore and zombies, death of a friend, murder, (view spoiler).

Well this was fantastic. I loved the split narrative between Jane and Katherine. I loved the differences in their two voices. I loved (view spoiler). I loved the constant plot twists and the writing and the journeying. I loved that (view spoiler)
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
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 loved Deathless Divide even more. 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:

Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I definitely loved the first one a lot more than I loved this one. It's such a hefty novel, but I felt like there was so much more to be explored in regards to Jane and Katherine's separate journeys and a lot of the book was just filler. If I was younger and more angsty I probably would have really enjoyed it; however as is the case for most YA books that tend to come my way as an adult, it just didn't hit the mark for me. The late decision to add a Western element to the story, the ...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 Chancellorsvillederailing 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
Mar 06, 2020 added it
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The first sixty pages are so much info dump and discussing what theyre going to do and I just was so bored. And the characters felt flat. I also didnt care when the first big thing happened. I dont know. I loved the first one so much and this was disappointing. ...more
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Justina Ireland is the New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation and its sequel Deathless Divide (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), the middle-grade novels Star Wars, Flight of the Falcon: Landos Luck and Spark of the Resistance, a Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Books), and the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster). Her short science fiction ...more

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