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  • Zombie-Fighting Black Women Post Civil War

    Justina Ireland has given us a great alt-history novel that depicts slavery, and especially its aftermath, in quite the unique and compelling way - with zombies and extremely capable black women who are adept, trained warriors. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, so much so that I spent New Year's Eve finishing it and was pleased with its ending. I was truly fascinated by Jane McKeene's life as an Attendant and the combat school where she trained to learn how to dispatch zombies and protect high-class white women. The alt-history of the South and post Civil War is woven into the narrative effortlessly, but it doesn't shy away from presenting it. I found myself wanting more than once while reading the novel to see Ms. Ireland's notes on the world she's created, but also the Native and Negro Education Act to get more backstory on the history of this law. I was so fascinated by its purpose. The world-building here is rich, and the alt-history, which includes the ugliness of slavery and racism, establishes this as a credible world where strong, adept black women are needed to fight back the overwhelming the zombie threat. Ms. Ireland gives us a somewhat satisfying, if open ending to her novel - and I say "somewhat" because I wanted more. I wanted to know what happens next with Jane McKeene, Red, Jack, and Katherine. Based on the ending, I'm hoping we get their next story soon.

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  • Amazing!

    The pacing of this book is phenomenal, and at the same time it doesn't follow a common story arc or many tropes a reader would be used to in historical or horror fiction, so the whole thing just pulls you along without giving up any of its secrets before its ready. I also love how subtly but effectiely it refuses the "chosen one" motif for its hero. Jane isn't that much better than her peers with training and comes out on top of a lot of fights because her opponent was untrained. She got into her situation by accident, and shes not the only one who can save the day. Shes just one person, surviving, and doing the heroic work that everyone in the book is capable of but only some do.

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  • Jane Is My Hero

    I bought this series on a whim, since I don't typically seek out post-Civil War America or Western books, but the premise and cover intrigued me. Now it has officially one of my favorite zombie books ever. The story is not only fun and filled with great characters, but it explores important themes that will stick with the reader long after they finish the book. Jane is fantastic. There's no other way to say it. She's funny, strong, smart, takes no BS from anyone, and is ferocious in combat. She is definitely no saint and is a little judgmental about some of her fellow combatants, yet over time she grows and discovers more about herself, as well as those she keeps company with. I also really grew to love Kate. Her entire character arc is both an emotional challenge and makes her both unique and in some aspects, tragic. So it's all the more inspiring when she uses different skills and her own wit to overcome circumstances. The plot is kept relatively simple and straightforward--survive in a town full of cruel, incompetent men--though there are enough added mysteries and twists to keep it exciting. The action scenes can get really intense, though the last one seemed to move a little too quickly for me. I had a great time reading this book. Ireland has incredible talent, completely falling into the perspective of Jane and making her characters seem like real people in terrible situations. This book hadn't really been on my radar before, but I absolutely recommend it to lovers of fantasy, the Old West, strong female characters, complex themes and friendships, and exceptional writing. This is a must have!

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  • Movie Needs To Be Made.

    I feel that this had a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, and I like that and it means it's a good book. I loved the ending and I'm not going to spoil it for anybody but what I am going to say is it desperately needs a sequel. Overall I loved this book and I hope you write a sequal.

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  • Justina ireland

    Whats to tell i love it can't wait until i read the second book

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