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Publisher's Summary

The sequel to the New York Times best-selling 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.

©2020 Justina Ireland (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Two narrators portray the dynamic relationship of the heroines in this compelling sequel to Dread Nation.... Bahni Turpin gives an engaging performance of the gritty and sarcastic Jane McKeene. Turpin adds increasing emotion to her tone as Jane becomes bent on killing a man who is causing death and destruction. Jordan Cobb effects the more refined expression of genteel Katherine, reflecting perfectly her onset of caring and self-questioning after witnessing Jane's near death. Themes of human experimentation and prejudice take a back seat to the tense action in this gripping audio." (AudioFile Magazine)

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New 2nd narrator brings the quality down

Series Info/Source: This is the 2nd book in the Dread Nation series. I got this on audiobook from Audible.com.

Audiobook Quality (4/5): For some reason they added a second narrator to read Kate’s parts and she just was not as good as the original narrator for the series. I really wish they had just had the original narrator do these parts. This second narrator really decreased the quality of this audiobook.

Story (4/5): This book is done in two parts. The first part follows Jane and Kate as they flee from Summerland with a horde in chase and head to Nicodemus. There they must prove Jane’s innocence regarding what happened in Summerland. However, when they find out Gideon also made it to Nicodemus things go awry quickly. The second part of the book is what happens after and we hear from Jane and Kate separately as they fight their own battles.

I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first book. This really did seem like two novellas that had been mashed together. It was good and engaging but it didn’t blow me away like the first book did.

Characters (5/5): I love the characters in this book, they are really part of what makes this an amazing story. Both Jane and Kate grow and change a lot throughout the story and the majority of the story is about them. However, there are a number of really well done side characters too.

Setting (5/5): This is the other really strong point of this series. I love this world and how well it was put together. We get to journey further west in this book and venture into areas that were left more untouched by the undead. Visiting the San Francisco of this world was especially fun.

Writing Style (4/5): As mentioned above, I wasn’t quite as impressed with the writing this time around. Jane’s parts were still very entertaining but I didn’t enjoy Kate as much, maybe because of the poor narration. I also thought the way the book was broken into two separate books felt really abrupt and jarring.

Summary (4.5/5): Overall I still really enjoyed this but was a bit disappointed in a couple aspects of this book. However, that won’t stop me from reading future books in this series. I was unable to find out if there will be more books in this series and things are pretty wrapped up here. I certainly hope there are though!

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Strong Leads, Salvific Friendships

Thank you, Ms. Ireland. It's one thing to receive something you hadn't known you were waiting for, but I was very consciously awaiting a book about the fantastic adventures of American Black girls. Jane is strong, feeling, flawed, determined, and absolutely formidable. In a word, perfect. Katherine is her match in every way that partners should compliment their pair: fierce, devoted, empathic, hopeful, and immovable in her own right.
I could say so much about the friendship of Jane McKenne and Katherine Deveraux but suffice to say that Black women's sisterhoods have always been life-affirming and life-saving relations. That is the most historically accurate fact of this book and by far the most important.

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Great story, voice acting is okay.

I absolutely LOVED this sequel. it was a great story and a wonderful continuation of the first book. However, the addition of the second voice actress just didnt seem like a good fit. she did not do as well with the accents as the original voice actress and it distracted from the story.

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Very disappointing

I really enjoyed the first book. But this one was pointless. More of a drama than anything. Slow, plodding, and fragmented.

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excellent

I thought it was a great sequel. I enjoyed it and thought that the characters develop and came full circle.

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Loved it!!

This was a wonderful sequel and I enjoyed the 2nd narrator, Jordan Cobb as Kate. Of course Bahni Turpin could have done both, but I thought Ms. Cobb was a good choice and brought a different element to the story. I love the subtle hints of humor between the characters and I look forward to reading what's next for these two.

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Loved it!

Amazing performances and captivatingly complicated characters. I loved every minute! The narrators were absolutely outstanding!

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Excellent book

Well written, well narrated, and exciting. I do hope there is another one in the series.

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So amazing

Such a well constructed universe with kick ass women!! I totally want to be as bad ass as Jane and as smooth as Katherine.

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loved it

narrators were amazing. loved hearing the story for both points of view. Can't wait for the next book by Justina Ireland

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